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Fan-n-Pick group discussion activity

I just got back from another Cooperative/Social Emotional Learning class session with tons of ideas from the brilliant minds of my colleagues. The course followed an intensive, full-day workshop with a trainer from Kagan Cooperative Learning, and it is run by the district Director of World Languages, and course credit is offered through University of…

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Greetings

*Reflection, 5 years later…I left the classroom three years ago, and I have attended many, many conferences and workshops since then. I’ve read a lot of research, books, and blogs, and I think that I can say honestly that I have considered all of it. I am confident that output doesn’t lead to language acquisition, so when I said…

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Horizontal Conjugation

My second year Spanish students need some practice distinguishing between subjects with their verb forms (subject/verb agreement), so I modified and typed up one of my student’s free writes (work smarter, not harder, right?) for a good ol’ horizontal conjugation practice. What is a horizontal conjugation? A horizontal conjugation is a perspective re-write. It is…

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Card Talk

Card Talk is one of the most simple lessons known to language-teacher-kind. It is zero prep, student centered, and is easy to extend into other activities and content. Also…it’s FUN! I first saw Card Talk done by Carol Gaab at AFLA 2011. Even though I had read extensively about Ben Slavic’s version of Card Talk (“Circling…

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