Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day 59: authentic texts

We read a school calendar and schedule today. Using authentic texts is challenging and sometimes scary for students but that’s why we change the task not the text… Task on this text? Identity 5 cognates and some main ideas. Advertisements

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Day 58: games

We played a game to review vocabulary today. I told students something in English, they wrote in Spanish in notebooks and then I called a number. The student who was assigned the number from each team had to run to … Continue reading

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Day 57: inquiry activity

Instead of just telling students that the endings of verbs match the subject in Spanish, I wanted them to discover the pattern themselves in hopes that they’d better understand the concept of conjugating verbs. I created an inquiry activity that … Continue reading

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Day 56: Buen Fin vs. Black Friday

Inspired by Zachary Jones’ great activity on “Buen Fin”: http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/caricaturas-y-opiniones-sobre-el-buen-fin-2012/, I had students read a text to discover more about the new Mexican “tradtion” of “Buen Fin.” While reading authentic texts, teachers should change the task, not the text (#ACTFL) to … Continue reading

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Day 55: homework accountability

To make students accountable to completing homework, I use it during class the next day for activities. We had a contest for the most creative sentences. Winner? “Lady Gaga tiene un vestido de carne.” We also looked for adjective noun … Continue reading

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Day 54: conversación con la tarea

See the full gallery on Posterous Students used their homework to discuss their school schedule with a classmate today. Those that didn’t get their homework done could still complete the task but had less vocabulary already set up for them … Continue reading

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Day 53: think before you network socially

The choir teacher in my building recreated this sign she saw on pintrest and I put it into Spanish. The Spanish for Native Speakers teacher has this posted in her room- she also teaches English.

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