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March 27, 2020

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ACTFL Connection

First off, I want to thank you.


We’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support you’ve shown ACTFL and each other over the past few days. The social posts. The emails. The phone calls. They motivate us to work ever harder on your behalf and on behalf of your learners.


As I mentioned in my previous email, ACTFL is here to support you professionally as you navigate the next few weeks and months. That’s why we’re offering several resources to help make uncertain times less uncertain and more empowering. One thing I did want to mention is that the response to our free 1-year basic membership offer has been far beyond what we ever expected. We’re so glad we’re able to make this available. We only ask that you please be patient as we process these applications. In the meantime, be sure to take advantage of the wide range of resources we’ve made available at https://www.actfl.org/news/all/resources-response-covid-19.


We want to highlight some of the new offerings we’ve added since last week:


As a follow-up to our webinar this week on AAPPL Communication Builder (watch the recording), we will offer free, weekly, live support on the online tool in 30-minute sessions, occurring every Wednesday at 6 pm ET through May 27, 2020:


Learn more.


We’re also happy to confirm several webinar offerings over the coming weeks to assist you in your online teaching adventures:


On Wednesday, April 1, Rebecca Blouwolff (ACTFL 2020 National Language Teacher of the Year/Wellesley Middle School) will present, “Empowering Diverse Learners: Research-based Strategies for Success”.


Join Rebecca Blouwolff as she demonstrates effective strategies to engage and motivate learners while developing their language performance. Rebecca will share how she is currently adapting these strategies to work in the remote learning and teaching environment that is today’s reality. What makes this teacher’s learning tasks effective so learners become confident of what they can do with the language? These instructional strategies are applicable to all languages and all levels. Be inspired with new ideas and examples directly from the Teacher of the Year’s classroom.

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On Thursday, April 2, join Lauren Rosen (University of Wisconsin) as she presents “Now That You’re Teaching Remotely - What Are Your Questions?


Language learners and educators around the world have suddenly moved to learning and teaching remotely. After the initial week(s) of adjusting to this new environment, questions and challenges are arising. Lauren Rosen has coordinated online language learning and taught remotely for over 20 years. Learn and be reassured from Lauren’s experiences and expertise.


To help shape this webinar, submit your questions directly to us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZ23C2J

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On Wednesday, April 8, ACTFL will host a webinar entitled, “Using the AAPPL Model for Task Design”, presented by Camelot Marshall, PhD, ACTFL Principal Assessment Manager, and Celia Zamora, PhD, ACTFL Senior Manager, Quality Assurance & Certification Programs.


ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) evaluates how well learners can apply communication strategies learned in classroom settings in different, yet still familiar, contexts. This session will examine AAPPL functions and task design for the Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS) mode of communication Attendees will practice rating language samples and will discuss how to apply these principles in the virtual language classroom.

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In addition to these live offerings, we also have recorded webinars produced by our Distance Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) for you to access:


• “How to Move Online in a Hurry”, created by Distance Learning SIG Chair Christopher Hromalik, of Onandaga Community College

• “Resources for Stimulating Interpretive/Interpersonal/Presentational Communication” created by Victoria Russell, Past Chair of the Distance Learning SIG, and Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Valdosta State University, who provides helpful advice on supporting learners in remote teaching and learning situations

• “Learning to Learn Online” created by Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Virginia Commonwealth University, provides advice to help postsecondary learners get the most out of their current reality of learning remotely.

• “Developing Online Assessments" created by Maris Hawkins, who shares some strategies to assess students and suggests ways to circumvent students’ use of online translators.


Continue to check back at our online resources page as we update it regularly.


Finally, we’ve received several inquiries about continuity of ACTFL assessments during this period of school closures. We know how important it is for your learners to proceed with their language assessments—whether it’s to qualify for a state Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL), to validate their hard work and your program’s success, or both. ACTFL and Language Testing International (LTI) have worked closely to ensure out-of-school AAPPL and ALIRA administration options are available going forward. Learn more.


Be well and take care.



