Motivation

ARE WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS DIFFERENT?

But leave who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight.   Only where love and need are one, And the work is play for mortal stakes, Is the work ever really done For Heaven and the future’s sakes.   Those last two stanzas of Robert Frost’s poem Two Tramps in Mud Time (or, A Full-Time Interest) make me think of word language teachers. Maybe it’s just the people I hang out with, but I can’t help but wonder if language teachers are different. [...]

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QUESTIONS STUDENTS WANT TO ASK ONE ANOTHER IN INTERVIEWS

These are some of the questions that students said they would like to ask one another using the present perfect. It is interesting that the hot items always cluster around the same themes. Questions about four topics are always winners, and they showed up here. These Top Tier Topics are: • Music • Pets • Sports • Cars All are engaging topics. Kids will have an opinion about them. They will always have something to say about those. But other topics also showed up. These may be considered Second Tier Topics: • Travel • School • Work • Food These [...]

THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION

This question comes from Adria, a Spanish I student of a teacher that uses my materials: Hello, my name is Adria ____. I go to _____ High School. My Spanish teacher has us read your stories and answer the questions but some of us had some questions about it. Like, why are the boys really creepy and the girls really crazy? Thanks for the good question, Adria. I write stories to keep students' attention. I want them to be compelling and motivating. Exaggerating tendencies that we all sense is one way of doing that. Most boys are mystified by girls' [...]

CLASSROOM OBSERVATION BY JESSICA C.

Last week three teachers from one school came to observe for an entire day. Here are some observations by award-winning middle school teacher, Jessica C. from Colorado Springs: Bryce, I just wanted to thank you for letting me spend the day observing your classes. I just can't say enough great things about your program. You have created the perfect formula for a successful language learner. It's engaging, it's fun, it's motivating, it's inclusive and it's enjoyable.  After implementing your ideas my first WEEK Spanish students (not even first year... these are kids who have not even been exposed to the [...]

SOME PIG!

COMPELLING INPUT, GENUINE ENGAGEMENT & ACQUISITION FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE For La Persona Especial today in first period we talked with a girl named Mattea. This was the second round of questions for her and she is normally quite willing to share with the class, but today she was not very talkative, only mentioning that she liked to draw and sing, with very little elaboration—until we asked her if she had any animals. Then she told us about Pudge, and suddenly a lackluster interview exploded with genuine engagement. What started as a routine exercise became an example of how a [...]