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REJOINDERS KEEP CONVERSATIONS GOING

Rejoinders may be one of the most important practical vocabulary items we teach students. As we use the target language in our classrooms we model rejoinders and we encourage students to use them because they are so helpful in keeping a conversation going. Using a rejoinder is an easy way of showing the other person that you understand and that you want them to keep talking to you. It shows that you are emotionally engaged in the conversation and it encourages the other person to keep speaking. Rejoinders help to keep other people going to you, but you do not [...]

By | 2017-10-27T15:02:44+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Acquisition, Rejoinders|Tags: |0 Comments

YEARLONG READING PLANS FOR LEVELS 1 & 3

These are the reading assignments from the course syllabi in my level 1 and level 3 classes. Most of it is self-selected reading, even in level 1.Level 1 students can read on their own and read an amazing amount once they know the high frequency verbs. This plan really works for my students because it is self-differentiating. Every class we teach is a multi-level class, regardless of the course title... the students spread out all over the place in ability very quickly and allowing them to read what they want is the best i have found to accommodate those differences. [...]

Why Persona Especial Interviews Work: The Way They Want to Be Known

Here is another reason I think the Special Person interviews work so well: they allow students to create the picture of themselves that they want us to see. Interviews let students paint themselves the way they want to be perceived, rather than the way they have been known up till now. When students volunteer information about themselves they have something to live up to and this becomes a building block of community in the classroom. The crucial, hidden storytelling skill that we develop in TPRS is a big part of this: No actor every looks bad in a story. Years [...]

WHAT’S THE PASSWORD?

Get Bryce's new book on classroom passwords here. This project grew out of a short blog post. I was enthusiastic about the results I was getting with passwords with my students and wanted to share what was working with my colleagues. Originally it was just a few examples of passwords that had worked for me and an invitation to share ideas. It could have been written as a blog series, but I just kept adding to the original post. This is the result. As ideas from the original short blog post began to flow comments, questions and suggestions from colleagues [...]

100 UNPROMPTED, UNIQUE SENTENCES IN LEVEL 1

It was chaotic. It was noisy. It was heavenly. When the students wanted to keep talking in Spanish, I threw out my lesson plan and let them talk. It gives me hope that this work is not in vain. These are the sentences that my fifth period Spanish 1 class came up with for a drawing on the board. Each student was to write five sentences for their “Repasito”, or warm-up activity. The drawing was based on a story we told in class last week. The only stipulation was that each sentence could use only words that we had used [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:12+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Compelling Input, Daily Routine, Hope|0 Comments

BRAIN/BODY BREAK: MMA HEAD & SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

Here is a fun full body movement song that you can use as a brain break: Sing the children's song "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in the target language with different verbs and actions attached.  Even my high school students enjoy singing and acting it out. Here's how to do it:  Teach the body parts to the song with classical TPR. Do not let them know what's coming. Teach the body parts in random order over the course of two days. Instead of the normal TPR command of "touch", mix it up a bit by using "grab" and "point [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:12+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Brain Breaks, Music|1 Comment