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Howie Berman, MA, CAE
Executive Director







quizizz.com (free account, can search other people's)
kahoot.com (free account, can search other people's)
castlelearning (paid account from district)
conjuguemos (paid account)
edpuzzle (free account, can search other people's)
flipgrid (free account, good for voice recording)
quizalize (free account, can search other people's)
fluentkey (free account, similar to edpuzzle- I haven't explored yet)
flippity.net (free account, not sure if this really would work distance learning but there is a ton of activities you can create with vocab lists)
VOCES- offering a free account if school shuts down, everyone would have to apply
Sr. Wooly (paid account)
goformative (free or paid account, limited ones to search but can make your own)
inthinking (paid account- IB only)
gimkit (free account)
yabla (paid account, offering free trial)
sr. ashby (paid account, offering free access)
brainpop (offering free access)
duolingo (free account)
lyricstraining (free account)


I'm sharing a link to the NNELL website where you will find educator AND parent resources for early language learning (PreK - Middle School). We have spent a few days putting this together but we know that there are many more out there! If you know of anything else to add, please write to info@nnell.org so it can be included. 
Join us live on Wednesday evening from 8 -9pm for an #earlylang Twitter chat dedicated to "Emergency Distance Learning." You can also search for #covid19wl for more resources. If you can't join at that time, you can always follow the #earlylang hashtag at your convenience.

Dear Colleague,

Last week, we shared information about flexible, online testing and optional instruction to support schools and students as they deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP® review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The classes are designed as a flexible supplement, aligned to the course and exam description topic structure. Available on YouTube Live, the courses:

Focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. They also include lessons covering topics from the final 25% of the course; this is content that colleges expect students to know to earn credit and placement but won't be tested on the exam.

Are mobile friendly and available on-demand so they can be accessed anytime.

Can also be used alongside work you already have planned.

Are also available to teachers seeking to establish connections to their own instruction.

The course schedule (.pdf/456 KB) is available online, along with information about what will be covered this week. All times on the schedule are Eastern Time. We'll continue to post updates as they’re available. We encourage you to pass information about the courses along to your students.

Teachers who are providing remote instruction can continue to use AP Classroom. More information will be shared about practice exams and new functionality later this week.

Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting students during this challenging time.


Advanced Placement Program



(From Jen Degenhart who has previously presented at a PWRFL conference) Please feel free to share this comprehensible reader that I wrote in the last four days especially for this period of quarantine.  it's an interactive document.

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ Educational companies that have made their resources available to all during this crisis (not all WL activities).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Introduction to Distance Learning with Quizalize

We'll take a look at a few key features within Quizalize that we think are perfectly suited to facilitate a distance learning environment. Please note that this is the same topic as our March 19 webinar.

Thursday March 26 - 6:00 PM EST (Register for March 26)
Thursday April 2 - 5:00 PM EST (Register for April 2)
Thursday April 9 - 5:00 PM EST 

Differentiation with Quizalize

We are inviting some of our Quizalize professors to join us and reveal how they get the most out of differentiating their activities.

Thursday April 16 - TBD
Thursday April 23 - TBD
Thursday April 30- TBD

Here are all 3 of the webinar recordings on the AATF website--no login necessary (remember they generally the same content with a few different questions)--
AATF Wakelet created for sharing materials (watch one of the videos for more information on using): 
Shared presentation from Webinars: 
Private Facebook for AATF members for additional discussion/support:
To offer assistance, Castle Learning is offering complimentary access until June 30th for current customers as well as non-customers.  That means if you use Castle Learning for just one subject or school, your entire school or district can now have access.  Accounts can be set up in a short time so your Teachers and Students can use our site to provide valuable content and lessons.  Lessons can be Teacher or Student-generated.
Additional Course Content - Health & Physical Education
We're offering free access during these first chaotic weeks for teachers who are facing a sudden transition to online instruction. If you know any teachers in need of online materials, please forward them this link: https://bablingua.com/free-access-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

We know that PlayPosit is a tool that is increasingly important to members of our community that are being impacted by the virus. As a result, our team is taking immediate action to ensure our product is accessible to as many people as possible by raising our free account limits 100x through the remainder of the school year. For context, this limit now covers 450+ learners daily, even if used every weekday of the month.

