Why Use Materials by Bryce Hedstrom?

Because Bryce can train your world language teachers to teach with comprehensible input in a way that will engage students!  He also offers a variety of workshops to train teachers in your school, district, or region.

Contact Bryce:
Email:  
bryceh@brycehedstrom.com
Phone: 970-290-4228 
(talk or text)

Most Recent Downloads:

 

RANKING THE NOVELS (UPDATED 4/7/14)  A list of language learner novels by TPRS authors ranked in order of readability to help teachers and students pick material for Light Reading.  Includes the number of pages and the total number of words for each novel, plus the genre and cultural setting.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT These are the notes for the 2013 NTPRS presentation in Dallas.

Friends Down in Dallas BIG Horizontal  (Parody of “FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES”) Song for the open mike night show.

LIGHT READING HANDOUT 2013 NTPRS Presentation Notes  These notes support the presentation and discussion at the session in Dallas.

LIGHT READING Slides (WHY start a Light Reading Program and HOW to do it) 

PREFERRED ACTIVITY TIME 2013 NTPRS Presentation Notes These are the notes that accompanied the PAT Activities session presented by Gerry Wass and Bryce in Dallas.  They contain explanations of tested, winner PAT activities for the foreign language classroom that use comprehensible input in the TL to reinforce the learning in a fun and active way.

REFLECTING ON WHAT WE HAVE SEEN  These are some questions to ask ourselves that may help us frame what we see as we observe master teachers like Linda Li.  We don’t just want to take away, “Gee, isn’t she a great teacher!” We want to know WHY she is a great teacher.  WHAT was she doing? HOW did she do it?

READING & (EVENTUAL) OUTPUT  This is an essay that a Spanish I 9th grade student (an exceptionally hard working and focused non-native with no background in Spanish) did during two days in class. The challenge assignment for students was to read an entire novel, and then close the book and summarize (not re-write) each chapter.  They could re-read portions beforehand, but they could not look at the book as they wrote.  She wrote this in class with no dictionary and no outside help.  These are not typical results, but it does show the differentiated results that are possible with comprehensible input-based methods.  Patricia va a CA Student Summary (pdf)

Spanish 2 Story Starter (NEW!)  This is a way to expand and adapt a story that students know to a new level.

EL CUENTO DEL GATO PAST TENSE EXT VERSION (NEW!)  Here is an extended version of the famous “Cat Story” by Blaine Ray from Look, I Can Talk! told in the past tense for level 2 Spanish classes.

BASIC SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY (PDF)  NEW!  This is a dictionary for  that includes vocabulary for most much of the vocabulary in level I & II Blaine Ray novels.  Includes:  high frequency words, common verbs, common cognates, function words, explanations of special expressions, and selected historical & cultural vocabulary.

UNDERSTANDING TPRS  (PDF)  Updated and Expanded–Formerly “The Basics of TPRS”

VERBS IN THE TOP 505 SPANISH WORDS (PDF) NEW!  This is an analysis of the verbs on the Wiktionary word frequency list for Spanish. This analysis can make it easier to see which verbs in which specific forms occur most often in the language and has implications for what we should be teaching if we want our students to become fluent.

 

TOOLS TO HELP US BECOME BETTER TEACHERS

The New Bloom’s Taxonomy and Foreign Language Instruction (PDF) Memorization is the very lowest level of learning. With comprehensible input strategies we can ask students to think at higher levels.

Checklist for Observing a FL Classroom UPDATED!  (PDF) This latest version has more specific guidance built into the form to point out what good foreign language teaching should look like. This can be a big help to administrators and guests by giving them specifics to focus on. I give a copy to every observer in my classes to get some guided feedback and help me to get better.

Checklist for Observing a FL Classroom  This is the Checklist in a Word format so you can adapt it to your needs.

TOP 400 SPANISH WORDS  This is a list of the 400 most frequent words in Spanish from Wiktionary.org based on movie and television program subtitles, so it may approximate actual speech. It is organized so that students can check off the words they recognize as a general vocabulary comprehension check.

 

CULTURE & GEOGRAPHY

Introduction to Guatemala   (PowerPoint to introduce the country to level I Spanish and/or as a set for the Blaine Ray novel Patricia va a California.  Coordinates with the 5 themes that students learn in their geography classes)

Amigos de… Study Partner Maps (to help students learn the geography of the Spanish-speaking world easily and quickly)
AMIGOS DE CENTROAMÉRICA (PDF)
AMIGOS DE SUDAMÉRICA (PDF)
AMIGOS DE ESPAÑA (PDF)

EXPLANATION OF THE Amigos de… MAPS (PDF) NEW!

 

READING

READING_LOG-Spanish

Kindergarten Reading (PDF)

Language Acquisition and Reading (PDF)
Reading Reminder Bookmarks (PDF)
Favorite Spanish Picture Books (PDF)
Book Report Form–English (PDF)
Book Report Form–Spanish (PDF)
Dual entry Reading Journal Form (PDF)

SSR MINI-REPORT  NEW! 

LIGHT READING BOOK REPORTS  NEW! 

Classroom Reading Posters
How to Choose Reading Material (PDF)
SSR Reading Poster (PDF)
Reading Quotes Poster (PDF)

 

WORKSHOP DOWNLOADS

TECHNIQUES TO HELP US SLOW DOWN (Notes from NTPRS 2012 session with Alike Last of The Netherlands)

STORIES WORTH RE-TELLING: How to Teach with Jokes (PDF)

LA LLORONA COMPARISON ESSAY EXAMPLES

How to Teach with Legends 2011 ACTFL PRESENTATION NOTES

How to Teach with Legends 2011 ACTFL SLIDE

 

ASSESSMENT

Language Performance Scale for Telling a Story (PDF)

 

MISC. DOWNLOADS

Darmok  This is an information and activity sheet based on the classic Star Trek the Next Generation episode where Captain Picard learns to communicate with an alien captain via storytelling and shared metaphors.

Eres Tu Valentine’s Day Activity (PDF)

FUNNY PLACE NAMES (PDF)

Nicknames in Spanish

Songs All Spanish Students Need to Know (PDF)

SONGS–Dia de los Muertos & La Llorona

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS with SAMPLE ANSWERS

Placing Students in Spanish Classes (PDF)
Placing Native Speakers (PDF)

Alternative for Unwilling Students (in Word format so you can adjust to your needs)

APRENDA LAS EMOCIONES con Kristen Stewart   The many different and obvious emotional expressions on the face of a professional actress can help your students to learn the words for emotions in Spanish!