Frequently Asked Questions

About the Content

Is there student access to the site?

The site is set up for teacher access only, giving you tons of resources and activities to get the communication going. If there’s something to print for the students or a link to share with them, that will be included in the teacher directions. Check out the sample unit to see exactly what it looks like.

How many units can I access each month?

After you sign up for a paid membership you will have access to ALL units and lessons. We know many teachers teach multiple levels at one time and also like to plan ahead. Sign up, log in, and you can see and use all units and all lessons! We will continue to add new units throughout the year.

When will you add new units and lessons?

We are constantly adding lessons in all languages and for all levels. Typically you’ll see 2 units with new lessons for each language per year. However, we may add more!

Chinese and Arabic have lots of unit resources to support you and unify your program. No additional lessons are being added at this time. Fingers crossed that this changes, though!

What units are available for my language?

Check out this page to answer that!


What is included in each unit?

A lot!

Try the SAMPLE UNIT in your language to see exactly what it has.

Do you have reading/listening in the units/lessons?


We want there to be a good dose of all the modes (interpretive/interpersonal/presentational) and skills (reading/listening/writing/speaking) so learners get a complete language experience.

ACTFL notes that there are three main types of texts that learners should be interpreting:

  • Informational Texts (articles, captions, social media posts, critiques/reviews, infographics, videos, etc)
  • Fictional Texts (leveled readers, books, comics, podcast stories, etc)
  • Conversations/Discussions (other people’s text messages, interviews, etc)

Our lessons mostly use informational texts and conversations by linking to authentic resources. There are fictional texts and conversations as well that we created to be as authentic as possible. Also we recommend books and leveled readers by other creators to go along with our unit themes.

Additionally, the lessons include multiple interpretive tasks that are also from ACTFL:

  • Literal Tasks (key word recognition – main idea – supporting details)
  • Inferential Tasks (organizational features – guessing meaning from context – inferences)
  • Cultural Tasks (author’s perspective – comparisons – cultural perspectives – personal reaction)

Try the SAMPLE UNIT in your language to see exactly what “interpretive reading” looks like in our communicative curriculum.

If you are a member, check out the Overview of Interpretive Listening/Reading page or the Toolbox’s Interpretive section for ready-to-adapt ideas for activities.

Are there vocabulary lists and quizzes?

Not exactly. Some lessons have a short list of words and phrases that are targeted during the lesson. We’ve found that WE as teachers are used to the list, but they do just fine (OR BETTER) without it. As we learned more about proficiency we found it was more important for them to learn language functions rather than topic vocab. Example: For a lesson like “I can give my opinion about extreme sports” they ALL need to know “I think” “it is” and “because” = function vocab. They all need detail vocab too, but that is going to be unique to each kid. Some might need the word “dangerous, extreme, wild” and others might want “exciting, adventurous, and thrilling.” Click to see more examples.

If I can give students input, I know they will learn the function vocab, and they can learn whatever they want for the details. However, I always checked that they can complete the daily objective by the end of class and that usually required both function + some details. By the time I assessed at the end of the unit, I found kids were using a greater variety of words and lots of details I would have never put on a vocab list. I saw that they weren’t limited to the list – it was awesome! Plus, if you have native speakers like I did… they may already know 75% of the list. When the focus was to complete the daily objective at your proficiency, they had to actually think! – Megan

Members Only: Create your own lists: Unit Vocabulary

Can I download the units?

No, units and lessons cannot be downloaded. AdiósTextbook works as an online resource. The first part of each lesson is ready to show directly to students. We recommend that you simply project it on the board and teach! Then there is an explanation/ideas for the teacher at the bottom. No need to save lessons to your flashdrive or search for them on your computer. You can log in and access these lessons from any computer, anytime. All you need is internet access and a current membership.

Exceptions: Each unit has a packet to download a unit overview, student goal sheet, homework options, and an assessment so you can print. Some lessons may include a handout, activity or graphic organizer that you will be able to directly print for your students.

Can I put materials on other programs like Canvas, Google Docs, etc?

The site was created so that you will not have to do that extra step since you can teach directly from the site. However, if you really want to, you can use the materials however you want, as long as you have an active membership and the materials are protected from the public. If you cancel your account, then you may not continue to use the materials on your own programs.

What grades/ages are these lessons made for?

Originally our lessons were created for high school students, but would also work well for middle school. See the “Scope & Sequence” page for suggestions.

There are some new units made specifically for younger learners that have simplier and shorter lessons (Kites, Snacks, Birthdays).

Plus there are units made for young adults/college with deeper topics (Influential People, World of Sports).

We advise all teachers to preview videos and resources before using them to be sure they are appropriate for your students and school.

How long are the lessons/units?

Each lesson is created to last 45-60 minutes depending on how in-depth you choose to complete each activity. If a lesson is longer or shorter, we’ll note that at the top of the teacher directions.

