Communication, Differentiation, Growth mentality, Uncategorized

How do you say that? 13 ways to work on pronunciation in second language classes.

During my years as a second language teacher, I have learned some things about my student's struggles with pronunciation. This scene from My Fair Lady shows poorEliza struggling to master one lesson right after another, using a bewildering and changing array of learning strategies. https://youtu.be/MJr9SSJKkII First, I've learned that despite many teachers' complaints to the … Continue reading

Critical thinking, Cross-curricular, Culture, Lesson ideas, literacy, Resources

In depth: How I’m planning to use one book in my Core French classes

I recently wrote a blog post about the new books I was able to take home after participating in a resource review. New books have always been exciting to me, but once they hit my bookshelf, my main goal is to not let them gather dust. My biggest wish after each of the reviews I've … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, Culture, Differentiation, literacy, Resources

On my bookshelf: Selections from a recent resource review

For teachers, finding opportunities to get involved in one's school district is usually not difficult at all. The challenge often comes in deciding which opportunities to choose, because it's impossible to participate in all of them. For the past few years, I have chosen to participate in LRS (Learning Resources Services) reviews of French books. … Continue reading

Critical thinking, Cross-curricular, Growth mentality, literacy, Personalized Learning

Reading and Understanding in a second language: strategies for all learners

This post is about a resource I developed in about 2017, and it allowed me to align the way that I teach reading in my second language classes with a series of beliefs that I've held for a long time: Reading is NOT translation. For years, every time I asked students to read something in … Continue reading

Communication, Growth mentality, Listening

12 key questions to build listening skills in a second language

When language learning is divided into its four core skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, listening is often an area where students struggle the most. Listening to an authentic speaker or watching a video in the target language feel overwhelming to them, and they need specific instruction in how to do it. If … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, Differentiation, Listening, Uncategorized

Three ways to integrate differentiated listening activities in second language classes.

For the past 4 years, I have been part of a committee in my school district looking at a range of programs from publishers, with a goal of finding a new program for our schools to adopt in our French as a Second Language (FSL) classes. One of the biggest objections to the old programs … Continue reading