This easy-to-make Dialogue Journal is for the Spanish classroom. Instructions are on the cover. Print, staple in the middle and voilá! You have a dialogue journal. (If your school has a binding machine and you're adventurous, they bind well, too!)
Students write a journal entry in Spanish, and you respond. It's like having a pen pal, but you can gauge students' progress and language abilities informally, while establishing rapport and introducing new words. My students LOVE their diarios. Really. They love to write.