Friday, April 29, 2011

Spanish Video: Conversaciones 2 Questions Added

Hi everyone, Claudia here.

I added comprehension questions to our Conversaciones 2 video!

You can find the original post and video here:


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spanish Video: Conversaciones 1 Questions Added

Hello all, Claudia here.

I've added comprehension questions to our Conversaciones 1 video!


You can find the original post and video here:



http://lteacherstoolbox.blogspot.com/2010/09/spanish-video-conversaciones-1.html

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

German Music: Wise Guys - Denglisch



Hello all, Chris here with a funny music video from the Wise Guys. This is a funny yet relevant song about Denglisch. The lyrics start mostly in German but there is an increase in Anglicisms as the song progresses and it demonstrates that many of the terms really do not need to replace their German counterparts. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

French: la légende vraie de la tour eiffel (part1/10)





FR 300 and higher: this is the first part of a series of 10 short films about the history behind the Eiffel Tour that so many have come to romanticize about for years. bonne dégustation!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

German Video: Toom Baumarkt Commercial


Hello all, Chris here with another funny German commercial. This time it's for Toom Baumarkt:

News: Google Translator Added


Hello all, Chris here with a quick update. I've added Google translator for our visitors! Enjoy!

News: TPR/S Conference in Cancun


Hello all, Chris here with some news on the upcoming TPR/S conference held in Cancun. For full conference information please visit:


TPR/S Conference

News: ACTFL SmartBrief


Hello all, Chris here with some news. Check out the ACTFL SmartBrief for the latest in language education news. It is FREE to signup! Visit the following link:


http://www.smartbrief.com/actfl/index.jsp?campaign=0411Trial

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

German Video: Gespräche 10


Hello all, Chris here with the tenth video in our Gespräche series! This time Anna and Marek discuss Getränke! Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

News: Upcoming Opportunities for Language Teachers and Students


Hello everyone, Becky here!

I have copied some upcoming opportunities for language teachers and students below. They come from the Partnership for Global Learning newsletter and I received them through OFLA. Enjoy!
For Educators:
· 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica is now accepting applications from teachers of grades 7 - 12. Fully-funded. Deadline May 4.|

· Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Travel to Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Morocco, or Ukraine. Qualify by taking part in online and in-person teacher professional development symposiums. For more information and eligibility, check the program's website. Applications are due June 15, 2011.

  • Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with counterpart classes in other countries; together the teams (of two or three schools) tackle real global problems to find solutions that can be implemented at the local level and in their own communities. Applications accepted until August 15.
For Students:
  • ThinkQuest is a global competition where student teams (many of which are comprised of members from different countries) explore a contemporary world topic and create a website. Deadline to enter: April 27.
  • Concordia Summer Language Villages combine language immersion, cultural activities, and fun camp activities, and are offered for students aged 7-18 in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Programs are one, two and four weeks long, with the four-week program offering one year of high school language credit.

Monday, April 18, 2011

News: ACTFL Webinar


Hello all, Chris here. ACTFL is offering some exciting new Webinars tomorrow. You can register for them here:


https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=20290&

News: MATSOL 2011 Conference


Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages is a professional association representing teachers, English language learners and their families in K-12 public schools in Massachusetts. They also represent educators and English language learners in adult learning centers, higher education institutions and the workplace.

MATSOL 2011 Conference:


One Size Doesn't Fit All: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners.
Featuring keynotes by Kate Kinsella, Christine Coombe and Larry Zwier.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 5-7, 2011.



http://www.matsol.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=27&Itemid=96

Friday, April 15, 2011

German Video: Salzburg


Hello all, Chris here with a useful video I found which provides some background information on Salzburg. It is in English though.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Grammar Activities: Reflexive Verbs and Pronouns


Hello all, Chris here with a fun activity for reflexive pronouns and verbs! While the activity will use German examples, this could easily be adapted to other languages. In German, use of the reflexive often involves speaking about our daily routines.

To start the activity I have students create a Wochenplan or weekly schedule with their courses and other information listed on them. For example:

Montag
9:00 Aufstehen
9:30 Duschen
10:00 Geschichte
12:00 Mittagessen
2:00 Sport
6:00 Kino mit Freunden

Each student will complete a full weekly schedule.You can also have students focus solely on daily hygiene using verbs such as sich waschen, sich duschen, sich buersten, sich kaemmen, sich baden and others. Organize the students into pairs. Each student will ask their partner about his/her schedule. Wann putzt du dir die Zaehne? (When do you brush your teeth?) Wann waescht du dir die Haende? (When do you wash your hands?) 

Another fun activity which works well as a review is to divide the class into two groups. The two groups will sit across from one another in a long line. Have each student write down 5 reflexive verbs and a reflexive pronoun on note cards. There should be one reflexive verb and one pronoun on each card, with 5 cards total. If you want to make the activity more advanced, students could also add a particular tense to their cards.

To start the activity, a student will choose one of their cards and show it to the student across from them. That student will then have to make a correct sentence using the information on the card. If the student answers correctly he/she will have won that card and may take it from their opponent. If they answer incorrectly, they must instead randomly give their opponent one of their cards. A student who loses all of their cards is eliminated from the game. All students who are eliminated must then write a short essay using 5 different reflexive verbs. Students can continue the game for about 10 minutes or so, or until there are only 2 students with cards remaining.

Monday, April 11, 2011

News: ACTFL Webinar - Moving Students from Intermediate to Advanced



Hello all, Chris here with some more news on upcoming ACTFL webinars:

Moving Students from Intermediate to Advanced

Portuguese Videos: Conversaçãos Português 4



Hello all, Chris here with the next video in our Conversaçãos Português series! Comprehension questions will follow soon! Enjoy!

German Video: Gespräche 8 Questions Added



Hello all, Chris here. I've added comprehension questions to our Gespräche 8 video! You can find the original post and video here:


http://lteacherstoolbox.blogspot.com/2011/03/german-video-gesprache-8.html

Friday, April 8, 2011

ESL Speaker Series: Tony Silva

Purdue University

April 15th, 2011

5:00 - 6:00 pm

RAWL 2077


This presentation focuses on one dimension of a larger research program looking at the infrastructure supporting second language writing studies. One large part of this research program involves addressing publications and publication venues. The specific focus of this talk will be the description and analysis of journal publication patterns in the field from 1950-2009. Based on information from a database of more than 2,500 journal articles, the presentation will include (1) the identification of the disciplines whose journals publish articles on second language writing, (2) the specification of countries and regions from which these journals originate, (3) a decade by decade account of this body of scholarship, (4) the identification of patterns over the entire sixty-year period, and (5) some tentative conclusions with regard to what all of this says about second language writing studies past, present, and future.

German Video: Gespräche 7 Comprehension Questions



Hello all, Chris here. I have added several comprehension questions to our Gespräche 7 video! Below is a link to the original post. Enjoy!


http://lteacherstoolbox.blogspot.com/2011/03/german-video-gesprache-7.html

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Japanese: Study Abroad Role-Play Information Sheet


Hello all, Junko desu. Here is a supplement to my previous Study Abroad role-play activity. A person who is at the study-abroad booth can take a look at the handout to see the location, number of students, and activities that each school has. Use the handout as a reference and give students some advice!


Role-play Info Sheet

German Video: Gespräche 9


Hello all, Chris here with the next video in our Gespräche series featuring Anna & Marek! Enjoy!


Monday, April 4, 2011

News: ACTFL Webinar


Hello all, Chris here with some news on upcoming Webinars. ACTFL has an exciting webinar which will be held tomorrow! Check here for registration information:


Creating Interpretive Tasks Targeting Proficiency Levels

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