Teaching verbs in WL classrooms

13 Jan

This is really just a quest to find out how World Language teachers are teaching verbs and phrases without using verb charts.

I have brought it up lately to my colleagues.  We are curious about how it is working.  I have been giving it a try.  The students are definitely more conversational and have learned a lot of vocabulary with rehearsed phrases and question/answer conversations.  This is what ACTFL says is the novice learner…

What I have learned so far from those of you who are not teaching verbs using the conventional verb charts (at first), is that you use a lot of speaking activities and authentic reading to help with this.  I have also heard that you do teach the verb chart, possibly sometime in the second year after students have been using verbs a while without it.

What I would like to know is the following:

  • What are some of your favorite speaking activities?
  • Do you have some great authentic reading resources for first year?
  • We appreciate any tips that you might have.

I thought it might be easier to ask this way so I could get comments of more than 140 characters.  I appreciate any input.  I want to make sure I am doing what is best for the students.

Gracias, Penny



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