Create a Recipe Card

Posted by Kara Parker on June 22, 2017 in 3 Activities, Interpretive Listening, Interpretive Reading

Interpretive Reading or Listening This is a 21st Century skill that they need. When asked to create something, they need to be able to look at examples to figure out what makes one good. This activity promotes this thinking, instead of a teacher “telling” students what makes a good one.

Making Interpretive Tasks More Authentic

Posted by Kara Parker on May 19, 2017 in Listening, Reading, What's New

The Interpretive Mode. I have more questions than I have answers about this mode. But I do know this! I want to make them mimic what learners will encounter in the real world as much as I can in a World Language classroom. I have included some tasks and lesson examples that I use to make interpretive
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Digital Highlighting Activity

Posted by Kara Parker on April 17, 2017 in 3 Activities, Interpretive Reading, Reading, Techy Stuff, What's New

Highlighting is one of my top go-to interpretive reading activities. Today I will review an app for Apple devices and Chrome. Let’s see how highlighting can go digital!

Do you remember…

Posted by Megan Smith on March 21, 2017 in 1 Planning, What's New

…what it feels like to be a novice? Remember how it feels to be surrounded by a new language?

Music Unit

Posted by Kara Parker on January 23, 2017 in 1 Planning, Music, November Ideas, Units

“Latin Grammy Show” (November), “Premio lo nuestro” on Univision (February) or any other TL award show can be the focus of the never-ending music unit.

Street Art Unit

Posted by Megan Smith on January 23, 2017 in 1 Planning, Art, Units

Art is a pretty common topic in any upper-level language class. I spent a lot time researching and trying to learn art history and artists like Dali, Kahlo, and Picasso before teaching this unit. I thought that was what they “needed” to know for college, AP, or to support their Humanities course.  The more I
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Birthdays Unit

Posted by Kara Parker on January 23, 2017 in 1 Planning, Celebrations, Units

That first level 1 unit traditionally includes greetings, names, ages, numbers 0-100, months, dates, alphabet, weather, and “¿Puedo ir al baño?” It took so long to teach all of that! I still want to cover those, but not all at once. Here’s my unit that I used to teach some of those basics in a cultural context.

Chopsticks and Chinese New Year

Posted by Kara Parker on January 20, 2017 in Chinese, Culture, New Year's

鸡年吉祥 / Jínián jíxiáng / Good luck for this Rooster year! As Chinese New Year approaches, here’s a video, follow-up activity and a few ideas that we want to share. Even if you teach a different language, see how culture can instantly hook their curiosity!

A Quiz They Will Want To Take!

Posted by Megan Smith on January 15, 2017 in iPads, Reading, Technology, Techy Stuff, What's New

I try to offer a variety of reading for students – it stretches them to see new things and connects to more kids! Articles, infographics, tweets… if native speakers are reading it, then I’m going to consider using it for my classes. Here’s an interactive reading that has been catching my eye lately. In fact,
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Watch Holiday Commercials

Posted by Kara Parker on December 13, 2016 in Christmas

Binge watching good commercials can be just as entertaining as the shows! Thanks to the #langchat community, here are some great videos to get you started. Plus I added a few follow up activities that you can use immediately.

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