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Dipping my toes in FVR: My first FVR reading time #awesome

Dipping my toes in CI: My first Free Voluntary Reading Time #awesome

For the past few years, I have been learning about teaching in a more comprehensible way. This makes sense since we want to give students, even more, access to the curriculum. Although I have always taught very comprehensibly, in some way, shape, or form, these last few years, I have been treading in the deeper end of the pool of Comprehensible Input (CI).  About two years ago, our department decided to add to the wonderful repertoire of strategies garnered from tinkering with IB principles, ACTFL guidelines to create a more student-centered language-rich environment. We upped the ante by adding the specialized expertise of Brycehedstrom one year, and Martina Bex the next. They taught us about Embedded Readings,Personal Interviews, Kindergarten Read, Movie Talks and Free Voluntary Reading. This extra tools really made gave me that "kickboard" that I need to stay afloat. Although I have written several novels…

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

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…