Word Frequency


  • Which words would you add to the lists of number-related vocabulary below? • Which ones do you tend not to use? • What are your favorite techniques for using numbers meaningfully? NOTE: Activities and games for teaching and reinforcing numbers will be available for a limited time at https://storylabs.app/signup . Put in the book code hedstrom (all lower case) for free access until July 1. Some number-related vocabulary sticks with students, some doesn’t. That stickiness has to do with how often students see and hear those words after the numbers unit is over. If your curriculum requires you [...]


-What surprises for you about the word-frequency of the number words on the list below? -What do you notice about the frequency of these numbers and number-related words? -What activities do you do to help your students acquire and retain number vocabulary?   A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish, by Mark Davies (also available in all other major languages) can be the language teacher’s best friend. Take numbers, for instance. Being aware of the frequency with which number vocabulary is used can help us understand what to teach and can also explain why students can have trouble remembering all of the [...]

By |2020-05-14T17:56:42-06:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Games, Numbers, Word Frequency|Tags: |1 Comment

Free Online Resources for Language Teachers

We are here to help you get across this tough time with FREE resources. Click here for the link to sign up with Storylabs and to connect with the Facebook Live event on Monday, March 3o at 1:00 pm Pacific. I have teamed up with author Virginia Hildebrand and Storylabs to offer Spanish teachers help.  You can choose from a variety of levels and themes, all organized and easy to link to your virtual classroom. Other languages coming soon. There are readings and activities for many levels: • Whole novels for upper levels • Beginner readings with sheltered vocabulary using [...]


    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.

By |2019-08-15T21:33:06-06:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Just for Fun, Reading, Satire, Word Frequency|0 Comments


A new major motion picture about the legend of La Llorona is coming out. The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters beginning April 19. This legend is compelling input anyway, but the added popularity of the movie will increase student interest even more. Here is an embedded reading (scaffolded) version of the story written with high frequency vocabulary. A step-by-step lesson planning guide for teachers is also available.  It has been very popular and successful with teachers and students. https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading Here are a few images from the book:

Seminar in Seattle

Did a seminar in Seattle this week (the 5th of 5 this month) for the Institute for Educational Development, a division of the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). 62 enthusiastic attendees. Fabulous group! Saw some old friends and made some new ones. Woven throughout every aspect of the day was the crucial need for relationships and empathy. Talked about what works in the world language classroom to make it a place where acquisition happens joyfully and enthusiastically: • How modern Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory applies to best-practice teaching • The difference between acquisition and learning in world language teaching [...]