“What are some good tech tools?” someone asked. Well…

Someone asked me today about tools I like for language learning/producing/using. There are TONS! But here is a start...of course, you probably know many/all of these and we could go on for days! And...these are great tools for teachers of other subjects--there are content connections everywhere, so feel free to share. I highly recommend FlipGrid … Continue reading “What are some good tech tools?” someone asked. Well…

Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

We often hear education experts tell us how important it is to design learning experiences for our students that will prepare them for the "real world." And teacher blogs, conference presentations and tweets are also full of strategies they have developed and implemented to prepare their students for the "real world." By and large, they are good strategies worth exploring … Continue reading Why I’m not preparing my students for the “real world”

Yes, they CAN understand native speakers!

I often hear teachers say that authentic videos featuring native speakers (and intended for viewing by other native speakers) are too difficult for our language learners to use as listening practice, let alone listening assessment. And yet, I think we can all agree that we would like to have our students listen to "real" products … Continue reading Yes, they CAN understand native speakers!