Sunday, September 30, 2012

10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using

Google Forms is a great free service by Google and that has a huge potential in education. Google Forms is very easy to use and does not require any advanced technology skills to run it. It is automatically built in Google Docs meaning it is completely web-based and does not require any software download.
Follow this link to get access to 10 free forms and for information on how to use them if you are not familiar with Google Docs.

10 Great Flashcard Making Tools for Educators

Flashcards are awesome learning tools. They elicit students' engagement and spark their motivation. They also help teachers teach about different subjects and simplify key concepts. You might have already tried some with your students and probably are looking for more ways and tools to create easy to use flashcards in your classroom. Here is a great list for you to bookmark and refer to whenever you need to create a flashcard for any learning purpose.

News: A Start-Up Bets on Human Translators Over Machines

Language does not come naturally to machines. Unlike humans, computers cannot easily distinguish between, say, a river bank and a savings bank. Satire and jokes? Algorithms have great trouble with that. Irony? Wordplay? Cultural context? Forget it.
That human edge in decoding what things mean is what a computer scientist turned entrepreneur, Luis von Ahn, is betting on. His start-up, Duolingo, which opened to the public on Tuesday, proposes to put armies of language learners to work translating text on the Web.
Continue reading at

Las cinco cosas que no deberían faltar en una historia del mundo

Resumir todo lo que la ha pasado en estos miles de años no es tarea sencilla: ¿qué incluir y qué omitir sin quedarnos con la sensación de que dejamos algo crucial por fuera?
A continuación, le ofrecemos una lista de las cinco cosas que lectores de la BBC consideran que no deben faltar en una historia del mundo y que, en más de una ocasión, los resúmenes de esta clase suelen pasar por alto.

Spanish: Call Me Maybe Cover (Spanish)

Chris here again. Today I would like to share a funny Spanish video I came across. This is a cover (in Spanish) of Call Me Maybe. Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

News: More resources via Flickr

Chris here again. In an effort to expand the resources available to fellow language teachers we have created a Flickr page in order to share pictures with you from all over the world in an easily accessible format! We have added a slideshow of our photostream on the right side of the site. You can also visit our Flickr page by following the link below. Remember to bookmark us! Feel free to drop us some comments on our photos!

Language Teacher's Toolbox Flickrstream

ESL Speaker Series: Paul Kei Matsuda (Oct 4, 2-3pm)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

German: Stundenplan (download)

Chris here again. Today I have a handout to share with fellow German teachers. We recently covered days of the week and times in our introductory German class. In order to provide students with some extra practice I created this blank Stundenplan for use with several activities. I left this one as a word document so, feel free to edit it to suit your class needs.


Jobs: German Tutor Needed - Villanova, PA‏

Cartus is a global leader in one-on-one, corporate language instruction. We
provide language training to business professionals and their families
worldwide, customizing their training to their particular needs. 

We are currently seeking an experienced  German teacher to work with a
businesswoman at her office  in Villanova, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Fridays.
-  You must be a native German speaker with a Bachelor’s degree
-  Minimum three years’  German teaching experience 
-  Experience with lesson planning and materials selection 

-  Evaluation/assessment of the student’s level of language proficiency 
- Consultation with the student on his or her areas for improvement
-  Creation of structured lesson plans with clearly stated goals and
-  Selection of appropriate textbooks, audio components and other study aids
as needed

Send your professional resume to Mary Weise at 

Mary Weise  |   Intercultural & Language Consultant - Americas 
Cartus Intercultural & Language Solutions 
40 Apple Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT  06810 USA 
Tel: +1 203 205 3797  |  Fax: +1 203 749 5612    | 

Jobs: German Teachers Needed - German Lang School, Winfield, NJ‏

The German Language School Inc., located in Winfield, NJ, is a non-profit
German language school with a 75 year history of teaching thousands of
students the German language.
We are currently looking for one or two qualified German teachers to work
Saturday mornings.
The following qualifications are needed:
     Experienced in teaching German language classes
Able to work independently
Able to identify and work effectively toward your students language learning
Be available Saturday mornings for a total of 30 sessions
 For more information to join our team, please E-mail a resume and cover
letter to the E-mail address below.

