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Thanksgiving Day Language Games for ELL and SLA


Thanksgiving is coming up and I searched online for my favorite digital learning tool:  Online cooking games. Arm yourself with a good vocabulary list and you got yourself the best interactive learning experience ever. Add a smartboard, a smartphone, or a touchscreen such as an iPod or iPad and you will make the learning entirely yours. Here is an example from Cooking games.com  Go to “Thanksgiving … Continue reading Thanksgiving Day Language Games for ELL and SLA

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Spanish Thanksgiving Day Activities


Here are some slides to introduce TGD in class for Spanish students of emerging and early levels. I noticed it works for the advanced students too, so why not give it to everyone? This also works for ESL students as they can write the definition of the Spanish term in English. And here are also food lessons for when the visitors spend the night…impress them … Continue reading Spanish Thanksgiving Day Activities

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Spanish and ESL “About Me” Project with Technology


I used Pixie 3 and used the concept of “Pieces of Me”. The students brainstormed what are things that can be broken into pieces. Ex: a) candy, b) pepperoni pizza (??) and a fishbowl. We tried all three freehand. These were the results. Then they were saved as templates.pizza pieces The high-achieving student version took 15 minutes to complete. This student will be the MKO … Continue reading Spanish and ESL “About Me” Project with Technology

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Spanish 101- How not to confuse “hermanos”


An adult student told me that he just couldn’t tell the A/O difference in spoken Spanish. So, I designed this kiddie template to teach him in a very simple way. Can you tell the difference after trying it? <<<Scroll down for answer   1. hermanito (little brother)   2. mamá (mom) 3. hermanas (sisters) 4. hermanos (brothers)   5. papá  6. hermana (sister)  7. hermano … Continue reading Spanish 101- How not to confuse “hermanos”

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3 easy steps to teach L2, foreign language


This sample comes from a K-2 class, but can be exactly as effective for an older audience. Just follow the three steps and their schema (prior knowledge) will build faster. STEP 1- Introduce 6 basic statements in the target language using pantomime, song, rhyme, or a game.  ALWAYS show the written version on the board. NOTE THAT THE SYMBOLS (tildes, question marks) are added separately to … Continue reading 3 easy steps to teach L2, foreign language

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5 more legit online jobs for teachers, writers!


I am again with another update on more awesome writing and teaching jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home. 1 http://www.instaedu.com- If you want to talk “futuristic” look no further. Instaedu is a platform to help students that you can access even through your Smartphone. TRUE STORY: I stop at the gas station, and my Samsung phone sends me a … Continue reading 5 more legit online jobs for teachers, writers!

Should grammar be taught in L2?


This is part of an answer I provided @Enotes.com  Should you teach grammar with L2, or just “go with the flow?” That is the question! The universal consensus is that you should teach any foreign language completely, along with its rules, meanings, proper and ethical usage. The rationale behind this is that language is never taught in isolation. The reason for this is that words … Continue reading Should grammar be taught in L2?

Deductive, Inductive, Implicit and Explicit Instruction in TESOL


This is part of an answer to a question I provided @ Enotes.com  Deductive and inductive teaching of grammar In TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) there are two theoretical models of teaching: inductive and deductive. As theoretical models, they basically mean one thing: neither of them is better than the other, and the teacher ultimately chooses the one he or she thinks is … Continue reading Deductive, Inductive, Implicit and Explicit Instruction in TESOL