I learned a new term from the book I’ve been reading. It’s called structured input. It means providing input to my students that is comprehensible so that they can attend to meaning, but I also provide input activities that require them to attend to form so that they acquire structures they need in order to create output.
A couple of tweets on Twitter promote searching for specific hash tags to find comprehensible input for a particular topic or structure. For example, @SECottrell suggests searching for
#LaNavidadAntesEraMejorPorque to find examples of the imperfect tense. For tweets in Spanish related to basketball, @SenorG recommends #Basquet. And @ZJonesSpanish created a worksheet based on the hash tag #propósitos2012 in order to practice the future tense, which you can find at http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/documents/twiccionario/twiccionario_propositos2012.pdf
I wish I were that creative!