I was at #edcampWL this weekend. What a wonderful experience! I’d like to say a special thank you to the organizers for all their work! @shannon_lorenzo @SrtaNRodriguez @camccullough1 @GJuradoMoran @nathanlutz @SignoraHoward @M_Catelli
One question that was asked during the “un-conference” was:
“What online resources are available to help me stay in the target language?”
Here were some of the answers (I’ve added some of my own as well and, if you count, you’ll find 37 links to GREAT resources):
1- The Comprehensible Classroom (@MartinaBex) was the first resource suggested by a session participant. …and it’s a GREAT one to mention. There are lots and lots and LOTS of ideas/resources on this site!
3- #TL90plus is a hashtag used by foreign language teachers on twitter to archive tweets, links, comments and conversations about teaching in the target language. You’ll find some other helpful tweets if you search #TCI, which stands for Teaching with Comprehensible Input. (Side note: don’t be surprised to find irrelevant tweets with that hashtag because it’s also used to discuss travel to some islands in Turkey and an automotive company.)
4- #TPRS – TPRStorytelling.com – A widely used method for teaching a foreign language. Be sure to check out these other TPRS websites too: http://www.blaineraytprs.com/, http://tprsteacher.com/ and be sure to follow some of these TPRS people:
- Carol Gaab
- Carrie Toth (her blog)
- Kristy Placido (her blog)
- Martina Bex
- Magister Toda (his blog)
- Terry Waltz
- and many, many more
6- AIM Language Learning – ‘A‘ stands for Accelerate language acquisition. ‘I‘ stands for Integrate with other subjects. ‘M‘ stands for Motivate like never before. Their moto is “Oral and written communication in another language in 100 hours!” For more information you can sign up for their free webinar.
7- Organic World Language – “Where Language Comes To Life.” Founder Darcy Rogers says the goals of this methodology are:
- To use the second language 100% of the time
- To not be afraid of a second language environment
- Take risks and break down the filter (make mistakes!)
- To be able to infer and circumlocute
- To participate & be part of a community
11- Dr. Helena Curtain speaks on the topic and has a great collection of resources here.
12- Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language – Lots of practical tips on how to stay in the target language. Check out the 1st Time Visitors Page for some great links.
13- World Language Classroom Resources – From Joshua Cabral. The entire website isn’t dedicated to staying in the target language…but you’ll find some great resources, tips and ideas for teaching in the TL if you look.
15- Time’s up…and I’ve only made it to 14. Now I have to get this post scheduled for release so I can go watch Cinderella with my wife. 🙂
We all know there are many, many, MANY more resources out there. If you’d like a particular resource mentioned in this post…please email me and I’d be glad to add it!
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Have the contents of this blog ever impacted your teaching or philosophy of teaching?Leave comments below or add to the conversation on twitter by using #TL90plus (for “staying in the target language” comments) and/or #langchat (for general language teaching comments).