How to deliver CI to an energetic class

No matter how many years you have taught with comprehensible input, all teachers have had an energetic class or two that causes you to tear your hair out to figure out how to give them comprehensible input. It can be due to the time of the day that your class meets (right before lunch onContinue reading “How to deliver CI to an energetic class”

Stations in the World Language Classroom

I realized the other day that I had never blogged about how I do stations!  I try to have students do stations at least once per unit.  I also have found that they work well on days that my students aren’t as motivated to really keep them moving throughout class.  One year, I planned manyContinue reading “Stations in the World Language Classroom”

How to start teaching proficiency: Interpretive

As I find myself moving more and more into teaching solely based on proficiency with comprehensible input, I feel that many teachers are intimidated to begin the switch.  Many feel that they have to completely get rid of their textbook- then, where do you begin?!  Plus it seems that some proficiency teachers create their ownContinue reading “How to start teaching proficiency: Interpretive”

Combining authentic resources

While I enjoy being able to really milk one authentic resource, I also like being able to combine different authentic resources for students on one topic.  I saw a textbook do this successfully, and I liked it.  This will give them a well-rounded view of the theme.  We are discussing the environment in my SpanishContinue reading “Combining authentic resources”

Template for Novice High Interpretive Listening

Last week found me scrambling for a good commercial for my Spanish III class the night before.  I didn’t love the one that I found, but I did not want to spend all night trying to find a better one.  I am sure many of you have been down that black hole.  I decided toContinue reading “Template for Novice High Interpretive Listening”

Creating more interpretive listening exercises

Some students listed that listening is still difficult for them, so I wanted to develop different activities on that this summer.  I discovered an old archive of langchat which suggested giving students a written summary of a listening activity to correct.  This is a great activity for beginners! I also want to further expand on myContinue reading “Creating more interpretive listening exercises”