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Foreign languages can enrich curriculum. Learning another language help students practice grammar skills and broaden their horizons.
High schoolers are engaged in using foreign languages in meaningful situations. They encounter a deeper sensitivity of cultural differences as they question how using multimedia technology enhances the learning experience and delivery of instruction.
Teach your class about foreign language through transcribing lyrics. They will transcribe the lyrics of a song in a foreign language and use the lyrics to create a cloze activity as they listen and speak the language with their classmates. They will also have the opportunity to explore various music genres and be exposed to cultural differences. Links are included.
"Why do we have to learn a foreign language?" Have you ever heard that question before? Give your novices this project, and have them research different jobs that require the use of a foreign language. They create a PowerPoint presentation that includes the pros and cons of the career, any special challenges for the foreign language speaker, and why they chose that specific career to research.
Pupils work on the Internet to listen, read, and practice writing in a foreign language. They focus on the use of idiom and humor in other languages.
Students demonstrate basic foreign language vocabulary by naming various dinner table utensils. Using construction paper as placemats, they glue plastic utensils to it as the teacher calls out the items in the foreign language.
How do you develop fluency with a second or third langauge? With this plan, production teams examine the development of fluency by producing a movie in the language they are studying. Pronunciation and conversational skills are emphasized in this lesson, but the project description is pretty general. Type up a formal, clear explanation for your learners to help them plan their storyboards!
Middle schoolers match sentences and phrases to pictures in a target language. They identify the proper written form of familiar spoken phrases. Students practice labeling objects and pictures with the proper greeting, color, number or object name.
Young scholars practice retelling a simple story representative of the country where the target language is spoken: French, German, or Spanish. Given a worksheet with story details, students fill in missing details and rearrange details to complete the plot action of the story. Completed story's are read to the class in the target language.
Learning to read is not a simple task, but there are methods for assisting pupils as they develop literacy skills. The first four pages of this resource include information about language development and reading development, as well as various strategies with a focus on English language learners. After the information section, you will find a breakdown of 12 reading strategies. Each strategy is placed in a chart and marked according to when to use it and written about in-depth with a description, goals, and methods for teaching the strategy.
English language learners prepare to be a part of the workforce with this resource. Included is a brief survey, the results of that survey, and some intra-office memos. There are several vocabulary terms worth covering like: questionnaire, note, memo, data, minutes, and report.
Twelfth graders investigate various jobs for which having studied a foreign language might be beneficial. They research job interviews and participate in a mock interview for a job of their choice. The practice is practical in preparation for competing in the job market.
Middle schoolers examine their own family history of languages and investigate local and regional resources available to immerse themselves in a foreign language and culture. They write applications seeking an imaginary grant to fund their endeavors.
First graders communicate and respond to specific information they have gleaned from a narrated story about music instruments in the target language. The instructional activity is also meant to reinforce listening skills essential for foreign language learning.
Students distinguish between questions, statements, and formality as dictated by the instructor in a targeted foreign language: French or German. On a provided worksheet, students classify statements according to their vocabulary and sentence structures.
Students write social letter to friend or penpal in target foreign language to demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and complex language structures, write with understanding and facility, and use appropriate presentational strategies to accomplish purpose of letter.
Students use the internet to research careers that use foreign languages. Focusing on one career, they discover which jobs play an important role in society. They complete a worksheet on the careers they find and share their information with the class.
Pupils plan the route of a proposed bicycle race. They indicate the passage through or around regional landmarks. The goal is for students to translate information into a primary language as part of learning a foreign language.
Young scholars investigate different types of media and the uses found in society. They match the form of media and fill out the worksheet that is written in the foreign language. The lesson includes a student work sample. The scoring is also included with the rubric.
Students participate in a role play of being a waiter or waitress while studying a foreign language. They ask and answer questions to obtain a food order. This is done using the language of study. Assessment is provided by teacher observation using the rubric included in the lesson.