We hope that you and your learners stay healthy and safe. In the meantime, the team at PlayPosit has made additional resources available here

- The PlayPosit Team

We are offering free subscriptions of Quizalize Premium to all those affected. Simply fill in this form, and we will set you up.
Dear language educator,

During this challenging time, we wanted to reach out and offer support as so many schools make the switch to online learning. Yabla is offering free extended trials for all teachers and students, to last through the end of your school year. 

Yabla is designed as an online immersion workbook, improving students’ language acquisition through regular exposure to real native speakers and consistent spelling and vocabulary practice. Students work from home or anywhere they can access the internet. Teachers can organize their students by classes, send activities as homework assignments, and monitor student progress through the gradebook feature. 

To activate a trial for your school, please go to: www.yabla.com/free
For help getting started, please visit: https://www.yabla.com/school_quickstart_guide.php

Now more than ever, we are here to help. If our 3-month trial is not long enough to last through the end of your school year, please let us know the date of your last day of school and we will extend your trial. We - and families around the country and the world - are so thankful for the tireless work you all do, especially in times like these. 

All the best,
The Yabla Team

1 Month Free Pro Trial

We are supporting our teachers with a free month of FluentKey due to the many school closures and a move towards online/distance learning.


Keep students engaged with a free month of game-based learning.

Reminder: To help you transition to remote instruction, we are offering a free month of Spywatch Lex for you and all of your students!
Instructions for your free month:
1) Choose language:
Play Spanish
Play Mandarin
2) Click "GET FULL GAME":

3) Enter stayhealthy in the school code section:

4) Then click "CREATE ACCOUNT", choose character, and begin playing!

5) Share these instructions with your students. All of them can play for free!

Questions? Contact us.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------During the current outbreak of COVID-19, Quizlet’s goal is to support teachers and students in all impacted areas. To help with remote teaching and student engagement while schools are closed, we are providing free access to Quizlet Teacher through June 30, 2020.

Quizlet Teacher includes Class Progress, a formative assessment tool that can help track students' progress. You'll also get access to advanced content creation tools, such as diagrams and audio, which enable you to create custom study materials for your class.




I have been heartened by the outpouring of support for colleagues online and on social media. One constant in my ten years with ACTFL is that this profession puts enormous value on collaboration and community. In unprecedented times like these, the sharing of resources is going to play a critical role in our collective success. In the same spirit, ACTFL would like to show its unwavering support for the profession by offering the following:

  • A FREE 1-year basic membership to any new member who joins ACTFL between now and June 30, 2020. Please use this special PDF application. All current ACTFL members will also receive an automatic 90-day extension of their current membership terms. (Please note, this free membership offer is only available to brand new members; former and current members are not eligible to apply.)
  • We’ve created an Online Community dedicated to online teaching/learning resources and support. Contribute your own ideas and resources, and discuss challenges you may be facing and potential solutions. We ask that you please continue to abide by the Online Community Code of Conduct. Access the Community.
  • Free Access to eight (8) Virtual Learning Modules (VLMs) through June 30, 2020. Ready to use individually, as a department, or with your Professional Learning Network (PLN); titles include, “Technology in the Classroom”, “Core Practices for Effective Language Learning”, and “Strategies to Guide Leaners to Their Next Level”. Access the VLMs.
  • Free Access to a series of recorded webinars provided by the ACTFL Distance Learning Special Interest Group (SIG). These short webinars cover topics specific to the transition to online/distance teaching. We will release additional webinars in the coming days and weeks. The first, “How to Move Online in a Hurry”, created by Distance Learning SIG Chair Christopher Hromalik, is now available.
  • Free Premium Access to AAPPL Communication Builder until June 30, 2020. ACTFL’s AAPPL Communication Builder is a web-based tool for world language teachers and learners that provides opportunities to practice across the modes of communication. AAPPL CB is designed to extend learning beyond the physical classroom space. Access AAPPL CB.
  • Free Access to additional live and recorded webinars prepared by content experts on a range of topics including tips for teaching and learning remotely, proficiency and performance, sustaining research, and strategies for assessment. These webinars may also be accompanied by additional offline content.