Ilse Maier School Board Chair
German Language School, Inc. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jobs: Permanent Part-time German Teacher, Grades 7-8, Brodheadsville, PA


Pleasant Valley Middle School in Brodheadsville, PA, is in immediate need of
a permanent part- time German teacher for grades 7 and 8.
Brodheadsville is located in the Pocono Mountains of NE Pennsylvania.
The position is for 4 hours per day and includes three 7th and 8th grade
Exploratory classes and one German I class. Additionally, if interested, a
part-time paraprofessional associate position for the other portion of the
day could be included.

This part- time (53%) tenure track position will be filled as soon as
possible for the 2012-2013 school year. Salary will be commensurate with
education and experience in accordance with the current collective
bargaining agreement.

This position has the following benefits:
75% school district paid health/dental benefits
Six (6) credits of tuition reimbursement
25K term life insurance
Six (6) sick days
One (1) personal day
Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Pennsylvania Instructional
Certificate in the appropriate area.
Applications from qualified persons interested in the above position along
with credentials, transcripts of all college courses taken, a copy of the
Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate, and Act 34PSP Criminal Record Check,
Act 114 FBI, Act 151 Child Abuse and Acts 24/82 clearances should be sent
Anthony Fadule, Assistant Superintendent
Pleasant Valley School District
District Office
2233 Route 115, Suite 100
Brodheadsville, PA 18322

Telephone: 570-401-1000 Ex. 1209
Fax: 570-992-7275 

Update: Useful sites master list updated

Chris here again with a quick update. We are updating our comprehensive list of useful language teaching websites. Some of the links along the right side of the page will be removed as we update the master list which can be found at the following post:

If you have any useful sites to share with us, please feel free to drop us a comment or send us an email. We appreciate your feedback!

5 Ways the 21st Century Makes Learning Spanish Easier

Chris here again. Today we have a guest article from Kristen Joy Williams. Kristen is the author of Spanish Is Your Amigo, a Spanish language textbook and workbook. You can go check out her free Spanish video lessons on her YouTube channel SpanishIsYourAmigo. She is a native English speaker who has a passion for teaching the Spanish language in the simplest way possible. She lives in Houston, Texas and works as a private Spanish teacher in-home and around the world via Skype.

Click one of the links below to connect with her:

Now, on to the article!

In the world we live in, there are countless ways to further your language education; many of these are even free. Are you the type to break your vow to learn a new language? You no longer have an excuse. Today, I'm counting down 5 ways that the 21st century makes learning Spanish easier.

Twitter is a great place to pick up typical conversational dialogue. If you don't already have a Twitter profile, now is a great time to sign up. A quick search for hashtag #LearnSpanish will yield tons of links as well as simple phrases that will advance your learning. If you like one of the links, make sure to retweet it to save it to your twitter feed for future reference.

Another tip for the search engine is to pick a common English word, translate it into Spanish, and type it into the search bar. For example, I searched for the word "day" in Spanish (día) and yielded tons of Twitter users that are tweeeting in Spanish. Once you find a user whose posts interest you, start following them and begin chatting.

Tip: Make sure you hit the "all" option to get all the results rather than the top tweets. And you can do this with any language, for example French (jour) and German (tag).

