Author Archive | Stevie D.

Are You Providing Adequate Motivation to Your Students as They’re Learning a Language?

motivation in language learning

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

This is a line from a framed poster hanging on the wall of a secondhand bookstore that I frequent.

Every time I pass by and glance at it, I can’t help but …

CLIL: What It Is, and Why Language Teachers Will Find It Delightful

what is clil

It’s time to take a break from teaching language.


Because with a rich, meaningful context, your students can learn language without needing you to explicitly teach it.

And that’s where the revolutionary teaching approach CLIL comes in, which …

The Importance of Interactive Learning: 5 Cosmic Benefits of Language Labs

importance of language lab

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re visiting NASA.

They show you some images of stars from another galaxy.

A galaxy that’s 2.5 million light-years away from the Milky Way.

Quick refresher if it’s been a while: That means its distance …

5 Tips to Help You Become the Best Online Language Teacher Ever

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Can I tell you a secret?

Come closer.

The best online language teachers have five secrets to success. And I’m telling you they are oh so simple.

These five tips will keep your students engaged, making them look forward …

7 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Teaching Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom

teaching culture in the foreign language classroom

Language and culture are flip sides of the same coin.

When you have one, you necessarily have the other.

As a language educator, you’re already fully aware of this.

After all, language is a verbal expression of culture. It conveys …

5 Total Physical Response (TPR) Activities That Every Language Teacher Should Know

total physical response

Want a teaching technique that’ll make your students jump for joy, dance with delight and finish off with high fives?

Sounds like you’re looking for a language teaching approach called total physical response or TPR for short.

TPR will …

Stamp of Approval: 5 Reasons Your Language Students Want You to Use Authentic Materials in the Classroom

using authentic materials in the classroom

“How do I make this experience come alive for my students?”

As language educators, we’re constantly mulling over this question.

We want our students to appreciate the language in its full color.

We want to make it so real they …