How to write comprehensible texts

Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By…

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Organization schmorganization

When I first started teaching, all of my files were paper and I organized them in hanging file folders. Eventually, I graduated to beautiful binders filled with page-protected worksheets separated with colorful dividers for each unit. As I began to gather more and more materials from the Internet (blog posts, videos, lesson plans, images, etc.),…

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Les fidget spinners: reading & activities en français !

GUYS THIS IS SO AWESOME! Have you ever visited Hélène Colinet’s website and blog? Click here to check it out! Hélène is French and teaches language in Mallorca, Spain. I am so excited to have connected with her and am now following her blog! While there is strong support for CI teachers in Europe (Judith Dubois in France, Alike Last…

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Paloma Blanca: The WINNERS!

The results are in! Thank you SO MUCH to each of the 18 teachers that invested their time and energy into submitting video remakes for the Paloma Blanca video competition. Truly, the videos are AMAZING (in a terrible, wonderful way). If nothing less, your students will have a wonderful memory from Spanish class this year…

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