Level 5 unit on El Paquete Semanal in Cuba

This year, I allowed my Spanish 5 students to vote on our curriculum from January on.  Many students wanted to discuss Cuba at the end of the year, and as we continued to look at Cuba, I learned about El Paquete Semanal.  Both my students and I enjoyed learning more about it.  The end ofContinue reading “Level 5 unit on El Paquete Semanal in Cuba”

Piratas del Caribe: Wrapping up, assessments and reflection

In my previous posts, I wrote about some of the activities for the first chapters and second group of chapters.  With the last batch of chapters, I tend to repeat many of the same activities that I have done before.  While novelty is wonderful, it has been weeks since we have done many of theseContinue reading “Piratas del Caribe: Wrapping up, assessments and reflection”

How to start using IPAs: an evolution

On a recent #langchat, someone said that they needed more help to use IPAs (Integrated Performance Assessments).  I believe that the best thing to do is to start making slow changes.  While some people may be happy making huge changes, I prefer to change a little bit at a time until I am ready toContinue reading “How to start using IPAs: an evolution”

How to help students prepare for a final IPA

This year, my Spanish 2 students are taking an IPA instead of the final exam.  Our final exam had to be all on paper or in ExamSoft which can be limiting for foreign languages.  If we only use paper, the exam cannot consist of any listening tasks or any speaking tasks.  It all has toContinue reading “How to help students prepare for a final IPA”

Daily Routine Integrated Performance Assessment

After my Netflix unit, we have been completing the daily routine unit.  Here are some of the authentic resources that I have used.  Recently, I have developed my final unit integrated performance assessment.  I feel that this unit was easy to incorporate into a “traditional” classroom. First, my students will complete an interpretive section usingContinue reading “Daily Routine Integrated Performance Assessment”

Rethinking my feedback for students

As I have been using Integrated Performance Assessments, it has been easier to give specific feedback to students.  It is important to have a good rubric, but once you do, it gives you specific points to give feedback to your students.  As I am giving more feedback via these rubrics, I want to continue toContinue reading “Rethinking my feedback for students”

Developing presentational writing

As my students continue to prepare for their final IPA, I wanted them to work on their skills for presentational writing.  This is a bit difficult for me to plan because I haven’t specifically worked on this in class before.  It is easier for me to specifically target one or two things in the rubric.Continue reading “Developing presentational writing”

Interpersonal and presentational writing activity

As the year is winding down, I am preparing my students for their final IPA instead of a final exam in level 3.  Today, they will be completing an interpersonal activity then make a presentational writing activity.  (They have already read this article for an interpretive reading activity.) Today I will give each student in pairs aContinue reading “Interpersonal and presentational writing activity”