    Our first live webinar— “AAPPL Communication Builder: Online Activity Creator” will take place next Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 pm ET and will be hosted by ACTFL staff members Deise Almeida Nassinhack and Michael Pereira. Learn more and register.
  • COMING SOON Free Access to ACTFL’s complete online eBook library through June 30, 2020. This includes our popular Keys series, new releases like Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum, and other titles.


For Spanish, this short film from Chile, No hay pan, could work for secondary level students.

I haven't found it with English subtitles but students can turn on the Spanish subtitles.

They wouldn't have to understand all the subtitles to catch the gist of the film. It's about the plight of the small business owner (the owner of an almacén) when the supermarket comes to the neighborhood. 

No hay pan

The short film, Casitas, from Spain could also work. It's humorous / satirical and deals with the problem of high unemployment among the youth in Spain. 

Link: Casitas


So your school is closed and you suddenly need to find online lessons for your students? World of Reading recommends the easy-to-use uTalk language learning
app. It’s already helped thousands of students and doesn’t need any tech skills or IT dept involvement!

The app:
 Offers a choice of over 140 languages
 Improves speaking and listening skills
 Uses games-based learning with points scored for correct answers.
 Features 60 topics per language eg social phrases, prepositions
 Can be used on all mainstream smartphones, tablets or computers and syncs scores between devices
 Allows users to work online or offline once it’s downloaded
Benefits for students:
 Achievable goals
 The ability to work independently at their own pace and in their own time
 Practice at word, phrase and sentence level
 Progressively challenging games
 Memory-boosting strategies: every word is accompanied by a picture and intelligent software targets users’ weak points
 Constant encouragement
 A chance to record their pronunciation and compare it to native speakers’.
 Suitable for English speakers and for students whose first language isn’t English. (Instruction available in 100+ languages!)
Benefits for teachers:
 A choice of 140+ languages to learn
 Authentic native speakers voicing every word
 A way of monitoring each student’s progress
 A teacher’s dashboard tracking time spent, topics covered and points scored.
 A leaderboard, which is updated daily, showing pupils’ ranking. Teachers can choose to share highlights to boost motivation.

Normally a one-year subscription costs $5.00 per student, but we are offering the app FREE for 2 months - to get you through the virus crisis.
What do you need to do to start using the app?

Email Cindy Tracy from World of Reading
at polyglot@wor.com and include:

1) School name
2) Email address used for the school - for example for
World of Reading it would be @wor.com – all students
will need to use the same school email address ending.
3) Which languages are taught at the school
4) Total number of students who would use the app for all
languages (no need to break down the number of
students per language)
5) Teacher name and email address as the contact who would get the url for the online dashboard to monitor student time and progress
Any questions? Just call Cindy Tracy - 800-729-3703
  • For continual updates on webinar schedules, training materials, and other information, please go to https://www.vocesdigital.com/covid19.php. We will be updating it frequently.
  • We have many webinars scheduled this week. Check the schedule here. Remember that all webinars are free, and you can attend as many as you want. There's no need to sign up; just join at the scheduled time by clicking on the join links. We offer free 1:1 walkthroughs as well. Sign up for a walkthrough here.
  • How are you using Voces remotely? What has worked? What do you need help with? We would love feedback on your experience thus far! Please email me. The more feedback we get, the more targeted the webinars will be in addressing your specific needs.
  • Have you edited or created pages in Voces? If so, share your pages with other teachers! It's easy to do. Simply fill out this form. If you don't know how to generate a Share ID, watch this video. Once you submit your own Share ID, you will be able to access other teachers' edited or new page Share IDs.