YouTube is one of the best places to get free Spanish instruction from a real person. There are also videos specifically designed to help you learn vocabulary or improve your listening skills through music. Check out some of my favorites

·         SpanishIsYourAmigo: ( Of course, I have to include my personal channel. Each of my Spanish lessons is under 5 minutes. The videos will take you step-by-step from beginners to advanced Spanish.
·         Happy Hour Spanish: ( This is one of my new favorite channels. These videos take you on an immersion trip throughout Spain without ever leaving your house. They are made by two girls, one from Spain and one from California.
·         AskPaulino: ( Paulino's short Spanish videos are completely in Spanish. His viewer-submitted questions are particularly helpful for new learners as he answers them very slowly and carefully.
·         SpanishWithRocio: ( Need to boost your vocabulary? These videos feature pictures along with the words to help you lock in the information.
·         GagaYohon100: ( If you love watching music videos from artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Lana Del Rey, check out this channel. All the featured videos are subtitled in Spanish so that you can read along.
·         SpanishSessions: ( These videos come straight from Madrid and most of them are set in a typical classroom. They're heavy on grammar and great if you want to learn the vosotros form.
·         TontitoFrito: ( Señor Jordan posts new Spanish videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. His videos vary from phrases of the day to typical Spanish lessons.
·         LanguageNow: ( If you want to know everything about Spanish grammar, check Professor Jason's videos out. He features Portuguese lessons as well.

3. Skype & Google Hangouts

For some reason, many people aren't attracted to the idea of taking language classes via video chat. But it truly can't be beat. What's not to love? It's easy, accessible, and cost-effective, and no doubt your listening and speaking skills will significantly improve. You can either find a language exchange partner or hire a professional Spanish tutor. LiveMocha ( , Fiverr ( , and even Craigslist ( are great places to find affordable Spanish tutors.

4. Forums

Forums are a great way to improve your grammar, find language partners, ask questions, chat about culture, and more. Some of the best are:

·         Spanishdict: ( This site is user-friendly and widely used, so you'll get tons of responses to your most pressing grammar conundrums. Spanishdict also has a great translator tool, verb conjugator, and dictionary.
·         Tomisimo: ( This is another great forum. Their home page boasts that they are in the business of "helping you speak like a native." I agree.
·         Reddit: ( Reddit features a great community of Spanish speakers and learners sharing links and answering questions.
·         Wordreference: ( This site not only features forums in over 15 languages including Spanish, it also features verb conjugators and dictionaries.

5. Helpful Sites

Here are some of the most helpful sites to further your learning:

·         Photo Vocab: ( Photo Vocab is "a Spanish vocabulary builder that presents a Spanish word-of-the-day picked from the captions of the day’s most striking photography."
·         Professor Jehle: ( Professor Jehle's site is one of the best I've found for Spanish grammar lessons. It's a must-see for any student.
·         Meetup:  ( Type "Spanish" in the search bar to find meetup groups designed to practice Spanish with people in your city.
·         StumbleUpon: ( If you like keeping up with the latest Spanish blog posts and links, sign up for a StumbleUpon account. It automatically refreshes websites that feature content that you're interested in seeing.
·         Yahoo Answers: ( If you need a Spanish question answered fast, ask the yahoo answers members. Within seconds of posting, often you'll have multiple answers to your question.
·         Pinterest: ( At the moment, Pinterest isn't very search-friendly, but have no doubt that it will soon become a place to find some of the best Spanish links around. Sign up for an account and start pinning your favorite links.

I could go on forever about great Spanish resources, but I want to know, what's your favorite method of learning Spanish?  If you have a great link to share, leave it in a comment below.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

6 excelentes aplicaciones móviles gratuitas para profesores

Hola! Esta es una muy buena lista de aplicaciones para profesores que pueden usar con el telefono celular. Vale la pena echar un vistazo ya que son gratis!

News: Google’s Project Glass Could Make Learning Another Language Unnecessary

Will Powell, the Oxford developer who created his own pair of Google Glasses, is at it again. This time he has implemented real-time translation into the glasses that displays what the person next to you is speaking in real time via text. While Powell’s technology uses Microsoft Translate, it’s not much of a stretch to think Google would use their own translation software in Project Glass.

Introdución a moodle para profesores muy ocupados

Hola! Aqui les dejo una introducción facil de entender para usar Moodle, que es una herramienta que esta de moda en el aula de lenguas.

