Is circling a comprehension check?

Comprehension...it's one of those "trust but verify" things. On social media (where else?) some teachers recently got into a discussion about whether circling is a comprehension check. I thought that was an interesting question ("question"...see what I did there? LOL)...

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No time-outs in this game?

Exhausted students need a break after completing a task In a recent Twitter thread, a teacher commented to the effect that a good tenet of classroom management is: Make sure kids understand they will be busy from the starting bell until class is dismissed....

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Shut up already about the Chinese!

On various social media outlets, I frequently get comments of this type: This is CI for [Spanish/French]. We share about comprehension-based techniques and methods that work in our [Spanish/French] classes. It doesn't matter whether these things work with...

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Top Five Things CI is Not About

As we get ready to head back into the classroom for another year of acquisition through comprehended input, here's a handy list of the top five things to...just not worry about. 5. Icebreakers. If you are communicating with your students, a community will develop....

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“I was amazed…”

Photo by Mert Guller But will your students be? Teachers go to demos, and teachers loooooove to learn new languages. That's why we're language teachers. We get excited by the grammar patterns, the new sounds, even (let's face it!) the geekery -- everything. And...

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Don’t break the spell!

Keep the magic alive in your classroom! (Photo by Aron Visuals) The question was asked on social media recently: When y'all do special person interviews do you let the special person answer in L1? And like most things in life, the answer is "that depends". If the...

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