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

Skill-based strategies for listening in second languages

One of the big shifts in education in BC has been the transition from a content-based curriculum to one that is skills-based. There are many subject areas that are heavily driven by content (math and science, for example). Second languages are a relatively easy place to make the transition to skill-based instruction, but it is … 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

Communication, Critical thinking, Differentiation, Lesson ideas, literacy, Personalized Learning, Teaching ideas

Five ways to use stations – adapted for use in second language classes

The more I am working on moving to more skill based instruction, implementing BC's new curriculum redesign, the more I am finding that using stations are a good instructional design to allow students to practice those skills using communicative activities, and receive feedback in class. The more I use them, the more they are becoming … Continue reading

Critical thinking, literacy, Personal and Social Identity, Personalized Learning, Teaching ideas

Making connections – Reader response journals in second language classes (Part 1 of 2)

Authentic texts in a language course are fun to explore, and engaging for students - the ability to read something that was not created at a given level for a textbook, or the ability to choose something that the student is genuinely interested in makes for a powerful learning experience. The challenges for a teacher … Continue reading

Communication, Critical thinking, literacy, Personal and Social Identity, Personalized Learning, Teaching ideas, writing

New directions: Using writing circles in second language instruction.

I don't know if this happens to everyone, but sometimes I get an idea that just doesn't leave. Like ever. And the only way to deal with it is to explore it, dig into it, follow it where it takes you. This past summer, my collaboration partner and I read a book that we had … Continue reading