Introducción a moodle usando bloques de lego. Traducción de la presentación de Tomaz Lasic.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

EFL/ESL: Monster Description Activity

This is an activity that was done during the teaching of body parts and expanding descriptive vocabulary.

For this activity, the teachers were each given a blank sheet of paper and a body part written on a note card. The note cards were turned upside down on their desks. When it was time to begin, the first teacher to go read her body part out loud to the class, and everybody drew his/her version of the body part on the blank sheet of paper. This continued until there were no more body parts to be read.

It doesn't matter which body parts are used or how many; for example, two of the teachers had a note card on which "head" had been written.

After all the body parts were read, the teachers came to the front of the class and put their drawings on the overhead for everyone to see. Teachers were called upon to describe the monsters, using the new vocabularies that they had learned. This was also an opportunity to teach more new vocabulary words, such as "squiggly" to describe a curly tail.

Was this an effective way to learn body parts and descriptive vocabulary? Why or why not? What would you do differently?

EFL: Speed Dating (Video)

Chris here again. Today we have a few more EFL videos to share. Below are two brief videos showing our teachers during a Speed Dating activity:

Speed Dating is an excellent activity for students to practice their listening skills as well as putting them under some pressure to produce a lot of language in a relatively small amount of time. Have you tried this type of activity in your classes?

Jobs: Admin. coordinator needed for NY German immersion preschool‏

‏New York based German Immersion Preschool seeks an Administrative Coordinator with a Teaching Background
KinderHaus Brooklyn is looking for a German speaking administrative coordinator for its New York based Kindergarten. Individual would need to have some direct related experience in admin related work, excel, payments, scheduling, teacher coordination, organization and collaboration. Also prefered if individual can substitute when needed in the classroom of children ages 2 to 3 years old. Full time role; compensation $30K.

Can begin immediately. German fluency. Working visa preferred but can also sponsor visa.

Please respond with cv. (email:

Jobs: Preschool teacher: New York based German Immersion Preschool‏

New York based German Immersion Preschool seeks a Preschool Teacher

KinderHaus Brooklyn is looking for a native German speaking kindergarten teachers for its New York based Kindergarten. Individuals would need to have direct related experience teaching children in the ages of 2-3 years specifically. Can begin immediately.

Role within an established German immersion kindergarten program: Individual would be responsible for following the curriculum for children in this age group. Includes creative and dramatic arts, cooking, song, movement etc. Would have significant autonomy within the class. Teacher/student ratio is approximately 1:6. Together with another teacher, the individual would be responsible for the classroom design, monthly calendar, materials inventory, creating themes and overall responsibility for the children in the classroom. Individual will also have direct contact with the parent community.

Qualifications: teaching related educational background. At least 2 years experience teaching 2-3 years olds. German fluency. Working visa preferred.

Please respond with cv. (email:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Spanish: Phonetics site

Hi colleges! Just a reminder in case you have not taken advantage of this resource yet. This is an excellent online resource from the University of Iowa. It’s self-explanatory so just take a look. I hope you like it!


Spanish: Los cognados

Este recurso online ofrece estrategias para usar los cognados (palabras que tienen igual significado en los dos idiomas) en la clase de español. ¡Ojalá les guste!


News: A teacher's guide to social media

Chris here again. Today we have an infographic brought to us via The graphic features a thorough guide to social media for teachers! This is an excellent resource for social media newbies and experienced users alike:

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

German: Familie & Studienfächer Word Search (download)

Chris here again. Today I have a word search to share with fellow German teachers. This word search covers family and school subjects vocabulary. An answer key is also included. Both files are available as PDFs below:

Familie & Studienfächer Word Search

Familie & Studienfächer Word Search (Answer Key)

Comments welcome!

Jobs: Cartus seeking German tutor, Wash., D.C.

Cartus is searching for an experienced German tutor to give private lessons
to a customer in the Washington DC area.  The student is being transferred
to Munich with her company very soon. She is an upper intermediate in the
language and needs to complete 20 hours of language lessons between the 21st
and the 28th of this month.

