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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.
Students investigate the use of proverbs in the study of a foreign language. They translate the proverbs for ease of understanding. Then students explain the use of the proverb after conducting research in the context of the language.
Students investigate the meaning of objects and characters found in a film in the target language of a Foreign Language Class. They use a graphic organizer to look at information and sort into categories. Then students give a summary of the video clip.
Students replace the body part words in the tune The Hokey Pokey with the same body part words in other languages. They learn the vocabulary more readily because of the connection to music.
Learners in seventh and eighth grade Introduction to Foreign Language class are introduced the basic greetings, farewells, courtesy words, and basic phrases in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In pairs, they create a very short dialogue in one of these 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.
Students create lesson plans for their foreign language classroom using the internet. They develop scenarios that will enable their students to become involved with the lesson such as to make a travel brochure.
Young scholars name dinner-table utensils in the foreign language being taught. In this foreign language vocabulary lesson, students create a restaurant table setting with labels to learn vocabulary of the table in the language they are studying.
Students consider the importance of appreciating a different culture in connection with the language associated with it. They explore how international politics, celebrations and relations are affected by language and culture.
This reading comprehension instructional activity includes a passage on the two national languages of India, followed by 6 multiple choice questions. Just click at the bottom of the form for the score!
Designed to be implemented in any language classroom, this plan provides a project description, desired outcomes, assessment suggestions, and Internet resources. Each learner compiles photographs and written text to create a book about him or herself. After printing, they have a project to share with classmates and friends! Consider assigning this project at the start of the school year.
Sixth graders use their prior knowledge of vocabulary for the continents, oceans, some countries, basic directional words (e.g., north, south), prepositions of location, basic land forms (e.g., mountains, island), and basic geographical terms to practice language.
Students practice names of months in the target foreign language, learn auxiliary vocabulary and practice listening.
Students research the new Foreign Language Academy and other free summer programs at colleges for teens. They write features stories about the opportunities and interview deans and university officials. Students also interview school guidance counselors about ways to maximize the experience.
Students practice foreign language vocabulary and problem solving, by asking questions and ordering from a menu. Working in pairs, students role play activities related to ordering from a menu in a foreign language. Activities for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students are included.
Students engage in an activity that exposes them to the process of learning a foreign language. The cognitive steps a learner goes through is taught. The basic word forms of the language are discussed.
Eleventh graders participate in a lesson to work on foreign language skills. They create a simulation of a African baby welcoming and naming ceremony to create a context for practicing Communication.
How can you create an "English-free" classroom for your foreign language learners? This year, use some of these strategies to maximize your students' opportunity to communicate in the language.
Students research a topic chosen by the instructor in a selected region where the target language is spoken. They research the topic using available traditional and internet resources to prepare a presentation of their findings:
Students learn to follow directions in a foreign language. In this following directions lessons, students map out their school area. Students practice terminology and are then given directions in a foreign language to get to a particular spot. Points are awarded at each spot students are to find. Follow-up is a quiz on directions.