1st Time Visitor??


“I’m new to this blog…WHERE SHOULD I START?

Read what interests you.  Browse through some of the following topics:

1- Managing Student Behavior AND Staying In The Target Language

2- Helping Reluctant Learners

3- Practical Advice/Strategies For…:

…Teaching Grammar While Staying In The Target Language.

…Introducing New Vocabulary While Staying In The Target Language.

…Making The Interpersonal Mode As Easy As Possible.

Giving Activity Directions While Staying In The Target Language.

4- Assessments

5- Comprehensible Input & Input Theory Made Practical

Todd (The Stick Figure) And A Series On “CI”

6- Why Teach In The Target Language?

Why I Switched (My Switching To “90+% TL Use” Story)

How To Read This Blog

This blog is meant to be PRACTICAL, PRACTICAL, PRACTICAL.

In 2012, when I wanted to use more of the target language with my students, I searched to find practical answers to tough questions like:

  • How do I effectively manage student behavior AND stay in the target language?
  • How am I supposed to introduce new vocabulary AND stay in the target language?
  • What do I do when students give up and say things like, “I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying!”
  • How do I give directions for activites AND stay in the target language?

I feel like I never got PRACTICAL answers.

People would try to give me answers, but the answers I got seemed nebulous.  It’s because of this that I try to be as practical as possible when I write for this blog.  I try to avoid speaking in generalities.  I try to avoid giving “teaching in the TL advice” without sharing exactly what I do to make “teaching in the TL” possible with my students.

I try to be sooo practical so that my blog readers think, “Wow.  Finally.  Finally I’m getting some details.  Finally I’m getting to hear exactly how someone is doing this teaching-in-the-TL-thing with their students.”  “Ooooooh…I see.  Teaching in the target language IS possible and the practical examples/strategies shared on this blog give me ONE way for how this can be done.”

(Side Note: Remember, the ideas/examples/strategies/methods that I share are meant to make this blog practical.  I DON’T share my ideas to suggest that these are the ONLY ways to teach in the target language.  As I wrote in one of my “Teaching Grammar” posts:

“Don’t feel limited to what is written (in these posts).  Let these simple ideas launch you into developing more creative, more thoughtful, and more effective ideas (that you can use in your own classroom).”

I liked what Sara-E. Cottrell (from Musicuentos.com) said on twitter the other day, “(The) Biggest advice I can give you & anyone exploring TCI: 1) know & be yourself 2) learn & love your students.”  What I got out of that tweet was, “Don’t limit yourself to what others do or have done.  Do what works for you and your students.  From the things that other people in your profession share, formulate your own ideas and strategies that work well in the unique environment where you practice.”

I love to answer questions and hear your feedback.

Some of my favorite posts started with questions that blog readers have asked.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about staying in the target language.

Share your target language teaching experiences!

Have the contents of this blog ever impacted your teaching or philosophy of teaching?  Have you developed effective strategies for staying in the target language with your students?  Leave comments and add to the conversation on twitter by using #TL90plus (for staying in the target language” comments) and/or #langchat (for general language teaching comments).

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Señor Howard

Señor Howard – www.SenorHoward.com/blog – @HolaSrHoward

Caleb Howard – www.SoMuchHope.com@calhwrd

6 thoughts on “1st Time Visitor??

  1. Pingback: Links To Posts From Year 1: Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language | Tuesday's Tips For Staying in The Target Language

  2. Our district will be going to 90% in the target language -Spanish . This is exciting ! I’m not sure I’m prepared, today, for this challenge. I’m looking forward to learning more from your work. Thank You

    • Hi! I’m happy to see that your district is moving to 90% in the target language. I think it’s a good direction to move in. But of course it has its challenges. I would love to help. How has the transition been going? Let me know if you have any specific questions. Best wishes.

  3. Thank you for sharing your great ideas with all of us. This is my first time reading your posts and I love them all! Super practical!
    Muchas gracias!!!

  4. Hi Señor Howard!
    I love your blog so far. This is my first time to come across it. I teach K-6th Spanish in New Orleans with Annabelle Allen. I was listening to Tea with BVP and Walter mentioned you graduated with him. Did you go to Middlebury? I recently finished my first summer there. How did you like it? I tried to find professors to speak with about CI approaches but I didn’t really ever get anywhere with that. I was wondering if you have any recommendations.
    Sara Broussard

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