• Call-and-Response signals create a non-threatening way for all students to participate. The teacher starts the expression… and the students end it. It feels safe because the whole class responds together. The best calls-and-responses mix culture and content in a student-centered way. Using regular Calls-and-Responses is a fun and cultural way to involve the whole class, signal transitions in the lesson, and check for the general level of comprehension.
• Rejoinders are short, useful responses in the target language. They let students demonstrate active listening, giving them the ability to talk back in the target language and letting their personalities come out. “Rejoinders keep the conversation going” and give students the tools and permission to interact (and even complain!) in a natural, fun, and intuitive way.
• Passwords are expressions in the target language that students are required to use to enter the classroom. They help the teacher to connect personally with each student before class starts. Using engaging and useful expressions, (rather than merely practicing vocabulary or grammar) makes these interactions more useful, memorable and meaningful.
(Scroll down for German, Chinese and Spanish resources)
French Materials on this Website
French Novels: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/shop-for-books-other-french
French Partner Pair Maps
Northwest Africa (scroll down) https://www.brycehedstrom.com/free-stuff/classroom-management-2
French Special Person Interview Posters: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/La-personne-pre%CC%81cieuse-doc-format.pdf
Thanks to Say Eow Quah, who shared these. She credits Haiyun Lu and Diane Neubauer for much of this work. 太感谢了！
Thanks to Jian Li, of Dallas, Texas for these translations.
Thanks to Christopher Corbett – 郭锐老师, of DePaul College Prep, Chicago, IL
Spanish Call & Response:
Spanish Tongue Twisters:
Tongue twisters are fun to use as passwords. You can also ask students to memorize one a week from these five lists of authentic trabalenguas: Trabalenguas Spanish Tongue Twisters
Here is a year’s worth of weekly passwords for your intermediate level students. They include historical expressions, rejoinders, idioms, wise sayings from the deep culture, tongue twisters, and some opportunities to express their opinions using typical upper level grammar and vocabulary. Knowing authentic, cultural expressions like these can help immensely on high stakes upper level tests.
Wise cultural sayings can help students understand the language and culture, as well as their own lives.
The novice level passwords are useful idiomatic expressions, rejoinders, interesting (but quick) questions, tongue-twisters and just fun words.
Bryce’s Passwords Book:
What’s The Password?
Hundreds of Bryce’s classroom passwords have been compiled into a book by Teacher’s Discovery. It includes the why, what and how to make sure the password procedure will work for you. Passwords are a game-changer in the classroom. You can order it here.