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Hablando se entiende la gente :Cultivating Spontaneous Conversation in the WL Classroom

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How Do We Encourage Spontaneous Speaking in the WL Classroom? Like this! 





























  was thoroughly intrigued by Amy Lenord's post on The Power of Just Talking.Not only because I agree that it is a good practice, but speaking is the "core" of what we do in this "labor of love." We give copious amounts of input, engage students in a wide range of language-building activities so that they can speak, and do it somewhat naturally. However, sometimes as language teachers, we over think things. I certainly do. Amy's blog post The Power of Just Talking resonated with me and challenged me to think more about this 'gift" that students already have. And don't worry about them making errors- we learn from our failures, and we fail forward. 




Spontaneous Speaking and the Creative Student 

Spontaneous speaking has always been at the forefront of my teaching philosophy, but not for pedagogical reasons necessarily. I've just always been interested in what students h…

Creative way to change seats in the WL class by using cultural realia

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Creative way to change class seats by using cultural realia
I'll admit, I really suck at changing seats. I really get so used to where students are sitting that usually don't change seats. However, they always complain because they'd like to move around. Point taken! Last year, I'd have them move seats and ask questions that were similar to that of a personal interview. If you want to learn more about Personal Interviews, check out Brycehedstrom.com.
So year, I am adding to this protocol. In addition to the run-of-the-mill meet and greet, I found a new fun way to move seats, keep students in the TL and add a bit of culture to the mix. 

Postcards from Spain (or any culture)  I am using these postcards that I purchased in Spain for organizing seats. If you've traveled and have a few, great. If not, you can download pictures from the internet to match the theme that you are teaching (see some online printouts below). 
How to use them? 





I bought 6 of each type of post card. …