Language Sensei

A Language Teacher's Journey

April 28, 2014
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Making “Skits” Do-Able….(And Decreasing Student Stress Around Them)

I don’t often do skits in class. How rare are they? Well we do 1 in each of Yr1 (at a restaurant) and Yr2 (the famous ‘bullet train’ sketch). That’s it. I generally prefer a communicative oral that evaluates how … Continue reading

April 21, 2014
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Improving Feedback for Students: Colours, Consistency, Corrections

I’ve been working to refine the way that I give feedback on written work. My efforts focus on both easily identifying a student’s issues and increasing their responsibility for their own learning. With that in mind my feedback now focuses … Continue reading

March 10, 2014
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“Today I took a risk and….” Asking for Student Self Reflection

  We often tell students what we value in the classroom but how do we know the message is getting through? How do they interpret what I am trying to get them to be: risk-takers, supportive classmates, inquisitive learners? I … Continue reading

March 3, 2014
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“How did that go?” An Oral Activity Feedback Rubric

I’ve always asked students to work in pairs, or small groups in class. But only lately have I started to ask for their feedback as to how it went. I’ve worked for a while on a quick feedback rubric – … Continue reading

September 17, 2013
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Conversation Circles…or “I spoke in the TL for 45 Minutes?!”

If I told a student that I expected 45-50 minutes of sustained discussion in the target language they’d laugh and say no way. But I watched it today in my Grade 12 class – as students used the pretext of … Continue reading

June 18, 2013
by leesensei

Keys For Using Student Self-Evaluation in Discussions…

Too often in the past a student would complete an oral, turn to me and ask “How did I do?”. Didn’t they know? Weren’t they aware of how it was going? Gradually I saw the need to change my focus … Continue reading

May 14, 2013
by leesensei

“Taking A Risk” – What Does Risk in the MFL Class Look Like?

I use rubrics a lot in my classes as I feel they allow the student to really ‘see’ what they have achieved and where they might improve. Increasingly I have moved to self-evaluation of some of my oral activities – … Continue reading

January 14, 2013
by leesensei

Thoughts on the “Video Project”…

What better way to use technology in the language classroom than in a final class video. For example, each year my Gr12 students do a group ‘drama’ video project. Students use their own cameras, or borrow from the library, to … Continue reading

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