On October 24 I had the privilege of visiting Colorado State University again as a guest lecturer. This was a follow up lecture to my first visit on September 5 in the graduate course Methods and Assessment in Teaching Languages, Frédérique Grim, PhD. In the first visit, I explained [...]
There was a noteworthy article in the May 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal Constitution, Foreign Language Classes Get the Conversation Going, by H.M. Cauley. You can read the original article here. Below are some select quotes from that article and my commentary about the world language classrooms of Allyson Segal [...]
Variety. Our students are not all alike. If we want them to grow, we need to let them wander in their reading. They should naturally be reading different materials to suit their different interests and needs. .
Find free reading materials on Storylabs, an online library for language learning. Access their free materials here: https://www.storylabs.online/freebies. The stories on Storylabs have accompanying audio, online and printable activities, as well as usage tracking so teachers can hold their students accountable. The text of these stories cannot [...]
Doing the Same Thing Every Day vs. Doing Just a Little Bit Extra Every Day (1.00)365 = 1.00 (1.01)365 = 37.78 Small, consistent effort is the key. Whether it is learning a new teaching skill, developing sound classroom management, acquiring a new language, or instilling habits in yourself and [...]
Here's a fun parody rewrite of the traditional Mexican song La Llorona, updated for this trying time. The original La Llorona song is definitely one of the Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know. This parody version is written with simple Spanish, it repeats every line like the original [...]