Alexandria Gillis

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Alexandria Gillis
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Need to get your students talking? Speed Friending is a great way to do it without all the pressure! This is a take on the idea of speed dating, where you have a limited amount of time to "interview" multiple people. This Speed Friending activity
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Ever get that tormented look from your students when they've spent all day sitting in a desk? La Pelota is a simple, fun way to get students up out of their seats. It’s also a great opportunity to engage all your kinesthetic learners! Learning the
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Communicative, comprehensive input...oh my! This two page worksheet covers vocabulary for Spanish days, months and seasons. It is a great practice activity for novice language learners learning calendar vocabulary for the first time, and uses
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Need a way to make school subject vocabulary relatable? Have students share their own schedules with this activity! On this two part worksheet, students will fill in their own school schedule using Spanish vocabulary. In the second part, they will
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Need to get your students talking? Speed Friending is a great way to do it without all the pressure! This is a take on the idea of speed dating, where you have a limited amount of time to "interview" multiple people. Students are timed and must
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Ever get that tormented look from your students when they've spent all day sitting in a desk? La Pelota is a simple, fun way to get students up out of their seats. It’s also a great opportunity to engage all your kinesthetic learners! Learning the
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Do you have scared, timid novice students packing your classroom? This is a great way to get novice students talking without giving them the full burden of spontaneous speech! I use this activity within the first two weeks of Spanish 1. You could
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For better or worse, reading is a vital part of the world language classroom! This activity offers a brief reading that covers basic present tense AR verbs in the context of school and classes (arriving to school, taking exams, studying, etc.).
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Need a way to make Noun/Adjective agreement exciting and interactive? Matamoscas literally means fly swatter! That’s the object of this game—to swat the correct fly. There are many ways to play, but this version is designed to practice
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Don't we all love Youtube videos in the language classroom? I definitely love that comprehensible input, but I find my students need the structure and accountability of an activity to accompany each video. Is it time consuming to make them? Sure!
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Masculine and feminine can be a bit tedious for Spanish language learners of all levels. Why not add some extra practice? This worksheet is great for novice learners just beginning to understand singular masculine and feminine nouns and articles.
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Need a quick, communicative activity for basic descriptions? This is a great activity to practice basic vocabulary for Spanish adjectives that mixes reading, visuals, and speaking! Students read a simple description of a person, then match it with
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Do you sometimes think grading verbal assessments is worse than having to take one? Developing a good rubric can be a hassle, and having to make a new one for each verbal assessment is a pain! This is a rubric designed for use with any world
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The verb ser is often the first verb introduced to novice Spanish speakers. This powerpoint provides a brief introduction to basic grammar important to the use of ser (what is a verb, infinitives, and conjugation). It also introduces the verb ser,
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Need a quick assignment to practice the vocabulary for Spanish school subjects/courses? This is the one! It's quick, simple, and a great way to review. The worksheet contains two parts, one where students match a subject to its discipline (for
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Don't we all need new ways to spice up verbs? This survey and structured speaking activity is a great way to get students to apply AR verb vocabulary to themselves! The survey uses frequency words (siempre, a veces, nunca, etc.), which are listed
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Need a quick and easy practice or review of the verb ser? This is the one! It incorporates a review of the present tense forms of the verb ser, as well as a fill in the blank dialogue that uses basic conversation phrases. Students can then use the
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Need to get your students talking? Speed Friending is a great way to do it without all the pressure! This is a take on the idea of speed dating, where you have a limited amount of time to "interview" multiple people. Students are timed and must
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Need to get your students talking? Speed Friending is a great way to do it without all the pressure! This is a take on the idea of speed dating, where you have a limited amount of time to "interview" multiple people. Students are timed and must
$2.00
not yet rated
Digital Download PDF (0.08 MB)
Don't we all love Youtube videos in the language classroom? I definitely love that comprehensible input, but I find my students need the structure and accountability of an activity to accompany each video. Is it time consuming to make them? Sure!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach Spanish 1, 3, and 4, but I have experience teaching levels 1-4. This coming year may only be my 4th as a public school teacher, but I have already turned making my own games and activities into an art! I originally developed many of my products while teaching some very burned out college students during the two years I worked on my MA.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I would love to say I stay communicative 100% of the time, but...I find a well placed joke or story in English can really liven up the room :) What's most important to me is encouraging students to produce the target language! I accomplish this by using interactive, comprehensible input and creating activities that encourage students to produce the language. I try to stay away from using traditional "old school" language activities like translation. My goal is to get students to associate vocabulary to concepts rather than English words as early as possible in their language learning. I prefer to put new vocabulary and grammar in context through communicative activities. My products center around encouraging students to interpret and produce the target language in contexts that make sense to them at their level!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

-Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors -My cats meet me at the door when I come home, so that's an accomplishment.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Spanish from BGSU MA in Spanish Languages and Literatures from BGSU

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I studied abroad in Spain, love cats, and enjoy painting mediocre water colors. :)

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