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Listen! Can You Hear the Sounds?
First graders communicate and respond to specific information they have gleaned from a narrated story about music instruments in the target language. The lesson is also meant to reinforce listening skills essential for foreign language learning.
Spanish Words in Written and Spoken English
Learners identify Spanish words used in English, study the definitions of these words, and develop an understanding about the inclusion of words from foreign languages into spoken and written English.
How Do You Say Hello?
Students access an online resource to study how to say hello in Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic. They complete a worksheet telling how to say hello in these three languages before practicing the proper pronunciation of each.
Questions, Statements And Formality
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 complete sentences using appropriate family names and terms in a target foreign language: French, German, or Spanish. Using a fill in the blank worksheet, students give the appropriate noun to complete a sentence about familial relationships.
Students complete a worksheet on a historical figure of their choice. Using this information, they write an appropriate obituary of the person in German or other foreign language. They present the obituary to the class to end the lesson.
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.
Fluency in Foreign Language Using iMovie
Students communicate more competently in the language they are studying during oral presentation. They translate movies from their language of study to English. They evaluate correct and incorrect pronunciations and conversations.
German: Foreign Language Autobiographies
Learners, using German language skills, create "intranet" encyclopedia entries about themselves in the year 2040. The include their future accomplishments and trade entries with fellow students. They then translate the autobiographies into English prior to reading the German versions to the class.
Having the Last Word
Learners discuss the influence of foreign languages in their everyday speech after reading an article from The New York Times on language legislation in Brazil. Students are divided into 4 groups in order to research languages spoken in an assigned country, what percentage speaks that language and whether or not their assigned country has discussed language legislation.
Simple Texts for Primary Pupils
Can literacy get any more fun than this? Learners not only have fun, but gain confidence as well when presented with familiar text in another language. Select books, songs, poems, even recipes written in another language, and using the many techniques, games, and exercises presented here, engage your pupils in literacy strategies that help them decode in any language.
Learning Spanish Vocabulary Words Can Be Fun
Here are ways to help your students learn Spanish vocabulary using motivating activities.
Hey! What's the Weather Like Today?
Students explore weather conditions using pictures and illustrations. They practice phrases in Spanish, French, German or English that relate to seven weather conditions and dramatize the conditions. In addition, they verbalize phrases in te target languages.
La Selva Tropical Y Yo (The Rain Forest and I)
High schoolers do a reading in Spanish that discusses the products of the Rain Forest that are commonly used in the household. They research other products that are commonly used. This lesson is designed to be a part of a reading lesson in Spanish with the idea if making connections as stated in the Foreign Language Standards.
New! Modals: Can, May and Will Verbs: Present Tense
Cover can, may, will, and shall with this lesson on using modals in the present tense. Starting off with a warm-up activity, the resource includes a text to analyze, examples of modals, and exercises with answers. The language in the lesson is relatively complex, so you might need to alter the vocabulary depending on the level of your class.
American Sign Language
Tenth graders use consumer skills needed as an adult. It serves as a framework for learning the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) classifiers. They make use of digital video recording equipment to record skits and conversations.
How Many Languages do you Speak?
Students explore the Tamil language. They listen to parts of a story read in English, Hindi and Tamil. Tamil word cards are matched with their English equivalent. Practice saying basic Tamil words daily within the instructional activity.
Playing with Shakespeare's Language
Students can understand Shakespeare's language using comprehensible input and dramatic play.
Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions
The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair up and consider how these traits define various regions in Europe. Two worksheets and an informational text guide them as they explore the topic of European language and religion, culminating in a reflective journal entry.
Analyzing the Language of Presidential Debates
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.