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

Communication, Cross-curricular, Culture, literacy, Personal and Social Identity

On my bookshelf: 3 new French books with First Nations connections.

I've been making a big effort to integrate more non-textbook style reading into my French as a second language classes over the past few years. I vividly remember the moment at which I started to understand French books on my own without translating, and the excitement of having access to new ways of expressing thinking … Continue reading

Communication, Growth mentality, Lesson ideas, Personalized Learning, Teaching ideas

Six alternatives to oral presentation in second language classes.

I vividly remember what it was like to participate in my first university level French class. It seemed like everyone else was talking easily, having conversations and responding to the professor's questions in French. I, on the other hand, felt totally inadequate. Nothing in my high school French experience had prepared me for this. We … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, Cross-curricular, Culture, Lesson ideas, Personal and Social Identity, Personalized Learning, Uncategorized

Cultural celebrations: cheese and chocolate tasting

Full confession - while there is no actual holiday during which everyone gets together and celebrates cheese and chocolate (although... wouldn't that be amazing?), planning a classroom experience like this is an opportunity to showcase certain aspects of French culture that are fun, interesting, easy to compare to others, and very popular with my high … Continue reading

Assessment, Communication, Critical thinking, Curriculum, Growth mentality, Personalized Learning, Resources, writing

What I’ve learned so far about student translator use.

My two teaching areas are English and French. I haven't taught English for some time, but there are some pretty reliable tools available now to catch incidents of plagiarism. Translator use is considered plagiarism in second language classes, and it's no exaggeration to say that plagiarism is rampant in high schools. Simply put, work completed … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, Differentiation, Growth mentality, Personalized Learning

Introducing choice-based writing in second language classes

Last summer, I read a book that was a game changer for me. The book was called Writing Circles, written by James Vopat. Mr. Vopat has developed a system similar to literature circles, using peer-led small groups and micro lessons focused on skills and strategies to do the following: lead students from practice to progress as … Continue reading

collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, Curriculum, Differentiation, Growth mentality, Lesson ideas, Personalized Learning, Uncategorized

How to design stations for second language classes

My collaboration partner and I have been using stations (sometimes also called centers) in our secondary level French as a second language classes over the past year. When we tell our colleagues what we're doing, reactions vary. If we're talking to secondary teachers, the reaction is somewhere between asking us what we're talking about to … Continue reading