In case anyone is interested, they can send me a resume at
About Cartus
Cartus is an international relocation firm that offers language training as
a service to our customers.  Cartus’ Global Performance Solutions department
designs and delivers both customized cross-cultural and foreign language
training programs.
Our international assignment services maintain the success of an assignment
for our clients, from its outset to its conclusion. These services include
international candidate assessment, intercultural training, language
training, and repatriation integration support. More specifically, our
language training department relies on freelance teachers for inpat and
expat families.  
For more information about Cartus and our services, I invite you to visit
our website at

EFL: Memory Chain activity videos

Chris here again. Today we have a couple more EFL videos to share with you. These two videos feature our students doing a memory chain activity. Each successive student must state their own required information as well as that of the previous student(s), thus the activity requires good listening skills and is a nice way for students to practice first and second person conjugations. Comments welcome!

Monday, September 17, 2012

News: Panel addresses ELL issues on common core assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium,one of two groups charged with building Common Core State Standards assessments, has assembled two expert panels to consider the specific needs of English language learners and students with disabilities. Among other issues, experts will weigh in on translation needs, as test makers plan to make the math assessments available in Spanish, American Sign Language as well as some other languages. You can read more about this issue via the article linked below:

News: Joys and challenges of Japanese

Chris here again. Today we have a fun article to share which features some good points all teachers can use. The article talks about the joys and challenges of learning Japanese, yet it contains some valid points language teachers can take away from it. Enjoy:

Joys and challenges of Japanese

News: Fla. academy uses different approach to teach languages

The Ocala Language Academy in Marion County, Fla., does not take the traditional classroom method to get children and adults to speak a new language. Manager Gabriele Via Knecht engages her pupils with games and image association exercises when they are learning Chinese, German, French and Spanish. You can read more about this exciting approach in the article linked below:

News: Mass. school expands language offerings with Mandarin

Eighth graders in Needham Public Schools in Massachusetts have access to a new language course this fall as district leaders are opening the door to Mandarin. Administrators plan to continue expanding language offerings in the future. "We believe it's important, as we think about students in the 21st-century and the skills they need," said superintendent Dan Gutekanst. You can read more via the article linked below:

Quick Fix - Essential phrases in 40 languages

Hello all,

I found this cool section of the BBC Languages site with useful downloadable phrases in different languages.

Learn and take these essential phrases in 40 languages with you on your mp3 player and as a print-out!

5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools

Did you know that the five ways that Google Sites are most commonly being used in schools are:

As a wiki 
As a digital portfolio 
As a digital file cabinet 
As a blog 
As a website

Read more about it following this link

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Día de la Independencia de México (Independence Day in Mexico)

Hello everyone! Claudia Sadowski here to share with you that every September, my students have the assignment to do a research and a presentation about anything related to Mexico’s Independence Day. Surprisingly enough and to my students’ dismay, they find out that September 16th is truly the “real” date Mexico celebrates their independence from Spain.  Mistakenly enough a large group of people assume that Mexico’s Independence Day in on May 5th, based on the well known and overly represented phrase: “Cinco de Mayo”.
In order to make better justice to the description of this day, please go to the following website that has concise information about the history of the Independence in Mexico:

Due to the fact that the dates are exactly the same or a few days before or after, I also assign my students to do a research about the independence of various countries in Central and South America. This activity helps us to become better acquainted with the vast history of other countries where the Spanish language is also spoken and they also have in common the independence from Spain.

