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Unit planning for TCI courses

My favorite session from iFLT 2014 (of the ones that I taught, anyway) was my session about planning units that introduce a set of target structures and then use them to teach a cultural topic to students. This was my favorite session because the creation of vocabulary-driven cultural units have had a greater impact on my…

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Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo

“Odd one out” is a fun game commonly played by language teachers, whether first or second+. You may have played it under a different name, or without naming it at all! The basic concept is that students are given a list of three to four items, and they must identify the “odd one out”–the item that…

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#authres are overrated

I think that authentic resources are overrated. This is coming from the lady that just presented at ACTFL on the importance of authentic resources, or ‘ #authres ‘, and how to use them in novice language classes… kind of a contradiction? How important are authentic resources in a language curriculum? #authres are important, but they…

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El Viajero Script and Lesson Plans

We just finished an introductory unit on illegal immigration/ border crossing in Spanish A. My students learned the structures ‘llega allí”, ‘regresa a su país’, and ‘lleva’ using the story script for El Viajero (Download it here in Spanish and English), and then we spent a few days using me-generated and authentic resources to learn…

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Immigrant Archive Project

The Immigrant Archive Project is a really neat website that I found through the Esperanza Teacher’s Guide. It contains pages upon pages of videos of immigrants to the United States telling their stories. The possibilities for classroom use of this site are endless! The activity that is published in Chapter 9 of the Esperanza’s Teacher’s…

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This or that?

Have you ever taken a moment to think about just how complex ‘reading comprehension’ is? There are an infinite number of skills that a good reader must possess in order to truly comprehend a text, and very few happen consciously. This week, I have realized that my students are often unable to separate ‘this’ from…

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