Become Relevant… and Inspire Others

Now that we are in the 21st century we need to rethink our teaching practices in order to be relevant.  How you and I learned a language may not be the best choice for today’s students.  In my last post I discussed my “why” and asked you to define yours.  Now we need to think Read more about Become Relevant… and Inspire Others[…]

Use Traditions Around the World

So I am finally out of school for summer just in time to celebrate Father’s Day with my pop.  While thinking about the holiday and my family traditions,  I wondered how other people celebrated today.  Is Father’s Day celebrated in other countries?  It got me thinking about other holidays and traditions and how we communicate Read more about Use Traditions Around the World[…]

Connecting Culture Through Communication

Culture permeates every aspect of our lives and we can’t understand others without having an understanding of their culture.  As a language teacher you are already aware of this.  But our students may not understand that language is an expression of culture. We must bring culture to the classroom in order to develop and deepen Read more about Connecting Culture Through Communication[…]

Interpersonal Communication Ideas

Before I start with activities and ideas for students to do to communicate with each other, let’s look at what interpersonal communication looks like in the classroom.  The Ohio Department of Education has done an amazing job at explaining the process and the dimensions of interpersonal communication.  If you have time, I highly recommend you Read more about Interpersonal Communication Ideas[…]

The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication

When I asked my students about communicating in class they asked for more short conversations with different partners and time to do this every day.  They felt it helped them become more confident in their signing skills.  As a teacher I know this is true.  Placing a student with the same partner all period doesn’t Read more about The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication[…]