Icebreakers can be tricky in the World Language Classroom. They reflect the tension we feel most days, probably: how can we stay in the target language, connect with our students, communicate effectively, and make the whole process enjoyable? No wonder we’re tired! In those first days, I do think it’s important to establish a couple of things:
- We speak in the TL as much as possible. This isn’t a class about Spanish; it’s a class mostly in Spanish.
- I care about you. You’re safe here: safe to try new things and make mistakes.
- My job is to make sure Spanish is comprehensible, and yours is to pay attention and stay with me.