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Halloween 2014 Part I

September 30th, 2014

Halloween or Fall Festival Fun

Can you believe we are already here? Back to School materials are packed away and it’s time to plan Halloween materials.  Here are our Halloween Materials for Foreign Language Classes- SpanishFrench.   We use Halloween to the Hilt and here are just a few ways to use Halloween or Fall Festival in your Foreign Language Classes:

1. Adjective Agreement Practice. This suddenly becomes fun with ghosts and goblins. I use singular, plural, masculine, and feminine charts for nouns with lots of repetition. More advanced students can write all sorts of descriptive projects as well as conversations, poems and other presentation pieces.

2. Verb Conjugations.  Again, floating, flying, and shrieking and their conjugations are memorable. All sorts of time frames or even modals can be used too. It’s awfully fun for students to choose a Halloween character and then a verb and come up with sentences to a timer.

3.  The Haunted House.  Never Gets Old. NGO.  So much is there– rooms, furniture, prepositions, ordinal numbers and all of the above. I might make this a big deal project this year with a designed, drawn and labeled haunted house with characters and a story.  Phew.

4.  Prepositions. Pile on the pumpkins!  A great mini-lesson for prepostions.

5.  Fashion Show.  Goth-Chic. Definitely for the high school set, but so much fun for clothing and shopping expressions.

Check Back.  This list is going to grow daily . . . 



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Fall Football Fun 2014

September 22nd, 2014

And it’s Fantastic Football Season! Use American football as a context for a vast array of vocabulary groups, some content, culture, and lots of verb-based action packed grammar. Football brings relevance and some much-needed ENERGY to the grammar. I’m thinking of teaching a thematic unit on American Football at this time of year because it’s a great bridge after the first-of-the-year review and so much of any level’s content and grammar can be taught within the American Football context with a high relevance and interest to students that is hard to beat.

Check out our Spanish, French, and ESL Football activities.

Gouin Series

Ever heard of the Gouin Series? The Gouin series is one of the simplest and most effective ways to create a simple context for verb conjugations. This is ideal for sports and physical verbs. Hard to believe it was created in the 1900?s by Francois Gouin! It is a series of logical sentences that describe an action or process in sequential order. Examples are: PLAYING IN A FOOTBALL GAME, GOING TO A FOOTBALL GAME. OR WATCHING A FOOTBALL GAME ON TV. Here is a free Gouin Series Explanation & Examples.

Activities for using American Football in Class

Each one could be a daily warm-up during Football season:

  1. Describe your hometown or closest hometown professional team; college team too. Use it/them for expressing preferences. Stand up if you like . . . if you don’t like . . .
  2. Football TPR Fiesta- Every time a football verb is said the entire class has to do the full-body action or charade. Create a strenuous script about a player or a team that is understandable.
  3. Dictate a list of a team’s players and their jersey numbers. Students can write them down in the target language, as numerals, or for memory activities.
  4. Football Player Categories calling on Verbs— Runners, Passers, Blockers, Receivers, Kickers. Write the infinitive or a third person conjugation as a heading and list players who fit the verb under it.
  5. Football Player Description-Categories. Big, small, fast, strong, slow. Do the same as above.
  6. Team Mascot Categories. Mascot types—- animals, people, etc. Be careful with this one; there remain some pretty sensitive team mascots so choose carefully.
  7. Football Team Geography. Match the team with its city, state, and region of the USA.For older students throw in time-zones.
  8. Football Player Autobiography- as brief or as long as age and language proficiency and time allows.
  9. Football Team History– for the older more advanced student
  10. Compare American Football with a popular sport in the target culture.Use a Venn Diagram.

Get our American Fall Football Materials Now!



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Teach Mexican Independence Day: Culture & Activities

September 7th, 2014

Celebrate el Día de la Independencia or Mexican Independence Day with your classes on September 16th! Often students are surprised to learn that Mexican Independence Day is NOT the super-commercial 5 de mayo. Use this opportunity to bring some history and culture in to your Spanish classes at any proficiency level.

I teach elementary school beginners this year from PreK to grade 5, so my lesson will be extremely simple.  I’ll use Mexican Independence Day for Novices.  For your free Mexican Independence Day Lesson Plan enlarge the image on the left.

