SOCRATIC QUESTIONING & LANGUAGE TEACHING

By |2016-06-03T10:15:10-06:00June 3rd, 2016|

The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them. They mainly learn that they stink at it. They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it. But they [...]

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #3

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00January 16th, 2016|

Fluency through TPR Storytelling, by Blaine Ray and Contee Seely What It’s About: A well-thought-out method to teach language and not kill the teacher in the process that is thoroughly supported by decades of SLA research and thousands of teachers and their students. Among TPRS practitioners, this book is [...]

SPANISH 1 STORY: LA CHICA FANTASTICA

By |2017-10-11T13:22:16-06:00September 11th, 2014|

This is another story for early Spanish I. Here is the pdf link:  LA CHICA FANTASTICA It is based on a story by Mike Coxon and is a continuation of the story from last week. The kids had fun with it. It is filled with high frequency vocabulary and there [...]

LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE

By |2017-10-11T13:22:16-06:00September 6th, 2014|

I love the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare because I have always considered myself to be somewhat of a tortoise--I may be slow, but I stick with it. Stories like this can encourage us to persist in the face of ridicule, rejection and seemingly overwhelming odds.  When [...]

TPRS HONORS THESIS

By |2014-04-18T12:07:06-06:00April 18th, 2014|

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the presentation of the final thesis presentation for Rachel, a French student and senior at Colorado State University. Rachel became interested in TPRS two years ago when I presented on the subject in her Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages classes, taught by Dr. Frederique [...]

THEY FINISHED READING THEIR SECOND NOVELS

By |2017-10-11T13:22:16-06:00March 13th, 2014|

My Spanish I students have just finished reading their second independent novel (See the reflections from their first novel here: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/2013/they-finished-reading-their-novels). Once again, they chose a novel they wanted to read. The only constraints were that it be interesting and comprehensible to them. I have to repeat that idea [...]

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