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.