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Multi-Level Classes

Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone’s needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a…

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MovieTalk

MovieTalk is a technique for language learning developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as part of the FOCAL skills program used to teach ESL at the university level. MovieTalk was ‘discovered’ and brought to the TPRS world by Michele Whaley, a Russian teacher in Anchorage, AK, in 2012. She has led several trainings with our local…

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Soliciting [Illustrated] Responses

We had WAY too much fun storyasking in my previously-Plan B class today!! I am amazed at the transformation that they have undergone in the last few weeks–anll it took was finding the right system! We have been using the Marble Jar, and they are totally rocking it. They hold each other accountable («¡Cállete! ¡Habla…

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El Nuevo Houdini, Chapter 2

Yesterday, we worked on vocabulary for Chapter 2 of El Nuevo Houdini, and today we began the chapter. Here are my plans for Chapter 2: Pre-reading discussion questions from the Teacher’ Guide; discuss as a class. I assigned words and sound effects to groups of students by handing out the cards from this document (Chapter…

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How to implement the 3 steps of TPRS

The Three Steps of TPRS are the core framework of the TPRS strategy for delivering comprehensible input. They are laid out in the “Green Bible” (Fluency through TPR Storytelling), but like anything–everyone carries them out with their own unique style. For those teachers that are either using my story scripts or following the SOMOS Curriculum, here is an…

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