Welcome to this blog to provide world language / modern language / foreign language teachers with strategies to help their students improve in their communication.
There is a huge gap between the world language / modern language / foreign language teachers’ desire for their students to speak (converse) in the language and the students’ actual ability to converse in the language. I have created numerous activities that help to move the students through scaffolded output to spontaneous speaking. Equally importantly, these activities allow the students to communicate what they want to communicate, not just memorized dialogs.
My Spanish spontaneous speaking activities (20+) includes Modified Speed Dating (Students ask a question from a card), Structured Speaking (Students substitute in or select words to communicate), Role Playing (Students talk as people in pictures or drawing) and Speaking Mats (Can talk using a wide variety of nouns, verbs and adjectives to express their ideas), Spontaneous Speaking (based on visuals or topics), and Grammar speaking games. Available for a nominal fee at Teacherspayteachers: http://bit.ly/tpthtuttle