Compelling Input


By |2023-09-03T14:50:43-06:00August 16th, 2023|

Here is the set list for the gig at Backyard Tap in Loveland. I sang Spanish songs with professional musicians Dave Kaufman and Roy Berliner for an hour, and then folk and light rock songs in English. Great fun! We sang a compilation of traditional songs in Spanish that [...]

DARMOK: The Power of Metaphor & Cultural Stories

By |2023-03-04T09:01:52-07:00March 3rd, 2023|

NOTE: I've been teaching Latin almost exclusively with Roman myths lately - with very positive results. I shared this Darmok activity some time ago. Since this technique is working so well, it bears repeating. Download the updated Darmok classroom activity here. If you love science fiction, like I do, [...]


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 [...]


By |2023-05-27T13:59:02-06:00February 19th, 2022|

Multilevel Classes? Junk May Be the Answer Every class is a multilevel class. The schedule may say students are all in level 1 and have been placed in the appropriate class, but reading levels are all over the place, or soon will be. When the spread becomes wide, how [...]


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