AV Materials.  I will have Pandora.com on a channel of Mexican Corridos at the class-opening. I plan on showing a Corrido video from youtube at the end of class. **I chose one that wasn’t covered with guns and bullets.Here is a super cool blog about Latin music and this is a post about the CORRIDOS. Most here deal with 5 de mayo, though.  Vocabulary from the reading: un cura, declara, grita, gana, ciudad, desfiles, zócalo, pueblo, baile, mariachis, charros, celebra, come.

Video- El Grito de la Revolución. The Revolutionary Call. Every year the President of Mexico stands on the balcony of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City and calls out the traditional battle cry that was used on the first 16 de septiembre. Students of all ages love shouting El Grito:  ¡Viva México!  three times.

Realia- Stuff.  Mexican flag(s), sombrero(s), world map (Spain), photos of celebrations in Mexico for Independence Day

Higher Proficiency Levels

Here is a collection for Spanish II. Spanish II’s enjoy news videos of El Grito, listening to and analyzing a corrido, newscasts about Mexican Independence Day. They can read educational sites for kids on this topic. Using a Venn diagram to compare & contrast 16 de septiembre celebrations with our 4th of July or comparing 5 de may with 16 of septiembre works great.

Authentic Spanish Slide Show on the Mexican Revolution’s History



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Getting Organized for Back To School 2014

August 15th, 2014

Student Information & Formative Assessment Aid

Get to Know Student Learning Styles Quickly

We’re headed toward reporting back to school, and at about this time I start cleaning up my computer files and re-doing documents.  I came across this Learning Style Inventory.

I have students answer this handout during the first few days so that I can have a general idea of what their learning styles are like. It helps so much to know some basic student information as I put them in pairs, in groups, and start picking up their work.  When I have encouraged students to write more about themselves on the back in English or in the target language, I have received some frank, personal, and sometimes fascinating information. This form is CONFIDENTIAL. It is invaluable information for connecting with parents and other teachers.

  1. Connecting with Students Personally. Set up a 3 minute one on one conference with each student and discuss his or her answers from the inventory. Take notes.
  2. Differentiation. Rotate students into mixed-talent groups according to their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Differentiation. As students select project-choices make sure they don’t choose the same type of project all year.
  4. Differentiation. Assign students tasks, assignments, projects, and assessments based on their strengths and then then based on weaker, emerging areas.

Formative Assessment Data Tracking- The Visual Seating Chart

Need to keep track of how your students participate and informally perform in class? We can’t teach without the VISUAL SEATING CHART because it does both for us.  It’s a simple, paper and pencil tool to track the participation and the behavior of your students. And, it doubles as a written record of student participation and behavior. Great Documentation!

Blank Visual Seating Chart
  1. Draw or CAD the seating arrangement of your classroom using squares, rectangles, or circles as the student-desks. Maker sure these desk-symbols are big enough for the student’s name and your notes.
  2. Make several copies of this empty seating chart to use for all of your classes.
  3. Label each empty seating chart with the class section number or name.
  4. Write in the students’ names on to the desks; one filled out form for each class.
  5. We put these on a clip-board every class and we put the exact class section’s seating chart in the schedule’s order.
  6. Explain to students that you’ll keep track of their participation and you’ll take notes on them each and every class. I encourage teachers to show students their notes too; complete transparency.
  7. Transfer the daily information or data in to your grade book as participation points or in another way that you use.
Completed Visual Seating Chart

Here is a printable Visual Seating Chart handout of How To’s



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Getting Your Classroom Ready 2014: Target Language Tools

August 7th, 2014

Getting my classroom designed and ready to go is my favorite Back to School undertaking. It feels like getting a set ready for the opening night of a play. I spend lots of mental time visualizing the classroom, the student desks, the front screens, the walls and other spaces. For what we do as foreign language teachers, the walls are especially important.

Environmental Print

Our language students learn by just feasting their eyes on our walls— so use the wall space well. The target language they see, figure out, and eventually read is Environmental Print. Designing exactly which environmental target language to use is so important to your students’ target language experience.  But . . . ..don’t clutter the walls with too many words, posters, and wall-decor. You need to Edit and Curate exactly what you put on a wall.  Why are you displaying something?  For What purposes?  For how long?

