Category: What’s New

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!

Do you remember…

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

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 – Cultural Contexts Make Learning More Meaningful!

One of my favorite sessions at ACTFL16 was a Sunday morning session by two teachers from the American School in London. The session was about incorporating tech projects in the language classroom and both teachers showed how they let students learn and practice language with fun, independent tech tools. I noticed something else. What stood
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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!

ACTFL Takeaway – Real Audiences Matter

We had a great time presenting with Erika Shupe and Kris Morehead on a session called “Teaching outside of the box.” We all shared a story and it got me thinking about real audiences and how motivating they can be!

ACTFL Takeaway – Names and Stereotyping Lesson

I love getting new ideas – big and little – from ACTFL! Here’s one lesson plan idea that incorporates a social justice issue appropriate for novices and higher.

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.

Is it communication? Don’t miss the mark!

Thanks to ACTFL for teaching us about the all important 5 C’s. Communication, Culture, Community, Comparison, and Connection. (I feel like there should be six, because who teaches without coffee?!? I’ll see what I can do!) We have been focusing on these a lot during workshops lately. Although we as teachers know they are the foundation
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