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[…]

The Ticket to Communication

I hear from language teachers over and over again how difficult it is to keep students talking in the target language.  I agree this can sometimes be difficult but with a few tweaks in your day and how you present material, I think you will be surprised with what your students can do.   I Read more about The Ticket to Communication[…]

Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language!

In my last post I discussed the importance of communication in the  language classroom. Today I want to talk about how we can mix it up to keep students engaged and communicating in the target language. I know there are days where I am standing in front of my Smartboard pointing at pictures lecturing away Read more about Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language![…]

Communication First

By now we all know the 5 C’s of World Language teaching…Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Community and Connections.  They are, after all, the foundation to what we do as language teachers.  But how often do we think of these 5 components when creating daily lessons? And how easy is it to just focus on a few Read more about Communication First[…]