Games can be a fun break from the normal daily routine of a class. Sometimes just playing a game for a few minutes can invigorate a lagging group of students and prepare their minds for more input. As Carol Gaab frequently reminds us, brains crave...

Let’s kiss. No, not like that. Let’s K.I.S.S. Let’s Keep it Slow and Simple in our language classes. As the school year progresses I have found myself speaking in English more and more and in Spanish less and less. My adrenaline is wearing off; it’s...

Chances are, you’ve seen an “Escape Room” pop up in your community. Or maybe you have one of the hugely popular “Escape Room” apps on your phone like “The Room” series or “Can You Escape?”. Escape rooms are an exercise in problem solving and teamwork where...

Last year, I began to implement leveled readers and novels in some of my novice/intermediate low classes. I had always used stories in my classes, but I saved a lot of reading for upper level classes. One of my colleagues and I were able to...

When I decided to write this blog post about ‘LOVE’  a few weeks ago, I had no idea that the topic would become much more relevant and meaningful than I had originally thought. My intent was solely to talk about collegiality, kindness, and love as...

Congratulations to our winners! We have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of gratitude, support, and kind words that choosing a single winner was nearly impossible. We spent hours deliberating! There were so many amazing comments that we wanted to publish them all!  Over the next several months,...

The reinforcement of the targets can be a long process, and can get old when a teacher is hitting the same topic day after day. Particularly at the upper levels, no one wants to spend 4-5 weeks talking about technology in schools or gender roles...

Have you ever read Pernille Ripp’s blog “Blogging in the Fourth Dimension”? She is an excellent blogger who is very passionate about “helping students fall in love with literacy again”. She describes how to create a passion for literacy in our classrooms....

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...

If you’re like me, you LOVE using TPRS/CI methods in your classroom. You have seen your students’ enthusiasm and proficiency skyrocket, and your own professional satisfaction is off the charts. And even though it’s not easy, it makes teaching joyful in a way that it...

THIS DRAWING HAS NOW ENDED!  Ho! Ho! Ho! We've got a great gift for one lucky teacher! Enter our drawing to win a subscription of one Fluency Matters Spanish or French E-course of your choice for up to 150 students or a class set (25) of any...

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 teaching....

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 simple...

As teachers of CI and TPRS, we are very aware of the level of rigor in our classrooms. Many who observe the silly nature or the high level of engagement often assume, initially, that the lesson itself is not very rigorous. When they sit down...

Sometimes we all just need a little reminder that there are a variety of ways to provide comprehensible input to our students. Here are a handful of great ideas contributed by some fabulous teachers to help you bring a dose of novelty into your classroom! Do...

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 about them (especially if others genuinely DO care about them!). Personalization can also be one of the hardest aspects that...

Are you presenting a "CI friendly" session at ACTFL this year? Please let us know if you would like your session to be included in our list of recommended sessions! Simply email TPRS Publishing info@tprstorytelling.com, and let us know: Title of your session Date and...

If someone would have asked me six months ago what TPR (Total Physical Response) is, I would have replied that basically, it is giving commands in the target language, with the student responding to that command physically. I mistakenly thought that simply by telling my...

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...

Oh my word, everyone! Do you have ANY idea how hard this was for us? We were honestly overwhelmed by the creativity, beauty and LOVE that we felt inside your classrooms. You are ALL winners! We can only have 3 official winners...

As I start my 19th year as a Spanish “meaning maker” I decided to do things a little differently. First off, I’ve never been a big fan of grading. I used to call it a necessary evil, but now I’m wondering if it’s even necessary....

My school year begins TODAY! My students will be noticing something new…I’m deskless! Yes, I’ve done it! I got rid of MY large unnecessary crap-storage unit metal teacher desk, and I’ve moved all tables to the back and sides of the room....

My favorite units of study are Biodiversity and the water crisis. Whether we are comparing the Carlyle Lake watershed with the Panamá Canal or investigating water borne illnesses and solutions for lack of potable water around the world, these units are anchored in the concept...