7 Addictive Resources for Language Teaching Videos to Get You and Your Students Hooked


We’ve come a long way in education.

My mom considered the TV a distraction, and I would have to turn it off to do my homework.

Now media seems to be an educator’s best friend.

But there are lots of

Is Code Switching Always a Crisis in the Classroom? How to Successfully Allow or Avoid It


The forbidden, guilty pleasure of code switching.

We all do it. But when it comes to language teaching, it’s kind of a dirty little secret.

We’re all busy pursuing that sacred goal of language immersion, and slipping into …

10 Language Games for Kids to Let Students Play Their Way to Fluency


Ready to set your class on fire?

No, you don’t need the firetrucks on this one. I’m talking about getting your students engaged with the content and setting your classroom ablaze with fun and excitement.

Playing games in the foreign

Foreign Language Rubrics: A Guide to Writing Analytic and Holistic Rubrics


The word “rubric” has its roots in the Latin word for the color red.

Red is the color of my true love’s hair.

It’s the color of firetrucks, stop signs and other important, attention-getting things in our lives.

It was

10 MFL Speaking Activities for a Productively Talkative Classroom


You toss a question to your class.

You imagine hands flying up from enthusiastic students, eager to respond.



Blank stares.

Maybe an uncomfortable cough or two.

Granted, there are moments when silence is optimal for students—like during a …

9 Surefire Sites to Find an Online Language Teaching Position You’ll Love


Let me paint you a picture.

It’s Monday morning.

You’ve had a restful weekend.

Your lesson plans are loaded up and ready to go and it’s time to start your busy week of teaching.

But there’s no need to pack

The Guide to Using Portfolio Assessment in Language Teaching: 6 Tips for Success


Pop quiz, unit test, final exam.

Multiple choice, fill in the blanks, match items, short answer.

Hand it out. Set the timer. Proctor the students. Collect their papers.

Correct the exams. Ponder the essay. Assign the score. Record the grades.…