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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. 
Fourth graders reinforce good writing conventions to describe what various professionals do. Students build on prior knowledge of professions vocabulary, and the il est, elle est (he is, she is) grammar structures.
Seventh graders follow multi-step technology directions in Spanish to create presentations about a Spanish-speaking country. In so doing, 7th graders increase their understanding of technology use for specific purposes and effects.
Sixth graders practice to develop geography skill by identifying locations using a map and apply writing process strategies to develop a travel brochure for France, Quebec or the Ivory Coast.
Ninth graders build on prior knowledge of basic food vocabulary in Arabic to compare and contrast typical foods eaten for American and Arab breakfasts. Using the specific reading strategy of identifying how English words are represented phonetically using the Arabic alphabet.
Ninth graders will review vocabulary related to school subjects in Italy. They will examine new subjects specific to Italian high schools and explore the Italian high school system and culture. Then they compare and contrast this system to a traditional American one. Vocabulary handouts and worksheets included.
It seems that this presentation was designed for future educators, particularly those teaching a foreign language. Basic reading, writing, and organizational skills are presented, encouraging a discussion of strategies amongst your viewers. Unfortunately, you cannot skip slides or start the presentation at any point besides the beginning, so you'll have to watch the 95-slide presentation in its entirety. 
Fifth graders investigate the lives and contributions of Latinos whose life and work permeate our culture. They use information about their subjects to produce a guided paragraph.
Fifth graders form questions to survey e-pals, phone pals, or pen pals about their families. They compile this information and make comparisons between their own families and those of their pals. The use of this communication makes the lesson more engaging.
Fifth graders form questions to survey e-pals, phone pals or pen pals about their families. They compile the information and make comparisons between their own families and those of their pals.
Fourth graders read instructions in order to play a card game from Germany. They analyze the set-up, the start of the game and how to win. Students identify and sequence the steps of the game and practice playing the game with the teacher.
Eighth graders identify the author's purpose after reading an article on sports. They discuss the main idea and supporting details. Then they compare and contrast the role of sports in their own culture and at school with the role of sports in the target culture and in schools of the target culture.
Students listen to and discuss the book, "Mermelada de Fresa," by Daniel Nesquens. They review and practice new Spanish words obtained from the book and answer questins to identify theses new words.
Ninth graders analyze authentic news texts in Spanish dealing with the issue of crime in Spanish speaking countries. These texts include periodicals, Web sites and television news programs. Students report their findings to their peers in a panel discussion format.
First graders apply writing process strategies to compose simple sentences describing specific animals of the rainforest in the target language. This interdisciplinary lesson deepens the understanding of animal needs by encouraging children to view the rainforest through the lens of another culture.
Students practice introductions in a foreign language. In this foreign language lesson, students get a card with a star that they have to pretend to be. They walk around the room introducing themselves and asking other's names in a foreign language.
Welcome back your foreign language speakers with this quick re-introduction to the target language. While originally designed for a Spanish classroom, this idea could easily be adapted for any foreign language class. Create your own key vocabulary words before you begin, and set your expectations clearly so this activity provides useful review.
Ninth graders review the vocabulary needed to discuss colors and directions and watch a teacher demonstration of a game called tic-tac-doh. They practice playing with partner while student observers describe the moves in target language, and practice playing while their opponent places pieces based on given verbal instructions.
Students practice using their target language by writing a news article.  In this foreign language writing instructional activity, students create a fictional "hero" in their city which they write a fictional news article about in their new language.  Students discover new vocabulary words which they use in their writing.
Students practice using a new language by reading letters.  In this foreign language lesson, students read a fictional letter by a young person from the target language's country.  Students read the letters separately, but collaborate in groups to analyze what was discussed.