Furthermore, my students usually present an informative power point that portrays basic facts about the country. For example, they share a picture of the flag of their assigned country, their national anthem, etc. They share pictures of the actual currency being used; they also share fun facts about the country, and tell us about famous people in the world from that specific country. Students then narrow their presentation to the celebration of Independence Day. After, students share pictures of specific items that have to do with the celebration.  For example, some countries have clothing items that they use to celebrate Independence Day. Some countries even have specific food that goes hand-in-hand with the celebration. Other important part of their presentation is the fact that students instruct their classmates on how to do some arts and crafts related to the topic. Lastly, what is a Hispanic celebration without at least one dance? For this part, students include videos in their presentations showing how people from those countries celebrate this holiday. Many videos include famous dances in addition to parades and fireworks.    

I leave you with a video of the famous “Grito de Dolores” that the President of Mexico proclaims every Independence Day from the Government Palace located in Mexico City. This “Grito” is a reenactment of what Father Miguel Hidalgo proclaimed the actual day of Independence. As always, please share how you celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day in your classrooms.  Take care and see you next time! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Sample Dictogloss Lesson

I posted about the idea of using a Draw and Tell to differentiate a dictogloss the other day using a draw and tell story to review transition words the other day I did it and it worked out really well.

  • With my rowdy class I started by putting a text on the board. It said 
I will not be taking attendance right away. Please sit down and take out a piece of paper and a pen. When you are quiet, I will tell you a story. You should should NOT write down anything. Just listen to the story. I will begin when you are quiet. 
  •  That worked better than it could have. They were quiet and ready within 5 minutes ( I was pleasantly shocked). Then I told them the story.  There was a boy. He was young. He was three years old. He went on a walk. He was attacked by bees. He was scared. He ran away. They followed him. He jumped into a lake. He stayed there until the sun set. The bees went away. He went home. I was eating eggs and bacon. I was happy to see my dog. 
NOTE: This story, though brief, is actually pretty hard since it is purposely bland! SO keep it simple.

  • I told students to work on their own and try to recreate the story to be as close to the original as possible. They had 2 minutes. A few of them freaked out, but I let them know they would hear the story again. and they weren't expected to get it perfect.
  • After two minutes I told them the story again. This time I drew the dog that goes with it. I told them they had one more minute. Most students did NOT look at the board; however, I noticed some students looking up and using the picture to help them.
  • When the minute was done I told them to partner up and they spent the next 5 minutes working with someone else to recreate the text.
  • Finally students swapped their answers with another partner and I showed them the original text. They made corrections and the team with the least mistakes got bonus points.
  • I asked the students what was wrong with this text. THANKFULLY (as we had been studying transition words) they told me it was missing transition words.
  • Now, with their partner, had to re-write the text to include AT LEAST
    • 1 relative clause
    • 1 cause and effect transition word
    • 1 sequencing transition word
    • 1 contrast transition word
    • 1 addition transition word
    • (When students finished early I added other categories to get them to add too)
  • Finally we shared all the different ways the sentences could be combined.
This worked really well as a review of transition words, and we practiced general listening, reading and writing skills that would be on the exam. Even though the use of draw and tells is normally reserved for younger groups I think in this case it was a useful add on to help some students with the dictogloss. 

Jobs: German Teacher Needed – Cambridge, MA

German Teacher Needed – Cambridge, MA

Cartus is are a global leader in one-on-one, corporate language instruction.
We provide language training to business professionals and their families
worldwide, customizing their training to their particular needs.  

We are currently seeking an experienced German teacher for  a long term
teaching assignment of 60 weeks. 

This is teaching a group of 13 business people, from 12:00 to 1:00, once per
week, at their office in Cambridge.  They are all beginners.

The lessons will start Sept. 25, 2012. 

-  Native German speaker  
-  Minimum three years’  German teaching experience required  
-  Experience with lesson planning and materials selection required 

Only candidates who live in the local area will be considered.

