Well, hey there, Friends.
I usually share activities that can be a part of a lesson plan in a comprehensible classroom. However, none of these will do language learners any good if they can’t understand you.
Students need a whole lot of comprehensible input before you can expect any language creation, so it’s important to be especially clear when you communicate.
This is why we need to practice being comprehensible speakers. If you don’t think this is a craft that needs training, why are my husband and I always fighting about something I can’t even name until I realize we are having two completely unique and unrelated conversations??? I’m assuming it’s because HE needs to practice communicating comprehensibly, so I am sure there are teachers out there with similar issues…
That was a joke if you’re upset. No one will ever communicate with me better than Mr. Breckley does, and he has a real businessman job, so he must be smarter.
Anyway, checkout this comprehensible input fundamentals video if you’re new to communicating with kids about their legit interests instead of Juan’s pretend schedule on page 32, or even if you need a reminder to slow down your speech because you’ve been an expert at real conversations for so long.
So, basically I made this video for myself…
PS. You can purchase those beautiful word wall posters here. 😉
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Thank you for providing so many great resources! I have tried to make CI a much bigger part of my Spanish classroom over the past few years. I agree that it is so important to slow down and reinforce key words and understandings. I am also a big fan of incorporating drawings whenever possible.
I love all of your wall signs, but I’m teaching a different language (Spoken Sanskrit). Do you have any books or tips for creating materials in languages that don’t have existing materials? dhanyavaadah (Thank you)!
Btw, watching your videos has been really inspiring to me, and I have cut out explicit grammar teaching and moved into speaking for a lot more time in class. 🙂
I download my favorite fonts at Fontshop, use text boxes in Keynote, add some shading, and print them super large.
I’m sure there are more advanced ways, but I like the basic ones.
Thanks for the encouragement!
OMG! I just discovered you and I’m dying at this video! You are so funny! Thank you for making learning so fun.
Thank YOU for being an awesome encourager!
Hi Sarah, l love your classes…l am learning a lot from you…thank you….however, l would like to know, How do you decide, choose y write the objective of your class? With the way that you teach all your histories…I mean what do you want to reach with your class?…. Because, I understand that it is vocabulary, understanding, comprehension, but to follow a curriculum how do you define an objective?…. please, share an example with me….thank you
I’m currently using the Huellas curriculum by Carrie Toth at Somewhere to Share. These objectives are connected to ACTFL Can-Do Statements and AP Themes. With novice learners I focus on making connections to unique perspectives and people via high-frequency verbs and vocabulary in context, and this language becomes less constrained as our proficiency increases. If one of your questions refers to writing an objective on the board for us to discuss every class, I don’t do that… #Rebel
Hi! Thanks for all your awesome videos! I was wondering…for high frequency verbs, do you correct your kids when they say things like “yo tiene” so they don’t form bad habits? What is your general philosophy on going over conjugation/how often to correct a student? THANK YOU!
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You’re so cute! I love watching your videos. I’m slowly learning about CI and your videos are super helpful. Thank you so much for sharing!
I’m still learning about CI too, so I’m glad we’re in it together! Happy teaching, Sheila!!!
Love your videos. Thanks!
Wohoooo! Thanks for stopping by, Sra. Verde!!!
Thanks for the encouragement, Sra. Green!!
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