As a language teacher, I struggled for years to articulate to students that their simple-sentence responses (Yo soy alto.) were too simple and that they simply must make them more complex. I tried a variety of catch-phrases and ideas to help my kids build up their complexity when I had a moment of brilliance. My three ways of building "two-part" sentences offer simple, concrete ways for students to express themselves more fully and with more complexity in the target language. Teachers who are building writing skills could find this system useful at a variety of levels with very little modification.
Make your answers more complex!
by Erin Gilreath
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