Austin Meusch

On a caffeine-fueled mission to make speaking assignments in world language classrooms as fast and easy as possible.

How difficult should my speaking assignments be?

This is a common question teachers ask themselves when creating their first assignments. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, there are a few guiding principles one can follow to ensure student’s are getting the most out of their Speaking assignments. Aim to...

Learn Pronunciation of the German UMLATE

In this Speakable students are introduced to the German Umlate. First, they’ll watch a 5 minute video lesson from the popular YouTube channel Learn German with Anja. Then, they’ll complete a speaking exercise that consists of 5 words, each containing an Umlate.

Learn What Not to Pronounce in French

In the video lesson, Alexa Polidoro gives learners great tips on the letters you should NOT pronounce at the end of a French words. The speaking exercise includes 10 words that are covered during the video lesson.

Dive deep into Haber (auxiliary verb)

This Speakable features a video created by Ana of Butterfly Spanish and speaking practice for 15 phrases. Some of the key takeaways from the video are 1) When to use haber (vs tener) 2) How haber and tener evolved from their Latin origins 3) Habers impersonal job and 4) Haber is there to enhance the meaning of the main verb.

Learn how to use “ya” in Spanish + speaking practice

This Speakable features a video created by Ana of Butterfly Spanish and speaking practice for 16 phrases. In the video Ana covers what the word “ya” means in Spanish, where to place it, and why it is used so often. First, she explains the Spanish grammatical point of view of the words “ya”. Then she teach you the scenarios..

Learn to Say Hello and Goodbye in Hindi

Video Lesson | 4 words/phrases | 2 minutes | Assignable | to use or assign this speakable, open the post and use the buttons below the video.

How to Create a Safe Place to Practice Speaking

Speaking a new language can be daunting, especially in front of friends and classmates. Make your language students feel at ease practicing pronunciation. For many students, speaking during a world language class is their most anxiety-inducing classroom experience. ...

So You Want to Learn A New Language But Don’t Know Where to Start?

It’s impossible to become fluent in a language within only one month--anyone that promises to do so is lying to you! Trust me, I've tried to do this and failed three times. What I learned, is that it takes time and self-discipline to create a learning module, develop...

Build Speaking Confidence with Daily Exercises

Daily speaking exercises help students become confident using their second language.    The discover search makes it easy to find and share speaking exercises with your students. With a public library, it's easy to keep your students engaged even when you don't have...

Warm students up for class with a speaking exercise

1. Upload new vocabulary for that day's lesson to a playlist.  2. Add playlist to course and copy assignment link to share with your class  3. Instruct students to open the assignment link, put in their headphones, and complete the assignment.  4. After class, review...

Become a Speakable expert in less than 3 minutes 

Create your custom course  This is where things get really fun.  1. Get a jump start by adding shared playlists to your course - find playlists that include pronunciation hacks, common words & phrases, difficult words, lesson specific content and...

Did you know students can create their own speakables?

Everyone's vocabulary is unique, in their native language or a second language. Language learners can embrace their personal communication styles by learning to speak L2 words that align with their likes and interests. There are four ways a student can create their...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: November 4, 2021

This week in the STU:  Student story: how learning Spanish impacted one student's life Teaching internationally: a path you could never have imagined Around the web: Florencia’s list of language teaching podcasts and more     Student Story   We asked non-native...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: October 14, 2021

This week in STU: A PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education answers common questions by unpacking research articles. Mar shares her tips for students that want to use music to learn pronunciation Download Kaneesha's music & pronunciation worksheet...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: October 7, 2021

This week in STU: Panel Responses: Can teachers use music to help students learn new vocabulary? New on Youtube: Practicing the diphthong "IE" & Using “haber” to ask and answer questions Pronunciation Practice: A resource from Mar to help students learn correct...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: September 23, 2021

Teachers face an uphill for their student's attention in 2021. Competing with addictive social media platforms, video games, and, unfortunately, mental health challenges spurred on by COVID/lockdowns. That hasn't discouraged “Casa Spanish” from creating engaging video...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: September 16, 2021

Forty-five years after Susan B. Anthony’s death, one women’s fight against the patriarchal establishment for legitimacy was reaching its peak. Hans shares how he uses famous speeches to inspire students.

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: September 9, 2021

Searching for ideas for your next lesson? Grab a guitar and indulge your students with some aceitunas and albaricoques, and settle down on an alfombra and set up an ajedrez tournament all the while knowing you might as well be in Al-Andalus. 

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: August 26, 2021

Fortunately, many of Simon and Manuela’s love letters are preserved, which make for great reading activities for language and history students! Having taught history and occasionally ESL for over twenty years, I have learned that one of the essential starting points for effective teaching and learning is first to engage the student.

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: August 19, 2021

The Korean dictionary contains over 1.1 million words. Spanish? About 90,000 (with ~190,000 meanings). Aren’t you glad you’re teaching español? This week in STU: 🏰 The Kingdom of vocabulary 🚀 Approach strategies 🤓 Set & stats: Pronunciation 📓 Commonly used Spanish...

Spanish Teachers Unite Newsletter: August 12, 2021

Can you believe the biggest motivator driving 18-22-year-olds to travel is a desire to learn history and experience culture? That’s ahead of partying. Everyone else? Rest and relaxation. Does this reflect a growing trend amongst young Americans to seek out a more...

The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish

What Is The Present Perfect Tense in Spanish? The Spanish present perfect tense is generally used for descriptions of completed events or actions with a specific endpoint in time that are relevant or have taken place immediately before the present moment. Use the...

Introduction to Spanish Idioms with Links to Speakables

What is an Idiom?   An idiom is a common phrase which means something different from its literal meaning but can be understood because of their popular use. Idioms are made of normal words that have a special meaning known to almost everyone." Source: Wikipedia  ...

How to Overcome Foreign Language Anxiety

You’ve probably heard other teachers, professors, and business professionals discuss the advantages of knowing a second language in the work world. Students are often advised that even if you’re not fluent, putting a second language on your resume will help you stand...