Learners do pick up and figure out target language environmental print on the walls, screens, or bookshelves, so be sure to include:

  1. Target Language Use Only Signs. (see below)
  2. Target Language Question Words or Interrogative Terms
  3. Target Language Vital Classroom Phrases (see below)
  4. Current Target Vocabulary- This should change as you move in to different units
  5. Student Artifacts of Current or Recent Units. (Make sure you rotate student-work; younger students really keep track of which students get display time.)
Spanish Question Words To Post All Year

Target Language Activation Sign

Bon jour– It’s Diane.  :)  One of my most vital classroom decorations is my French/English sign.  When I “activate” my French sign, no other languages are allowed!  It’s activated for 90-98% of class time, but I do allow a few minutes in English at the beginning and/or end of class.  I need something really eye-catching because I use this technique for assessment–my students receive a participation grade for staying in the target language.

My beautiful laminated sign that I created almost 15 years ago went missing a couple of years ago :-(  Once I got over the loss, I had a brainstorm:  car door magnets!  I love, love, love the ones I created using templates at Vistaprint.  They are sturdy and will last me a good, long time.  I can simply place one on top of the other, depending on the student speaking requirements.  What do you think?

Spanish Target Language Activation Sign

Environmental Print Item 2: Classroom Survival Phrases

We believe strongly in equipping our students with the linguistic tools to speak in the target language from Day 1.  The investment of time at the beginning of the school year to present, model, teach, practice and even assess Classroom Survival Phrases pays off big-time, allowing you to successfully conduct your classes almost entirely in the target language all year long.  So, how do you put it all together into a 50 minute lesson?  The possibilities are endless, but here is one sample for secondary, novice level learners:

1.  Greet students in the target language as they enter your room, but begin the class briefly in English to handle any announcements and other nuts & bolts.  Prepare your students for the day’s theme . . . Survivor! State the objective:  Today you will learn how to survive in your French/Spanish class when NO English is spoken.  We will act out what we do to come to class, and you will gesture and say several survival expressions such as “May I go the bathroom?” and “I don’t understand.”

2.  ”Activate” your target language time.  We often say a chant and flip over a sign that indicates “Français” or “Español.”  No more English!!! Use a posted symbol, wear a hat, wave a wand, etc. Do something.

3.  Introduce a “Going to French/Spanish Class“ Gouin Series.  We put together a series of sentences in a context to act out with props and gestures.  For example:  I have my pencil, book . . . and all other school supplies that you expect your students to bring to class each day.  Then model:  I go to class.  I sit down.  I listen.  I don’t understand!  I have a question, etc.  etc.  Demonstrate the Gouin Series, then invite your students to perform the gestures as you say it.  The third time through you can begin drilling techniques to get your students saying the lines of the series.  Methodically practice and add on one line at a time until your students can say it on their own.  Our opening day Gouin is included in our First Week French and  First Week Spanish printable materials.

4.  Encourage a volunteer or two to perform the entire Gouin Series for the class.  Cheer!  Offer a bonus point!  Give candy!  Anything you can think of to reward risk-taking in the target language.

5.  Project the written text of the Gouin Series.  Up to this point, the entire lesson has been aural-oral. Underline the survival expressions used.  Continue to add on more by using the Survival Classroom Expressions Power Poin- French Survival Expressions Power Point and Spanish Survival Expressions Power Point.  Show the expression with the image.  Say it with gestures and/or lots of expression.  Ham it up!  Encourage your students to repeat after you.  Use lots and lots of creative drilling techniques for TONS of repetition.  Say it louder, softer, higher, lower, 3 times, etc.  Boys repeat, girls repeat, this half of the room, that half of the room, etc.  Say it to your partner, say it to someone new . . . you get the idea!

6.  Play games to reinforce the new survival expressions.  You can print out the PowerPoint images to create flash cards.  Here are some activities to pick and choose from (not necessarily in this order):

  • Students work in pairs to match image to written sentence/question.
  • Play charades.
  • Students each receive one flashcard, then circulate around the room asking classmates to identify the phrase that corresponds to the picture on the card.  Students trade cards and continue on to do the same with someone new.
  • Form small groups and give each group one set of flashcards.  The groups will arrange the flashcards on the floor and try to be the first to hit the card that the teacher calls out.

7.  Do written activities in class or as homework to reinforce the survival phrases. Our FREE Spanish and French Classroom Expressions downloads include student handouts and worksheets.

