AP Themes Aren’t Just for AP Classes… Introduce Them Early

Posted by Megan Smith on November 6, 2017 in 2 Authentic Resources, AP Themes, Culture

The AP themes for teaching World Languages are BIG. If you’re not familiar with them, here they are: Even in one individual theme, there are a million different ideas, resources, and paths to take when planning. Covering it all can be a little overwhelming for AP teachers and it’s definitely a lot for students to
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Let’s talk about Halloween.

Posted by Kara Parker on October 30, 2017 in Día de Muertos, October

When I was living in Spain, there were many times that I needed to explain my traditions and products because they did not know about them. It always helped when I could compare it to something they were familiar with… (Well, it’s kind of like… but has… and is more…). If you are doing a
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Unit Vocabulary “Lists” – not created by the teacher

Posted by Kara Parker on October 17, 2017 in Units, Vocabulary Building

Thought I’d share two simple ways I changed vocabulary lists as I transitioned to a more learner-centered class. Read on for the download and some tips to use them!

First Days, First Impressions

Posted by Megan Smith on July 30, 2017 in First Days, What's New

There’s a lot to do the first week of class, but what we choose to include in our first lessons really shows our students what we value most. I want students to walk away with an experience with the language and a positive impression of language learning…starting on day one! The purpose of this first-day
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World Language Syllabus for Proficiency

Posted by Kara Parker on July 26, 2017 in 1 Planning, First Days, Proficiency

I’m starting to see teachers on social media heading back to school! Where did the summer go?? The syllabus can be one way to set proficiency expectations at the beginning. We have a template for you to download and modify so you can focus on the fun things like decorating the classroom.

Spanish, French, German… oh my! (more downloads)

Posted by Megan Smith on July 25, 2017 in Class Decor, First Days, What's New

Do your students understand your questions? It’s easy for students to get most of what you say but miss the QUESTION word! For example: _________ did you eat? The question could have easily been… when, where, with whom, or why. The question words are important… and they take practice! That’s why we love these simple question
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Tell me how you really feel!

Posted by Megan Smith on July 20, 2017 in Class Decor, First Days, What's New

If we want students using the target language at the start of a new year (especially at the novice level), then we have to have resources to encourage it. I’d ask students “¿Cómo estás?” and most really wanted to answer me in Spanish. Without help though, they’d scramble up the easiest response (bien) OR jump
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Greet Them at the Door

Posted by Kara Parker on July 19, 2017 in 1 Planning, Class Decor, Class Routines, First Days

Thinking about decorating your classroom or cart? Or using Target Language from day 1? We have something that will do both! It’s a post from the past and we still love it, so we gave it a fresh update for the new year. We hope you ♥love♥ today’s #free #DailyDownload!

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 3 Activities, 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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