The joys of teaching and writing for intermediates by Kristy Placido

[caption id="attachment_31593" align="alignright" width="300"] Señora Placido with Spanish 4 students at FHS[/caption] Upper level students (levels 3 and up) present a unique set of challenges for any teacher. Most upper level students are either intermediate level proficiency or are pushing toward intermediate in most of their...

Happy New Year, everyone! As most of you have heard by now, we changed our company's name in November of 2016, and we are so EXCITED to begin 2017 as Fluency Matters! This is the time of year when we all get very reflective. Where are...

[caption id="attachment_29325" align="alignright" width="300"] Eric Herman[/caption] The following post is reprinted with permission from Eric Herman. It is an abridged version of a supplement to Issue 4 of the weekly Acquisition Classroom Memo, a review of must-know second language acquisition research and the implications for classroom...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/191106580']   If there is one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s that there is more than one path to proficiency and promoting a single method–whether intentional or as a byproduct of one’s name– implies that the SLA (second language acquisition) process is so...

[caption id="attachment_953" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Kristy Placido's students take selfies for Snapchat while eating pizza the way Lady and the Tramp eat spaghetti[/caption] Personalization is an important part of a CI (comprehensible input) class. Students thrive on hearing about themselves, talking about themselves, and feeling like others care...

Recently, a teacher posted the Five Working Hypotheses by Alice Omaggio-Hadley on one of the ACTFL listservs. (Omaggio, 1986, pp. 44-53; and Omaggio-Hadley, 2001, pp. 89-105) The teacher posted: Alice Omaggio-Hadley familiarizes us with "five working hypotheses, which have been the building blocks of proficiency-oriented language curricula...