Monthly Archives: April 2016

iFLT 2016: Some details about Chattanooga by Teri Wiechart

After a quick trip to Chattanooga to see first-hand the venues for this summer’s iFLT extravaganza, I am getting more and more excited for the summer get-together. Here are a few observations that might be helpful. The Chattanooga Airport is very nice. It’s small and compact and easy to maneuver. From the airport there are taxis…

Reader’s Theater by Dustin Williamson

There are many different comprehensible input activities that can be done while reading a TPRS Publishing novel. My all-time favorite is Reader’s Theater. Nothing gets my students more excited and more engaged than acting out a scene. I find Reader’s Theater is also a great way to camouflage reading and to become the book. (Read You…

Intersections by Teri Wiechart

  After many blog posts in the past couple of weeks regarding text or task, Can-Do Statements, this “camp”/ “that camp”/”your camp”/”my camp”, etc.  I went on a quest to explore and clarify my thinking and to find where the Venn diagrams intersected.  Where do we agree?  Where do we disagree?  I will start by filling…

The Caveats of Circling by Carol Gaab

Circling is a fundamental skill for most CI teachers and a core strategy developed by TPRS practitioners. Although I am not sure exactly WHO ‘invented’ circling, I know that Blaine Ray, Susie Gross and Karen Rowan are at least a few of the key contributors to its development. Like many great discoveries, I think that…

Approach vs. Curriculum by Carol Gaab

Recently, a university professor posted to the ACTFL Teacher Development SIG discussion board*, expressing concern about whether TPRS materials “provide authentic language / culture” and whether “the approach is able to address all five Cs.”  I enjoyed reading the comments on the board and appreciated the thoughtful responses. (Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, Mike Coxon, Laurie Clarcq, Jan…

Winner of iFLT 2016 Registration!

Andrea Winbigler is the lucky winner of our drawing for a free iFLT 2016 registration! Andrea says: I would love to attend iFLT because I am in my second year of teaching and already I want to completely transform my style of teaching. I have been to both WAFLT and CSCTFL the last two years…