Teaching Spanish by batch words


We used batches of related words connected by colors to teach fast-paced Spanish K-6. These walls will become bigger as the year goes. Pink Words- Survival Spanish Green Words- Interview words/ Orange- Answers to common questions Blue- Unit words- These are the word walls that will grow on and on as the unit progresses. We... Continue Reading →

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Motivation and Learning theories for SLA through Chomsky, Bandura, Vygotsky, Krashen, and Gardner


    Analysis    This analysis aims to analyze, compare, and contrast the classical theoretical perspectives of intelligence, learning, and motivation proposed by Chomsky, Bandura, Vygotsky, and the modern theories of Krashen and Gardner under the scope of second language acquisition (SLA). Noam Chomsky Introduction Chomsky's theory has influenced the theoretical perspective of the philosophers that will... Continue Reading →

L2 patterns, sequence, and repetition


In my 15 years as a linguist and teacher I continue to develop more appreciation for patterns. Patterns, as we describe them in the field, are behavioral repetitions. Our brains do not only expect them, but actually await for them eagerly. Why? Because they become quickly familiar and, as a result, they are also manageable.... Continue Reading →

Spanish 2.0 using www.Theoworlds.com


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You do not need a FLES site to LingTECH through languages: Check out some of my projects using basic JAVA sites.

theoworlds  www.theoworlds.com/halloween

This ecard and avatar Java site lets your students interactively carve a pumpkin. After the carving (the sustained affective stimulus), do a print screen (directions at the end of this page) to create a document that can turn into any language. Sample below:

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www.theoworlds.com/birthday– I use the birthday greetings option to enrich and enhance the “How old are you?”- “I am__ years old”  lesson. Also good for practicing saying the dates of birthdays as it keeps them focused on their work. Sample follows:

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www.theoworlds.com/valentines– My favorite Oworlds card gives you many options for sending an ecard as Valentine cookies that students can decorate.  I use it to teach endearment phrases in Spanish- Sample follows:

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www.theoworlds.com/christmas– As the name suggests, this is the same…

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L2 and differentiation: centers galore!


The hot topic of differentiated instrruction entails that all teachers, L1 and L2 alike are expected to do the following:set up individual goals by student, and by level of abilityconference one on one with studentsstudents must be grouped by ability, ensuring a combination of low, mid, highKUD, RAFT options should be available (Sternberg)1. After setting... Continue Reading →

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