Acquisition

PASSWORDS STICK

By |2024-06-29T21:27:30-06:00June 29th, 2024|

I got some evidence of how well "passwords" stick with students. In case you're not familiar with passwords, they are a way to greet students as they enter the classroom. Students say a prearranged "password" (a phrase in the target language) to the teacher at the doorway. Passwords are [...]

TEACHING UPPER LEVELS WITH C.I.

By |2024-01-02T21:14:51-07:00January 2nd, 2024|

Shayna, an AP Spanish teacher and reader of this blog writes: Hi Bryce, I've spent my 10-year career teaching Spanish at a private high school.  I am very intrigued by CI, but as an AP Spanish teacher, I'm concerned that if I abandon some of my traditional teaching methods, [...]

THE VALUE OF FREE READING

By |2023-01-30T10:17:48-07:00January 30th, 2023|

(This article was originally published in the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (IJFLT), Summer, 2005 edition under the title Another Win for Harry Potter: More Evidence of the Value of Free Reading. I'm still learning from this kid.) Here is the article in a pdf format. Have 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 [...]

IS THE EXPENSE OF PROM WORTH IT?

By |2022-03-26T16:45:42-06:00March 26th, 2022|

After two years away prom is back. But is prom worth it? Here's how to structure an activity in the target language and engage disinterested students. This is an activity that I have done with Spanish 2 - AP classes. It's about how much prom costs: LOS GASTOS DEL [...]

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