Monday, February 20, 2017


Use Vocaroo - online voice recorder - for student practice and projects.

Monday, January 9, 2017


I was intrigued by this app after reading the following testimonial: After using Recap with students for assessments, for providing their feedback to me about what they liked and did not like about class, and more, I could see that they were comfortable being able to speak freely, in their own space. I like being able to ask questions, provide different prompts, give feedback, and receive the daily reel that Recap compiles, to make reviewing it an easy process. I plan to work Recap into my lessons this week.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nine Ways to Improve Classroom Discussion

Nine Ways to Improve Classroom Discussion 1. More focus/less time 2. Prethink the Hook 3. Pause 4. Have note takers 5. Talk less or not at all 6. End with something definitive 7. Refer back to the discussion at times 8. Invite students to introduce a topic 9. Discuss the discussion with what worked and what didn't

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Digital Tools for Building Vocabulary

Vocabulary is the key to language, so some of these tools may come in useful for the FL classroom. Digital Tools for Building Vocabulary.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Smarter German

I've been impressed with this podcast so far. It is available on YouTube. Check it out. Smarter German The first segment has a great song for learning the case articles. Here is a good starting point: Udemy.


Quizz is a game, similar to Kahoot but the best difference is that it shows both the questions and answers on the student's personal device.

Online Learning Games

Here is a list of the best Online Learning Games.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Use videos in conjunction with questions, pictures, group projects. Looks very interesting - Zaption

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Effective Speaking

How often do I think about my speaking craft?  It really makes a difference!  If I want students to listen, I need to think about my speaking.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

German Competitions

ACTFL Convention 2014

German Competitions
                Nella Spurlin, Temple, TX; Jennifer Christianson, Boerne, TX; Kit Belgium, UT Austin
1-5 places advance to state. Regional is always held the first Saturday in February, State is always held the last Saturday in February.  There may be a possibility of a national contest in the future.  look at examples of past winners in the gallery as well as get results from the competitions.
Pass Auf – Geography (questions are in German), Music, Art, History – “This week in Germany” is a good resource for current events. There is a list of helpful vocabulary on the website. Amsco books are helpful.
Culture Test should be the Pass Auf team members