Friday, July 31, 2015

Book review of FL for Everyone

Foreign Languages for Everyone: How I Learned to Teach Second Languages to Students with Learning Disabilities by Irene Brouwer Konyndyk was published in 2011.  This is a book I hadn't heard a lot about but rather which I stumbled upon in my online forays into quality professional resources I could read myself and recommend to others who were struggling in their roles as French Teachers. I was excited in reading over Irene's website and decided to email her. She graciously sent me a copy to read myself as well as one to give away.

Foreign Languages for Everyone is a practical, easy read. You know you're reading something a fellow teacher wrote, even though it's got loads of references and a great glossary at the back of the resource. Its focus is on including all learners in the joys of learning French (or another second language) but considering how to program for those who learn differently. Ms Konyndyk is a college-level professor of second languages.

I found myself firmly underlining the second line of her preface.
Maybe the adjective I ought to use is "angrily" - an emotion not directed at the author or the book, but at my experience with the system of second language teaching in Ontario.  So many times, students were exempted from my Core French classes (which are mandatory in this province!) and felt like I'd somehow failed them or that the system didn't have enough faith in me as an FSL teaching professional.

The author talks about the importance of routine, multi-sensory teaching, and "Testing For Learning" (a little shorter than assessment for/as learning, right?). There is also a lot about the importance of metacognition, but it's really presented in a very different way than the suggested prompts in our current Ontario curriculum documents, elementary or secondary. (A little off topic, but I'd love to know in the comments below whether your district or province/state provides scripting, required or otherwise, for the teacher to speak in class!)

Ms Konyndyk's approach is not high-tech, but that's a positive thing. There's nothing about how some latest and greatest technology is going to make such a difference and capture the students' attention. If you have limited or no access to technology, no problem. And if you do, great - just incorporate it where it makes sense to augment your program further.

Her student intake form is the longest one I've seen, and in a regular classroom, I might think that was a problem but it makes total sense in this situation. When you have a group of learners who learn differently, and who come to you with a history of difficult learning experiences, it just makes sense to get to know them as thoroughly as you can. Did I not just describe 75% or more of intermediate grade Core French classes?

All of this good stuff... and then she covers 9 Best Practices. These pages in my copy of the book are covered in squiggles, exclamation points and excitedly scrawled notes to myself. Trust me, many of these things you are ALREADY doing, but there are just some fine tweaks that we can make to better suit some - or all - of our learners. (One example - she addresses the use of the target language & how to gradually move to it.)

You should check out this resource as a different way of looking at meeting the needs of our exceptional learners, including those with multiple LDs, autism or other challenges.

Be sure to enter my giveaway just for French teachers now. One of the prizes is a signed copy of this PD resource!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Noël du campeur - une vente

Joyeux noël du campeur!  J'ai réduit les prix de quatre de mes ressources favorites par 50%
Je voudrais remercier Mme Andrea pour la belle image pour notre promotion et Les Créations de Stéphanie pour l'idée et le rallye-lien!

Je vous offre ces matériels, chacun à un prix excellent! La promotion est seulement aujourd'hui.

Mon produit le plus récent, pour le français et le drame, une mini-unité pour le Théâtre des lecteurs. Je l'offre actuellement comme une partie d'un des prix dans un concours sur mon blogue, mais si tu n'as pas envie d'attendre, va l'acheter directement (puis si, en fait tu es le gagnant ou la gagnante, tu pourrais donner une copie à une collègue).

Unité pour le roman "Au pas camarade". Tu peux en lire plus dans cette publication de mon blogue.

L'ensemble bilingue (version du test et rubrique en anglais et en français, pour les enseignants et enseignantes qui enseignent le même cours de Géographie ou des Enjeux globales dans les deux langues) d'une dissertation/un test au sujet des inégalités mondiales.

Et finalement, un ensemble d'un jeu de Bingo avec le vocabulaire des animaux et des insectes. (Des affiches + les deux niveaux complets de ce jeu.)

J’espère que tu trouves quelque chose que tu aimerais utiliser en école avec tes élèves cette année! N’hésite pas de me poser des questions en avance si tu veux vérifier les détails d'un produit.

N'oublie pas de rendre visite à ces autres boutiques qui offrent des rabais jusqu'à 50% le 25 juillet seulement.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A French Materials Contest to Celebrate

This week, I achieved 600 followers on TeachersPayTeachers. I did my best for this following to be built naturally, over time, and hopefully by parties interested in what I have to offer. So it's time to celebrate with a giveaway!

I'll be honest.... just looking for an excuse to celebrate. I felt like I should have marked when I reached 1000 facebook likes on my Teaching FSL page, but I was tied up with school and let that opportunity slide right by. Would you have really entered in June anyway? Maybe - maybe not. I hope you're not too busy enjoying your summer vacation to spend a few minutes on my blog now!

I've got THREE great prize packs to offer up. You can enter just one of the giveaways or multiple... your choice!

Background graphic licenced from Sassy Designs
Over a $35 value with donations from:
Mme Hawtree
Maternelle avec Mme Andrea
My brand new Readers' Theatre mini-unit
Winner's Choice of item from Mrs. Mathis' Homeroom
and your choice from my TPT Store (up to $10.00 USD value)

Over a $20 value with donations from:
The World Language Cafe
French Buzz
Peg Swift
and your choice from my TPT Store (up to $10.00 USD value)

Be sure to check out Foreign Languages for Everyone, an interesting PD read for French (and other second language teachers). I'll blog more about this book later this week! It is currently priced at $17.95 USD through the ACFLT web site. Irene has generously donated a signed copy of her book, sharing her strategies for including ALL learners in the benefits of foreign language instruction. (Note - I will need your mailing address, sent to me privately, to be able to send you the book. We can worry about that when the contest closes though, the first week of August.)

Please enter to win one of the following packages I have to offer you, thanks to the support of some of my virtual teaching colleagues! I think you need to scroll/swipe/click left and right in the Rafflecopter widget to see all three options.

Don't forget to check out the options that allow you extra entries by referring a friend, rating a TPT product with meaningful feedback (not just a smiley face or a dot, please and thanks) or other tasks daily if you wish. Best of luck to you all!

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