News flash: Textbooks are not the enemy. Faulty reasoning for evaluating the universe of language teaching activities that are out there, in print, online, passed out in sessions- that is the enemy.
So whether you’re evaluating an activity I’ve shared or one you’ve seen on the authentic resources activity collaboration or one in your textbook, see if this checklist developed with participants in a session on textbooks helps you evaluate it. I advocate a three-pronged approach to any such activity: ask yourself these questions.
Should I ADAPT it?
Should I INCORPORATE it as-is?
Should I DITCH it completely?
Here’s the checklist:
And here’s the slideshow with several text examples from my ACTFL ’16 session in Boston.
And here is a link to the VIF open-educational-resource Spanish 1 curriculum I helped develop that I reference in the presentation.