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ON THE POWER OF USING SUBTLE, APPROPRIATE TOUCH TO CONNECT

“Touch seems to be such an important tool for enhancing social cooperation and affiliation that we have evolved a special physical route along which those subliminal feelings of social connection travel from skin to brain. That is, scientists have discovered a particular kind of nerve fiber in people’s skin—especially in the face and arms—that appears to have developed specifically to transmit the pleasantness of social touch… they are connected directly to the areas of the brain such as the insular cortex, which is associated with emotion.” p. 137 Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rues Your Behavior, by Leonard Mlodinow

By |2018-10-25T13:04:01+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Passwords, Quote of the Day|0 Comments

ON THE POWER OF HIGH-FREQUENCY VOCABULARY

“… the most frequent words account for 85 percent of speech.”  p. viii “Given that verbs typically account for 20 percent of all words in a language, this [focusing on just the most frequent verbs] may be a good strategy. Also, a focus on function words may be equally rewarding – 60 percent of speech in English is composed of a mere 50 function words.”  p. viii “…verbs are in general more common in conversation, which tends to express feelings and opinions more than presenting information about objects and processes.”  p. 148 A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for [...]

By |2018-10-25T12:51:57+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: High Frequency Vocabulary, Quote of the Day|0 Comments

BER Seminars in December

I will be presenting seminars for the Bureau of Education and Research (www.ber.org) starting in December. BER is the leading provider of professional development and PD training resources for educators in North America. You have undoubtedly seen their maroon colored brochures for other excellent seminars in your school mail box over the years. Learn the best strategies that work for sustainable comprehensible-input based world language teaching in these comprehensive one-day seminars that are planned across the USA this upcoming school year. Read the seminar brochure here.    Attendees at the seminars I did in the spring said: "I loved, loved, loved getting [...]

By |2018-08-30T17:53:00+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: BER, How It Works, Motivation, Workshops|2 Comments

LOCAL TEACHER BOOSTS HOMEWORK LOAD IN BID FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Local teacher Anne Dur has a plan. Last year she was a finalist for national teacher of the year and missed receiving that honor by just a few points. This year she is determined to get it. This year she thinks she knows what to do. Dur has upped the homework requirement in her French classes to what some might call an excessive amount of time. “Last year I missed it because the kids didn’t score high enough on the national exams. That’s not going to happen again this year. Non monsieur,” said Dur. Students and parents were shocked to [...]

THE TOP 10 BEST-SELLING NOVELS OF ALL TIME

Which of these have you read? I have written guides to reading and teaching two of these best-selling novels in Spanish. One year we listened to Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal in AP Spanish. Every other year for 10 years I taught El alquimista in my Spanish 4 and AP classes. Both were well worth the time. El Alquimista: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-el-alquimista-student-support-and-glossary Harry Potter: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-read-harry-potter-in-spanish            Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: 500+ million A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200+ Million The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 150+ Million The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: [...]

COLORFUL SPANISH: VOCABULARY HELP FOR NEW TEACHERS

A Short Glossary of Insults and Off-Color Street Spanish. Find the whole list here Among some groups, I suppose this vocabulary could be considered high-frequency, but not in polite company. This material was originally published in Conversational Spanish, a textbook I wrote and used in my college classes for almost 20 years.  It is intended to inform adults. I have never taught my upper-level high school students units on cussing in Spanish, despite their ardent pleas over the years. Although I agree that it would be useful for them to be aware of some of the curse words in Spanish, I never [...]