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Collaborative Resource Databases

Leveled readers for language learners Search for novels that have been written with attention to comprehensibility for language learners. The first sheet is for Spanish novels, and other languages are listed on subsequent sheets. All CI Workshops Mike Peto maintains this map of CI workshops that have been scheduled and announced. Find one near you! Regional…

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Esperanza around the web

You know a novel is great when you can’t escape it on the Internet. Whether you read my blog, Kristy Placido’s blog, Sharon Birch’s blog, Profe Hanson’s blog, you’ve surely heard of Esperanza. Written by Carol Gaab, it is the real-life story of a woman who flees Guatemala with her family to escape political persecution. They immigrate to…

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Q & A Match-up – Interpretive activity for language classes

I’m always on the hunt for new and different tasks for students to complete when listening to songs or other authentic resources, and this activity shared by Sharon Birch is a great one! Its flexible design allows it to used as a reading activity as well. What is Q&A Match-Up? In a Q&A Match-up, students…

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Listening assessments for language classes

I administer four kinds of summative assessments to my students: Reading comprehension assessments Listening comprehension assessments Presentational writing assessments Presentational speaking assessments (Read here about why I don’t administer summative Interpersonal assessments.) Each quarter, I try to get three or four grades in the book for each of the first three assessment categories. I adopted…

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