Vida y muerte en La Mara Salvatrucha PREVIEW Realistic Fiction, written in Past tense This compelling drama recounts life (and death) in one of the most violent and well-known gangs in Los Angeles, La Mara Salvatrucha. Joining MS-13 brings certain gang-related responsibilities, but being born...

In Dave Burgess’ book Teach Like a Pirate, Dave recommends using “hooks” to engage students more deeply in the lessons you teach. I want to share my top ten favorite hooks and invite our readers to comment and share their own favorite hook that they have...

I was fortunate enough to attend two exceptional conferences back-to-back and have unique perspectives on each. It’s amazing how perspectives of language instruction/acquisition vary from region to region. In Hawaii (SWCOLT), there seemed to be a large number of ah-ha moments from teachers who truly had no previous exposure to or preconceived ideas about TPRS / TCI. In Ohio (CSCTFL), there were more ah-ha moments from teachers who had preconceived notions of (and a few previous negative experiences with) TPRS / TCI.

In my classroom I teach 2-4 readers per year. When selecting readers, I want to choose books that are going to be at a comfortable level for the students. I err on the side of “too easy.” Books that are too hard will feel too much like drudgery and the reading will not be enjoyable. I also try to balance the “girl characters” and “boy characters.” Finally, I like to have a broad representation of the Spanish-speaking world in each level.

Last week I mentioned how much I love and recommend Dave Burgess’ book Teach Like a Pirate. In his book, Dave recommends using “hooks” to engage students more deeply in the lessons you teach. I want to share my top ten favorite hooks and invite our readers to comment and share their own favorite hook that they have used with a novel.

I am constantly amazed at how TPRS authors can write such interesting books using such a limited vocabulary. Felipe Alou is a good example. GOOD book! ~ Dr. Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus, USC   I love “El Nuevo Houdini” because it’s very relevant to teenagers...