YouTube Video Links for Online Lessons

(compiled by Lauren Wood-Radcliffe - wordsmit@erols.com)



Passato Prossimo  w/avere & essere (reg verbs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_o-WEzfG7s&list=PLbPZDOJj757EDBnOZKDvjDRaztfa7qqOs


Passato Prossimo w/avere & essere (irreg verbs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Puw5bzvUM&list=PLbPZDOJj757EDBnOZKDvjDRaztfa7qqOs&index=3

Passato Prossimo v. Imperfetto Quiz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYjFuveY9b8

Presente (reg -are & -ere verbs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoC6R1veEY&t=31s

Presente (reg -ire verbs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYhgLj2O6Uw&t=58s

Presente (fare + expressions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL-hOAye_5w

Presente (irreg verbs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL64u2maswg

Presente (avere + expressions); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toeGFmEm_dk

The Verb Piacere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG-6pA3-gHk


Imperfetto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGEGll-C6MA

Imperfetto v. Passato Prossimo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZQSlo3CkBI

How to Use the Imperfect (advanced): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D37_CX5oBEg

Singular & Plural Nouns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwqs5-V7cFU

Alphabet Song #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvGUHtXJN-E

Alphabet Song #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF1nqgmXwew&t=1s

Italian Pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxq8oA_wPps&t=7s

Italian Greetings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7SSE6fJvo


Italian Introductions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg3v35MHZSE&t=8s

Beginning Conversation in Italian w/Manuhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YT9ztBOSjY

Clothing Vocab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ1ws_UtWQA

Computer Vocab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=perQ-_gr_Z4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adNN6Dz30LU

Chores Vocab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOW42BI1eIE

Family Vocab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuHnhwHrMV0

Numbers 1-100: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjw6PSC9x9o&t=27s

Dates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8HerRRIU0Y

Italian Prepositions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUWgXUuhB_M


Definite Articles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeT4p9Aqla8

Prepositions with Definite Articles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxcaZFP_ul0

Possessive Adjectives (my/your/his/her): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvr19n1JiAw

Idiomatic expressions with avere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s592KhGv08M




French Greetings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhUUXZxglG4

French Introductions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4N46dVx9nE&t=28s

French Alphabet Song #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xuZxGirWQI

French Alphabet Song #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw9ibBgI0v4

French Vowel Sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mC2zRtx8h8

French nouns with Definite Article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=054MD3i3RDE

Present Tense -er Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3gqgpxxtqI

Present Tense -ir Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLOKH39KpBU

Present Tense -re Verbs Plus Irreg Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nv-gKU0t2U

Irregular Present Tense Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmmoAtquRGQ

Passe Compose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O-nmoMIb0M

Passe Compose Irregular Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZRkn1s0gIk


Dr & Mrs Van Der Tramp Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adSWnGwRjkg

Future Tense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToNpEk1Uk48

Irregular Future Tense Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwgml6DrEMk

Reflexive Verbs in Present, PC & Futur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PojBdH5oGYM




Reflexive Verbs Imperative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GTuWALLa54

Imperative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw7othLUDEM&t=409s


Colors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld7x0xv72Uk

French Travel Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YByvtpAg0TU

French Clothing Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMZ73km173s


French Computer Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HKIKYjsHlo


French Hobby Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTP5GKpOXCI

Podcast: travel agency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S4GmYTNtPs

Negation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqig7SHx-Iw




Alphabet Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MJbHmgaeDM


Spanish Pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHhbC6od4s

Spanish Greetings – Easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPiuMh6lnQ

Spanish Greetings – Intermed/Advanced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5R2qyp9NYM

Spanish Introductions – Easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KwxK1MCMbo

Spanish Introductions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfM6BIuUEWs&t=336s

Dates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx4r1noR3a0&t=5s

Present Tense Conjugations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfWcAgihqVw

Present Tense -ar Verbs: https://w ww.youtube.com/watch?v=IoJmchlWJks

Present Tense -er Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qafiV02Fy0c

Present Tense -ir Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK52jgxRklw

Present Tense Irregular Spell-Change Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHv4nixD70k

Present Tense Irregular Verbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d--zU1v7SQY (use for John Ayling 2/3/20)

“Go” Verbs Present Tense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwSn383ghms&t=7s


Ser v Gustar; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3rBUxcJQu8

The Verb Gustar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v0Bs8eBggE

The Verb Gustar #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvN-cPkdV2A

Verbs like Gustar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxQnPFthdfs

Imperfect Lady Gaga Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwHjjXDSl1E