Send your professional resume to Mary Weise at  

Mary Weise  |   Intercultural & Language Consultant - Americas 
Cartus Intercultural & Language Solutions 
40 Apple Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT  06810 USA 
Tel: +1 203 205 3797  |  Fax: +1 203 749 5612   |

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ESL Speaker Series 2012

Speak Everywhere: A Technology-Based Solution for Out-of-Class Oral Practice 

News: Is college getting easier? (infographic)

Chris here again. Today we have an infographic brought to use by The graphic explores the idea that recently students appear to be getting lazier (ie not putting in as much work) and are still being rewarded for it. Does this trend mean that college courses and degrees are becoming easier to obtain? Are teachers giving out As too easily? Take a look at the graphic below and let us know what your experiences are both as a student or as a teacher.

Is College Getting Easier?
Presented By:

News: What can be done with bad teachers? (Infographic)

Chris here again. Today we have an infographic brought to us from focusing on what to do about bad teachers. The graphic explores some of the ideas being debated as to improving bad teachers as some claim they are one of the causes of low-scoring students. Check out the graphic below and let us know what you think!

What Can Be Done With Bad Teachers?
Presented By:

French & Spanish: How to teach a toddler

Chris here again. Today we have a guest article to share with you. This article focuses on how to teach a toddler French. Several good strategies are presented which would apply to teaching any language to toddlers. Definitely worth checking out!

The site also has an article for teaching toddlers Spanish:
Comments welcome!

What are some other good strategies for teaching children?

Jobs: 3-4 Month High School German Position - Suburbs of Cincinnati, OH‏

High school German teacher needed immediately for suburban school near Cincinnati, OH. Lakota West High School seeks German teacher for levels 2, 3 and AP. This is a paid position, however it does not include benefits, housing or transportation. Daily from 7:15am til 2:40pm. Approx. 3-4 months. Great work environment and students. Teaching license not required but must have college degree. Please contact

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

German: Gespräche - Christina and Marie 4

Chris here again. Today we have the last of our videos featuring Christina and Marie to share with you! In this video they discuss the differences between living in Freiburg and Hamburg. Comments welcome! Enjoy!

Jobs: REPOSTING: German Professor / Dept Chair - Gardner-Webb University - Boiling Springs, NC‏

Gardner-Webb University’s Department of World Languages seeks to fill a
German/Dept Chair position , full-time, tenure-track, salary and rank
negotiable pending experience. 

Appropriate terminal degree, excellent
teaching, and administrative skills required. Additional language teaching
ability (in addition to German) preferred but not required. 
Send CV and 3
letters of recommendation to: 
Charles B. Moore, Search Committee Chair,
Dept. of World Languages, Box 7266, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling
Springs, NC 28017 or to 

Deadline for application
and appointment start date: as soon as filled. EEO.

Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, residential, private institution
located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (50 miles southwest of Charlotte)
offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately
4,000 students. Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb
employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian
values. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Jobs: Tenure Track Assistant Professor of German, UC Davis

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of German 

The German Department at UC Davis announces an opening for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2013. 

Preferred areas of specialization
include: nineteenth-/twentieth-/twenty-first-century literature and culture
and/or Critical Theory; interdisciplinary approaches welcome. Strong
research and teaching record essential; General Education experience
helpful; native or near-native fluency in German required. 

qualifications: broad interdisciplinary interests. 

Screening to begin November 15, 2012. 
Position open until filled. Please
submit a letter of application, writing sample, statement of teaching
philosophy, CV, and three letters of recommendation at:  

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer with a  strong institutional commitment to the
achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

EFL: Vocabulary Brainstorming & Description

The teachers formed two teams, and each team was given 5 minutes to generate as many vocabulary words as they possibly could for a given category; for example, insects or animals.

The chalkboard was divided into two sections, and the teams had 5 minutes to write as many words as possible on their side of the board.

Then, after the 5 minutes were over, they were instructed to close their dictionaries and notebooks. The teachers were asked to draw the animals on the board, and each team received a point for a vocabulary word that a team member could describe or drawn, and a point was taken away for a vocabulary word that could not be described or drawn. The pictures drawn by the teachers facilitated their verbal descriptions, unaided by their dictionaries.

How could this activity have been more challenging? More interesting? Did this activity help to build vocabulary? Why or why not?


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