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Setting Up a Free and Voluntary Reading Program

If we know that students gain so much by reading in another language, how can we make that happen as much as possible in our world language classrooms? Setting up a free and voluntary reading program can be an excellent way to allow for student choice, give students an opportunity… Read more »

Comprehensible Input Strategies to Make Learning Meaningful and Connected

I have been teaching English and Spanish for about 10 years now and have had many experiences with assessing curriculum resources – identifying whether textbooks or novels I find will suit my learners. As a coordinator in a private school in Mexico, I remember having the overwhelming responsibility of requesting… Read more »

Beginning of the Year Team Building Activity

Need a new way to get students to collaborate in the language classroom? This is a perfect activity to start the school year to build strong classroom relationships, to spice up your class halfway through the year or to end the year with a bang! It celebrates different abilities, which… Read more »

Music in the language classroom

What better way to introduce students to other cultures but through music? I love to use music to teach students about different genres and singers from different countries, while focusing on making the lyrics comprehensible so students actually understand the song! Here are a few tips on how to incorporate… Read more »

End of the Year Spanish Class Activities

End of the Year Spanish Class Activities It’s that time of year again… the flowers are blooming and the sun is coming out… and teachers and students start the countdown until the last day of school! I don’t know about you, but I get excited about this time of year… Read more »

Get your class moving!

Want to get your class up and moving? Movement helps blood flow to the brain, rejuvenates students and prepares them for what comes ahead! Try some of these strategies to get students to move! 1. Galeria – Instead of having students read at their desks, have bits of information posted… Read more »

BreakoutEDU

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Looking for an amazing way to engage your language learners? Try a BreakoutEDU game! BreakoutEDU has essentially created a product that allows students to break into a box (instead of escape out of a room like an escape room!) that increases student motivation but also promotes collaboration in the language… Read more »