Check out this Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe from MaFLA’s Advocacy Coordinator Ted Zarrow. Latin, that so-called dead language, is alive and well and living appeared in the March 18, 2018 issue of the Boston Globe.
Hey everyone! I finally had time to update Hot on the Web. Check out all the new resources!
Are you trying to teach for Social Justice? We Teach Languages @weteachlang has posted this on twitter.
In episode 44, Stacey, the organizer and host of We Teach Languages, shares an interview with Terry Osborn that she conducted as part of the 2018 issue of Dimension, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) . This special issue, which Stacey co-edited with Paula Garrett-Rucks, contains seven chapters all focused on how critical pedagogy and social justice play out in the language classroom. Listeners will get to hear a portion of the interview with Dr. Terry A. Osborn that comprises the first chapter of this special issue. Click here to listen!
German Teachers! Look what we found for you. Let us know what you think of 10 modern German musicians you need to listen to before you die.
A must read blogpost from Musicuentos – NCSSFL & ACTFL gave us new Can Dos: Your 15 minute(ish) guide!
Check out this game Piensa rápido which is available for free at Teachers Pay Teachers. I have already downloaded it and it is a fun fast game. Thanks Comprendes Mendez SpanishShop!
Be sure to check out this compilation of Central States Conference 2018 Presentations on Pinterest. Thanks CSCTFL for sharing!
Also don’t miss the SCOLT 2018 Presenter Files on Google Drive. Thanks SCOLT for sharing!!
Be sure to look at The Savvy Language Learner infographic at INDWELLING LANGUAGE. This is something great to share with students!
French Teachers – Here is a Disney cartoon in French – Croissant de Triomphe – Mickey Mouse!
There are some fun ideas in this blogpost by Señora Chase – Last 5 minutes of class.
This site – Dollar Street – has come highly recommended as a great resource for cultural comparisons – homes and families etc.
Our colleague Kristy Placido of Placido Language Resources has created a playlist of Cantantes Mujeres.
Looking for an idea for Valentine’s Day? How about Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards: Free Printables for El Día del Amor? Thanks Spanish Mama!
Here is a great PBL in the TL post about AAPPL Writing Topics. There are some great ideas here. Don’t miss this one!
More ideas for Valentine’s Day from Spanish Mama! Spanish Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Bulletin Boards and More!
Are you looking for some ideas for Valentine’s Day? Check out this post Spanish Activities for Día del Amor y Amistad by Spanish Mama.
La Belleza de la Cultura Colombiana is a great post at Comprehensifying and Extending Authentic Resources.
This post Motivating Speaking Activities for Lower Levels has some great ideas. It is from Anna Blackmore at Teaching English but many of the ideas can be used for teaching world languages.
Here is a link to an interesting blogpost SBG Levels for WL Input Assessments by Elizabeth Dentlinger. Some interesting ideas here!
This blog by SrtaSpanish has some great ideas. Check out Scaffolding “Heads Up”with Quizlet. I definitely plan to try some of these activities!
Helping students improve writing! I just have to share this link to Language Sensei where she talks about supporting students advancement in writing. Her post Adding Detail in Writing . . . Learning to Accesorize to Add Flare really hit home with me – a passionate fashionista. Check it out!
Seal Update: MA Has Gone Blue!
On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed a comprehensive legislation called Language Opportunity for our Kids (LOOK) which opens up the restrictive one-size-fits-all SEI mandate for districts and includes a Seal provision to reward students for functional biliteracy through the Seal. This is a monumental piece of legislation for the foreign language, dual language and English language learner (ELL) teacher groups who sponsored it.
Check out the new resources and links on H.O.W. Hot on the Web. Lots of interesting posts and materials!
This just popped up on my FB feed. 2017 Navidad Commercial Madness at Williamson CI and TPRS. Do not miss this! It is a treasure. I am going to try this with my classes.
This is a great article about What Makes Guernica Picasso’s Most Influential Painting plus there is a Sound Cloud Podcast of the entire article at the bottom. I plan to use this in my Spanish IV Honors class.
Do you have issues with students using translators? Check our Getting our Students to Write in the Target Language without the Temptation of those Dreaded Translator Sites at Teaching in the Target Language!
Are you interested in including Social Justice topics in your classroom? Then be sure to visit FLANC 2016 and BEACH FLANC 2017: Social Justice in the Intermediate Classroom. There are resources, links and ideas at this site.
Here is something on Small Group Speaking Assessment at PBL in the Target Language. Lots of “how to” ideas and it even includes some ideas on classroom arrangement!
Looking for some attention getters? Check out Brain breaks, and passwords and chants oh my! by Madame Litten at CI Can Teach!
I love to use music in the classroom. If you do too, then don’t miss What to do with a song in Spanish class by Allison at Mis Clases Locas! Although they are for Spanish class many of the ideas could be used in my language class.
More music for your classroom? This is a great list of Cantantes Mujeres by Kristy Placido of Placido Language Resources!
Do you want to find a better way to give timely formative feedback. You might find some techniques and/or ideas at Language Sensei – blogpost on November 1, 2017 entitled Pop Check-In . . . Pop Coaching: Improving My Formative Feedback.
Are you attending the MaFLA 50th Jubilee Conference in October in Springfield, MA? Then you want to check out Conference Orientation 2017 containing Tips and Tricks to help you get the most out of the conference. There are also some pointers to get you up to speed on the new MaFLA Conference APP!
The Back to School Edition of the MaFLA Newsletter is available. Don’t miss the latest about our 50th Jubilee Conference and all of the great articles on its theme. We have some fascinating articles about ” Communities” as well as some articles from some new voices and from regular contributors.