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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…

El Cine Colombiano: 11 Activities for Teaching Film

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Cine Colombiano- ¡Qué chévere! 

This year's film unit is taking even a steeper climb through the South American Continent.( Click here to see the post about 5 film activities for your class. Most activities are free! ) I've added two films to explore cultural themes and social issues while conversing in the target language.  

On a personal/pedagogical note, this year I have been learning about MovieTalk, a TPRS strategy for enhancing listening comprehension and focusing on structures. I am still learning about this key strategy in facilitating conversation using film, I am no way an expert, but I have incorporated some of those practices in my class (Check out my Wanna-be-Movietalk activity: Eight free engaging activities for teaching the preterit and imperfect tenses). I am slowing incorporating these strategies as I go. 
Shall we take a peek? ¡Dale!
Film unit vocabulary and activities- absolutely free. Engage your students in the following activities: 

1. Vocabulary matching- in …

Boost your students' fluency with These TPRS Friendly Novels and Short Stories for Spanish Class!

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 Comprehensible Student Literature in Spanish (and French)Resource Page 
Looking for student-friendly novels and/or short stories for Spanish (or French) class? TPRS/CI novels are perfect for language learners as they couple the principles of language acquisition (repetition/compelling storylines) with students' interest. 
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Novels And Resources by A.C. Quintero 

Spanish 1+ "La clase de confesiones" series is also available at Amazon, Fluency Matters, Brycehedstrom.com, Carlex Novels And Resources by A.C. Quintero . La Clase de Confesiones (Spanish 1&2) La clase de confesiones: new look, same great story! "La clase de confesiones" is the perfect novel for your Spanish …