30+ ways to use music in Spanish classes -- adaptable for any language class!!

What can I DO {-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-da} with a song?

I’ve yet to meet a world language teacher that does not want to use authentic songs from the target culture(s) in their classrooms. Like all good authentic resources, a well-chosen song will serve to excite and inspire, give new perspectives, intrigue, and excite your students. Like many teachers, I introduce a new song at least … Continue reading What can I DO {-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-da} with a song?

25 reading activities: some that STOP the reading process, others that SLOW the reading process, and others that let you GO and keep reading! Great for language classes.

Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

When I wrote the Teacher’s Guide for Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I included a unique during-reading activity for each chapter. I did this because when you are reading a book in one fell swoop and using it as the basis for your class activities for a chunk of several weeks (or longer), you have to … Continue reading Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple

In the past few weeks, I have been flooded with emails from readers that have just read about TPRS® and TCI for the first time on my blog. I am THRILLED. I have always written this blog for teachers that already use TPRS® and other Comprehensible Input strategies in their classes, and it never occured … Continue reading TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple

Call and Response signals for World Language classes

We lose many minutes of precious class time to inefficient, drawn-out transitions. This is especially true when we want our students to transition out of an activity that has gotten them talking with classmates! Use signals to help students transition from one activity to the next Here are three strategies that I used to get … Continue reading Call and Response signals for World Language classes

QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions

If you attended my workshop on QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions at iFLT this past summer or its condensed counterpart at AFLA just a few weekends ago, you will be happy to see this post! If you didn't, I hope that you will be happy to have found it once you've read through it. QAR (Question-Answer Relationships) … Continue reading QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions