Category: 3 Activities

Unit Vocabulary “Lists” – not created by the teacher

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!

Create a Recipe Card

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

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

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!

A Quiz They Will Want To Take!

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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ACTFL Takeaway – Ordering & Negotiating Activities

I love adding to my “adaptable activities” teacher toolbox! Tori Gilbert – @vgilbertTEACH – gave a simple activity idea that I can easily use in class for a variety of topics. Check it out!

TL Challenge

ACTFL 2016 is winding down and I have one quick idea to give those conferences lanyards a second life that CHALLENGES (not forces) students to stay in the target language.

One Thing I Will Stop Doing Now

Recently I was in China and I was reminded what it was like to be a novice language learner. I tried doing some apps and lists to help me get a small set of words before I left. I was frustrated because these apps have predetermined what I needed to know. Do I really need
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Results are in! Top 5 Infographics

Thank you to everyone who submitted! We hope that beyond trying to win that “big prize,” that it was a rewarding project for both you and your students. If you haven’t yet created infographics in class, these will inspire you. They definitely inspired us! So here are the top 5… choosing a winner wasn’t an easy
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Let Authres Take the Lead ~ Step 3

Starting with authentic resources is great for helping students find new vocab, ask questions about culture, and stay in the target language. I’ve also found that using authentic resources helped me plan better ways to assess learning. That’s step 3 – Authentic tasks and assessments. Here’s another Valentine’s day example of how to start with authres. If
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