Classroom Strategies

Circling

Circling can be used by all teachers, with any method, to make their lessons more effective and to help students acquire new vocabulary and new grammatical structures. Susan Gross, a French teacher in Colorado, developed developed the technique into a fine art in order to give her students repetitive comprehensible input while keeping them engaged

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Classroom Management

Musing after class

I then realized that the “difficult words” that the Americans struggled with were the very words that made the text easy for my students because they were cognates for French speakers.

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Cours d'Anglais

Get Out of the Car!

This is a funny story that has been going the rounds on Internet. I used it with a few students and they found it easy to understand and very funny. Humor can be difficult to translate, but everyone seems to like this story. “Get out of” and “get into” are high frequency phrasal verbs and

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Classroom Strategies

L’oral d’anglais au bac

“all they need to do is to memorize four questions. The day of the interview they answer the four questions. This gives their presentation structure and a safety net for those moments of panic when their mind goes blank.”

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Conference

Sabrina and the Beekeeper

Last summer Sabrina Sebban-Janczak organized a three day Comprehensible Input Immersion experience in Agen for French teachers from the United States. In the mornings they had class with Sabrina and in the afternoon they visited some French professionals and talked with them about their passions. There was a “chapellier”, a horse breeder and ….. a

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Comprehensible Input

The Emperor has no Clothes!

Who is the Emperor? Go to a typical training course for future language teachers and you will meet him. Pair-work is king and Communicative Activities are the Emperor of all. A clever teacher, we are told, organizes classes so that students teach each other to speak the language. All the teacher has to do is

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Classroom Strategies

A New Twist on Embedded Readings

I have found Embedded Readings, as developed by Laurie Clarq and Michele Whaley, an excellent way to encourage students to read. The idea, like all great ideas, is quite simple. You make three or more versions of the same text which increase in difficulty.

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Classroom Management

The Tiny Little Monkey in Your Brain

I have an adult student who is a beginner in English. She is highly motivated but has tried to learn English before and has never succeeded. She likes working with me and getting comprehensible input…

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