Imperfect Tense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmnTX30VliE

Irregular Preterite Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXsivRHsvas

Preterite Tense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf7yEus4FwA

Tener que + infinitive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhJI6aafjas

Present Progressive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv_RPHVEQOA                             

Present Perfect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RHRH8YXyHk

Informal (tu) Commands through Memes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hjE2DJ3_0o

Informal Commands w/Pronouns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqFRrIjvkIw

Informal Commands (Reg & Irreg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkJVpZ75aNw

Object Pronouns with Commands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BLS-b2ZGEc

Double Object Pronouns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF64EhFwImc

Spanish Chore Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzcqgcU4PoU

Spanish Family Vocabulary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_v5cBtqpOM&t=183s


Negative Words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1hcuxqLIiw   


Algun v. Ningun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGkdDUnmXRE

Noun Adjective Agreement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_aKvWwolIU

25 Adjectives to Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atrsqOsDxYM

Short story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzlsXRoDgSw

Possessive Adjectives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUaX5OqTEzE

Possessive Pronouns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwgrlz2OJws




1st declension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfMWd5dso8k

2nd declension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X41UMTwE3fY

3rd declension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TFv_8YQ7_A

Declension Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXQ8BfeWxqI

Verb Personal Ending Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILGAtxl1pd0

Gender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgNAANyE8rs

Cases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fhP_fk2wNQ

1st Conjugation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vafCN-FLRY8

Present Tense – All Conjugations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTl7H0WFwbE

Personal Pronoun Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfcAnvRNZGc

Prepositions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB7kgyUR6u4

Irreg verb sum, esse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fP-jHYayk0

Irreg verb eo, ire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzQvhtYgb2Q

Irreg verb possum, posse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pghJkV9mNU4

Irreg verbs volo nolo malo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWOwp0od7k

Principal parts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDMqXJRrSTA



School systems in several states and hundreds of U.S. colleges are about to cancel face-to-face classroom instruction and move quickly to online instruction as a consequence of the COVIC-19 pandemic. Many programs and teachers not used to online instruction will need advice. There was an excellent IALLT webinar:

Pandemic Prepping in the Language Class (IALLT public webinar)
Pandemic Prepping in the Language Class - The FLTMAG



Given the overwhelmingly positive response from our users, we are now reaching out to all instructors with the same offer: if you are moving an active course to remote instruction, you may use iClicker’s online engagement solution at no charge for the remainder of this academic term.

Please complete this form if you are interested in using iClicker’s online solutions for the remainder of your academic term. We will quickly respond with instructions on how to provide free access to your students and get you up and running with iClicker. 
Here is a "choice board of ideas" from someone on Twitter https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xly4gDe8dF_LZPgwsGYZbA9cwlx5cvbkVu4z_6fbmBM/edit
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Emergency e-learning plans
Set #1: Las excusas
Today we release a full week of e-learning lesson plans for the Wooly music video, Las excusas.
Las excusas Emergency e-learning lesson plans
We didn't just throw together a bunch of worksheets for you folks. Rather, we created a week-long collection of activities that range from screen-time with the nuggets, reading, and community-building exercises, all built around a path that starts with a lot of comprehensible input, slowly leading students towards output in writing and speech.
More than anything, they're fun.  Students need fun right now. For example, just wait until they hear the original demo of Las excusas, recorded back in 2011.  
The plans are included as part of the Wooly subscription, but in case you missed the newsletter last week:
We are giving away 2 weeks of Senor Wooly PRO to every single Spanish teacher who wants one.  
How Wooly can help


Hope you are well. Would like to share a resource Películas Ecuatorianas para ver online, I received from a friend of mine in Ecuador, also quarantined.  Makes me realize almost 150 countries are living or had lived in some sort of quarantine.  There must be other international resources available that we could also share with our students. 
Let me know what you find..
Stay well. 

PS highly recommend Que tal Lejos...Tania Hermida es muy buena.





A Traveler’s Guide to Surviving Quarantine


Recipes! When we can’t go out to our favorite sushi, tapas or French restaurants, why don’t we bring some of those international flavors into our home?

