Acquisition

WHAT’S WORKING

By |2024-04-06T18:35:12-06:00March 30th, 2024|

THIS IS ABOUT LATIN CLASS BUT THE ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS APPLY TO ALL WORLD LANGUAGES Last year my daughter started a classical school in Denver and asked me to teach Latin. I didn't know Latin, but I took up the challenge and decided to learn and teach it the [...]

FLASHCARDS (?) FOR VOCABULARY

By |2023-09-24T21:12:51-06:00May 23rd, 2023|

This was surprising to me. I had never used flashcards as a teacher, thinking the practice was too old school, too random, too decontextualized, and not hearing based. Even though I have used flashcards myself to learn specialized vocabulary quickly for medical mission trips in Mexico and Guatemala, I [...]

Celebrate and Explain Cinco de Mayo

By |2023-05-01T17:37:53-06:00May 1st, 2023|

SONGS FOR CINCO DE MAYO This is a set of 11 traditional Mexican songs—lasting favorites that will not go out of style in 2 weeks. The songs are in Spanish, with English translations and colorful graphics, and there are historical and cultural notes in English for each song. You [...]

Introducing the Subjunctive with a Story

By |2023-01-18T19:34:25-07:00January 18th, 2023|

NOTE:  This is from a unit that teaches the subjunctive with a story-based approach and compelling comprehensible input. You can get the entire unit here. The example in from a Spanish 3 class, but the principles apply to any language and any level. FOCUS STRUCTURE:         quiere que vaya [...]

Special Person How-To

By |2022-06-16T20:16:08-06:00June 16th, 2022|

Anita, a reader of this blog writes: . Hi Bryce, . I've just about completed my Persona Especial for the year and saw some good and bad things about my first time. I wanted to share these with you. . • Spanish I did well with answering questions in [...]

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