Top Ten Posts of 2015

It's been a good year.

It’s been a good year.

Every blogger’s doing it, and I’m glad. It’s great to see what’s been most helpful to language learners and teachers this year! Here, for your undelayed gratification, are the ten most popular posts published at in 2015, in chronological order.

Preparing a Lesson vs Preparing Yourself

How to teach well and save your sanity. (01/13/2015)

9 Ways To Happify Your Class

Is your classroom a happy place? (02/03/2015)

I Don’t Know How To Teach

How I made this freaky realization and what I did about it. (02/10/2015)

Latin Listening Project Launched!

Background, benefits, and future of this collaborative video project. (02/18/2015)

Grammar Is Not a Skill, or, What Does it Really Mean To Know a Language? (video)

Animated video presenting Bill VanPatten’s article “The Two Faces of SLA: Mental Representation and Skill,” useful for learners, teachers, and departments. (06/15/2015)

Justin’s Lesson Plans from NTPRS 2015, Buy-In Guaranteed

Three lesson plans and a bunch of principles for creating low-prep, high-payoff lessons. (08/05/2015)

6 Questions To Start, Sustain, and Elevate Conversation about a Text

How to use questions to generate high-level thinking without needing too-advanced language. (08/10/2015)

The Inescapable Case for Extensive Reading (video)

Animated video presenting Rob Waring’s article of the same name, outlining the whys and hows of Extensive Reading. (08/15/2015)

The Savvy Language Learner (infographic)

What savvy language learners have in common. (10/15/2015)

The Number One Mistake in Language Learning

Don’t make it! (10/27/2015)


What’s been your best discovery of 2015?

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