The World Language Teacher's Guide to Active Learning: Strategies and Activities for Increasing Student Engagement, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

The World Language Teacher's Guide to Active Learning

Strategies and Activities for Increasing Student Engagement, 2nd Edition

By Deborah Blaz


174 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Enhance your students’ success and improve the likelihood of retention with the easy-to-implement activities and strategies in this book! Bestselling author Deborah Blaz shows how to create a classroom in which students can actively experience, experiment with and discover a world language. The new edition features updated strategies based on brain-based research and new ideas for using technology and personalized learning. In addition, the book has been reorganized to help you easily find and pull activities you want to use in your classroom the very next day. You’ll learn how to…

    • mix up your repertoire of activities, games, and exercises to keep students engaged;
    • introduce students to the culture of the language you teach by hosting parties and celebrations;
    • overcome some of the biggest obstacles in the path to fluency, including verb conjugation, using object pronouns, and the subjunctive mood;
    • customize your teaching strategies to accommodate a broader range of talents, skills, and intelligences;
    • implement new assessment strategies to improve verbal skills and reading comprehension;
    • and more!

Bonus: Downloadable versions of some of the resources in this book are available on the Routledge website at, so you can print and distribute them for immediate classroom use.

Table of Contents


Meet the Author

1. Action Learning in Theory and in Practice

2. Research-Based Active Learning Practices

3. Revitalizing the Basics

4. Celebrations

5. Getting Over the Rough Spots

6. Instruction and Alternative Assessments in Literature



About the Author

Deborah Blaz has taught French to grades 7 through 12 for the past 38 years in Indiana, and has taught dual credit, AP, and college classes. She also serves as world language department chair at her school. She frequently presents workshops and keynotes, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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