Spanish for Native Speakers Environmental Print

8.   Flip your sign back to “English” and answer any questions your students might have about the new expressions.

So, are you done?  Have your students mastered the material?  Not yet!  (Though they are well on their way!)  Create a useful expressions “ladder” on your wall so students can see them all the time, encourage students to keep their handouts on their desks to refer to if necessary, review the Gouin Series and Power Points as part of the warm-up every day for the next week or so, play a different game (see #6 above) every day.  Practice, practice, practice!  Encourage, encourage, encourage!  Once you feel confident that your students can SURVIVE, begin to hold them accountable to use ONLY the target language in class.  Then watch them soar :-)

Whew.  Questions?  Feel free to contact us foreignlanguagehouse@gmail.com; we’d love to talk, and help.  :)



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Free Cinco de Mayo 2014 Teaching Materials

May 4th, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is here! Americans get so excited about it, but be sure to students that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That celebration is on the 16th of September. Cinco de Mayo is still fun and a great opportunity to bring in Mexican geography, history- The Battle of Puebla- and culture in to your classes.

I’m a lover of content based lessons and activities so I take Cinco as an entre to do content lessons for all levels. But, if you don’t have the time, use a Cinco de Mayo activity as a warm up or as the class-closer or reward.

To Do’s

  • Project a map of Mexico and teach geography basics and the location of the Battle of Puebla
  • Practice Days, months, dates and years.  Birthdays are great lead- in to the dates of Mexican history
  • Plan a virtual Cinco de Mayo fiesta with an invitation, a list of foods, decorations, music, and dancing. Bring clothing in too.
  • For more advanced students, bring in Mexican history internet summaries
  • For more advanced students, do a lesson on the French influence on Mexican history and culture

Cinco de Mayo: Unity & Patriotism- a General Overview

Cinco de Mayo honors the victory of the Mexican army over the most elite army of Europe, the French.   The unity of the many indigenous groups and the energy of the young country came to vanquish the  French. It’s a day for celebrating Mexican culture, the diversity of Mexico’s native peoples, and the drive of the Mexican army.

Cinco de Mayo People
Here are the movers and shakers of 19th century Mexican history and Cinco de Mayo:

  • Benito Juárez: The popular Mexican President of the Mexican Republic who inspired Mexican Independence from European domination. Juárez was a Zapotec Indian.
  • Ignacio Zaragoza: The Mexican general who won the Battle of Puebla.
  • Emperor Maximillian: The puppet of the French government who was placed as the Mexican Emporer
  • Empress Carlota: Maximilian’s wife

Content from Culture

A national holiday is the best way to bring several aspects of Spanish into the learning experience: language, culture (food, music, art) and one of our favorites, geography. So many tangential units can come form Cinco de Mayo: the history of Mexico, the French in Mexico, French cultural influences there, and most importantly the vast indigenous cultures of Mexico. Here are some Cinco de Mayo activities for a variety of ages.

Full Selection of Cinco de Mayo Materials

Free Cinco de Mayo Materials

Cinco de Mayo Bundle of Activities & Materials

Cinco de Mayor Lessons for Grades 6-12 Novice Learners

Simple Cinco de Mayo Information & Reading for Novices

 



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Earth Day 2014

April 18th, 2014

Excellent Earth Day is here! It’s a global movement, & Earth Day brings in practical, recycling vocabulary and basic ecology. All ages can do Earth Day in the target language from coloring and singing, to reading and writing.

Earth Day is one of our favorites for bringing Content and Culture in to our Spanish and French classes. Teach simple earth science content about the planet Earth on April 22. Review the weather, some simple world geography, and introduce the easy verbs for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  For our VERY  young learners here are some coloring sheets:

Free French Earth Day Coloring SheetFree Spanish Earth Day Coloring Sheet.  

And for the older set in grades 6-12 here are some word searches.  French Earth Day, and Spanish Earth DAy

Earth Day Vocabulary Basics in English-French-Spanish

  • Earth – la Terre – la Tierra
  • globe – le globe – el globo
  • planet – la planète – el planeta
  • land – la terre – la tierra
  • water – l’eau – el agua
  • sky – le ciel – el cielo
  • blue – bleu – azul
  • green – vert – verde
  • brown – brun/marron - café

Materials- Props & Activities

  • I (Diane) cannot imagine teaching without my soft globe ball.  It’s perfect for rolling, tossing, identifying land, water, continents, countries, cities, and more- ALL IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE.   If you know of some great globe games, I’d love to hear from you!
  • Plastic bottle, newspaper, glass bottles.  Bring them in to class! Bring in a set for groups of four to use for hands-on, listening and speaking activities. Be careful of that glass if you bring it!
  • Categories- To Reuse, To Recycle, or to Throw Away. Create these 3 categories. Call out items, or project pictures with the target language label and ask the class or groups or partners to put them in the correct categories.

