5 days, 5 ways- How can I come closer to the 90%? Day 2

I read about movie talk online and attended a workshop at NTPRS in 2011 as well. What a great way to engage students and use the TL in context!

From this video: http://youtu.be/irbFBgI0jhM that I use with my intermediates as part of a unit on the supernatural to any of the birdbox studio videos (wildebeest is great) http://youtu.be/JMJXvsCLu6s, this technique is a wonderful, stress free way to provide input and encourage discussion!

I play the video, pausing every few seconds, asking students questions, getting predictions, and describing the action. Some movie talks we have done have lasted 20 minutes or even an entire period! The kids do a great job keeping the conversation rolling!!

In videos like Alma with a surprise ending, I always stop just before the secret is revealed and then let them watch the whole video without interruption! They discuss the ending after they have seen the whole video!

Give it a try this week! Just remember to go slowly, pause, and enjoy the time chatting with your kids!!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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