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 [...]
It can be tempting to speak a lot of L1 in the early days of the school year, but if you teach high frequency verbs and some useful classroom verbs early, you can keep Maury away. Here's a helpful list to get started: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/wp-cont…/…/IMPORTANT-VERBS.pdf The first part is based on Mike Peto and Terry Waltz's work.
At a neighborhood barbecue the other night I struck up a conversation with a couple of intelligent young professionals. The conversation eventually turned to reading and I asked them what books they had been reading lately. They both sheepishly confessed to reading fiction. I assured them that there was no shame in reading fiction. It’s not as if fiction were a second-class citizen of the reading world. In fact, the case for fiction is strong. I gave them my best short answer: “Fiction readers know more, understand more and feel more,” but of course, after dwelling on it for a [...]
When you start a daily self-selected reading program your students will complain–even if you provide a wide selection. Even if you allow them to to select what they read. when the complaints roll in, have faith that they will subside if you stay strong. Here's what has worked for me: 1) Make this poster an place it prominently in the front of your classroom: “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading When the daily whining begins, point your laser pointer at the poster. Make no expression on your [...]
These are the quotes I use to motivate students and to justify reading in the classroom to skeptical parents and administrators: READING IS FASTER THAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen (1993). The Power of Reading, p. 15, citing a study by Nagy, Herman and Anderson READING BUILDS BIGGER VOCABULARIES “Less frequent words... may best be learned by reading extensively, because there is just not enough time to learn them all through conscious study.” ―Norbert Schmitt (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching, p. 137 READING STORIES [...]
Take advantage of the upcoming interest in La Llorona by teaching your students the real legend in Spanish with this embedded reading: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading A new movie about everyone's favorite scary Mexican legend, La Llorona, is coming to the big screen this spring. The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters nation-wide beginning on April 19th. This is a feature film produced by James Wan (of Aquaman & The Conjuring fame), about the child-stealing, weeping woman of Mexican folklore. With these new resources, your students will be able to understand, read and even tell the story like never before: https://quizlet.com/STORYLABSlanguage/folders/la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-level-1-read-to-learn-spanish-complete-set/sets?fbclid=IwAR3m3Lo1JwfBFA_anTUm7QOWGhw9LlFzjc5rq6fUUdOM7ENcdE380ExkeMo