 Exercise! Working out is proven to be powerful a resource when fighting some of the anxiety we’re all feeling right now. And when you aren’t standing and walking all day like you are at school, sneaking in some exercise is important for your body and mind. Gyms are closed and so are fitness studios-what do we do? International fitness challenges!

  • The average hike on the Great Wall of China is about 5,000 steps - can you beat it?
  • Swing by Thailand with an online yoga class (Yoga with Adriene anyone?)
  • Do enough mountain climbers to summit Machu Picchu (its 7,952 feet so…50 mountain climbers?)

Positivity Challenge! Working out is amazingly helpful to get in a good headspace, but it never hurts to also throw in some mindful positive practices. So much of positive psychology is just tricking your brain into better habits. My challenge to you and whomever is in isolation with you is:

  • Write down three things you are grateful for
    • Can be big things like your health, your family, your town
    • Or small like tacos, your first sip of coffee in the morning, puppy videos
  • Put them in a jar, bowl, or hat
  • Get together at the end of your day (facetime people in who can’t be there in person!) and read them aloud

In-home travel! Can’t get outside, let alone to France, but still have the travel bug? Take a wine tour of your house!

  • Instructions: 
    1. Assign a country to each room
    2. Choose a signature beverage from that country (bonus points if you add themed music or photos)
    3. Sip your creations and enjoy the tour!


Challenge for your students! I know remote teaching is a whole new challenge that you are facing, and have already made incredible strides towards. Here are a couple of brain tests for your students to keep them in a global mindset, even from their living room couch:


How do I fill these hours inside my house? Now that we’ve got the essentials covered, how about we tackle some of that downtime. How have I been ignoring my family passing the time, you ask?





LinguaLeague (formerly known as Fantastic Football) is now available as an app for Apple and Android tablets as well as Microsoft devices. The app presents twenty foundational vocabulary topics in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English through the medium of football.

If your school subscribes to Linguascope, simply download the app on your device and log in with your school’s username and password to access all units. All teachers and students can download the apps on their own device, and it’s free!

Not a subscriber? You can still download the app, check out the sample section and use in-app purchases to unlock the rest of the units.


Attention all IB Coordinators: 


We wanted to pass along this bit of news from one of our publishing partners:


Cambridge University Press is offering free 90-day access to Elevate, their e-platform. All the teachers/students have to do is register at https://www.cambridge.org/us/education/90-day-trial


You will need an email address, and you will be sent a username and password they can use for the next ninety days. The IB diploma titles are all under one umbrella, so if you select IB Diploma, you will get access to all the Diploma titles.


Let us know if you have any questions in the meantime....we're here to help...and hope everything is back to normal soon!!! 


Your IB Source Team


Here’s an easier way to test drive the only truly proficiency-driven and ACTFL aligned world language textbook series for Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Latin.

Your Free Textbooks & Digital Review Request Form

  1. Check your language interests
  2. Answer a few quick questions
  3. VOILÀ -- your expedited request is on its way!

Teachers and curriculum coordinators are loving our online world language solutions. I think you will too.

Kind regards,


Wayside Publishing

Chris Velletri
Account Manager
T/F (888) 302-2519
2 Stonewood Drive
Freeport, Maine 04032














Dear teachers,

Never was QTALK more relevant to our current crisis. Our Story Maker allows you to create limitless templates and assign your units to specific groups of students. Being able to move images on your screen while teaching adds a great dynamic to your online teaching. 
Go to www.qtalkstorymaker.com and create yourself a free account. 
  • Every language is supported.
  • 3000 images with new daily updates.
  • Every theme is available.
  • Assign lessons and stories to students & groups
  • Make your lessons public & collaborate with teachers anywhere.  
  • Organically touch & move images on the board during class.   
  • Record your voice and tag it to images.
  • Students can substitute your voice with their own and even alter your stories.
  • Import your own images and students photos in your lesson.
  • Use our animated GIFs or import your own.
  • Import music or videos.
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I'm sitting here imagining all the places this email will land. There are so many unique contexts right now and adjustments happening everywhere!

