Classroom Library

A BUNCH OF BOOKS OR A COUPLE OF CLASS SETS?

Brett, an experienced Spanish teacher in South Carolina, writes: Hi Bryce, I was just reading your article about 9 Steps to FVR. I'm trying to build up my reading materials. I basically have none at my new school. Would you recommend prioritizing based on getting a bunch of different books or buying class sets of a couple of select books? Good question. I would go with a bunch of different books. Here's why: Students acquire more language when they can choose their own reading materials. The free choice aspect gives them more buy-in and more engagement. When they can decide what [...]

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

GETTING KIDS READING

For the last three weeks I have been experimenting with reading for the first 10 minutes of every class. The results are encouraging and I am inclined to keep up the practice. It seems to clam down the chattiness and get kids focused and ready to learn. Those first few minutes of class are so important--prime learning time that needs to be spent wisely. I want them engaging with interesting content and acquiring language during that time because it is more likely to stick. This reading time is starting to become a habit for all of us. It is getting [...]

By |2017-11-20T20:43:11-07:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Books, Classroom Library, High Frequency Vocabulary, Reading, Weekly Routine|Tags: |0 Comments

YEARLONG READING PLANS FOR LEVELS 1 & 3

These are the reading assignments from the course syllabi in my level 1 and level 3 classes. Most of it is self-selected reading, even in level 1.Level 1 students can read on their own and read an amazing amount once they know the high frequency verbs. This plan really works for my students because it is self-differentiating. Every class we teach is a multi-level class, regardless of the course title... the students spread out all over the place in ability very quickly and allowing them to read what they want is the best i have found to accommodate those differences. [...]

LEVEL I KIDS JUST CAN’T READ & WON’T READ!

Ahem... er... well... Nope. They want to learn and they will read if we encourage and equip them. This is the book check out list from our classroom library for the second full week of school. 23 books checked out so far. Most of these kids are level 1 Spanish students with no exposure to the language before this school year. They have learned many of the high frequency verbs that are in the novels with classical TPR so far and we have done 8 "Persona Especial" interviews, but that's about it, besides three useful "Passwords". They have had  four [...]

WILL KIDS DO FREE VOLUNTARY READING IN LEVEL 1?

Yes. This is the book check out form for the first three full days of school. Eight students have asked to check out books and take them home to read. Most of the students are from level 1 classes. Mighty proud of these kids. Here's how it happens: 1) Books. There is a large and wide selection of reading materials available that are within the range of even beginning learners. 2) Vocabulary. Students have picked up several high frequency verbs from the classic TPR and Special Person interviews we have already done in class. They are excited and feel empowered. [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classroom Library, Encouragement, Light Reading, Reading|Tags: |1 Comment