Differentiation, Growth mentality, literacy, Multimedia, Technology

Designing learning through research: An analysis of Memrise for language learning.

This blog post came to be as a result of an assignment in a course I took this summer. I'm taking the Professional Master of Education program through Queens University, and I've chosen a literacy concentration. I wanted to share this information because it was one of the best pieces of learning that came my … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, Culture, Differentiation, literacy, Personalized Learning

Tech with purpose: Digital magnetic poetry.

When I first started learning my second language, vocabulary was its own exercise and not strongly connected to the unit content. Learning vocabulary often meant studying large banks of words and trying to memorize them for a quiz. And shortly after the quiz, many of those words would be forgotten because I wasn't using them … 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, 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

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

The Power of 4: Building second language skills with questioning

I wanted to write this blog post to share a strategy that has worked well this year to help my students progress in their speaking skills. The big four language competencies are speaking, listening, reading and writing. Of those, speaking is the one that probably causes the most stress and anxiety for students. They have … Continue reading