Bryce Hedstrom and I did a session together at ACTFL this year. It was rooted in the article I wrote in the Teacher to Teacher section of the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching or IJFLT.com. I asked Bryce to share a demonstration of how he uses his Special Person Activities. You can find these in several different languages on his website. And a Latin version of the same at magisterp.com.
The TeacherTalks, as I call them in the article, are an effort to expose students to all the grammar and vocabulary found in their curriculum in a way that is understandable and interesting while allowing the unconscious mind to go to work. I feel there is a great balance in doing these Talks combined with building literacy in the TL. My hope was to help categorize for other teachers ways to create immersion speaking topics.
It is no easy task creating language immersion for 50 minutes day for 180 days per school year in a way that develops fluency. In this area, I believe, teachers can learn from each other sharing best practices in order to build generations of American students that (
learn) acquire another language.
Here is the article link.