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Oh! Ahh! 15 New Language Classroom Translation Activities


Raul sauntered into my English Review class, slouched into his chair and threw an open notebook onto his desk in disgust, pouting.

“What’s up, Raul?” I asked him.

“My teacher gave us these sentences to translate and I don’t get …

10 Colorful Approaches to Teaching Context in Language


What exactly is “context”?

Looking at the word’s origin gives us a lovely image.

It’s from the Latin contextus, which means a weaving or putting together.

I bet you thought the “text” part of “context” referred to text. I …

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

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.…

How to Cherry Pick the Best from 8 Foreign Language Teaching Methods


“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”

This timeless line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” can apply to so many moments in a language teacher’s life.

Even in our teaching methods, there’s always a little madness.

From the “direct approach”

3 Fresh Ways to Use the Audio-lingual Method in Your Class


Have you heard that the audio-lingual method is dead?

Well, it’s not!

Just because there hasn’t been much buzz about it lately doesn’t mean it has ceased to be an effective teaching tool.

What was wrong with the audio-lingual …

Get Active! 7 Foreign Language Activities That Keep Students on Their Toes


Teaching a foreign language is sometimes like pushing that stone up the hill, just to have it roll back to the bottom, just to have to push it back up again.

And you’re never pushing that stone alone, …