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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.…

Achievement Unlocked: Gamify Your Classroom for Super Motivated Language Learning


Did you know that over 1.8 billion people around the world play some form of video games these days?

And if you’ve ever struggled over a tough level in Candy Crush Saga, you know why.

Games are fun!…

Goodbye, Code Switching! The Dos and Don’ts for Any Language Immersion Classroom


Students mixing English into every sentence?

Are they struggling to stay in the target language?

Falling back on English when they get stumped or nervous?

This is called code switching and it’s all too common in language classrooms—especially in …

4 Bold Steps to a Powerful Language Immersion Curriculum


Dream big.

When you envision a successful immersion curriculum for your students, imagine it in 3D.

Think of it as a sprawling cityscape with tall buildings, an impressive skyline and unique but functional architecture.

Of course, this may be easier …

The Perfect Immersion Classroom: How to Overcome the “Mountain of Struggles”


Immersion. We all want it.

It’s the pinnacle of language learning.

We teachers would all love to give our students that authentic language experience.

We’d take our class to London, Paris, Madrid or Beijing today if we possibly could, surrounding …

Don’t Know Where to Start? How to Use Authentic Materials in the Language Classroom


Does your language classroom need a little spice?

Your teaching is anything but stale, but you need to sprinkle in some new ideas that will keep students engaged and thinking on a higher level.

When used correctly, authentic materials provide …