Author Archives: bryankandel

300 Chistes

I often demonstrate to other teachers how I use a daily joke to provide input in Spanish class, and they say something like, “Oooh.  I like that, but where do I find jokes to use for class?” To which I … Continue reading

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CSCTFL Workshop

For those of you who attended the Seamless CI workshop this morning at the Central States Conference, below is a link to the presentation with links included.  Again, thank you for your attention.  I enjoyed spending a few hours together. … Continue reading

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El empleado del mes

Here is a story to be told in class with a bit of a twist in the delivery.  Typically, my order is about the same.  We begin by establishing meaning to new structures then move to personalized questions and then … Continue reading

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Listen more. Think less.

There are two types of language students in a CI class.  Well, there are many types of language students, but for this post, let’s divide them into two groups.  There are those who actively listen and absorb the input we … Continue reading

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Here’s another way to provide input while investigating target language culture. I believe I borrowed this idea from someone a couple years ago, but I cannot remember for sure.  I am in my second year of using it, and it … Continue reading

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Feast is a Disney animated short that can be used for Movie Talk.  The video can be found here and on Netflix as part of a collection of Disney short films.  Below are two of the resources I created to … Continue reading

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Unit: Le dio el corazón

At a recent Northeast Ohio TCI event, I watched as Vicki Antequera and Sheryl Rawson demonstrated a story they use for level 1 Spanish and some of the activities they use with it.  I was amazed at the simplicity and … Continue reading

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Image Search

Here is an easy and fun activity, which can lead to great input and many reps of important structures.  It’s great as homework or for a sub day.  The teacher supplies the students with a slide presentation with several written phrases, … Continue reading

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Here’s an authentic listening activity for Spanish teachers based on a recent event in Costa Rica.  I used it in place of a song at the beginning of each class for a week.  It is the script for the following … Continue reading

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The Seamless CI Classroom

If you are in Ohio or will be visiting Ohio for the OFLA Conference, which takes place at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH April 16-18, you are invited to my workshop, The Seamless CI Classroom.  I will be conducting the … Continue reading

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