I Speak Your Language

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By I Speak Your Language
English Rules is a humorous poem about irregular plurals and the crazy English rules. Students, frustrated by the ever present exceptions to the English rules, will smile when they read this poem. Challenge them to figure out the double meaning of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Poetry
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables
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5 ratings
3.9
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By I Speak Your Language
VoilĂ ! Three French shoe verb visuals to create a bulletin board to enhance learning. A sports figure delightfully illustrates what happens when the stem of these stem changing verbs is stressed. A second mini-poster has a sports shoe in which the
Subjects:
French
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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By I Speak Your Language
Challenge students to repeat sentences filling in the "blank" trying to "match" the teacher. They score one point if they match the teacher. When all students have written down a word, each student quickly says the sentence with their word
Subjects:
Spanish
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Games
FREE
11 ratings
4.0
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By I Speak Your Language
Check out my top 26 list of fun songs to help you teach English! Includes suggested songs for the beginning and end of the year, vocabulary, verb tenses, and other special occasions. Most of these songs are at your fingertips with a quick internet
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Songs
FREE
10 ratings
4.0
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By I Speak Your Language
This "snow day" survey targets winter sports vocabulary and the use of "aimer + infinitive". Get your students walking/talking as they ask classmates: "Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire quand il y a un jour de neige?" and "Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire
Subjects:
French
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
FREE
5 ratings
3.9
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By I Speak Your Language
Break the monotony of repetitious drills with this survey activity which gives students a chance to get up and move around as they ask: What's your favorite animal? Do you have a pet?Use the blank survey form to create your own surveys to reinforce
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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By I Speak Your Language
Share this poem by Victor Hugo with your students this fall. Challenge them to translate it and then identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Finally, have them memorize the last two lines so they have a ready response for those that ask
Subjects:
French
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My background includes teaching English as a second language K-12 and secondary Spanish and French. During my 20+ years of teaching, I was always looking for fun ways to keep the interest of my students and to make learning stick. Years ago I began creating my own materials and had some of them published by J. Weston Walch and Teacher's Discovery. My husband, Keith, continues to help me by drawing humorous cartoons for many of my projects. I am now retired from teaching and am devoting some of my time to refining the ideas that worked well for me and posting them here on TpT. A teacher friend told me about TpT. Thanks, Brenda!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm a firm believer in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. I focus on using teaching methods that target different ways of learning. The survey activity, for example, targets interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic and linguistic intelligences. I also love using music and visuals to help students learn. For example, the song "Yakety Yak" is a great tune for practicing the different vowel "a" sounds: . . .Take out the papers and the trash. . .Yakety Yak. . . Don't talk back!"

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In my 6th year of retirement, I received a note from my former school that students in the top 15% of the senior class were asked to chose their favorite educator from K-12. I was chosen as a favorite educator by a student who came to this country with no English. I was her ESL teacher in 5th and 6th grade. At the dinner I attended, students gave short speeches about their favorite teachers. It was so rewarding to see the progress she had made despite the language barrier.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA degree/Spanish & French majors South Dakota State University, MA degree/French, Middlebury College (School Abroad Paris, France), English as a Second Language Licensure Program, Hamline Univ. Graduate School of Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My mother also taught English and French. She was not trained as an ESL teacher, but did teach English to Japanese Americans at a Japanese Internment Camp in Colorado during World War II.

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