I have something for everyone this email. Here's the order so you can jump to the section you need:

  • Teachers (free download)
  • Everyone! (3 free things you should know about)
  • Families (free storytimes)


If you own my Editable Book and Movie Guides & Graphic Organizers Set, I just updated with a "digitized version" students can directly type into. Re-download to access that version and easily share with your students for distance learning.

If you don't own that, I'm sending two sample pages you can use with your students right away! These are designed to go with novels or stories and help students process what they're reading.

Free Digital Story Graphic Organizers


Here are some of my favorite things I don't want you to miss:

  • AudibleStories has a selection of free stories, as long as schools are out.
  • ANNND... Scribd is also offering 30 free days (no credit card required). They have a HUGE selection of book and audiobooks in Spanish and English. I am not sponsored by them (unless you word for Scribd and are reading this; feel free to contact me lol). I'm in love with this deal and my kids have been listening to amazing books for hours, all week.

I just updated an old post with my favorite online Spanish learning resources for a variety of ages. Hope it helps to have everything in one place!

100 Free Online Spanish Resources

Parents with young kids:

There are some fun virtual storytimes going on this week! Here are a some fun options:

If you would like to receive a fun box of Spanish activities delivered to your home, try HolaAmigo Box! (affiliate link) They are doing spring-themed boxes right now.


Stay safe and healthy this week!







Thank you for the link.  It seems the blogger also has a list of free Italian films for screening



I also found a Canadian film called "before the streets" for free on YouTube. It's a bit in French but mostly in the native language of the Atikamekw people who live in northern Quebec. It's about a young man who gets accidentally caught up in a crime and seeks out his tribal roots . It's beautifully filmed and I think can lead to great discussion on the native people of Canada as well as restorative justice circles 
Before The Streets | Drama Film | French with English Subs | Full Length



has French movies with French subtitles. I especially love that there are French versions of american films like frozen. The kids get a kick out of the songs and characters they know in French. 

I also found this YouTube channel with free French films 
12 French Movies You Can Watch On Youtube For Free


65 French movies we can stream for free from French Flicks!





Organic World Language

We are thrilled to share our exciting news!

Happy Friday! 

Many of you are finishing your first week of virtual teaching, and maybe others of you have been at it for a few weeks.  Either way, congratulations for being flexible and continuing to have your students's best interests at heart, despite the unsettled times!! OWL has been working hard to help support you with live meetups for brainstorming with teachers from all over the world. The audio recordings of these meetings can be found on the OWL and OWL Collaborative Facebook pages. Give them a listen and get some ideas that will help to support your virtual classroom!

Other GREAT NEWS!! OWL has just created Remote Learning Lesson Plans!! There are Novice, Intermediate and Advanced plans. Or, if you teach several levels, you can purchase the Differentiated packet that has all three levels in one. Reduced prices to make it accessible. Stay tuned for an upcoming weekly subscription option! Let us know what you need and we will work to provide as much support as we possibly can!  ???

Lesson Plans-click here!





Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, we are canceling our Spring Regional meeting scheduled for 3/28. More information will be forthcoming as we try to reschedule with our presenters (hopefully for a late summer kick-off conference). For those who have already paid, we will be in contact after we have secured our reschedule date!

(Please be patient with us in our response time to emails as we also are working to set up distance learning and help our own families.)
In addition, I received this email and thought some of you might be interested in the information as we enter into a new way of teaching.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!
The PWRFL Board


Our membership runs school-calendar year so if you registered in the fall, you are still an active member! If you have not done so yet, to register as a PWRFL member for this school year, click on "membership" to pay via paypal and join PWRFL for the year ($28)! If you prefer, you will be able to pay via credit card at our meeting or you can go to "newsletters" and download the registration form for this year and mail with a check!



Don't forget to let us know about any changes in e-mail and especially contact information for any new world language teachers in your district!


PWRFL is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2021. CTLE Identification number: 23398 (This is a new number received from 2/9/18 as they had mistakenly sent out the same number to several organizations.  All old certificates are still valid, we must use this number from now on.)


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