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.
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:
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 [...]
(Previous post: Acquisition/Learning) The next post in this series (#5/9), The Input Hypothesis, is found here. MANIAC N: The Natural Order of Acquisition Hypothesis "Students acquire elements of grammar in a predictable order that is unaffected by teaching." Stephen Krashen and other researchers contend that the order of acquisition is a natural feature of the human brain. It cannot be altered or rushed. The ability to recognize and produce certain aspects of grammar, and much of the accompanying vocabulary, unfolds as students are exposed to comprehensible input. The natural order of acquisition is not the teaching order. It is useful as a [...]
The students in every one of my Spanish 1 classes pleased me immensely the other day by demonstrating they have a grasp on the importance of word frequency. I had mentioned that under the old textbook series I used to follow we would have just begun using verbs like tener (to have) and querer (to want) at this time in the school year (at the end of the third quarter) because they are irregular stem changing verbs. None of the students could believe it. There were outbursts of derisive laughter in each of my 4 level 1 classes. In each [...]
Just in time for the summer book-reviewing season! Here is the most recent list of what I call High Interest Easy Readers. It is not a complete list of all books available in Spanish, just the ones I am familiar with. These are all books that I have in my classroom that my students have read and have reported their impressions to me. I originally made this list to help my students and myself. The idea was to help them find suitable books and to keep track of how many words each student had read independently. But recently I realized [...]