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"Si al comienzo no muestras quién eres, nunca podrás después, cuando quisieres."  "If at first you do not show who you are, you will never be able to afterwards when you want to." From El Conde Lucanor, Cuento XXXV, by Don Juan Manuel (Medieval Castilian writer, 1282-1348). The first week of school is a magical and vitally important time. This is the honeymoon period, those brief few days when it seems like every single one of your students like you, like the class and like each other. Almost every year the honeymoon phase will trick you into thinking you don't [...]

WHAT KINDS OF BOOKS TO GET FOR FVR? (SSR/FVR Series, #2)

When choosing novels and other reading material for your world language students, look for these characteristics: Is it comprehensible? These are the factors that contribute to comprehensibility: Unique Word Count. This is the number of different words in the text. The lower the unique word count, the easier a text is to read. When students know high frequency verbs they can often read at a higher level than is traditionally supposed. Many authors are writing with high frequency verbs and unique word counts in mind. Here are some guidelines for languages with many cognates: -Early level 1:  Under 100 unique [...]

By | 2018-08-06T15:43:31+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Library, Compelling Input, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments

FORMER STUDENT GETS PHD IN SPANISH

The student has excelled the teacher, the ultimate wish of any educator. I received word the other day from a former student, David Dalton, that he has a PhD in Spanish and is now an assistant professor at The University of North Carolina. He has a book coming out next month called Mestizo Modernity: Race, Technology, and the Body in Post-revolutionary Mexico. Here is a pdf where you can get a discount on the book: file:///C:/Users/bryce/Downloads/Mestizo_Modernity_INDIVIDUALS_AU718.pdf Dr. Dalton's faculty page is here: https://pages.uncc.edu/ddalto14/  

By | 2018-07-29T16:04:49+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Categories: Books, Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WHY READ NOVELS? (SSR/FVR Series, #1)

 “I don’t know how one develops imagination without reading fiction.” —Diane Ravitch If you haven't encouraged your world language students to read novels, think about it. These novels are not classic literature in the target language. Most of our students are not ready for that. Rather, short novels are a special genre of language learner literature: vocabulary controlled, interesting stories of between 2,000 and 10,000 words. There are more and more of these kinds of materials being produced every day because teachers are discovering that reading novels is one of the best ways, if not the best way for students [...]

By | 2018-08-06T15:42:23+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Light Reading, Novels, Reading|0 Comments

NEW BOOK: MEANINGFUL READING COMPREHENSION CHECKS

This book will make your life easier and your teaching more effective. It is a compilation of the best comprehension checks for reading that I have discovered over 30 years of teaching and researching Free Voluntary Reading with my students. Whether you call it FVR, Sustained Silent Reading or Light Reading, when students read on their own magic happens. When it is taught well, self-selected reading is the best way to differentiate instruction and engage students. This book will show you how to do it--even with reluctant readers. With these best trade secrets from expert reading teachers you will be [...]