By |2021-07-13T13:42:41-06:00July 12th, 2021|

Asking students a series of purposeful questions and follow-up questions supercharges learning. It engages them and drives acquisition of language and complex ideas like nothing else. Plato modeled this technique brilliantly in Socrates’ dialogues. Special Person student interviews are similar to Socratic teaching. It is asking questions with a [...]

Science and Spanish

By |2021-07-05T18:22:03-06:00July 5th, 2021|

Talking about things that matter is the goal of language teaching. One thing that matters is SCIENCE.  CÓMO LO SABÍAN Excerpt is a chapter from my  best-selling book Conexiones: Making Connections with the Spanish-Speaking World. This article explains in simple Spanish how ancient peoples all around the world (pun [...]


By |2021-06-16T17:31:32-06:00June 16th, 2021|

Here is an idea that will work if your curriculum demands you explicitly teach direct object pronouns: tell an interesting story that requires DOP's. Here's the outline of one that will work: Somebody sees something that another person doesn’t and they both get frustrated. It would be even better [...]

MANIAC: A Useful Acronym to Remember Krashen’s Hypotheses

By |2021-06-11T17:39:13-06:00June 11th, 2021|

MANIAC: Krashen's 6 Hypotheses is a document that will help you to remember the core ideas of comprehension-based teaching. MANIAC is an acronym that will help you to remember six of Dr. Stephen Krashen's hypotheses about language acquisition, and how they can be applied in the classroom. I chose maniac [...]


By |2020-11-11T18:26:36-07:00November 11th, 2020|

#YO TAMBIÉN, by Theresa Jensen, is another novel that tugs at your heart. As she did with Luisany puede, Jensen once again puts the reader into the story emotionally. With deceptively simple language, she manages to tell a story that rings profoundly true. Both the language and the emotions [...]

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