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10 Three Go-To Guided Oral Input Strategies for Description

Make your input - online or in-person - a LOT less stressful with these three go-to strategies that give you a solid structure to work with, so you can relax and not have to be the creative element in the room.

Let the structure of Visual Surveys help you do an amped-up version of Picture Talk with a purpose for student listening - voting on one of the four options that they want to write about in the Shared Writing component of the daily instructional framework later in the lesson.

Get a sample Visual Survey on Fun Places, from the first cycle of Stepping Stones, Description, Phase One, Describing Settings.

Just a small sample of the goodies that you can link to from the PDF!


Get a PDF explanation of the strategy plus concrete, step-by-step ways to adapt the same resource and lesson plan for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes, to really cut down on your planning and prep time.

Learn about Card Talk and its digital variation, Slide Talk, and get a sample Slide Talk on the francophone world, plus an infographic that uses culturally-authentic language in a student-friendly way, with lots of visual scaffolding to support deeper comprehension of the original French phrases from a culturally-authentic source that can be used in the next lesson during Reading Workshop, to extend on the Slide Talk and provide a springboard for personalized class discussion or online student responses. (And, of course, the ideas you will see in the French example can be easily adapted for other languages too.)

And finally, get a PDF on Calendar Talk (also known as Small Talk) to lead class discussions that introduce and reinforce important vocabulary about dates, activities and plans, and the weather, on a daily basis throughout the year.

Plus, get PDF excerpts from Stepping Stones on seven powerful input strategies for Narration, which you can check out on your own or in the webinar on Narration Guided Oral Input strategies.

In the meantime check out the whole series of Curriculum Care Packages!

Each one comes with a different hot-off-the-press really cool-looking PDF from the latest set of Stepping Stones documents.



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Tina Hargaden
Tina Hargaden

Tina Hargaden has been a K-12 educator for 17 years, and has taught middle and high school English Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, French, Spanish and ESOL. Her passion is supporting teachers to strengthen their literacy instruction, design courses that foster efficient and lasting language acquisition, and implement authentic performance assessment, because it is her firm belief that when we shift our language instruction to a proficiency stance, we help ensure equitable access to academic success for more students. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project and CI Liftoff. Tina is the co-author of the book, Year-One:A Natural Approach to the Year, which provides step-by-step guidance for a year of communicative, proficiency-oriented World Language instruction. She has presented and keynoted at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, worked with many school districts and departments, and given workshops and institutes to educators all over to support them in strengthening language outcomes for all students.


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