authentic texts

Top 7 Posts of 2017

This year I shared some of my favorite resources: from music to social media, authentic texts to tech tools. I also shared some strategies that have worked really–I mean REALLY–well for me, as well as some that are still evolving. I’ve also shared posts about what NOT to worry about, Read more…


Selfies and the Silent Period

So you’ve got an authentic audience: real live native speakers in the same room with your students. Maybe you’re lucky like me and have a thriving Sister Cities exchange program. Maybe they’re some or your fourth period heritage speakers’ moms. Maybe they’re local business owners or the ELL class from Read more…


Small Group Speaking Assessment

The level of confidence I saw in the final round of assessments last semester–after the tearful season mid-semester–it completely convinced me that this is how I want to assess going forward: with small groups with prepared cues with student choice Preparation Students have 2 days to A) choose a relevant topic Read more…