What kind of spontaneous language do my students output in a time-sensitive situation after many hours in the classroom?
-Approx 180 hours
-Time alloted: 10 min
I supplied an optional prompt to work form: Write a story about someone going on a trip. Some used this prompt while others wrote about something else completely. No problem.
This is unplanned and unrehearsed language production. Authentic communication in the form of extemporaneous composition. This I believe is a solid way to gauge acquired competency, as long as you don't do it too early nor too often, and you don't give them time to plan. During this timed write, students had no access to notes, nor did I notice anyone referencing posters on the walls.
I recently learned about the Caga Tio tradition from Rachel at Language and Friendship Inc. She returned from a trip to the Barcelona area and was excited to share the unique celebration with all of their traveling teachers! And now I want to pass it on.
(note: The "Sources" at bottom or an Internet search for "caga tio" will get you some good photos and video for further enjoyment of this stranger-than-fiction tradition.)
Hay una tradición muy extraña en España durante la Navidad. La tradición ocurre específicamente en la parte de España que se llama Cataluña. Cataluña está en la noreste de España. La cuidad de Barcelona está en la región de Cataluña. Allí, muchas personas hablan español y catalán.
La tradición, que se llama Caga Tio, es súper extraña. "C...
Below are the most important posters I've got up in front of my classroom. I put these on heavy colored posterboard and write nice and big, and refer to them quite often in the first months of class. These are one of administrators' favorite things to see visibly displayed for students, and they are an easy way to colorize our often stale environs.
This Rules poster is newly formatted, a combination of Ben Slavic's and Rita Barrett's. I received some helpful feedback from a rock star Spanish 2 class about it. They think the new poster is better.
This Commanding Comprehension poster is indispensible. Students are still referring to it in December, though many know them by heart now. With this poster, there is little excuse for not comprehending. Also, each phrase on this poste...