Category Archives: Musings

The big picture and language teaching and learning

Some time back, I put together some documents that I have not had the opportunity to utilize in regard to designing world language programs, so I am going to put them here in case they could be useful for language … Continue reading

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Interesting quote about education and language studies

Here is a quote about education:  “I believe that much of present education fails because it neglects this fundamental principle of the school as a form of community life. It conceives the school as a place where certain information is … Continue reading

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In defense of national board certification

Today I read a blog post on edweek.org in support of national certification.  I also read the comments at the bottom by readers, and there was one that said the process was too subjective, that this person has witnessed where … Continue reading

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Good teaching: Something about student engagement

A few months ago I read a blog post about an interview with Bill Gates about education in America.  The interviewer asked, “What do you think makes a good teacher?”  Gates responded by saying, “Clearly, there’s something about engaging the … Continue reading

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It’s not about me

I am a stubborn person.  I like to think I’m always right.  I get defensive when my teaching is questioned.  I have to think a while about new ideas before I decide to change.        Change is difficult … Continue reading

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Why I can no longer give grammar-based exams

I’ve been reading a book called Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen by James F. Lee and Bill VanPatten.  It’s not an easy book to read, but its messages are very, very interesting.  It has given me some new insights and also … Continue reading

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Student Motivation

This year I have 107 Spanish I students, 28 Spanish II students, and 16 IB Spanish IV students, and most of them are engaged (or at least on task) most of the time.  But there are a handful that are getting under … Continue reading

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What motivates students to study foreign languages?

I came across a page on the CASLS website called “Ten Burning Questions” and one of them was, “What motivates students to study foreign languages?”  Their research found that successful language learners were eleven times more likely to want to continue their language … Continue reading

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Words to ponder from Janice Holter Kittok

Here’s a little something written by Janice Holter Kittok to reflect on: “We say we are not doing grammar-based teaching, yet major textbook publishers have not altered the basic scope and sequence in the last 50 years (a methodical grammar … Continue reading

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Nos ponemos la soga al cuello

This post will be about why it is an imperative that world language educators abandon practices that do not lead to communicative outcomes and embrace ones that do.  I will finish this when I have more time. 🙂

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