You may choose to add your own questions to continue conversations or include practice activities in specific lessons. You may choose to skip some activities or add some. You have the freedom to adjust these to fit your teaching style and your students’ unique learning styles and personalities. You can also add your own opening/closing routines.

Each unit is set to last about 2 weeks, but may take slightly longer for projects, presentations and assessments. We have a “Length” suggestion posted in the gray section on the unit page.

Is this a complete curriculum?

Yes, it can be. It all depends on how you want to use it. You get to create your own personalized curriculum based on proficiency levels.

We want you to have access to engaging and communicative lessons on a variety of topics that are based on real people and culture. Our current units target novice/intermediate/advanced proficiency levels. Here are our available units and a suggested Scope & Sequence.

Check out this page to see the available units by languages.

Does this support the AP themes?

Absolutely! We intentionally plan each unit to connect to at least one (and usually more) theme. See the AP chart for details.

Where's the grammar?

We believe grammar should be broken down into only what is needed to complete the daily objective. You will not see grammar-based units on here.

If you really want to add more in, we suggest that you teach the unit as is, then add the grammar lessons as a way to “clean up” their language.

As a member, you’ll have access to more training videos and posts about teaching for proficiency and communication. Plus the “Toolbox” page has information on where the grammar topics are embedded in the units. 

Are there performance assessments?

Yes! We love open-ended, task-based scenarios that check what they can do. Units have several options for different modes/skills for you to choose from. Some units have IPAs. 

What do you have for French, German, Italian, and Chinese? When will you add more?

We have a lot of unit documents and content (unit plans, performance assessments, objective sheets, homework ideas, signs for classroom, adaptable activities), but we’re just getting into complete lessons for them. You’ll see this grow!
We don’t have a set timeline for when new units and resources are coming out, but do know that we are constantly adding more.

See the available unit themes. Our plan is to have the same unit and lessons available in all languages (see 5-year example).

What do you have for Arabic? What dialect?

We have a lot started for Arabic!

Every unit has “unit documents” to get your planning started to have a communicative curriculum. There are the following: Planning Overview (the 5 C standards), Performance Assessments, Unit Objectives in Arabic (for learners to track their progress), and Homework choice board. These have been translated into Modern Standard Arabic. Plus each unit page has some curated authentic resources and lesson ideas to get you started. These resources have a variety of dialects, but most are Modern Standard.
Plus there are signs for the classroom and adaptable activities to build your own lessons.
They are for middle and high school, beginning learners (novice) to native speakers (advanced).

See the available unit themes.

I teach a language that you don't offer, would the site benefit me?

It depends on what would help you. Here’s what we would say would be helpful:

This has lots of tasks and activities that are arranged by modes and all apply to any language. You would need to download the blank versions if available or one of the other languages and do some “text box” magic (basically add a text box over the other).
Unit Document Templates
This is on the Toolbox page under “planning” so you can create your own documents in your language. You could look at the units on the language pages for ideas. The Spanish units are the most developed, but the English version may be helpful if you can’t read Spanish.
Beginning the Year Resources
Many of these were made for all languages (to be introduced in English) or with only images so you can talk over them in your language.
Mini PD
This is a collection of training videos about proficiency-based instruction and other tips for teaching. These are presented in English with ideas for everyone.
Overall, we’d recommend trying it for a month to see if you like it and if it works for you. It will take some formatting on your end, but a little inspiration can go a long way. In fact, some of our favorite units were inspired after seeing it in another language.

Are there "DISTANCE LEARNING" lessons?

Yes! As of 6/2/2020, there are at least 17 independent lessons for Spanish, 7 for French, 7 for German and 2 for Arabic. Go to your language page, scroll down to the section with “Independent Lessons.”

Plus we have videos (from teachers that actually did it) to explain how to use ANY unit/lesson from our site in this situation.

About Billing & the Terms

How do I renew or change levels on my membership?

Log in and go to your account page. Click on “subscriptions” and there you can change your membership.

If you need any help, send us an email.

How do I cancel my membership?

Need to cancel? No problem. We don’t want this to be a hassle.

Log in and go to your account page. Click on “subscriptions” to cancel.

Change your mind? You can sign back up anytime!

How do I renew or change levels on my membership?

Log in and go to your account page. Click on “subscriptions” and there you can change your membership.

Can I get a refund?

No. We offer a sample unit for you to preview for two weeks before you purchase. This is also why we offer the pay by the month option so you can cancel at any time.

Obviously we’ll refund if there’s a duplicate or a billing issue. Contact us.

How does the billing work for the monthly option?

Your credit card will be charged the day you sign up. Then you will be automatically billed every 30 days. You can cancel anytime, just make sure you cancel a few days before the next payment comes out.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

Need clarification on lesson instructions? Find a broken link? Catch a typo?

Send us an email at and we’ll address the situation ASAP.

Have more questions? Contact Us! We’re here to help.

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