Category: Listening

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…

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 –…

YouTube Task #4: Predict the Future

True language proficiency is what your students can do on the spot. Making a prediction in the middle of a YouTube video is a fun way to practice this unrehearsed language. Now, novices may not be able to create on…

Spark Excitement with Authentic Resources

#AuthRes (authentic resources) have made a huge impact in world language classes around the world. Basically, they are anything made for native speakers. The beautiful thing is that the internet has helped make these resources available to all of us and…

Independent Listening – 3 Family Videos

Language learners need a lot of input. That’s a fact. However, not all input is equal. They need authentic examples of vocabulary in action to grow, and not just from their teacher. That’s why I love YouTube. There’s so much…

Four Corners

Planning time is valuable, but it seems to get shorter every day with all the other things we have to do. Recently I’ve rediscovered Four Corners and I have found it to be a very valuable, quick to prepare, interpretive listening…

Creating Questions for Trivia Time

It’s time to try something new! That’s what a new semester encourages me to do. I love starting class with a hook (video, meme, song, article, etc. in TL of course!) that gets them curious about the culture. On the final,…

Celebrating “La Navidad” – videos for class

I love celebrating holidays in class because it is full of language and learning – not a break from it! Here are a few videos that Kara and I use in class to share culture and practice listening skills.

Infer This

High Rigor and High Relevance! I can hear my assistant principal chanting this as I type it. High relevance, check! Authentic resources, target culture, and cultural comparisons help to keep the lessons relevant to their lives. High rigor… And stay…

Pecha Kucha about 17 Listening Activities

A huge THANKS to Thomas Sauer for organizing the first ACTFL PowerShare session using a Pecha Kucha presentation style, aka 20 pictures showing for 20 seconds each while someone presents (quickly). It was a fun, fast way to get (and…