Free Spanish & French Earth Day Materials

Spanish Earth Day Collection- Grades 6-12

Spanish Earth Day Matching Handout

SpanishEarth Day Simple Reading – A Guoin Series
French Recycling Worksheet for Earth Day

French Song sand Chants for Earth Day

French Earth Day Bundle Secondary

 



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Going to Mexico City- Xochimilco

March 21st, 2014

Let’s go to Mexico City- Vámanos a la Ciudad de México.  And let’s go to Xochimilco- Vámanos a Xochimilco.  Xochimilco (Soh-chee-meel-koh) is an ancient site made up of lakes and canals and an outdoor market place. The canals were used by the Aztecs and other ancient indigenous peoples way before the Spanish came to Mexico City. Today you can go out on the canals at Xochimilco in the colorful boats- or trajineras.  The boats are for hire and as they are rowed for you, mariachis play traditional Mexican fold music and you can have snacks too.

The Aztecs and others constructed chinampas- or rafts of earth or sod- for growing crops and flowers. The chinampas were constructed well enough to hold parts of the ancient city Tenochtitlan too.

Xochimilco Lesson Materials

1. Fotos de las chinampas

2. Fotos de las trajineras

3. Precios de las trajineras

4. Reading- Xochimilco Reading & Activities

5.  Readers Theatre on Going to Xochimilco- for 4 novice level students- To Be Completed

6.  Unit Plan with Materials in a Word Doc- Going to Mexico 4 & 5 March 21-2014



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Making a Voice Recording in Garage Band & Uploading it to your Stie

March 15th, 2014

What a great group of participants today at Classroom in the Cloud at SCOLT in Memphis, Tenn!  Here is a short explanation of how to make a PODCAST or simple Voice Recording in Apple’s Garage Band.  AND– if you have the iphone 5 the very latest OS 7 update includes FREE GARAGEBAND & other software.  You need enough space on your iphone– I don’t have enough on mine right now.  :(

Here is an example of super simple podcast on one of my sites.

The Basics You Need to Know:

  1. You create the podcast in Garage Band
  2. You then export it to your own ITUNES LIBRARY.  Important- The Itunes podcast is now in an MP3 file that is REQUIRED by your site. A Garage Band file can’t be uploaded; has to be SHARED AND EXPORTED in to iTunes.
  3. You upload the ITUNES mp3 file on to your website or wiki

Make a Podcast or a Voice Recording

  1. Open up the Garage Band Application on your laptop, tablet, or iphone.  (Buy it or download if for free; it doesn’t come automatically w the device.)
  2. Select New Project
  3. Push the PODCAST button
  4. Save it with a VERY SPECIFIC NAME. The title of a reading or list of interview questions, Oral Exam Part, Unit, Lesson, Topic, etc.
  5. Push Create
  6. In the far LEFT MENU BAR/COLUMN- select your gender
  7. ON THE VERY BOTTOM select the RED BUTTON to record. This starts the microphone so you and anything else will be recorded.
  8. **THE SPACE BAR IS THE STOP BUTTON
  9. Go to the SHARE pull down menu at the top.
  10. Select SEND PODCAST TO ITUNES
  11. Name the Playlist very specifically– for a class section, grade level, unit, or lesson

Uploading the Podcast- Voice Recording to your Website

  1. Log in to the back end of your website or wiki
  2. Go in to a specific Post
  3. Select the MEDIA ICON button above the formatting tool bar.  Press that icon.
  4. Upload the podcast; either drag it from your ITUNES LIBRARY  in to the box or use the BROWSER UPLOADER.
  5. Insert it in to the Post and Save it.
  6. Voila!



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Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Content in CONTEXT- The Gouin Series

March 14th, 2014

Thank you SCOLT workshop attendees this morning!  You made Targetlanguageapolooza fun.  :) We tackled a humongous set of topics– how to determine which technology to use for our students. I had a few requests for some explanation and examples of how to teach grammar or vocabulary in CONTEXT without reverting to English.  We have found the Gouin Series to be the best tool for all of this. Check out the explanation and examples in the uploaded document below.

Gouin Series Explanation and Examples

More Free Materials and Activities requested at today;s workshop-Gouin Series Write Up & Examples, Target Language Practice Activities- Lists of 4 Skill Independent Activities, Dialectical Journal Entries for Upper Levels, Spanish Differentiated Activities for Upper Levels



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