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HAVE YOU EVER ….. ?

One great way to get intermediate and upper level students engaged and curious about an upcoming book or film is to ask them questions pertaining to its plot before they begin. This not only activates students’ brains and imaginations as they consider what might be ahead, but it also provides

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Activities for Doodles & Scribbles

Definition of a doodle: an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch; also : a minor work There aren’t many favorable definitions out there regarding doodling and scribbling. As teachers, however, we see it day in and day out on homework, warm ups, tests/quizzes, journals and even desk tops. It

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Ideas for When You Are Out

I recently read this blog post in Path to Proficiency and began to reflect on my own sub plans for when I am not able to be in class. How can students effectively use class time to continue their work towards proficiency? Will they actually do what I leave them?

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There’s an App for That!…Or Not…

  So you are used to seeing High Tech Low Tech articles that discuss options for improving your students language learning experience. These options are presented in various ways requiring different amounts of technology or none at all. The outcomes are intended to be the same regardless of whether you

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Core Practices

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) provided world language teachers with 6 Core Practices in 2015 and though some of the practices are not new to teachers, they do take some planning and effort to incorporate in teaching. For some teachers, the most challenging Core Practice to incorporate into

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High Tech and Low Tech “Minds on” the Real World

As we observe our students in the classroom setting, we look for them to be engaged in learning, not just “busy,” nor “on task.” We want them intellectually active in the target language with challenging content in a real world context. While attending my most recent district professional development day,

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Our Students, Our Advocates

“I overheard my daughter talking with her friends in German.” “A person came through the line when I was bagging groceries and didn’t understand the checker. I was able to help her because I spoke Spanish!” “My granddaughter showed me how she can write in Chinese!” Our students can be

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Students as Teachers…Presentations Taken to the Next Level

Student presentations are commonplace in world language classrooms and have been for a long time. Teachers use them for all the right reasons: instruction moves from teacher-fronted to student-centered, students gain responsibility for course content, and learners practice ACTFL’s presentational mode of communication. Presentations offer a possibility to assign research

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A Linguaphile’s Calling

When Karen Fowdy and I began to talk about other people who could support our programs, we realized immediately that our own students had to be a part of the list.  They are the ones who are heading out into that global world we keep talking about; they are the

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- 7 days ago

It's Back!! We're excited for the return of Curriculum Writing Days on Tues, June 14th & Wed, June 15th at Greendale HS from 9am to 4pm. This event is FREE but in order for it to run, we need at least 20 participants registered by May 31st. Register here: https://t.co/OHbHzYV7Pm https://t.co/O8Od21VNtQ
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- 61 days ago

Did you miss the deadline to submit a WAFLT Fall Conference Proposal? You're in luck!! The deadline has been extended to April 1st. Submit proposals at https://t.co/2k94Hp71UU https://t.co/zxhvxviryA
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- 61 days ago

@actfl: Most scientific lit is written only in English, creating an alarming knowledge gap for 75% of the world. That's why @ClimateCardinal, a youth-led nonprofit, is working to translate crucial climate resources into more than 100 #languages. 👏 @TEDCountdown https://t.co/l7b2HtgP1F
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