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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. 
Click here to see more novels and get deals on mini-library sets!
Check out the selection below. Whether you want to snag a book for your classroom library or get a set for the class, we've got you covered!


Check out our Novels & Resources page if you are looking for: 
1. Deals on book bundles with FVR/SSR/Literature Circles Materials  2. Classroom sets/Teacher Manuals (Free shipping Big Bundles).  

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 confe…

Guernica- The Art of War- Resources for teaching Guernica

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The Art of War:Problem-based learning unit

The Art of War is my unit title for teaching about Guernica. I started this unit a few years ago as a middle school teacher, and now that I am at a high school, it blossomed considerably. Our finale to the Spanish Civil War unit, for which you can access information here, was this mini-unit on Guernica, which includes a PBL action component. After learning about the reasons undergirding this powerful piece of protest art, students had to dig deep and find a cause that was Guernica worthy and start the creative process of bringing awareness to their issue. Guernica was our inspiration or muse for the resultant personal projects (collages are below, but this is only the first part). You can see the planning documents and first part of the projects below. 

Starting with Guernica


To pique students' interest in Guernica, I used a few videos on the subject from Youtube, one being this awesome trailer of Guernica to the left. Although students had …