I am not a big jumper- in fact I frequently advocate for small change. I admire people who ditch their whole curriculum and textbook and make sweeping changes. I had been playing around with comprehensible input, teaching with novels and teaching for proficiency for about seven years before I ditched my textbooks completely. I also work in a department with other teachers who like to teach more grammar and vocabulary lists than I do. I need to make sure that my students are prepared for their classes. Therefore, my class is always evolving, but I try to make my students successful in my class and hopefully in their next class as well. As I continue to think about what I want to do here on my blog, one of my big goals is to help teachers who are transitioning from a textbook or who work in a department where their colleagues still use more traditional approaches who were just like me. I also believe that it is possible to combine both proficiency style methods and CI methods as well. So much so that I explained how I did this in a video earlier this summer. After the video, I went over a series of lessons that I would do to combine both. But this can also seem daunting- and I know that.
Recently, I have been working on a project to make both CI and proficiency resources for textbook units. I currently have finished two: clothes and house. These are all supplemental activities to help teachers who still use a textbook. For both resources, I wrote three articles. They aren’t current events, but I include some relevant news with a biography of a famous Hispanic person associated with the theme. I then wrote pre-, during and post reading activities to accompany these readings, so teachers will have activities to accompany them.
I have also included one other CI activity (Clipchat/MovieTalk or a story to tell/draw) in each packet. Then, I included an interpretive reading activity from an authentic reading and a listening activity. Finally, I included puedos to incorporate into the unit. I would love feedback on if this works for you in your classroom. I hope that teachers can find ways to work these into their existing textbook series. Then, as they become more confident and comfortable, they can continue to make more changes. I hope that you will find these useful! Let me know if there are other units that I should tackle.
If you are interested, wait until Tuesday, August 21 to buy these units! My whole store will be 25% off!