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Students relate the written form to the spoken form of familiar language (e.g., simple greeting, basic vocabulary, numbers, dates, time). They practice counting objects, identifying numbers when presented on flash cards in random order and reading number words in the target language. They indicate correct answers by writing the number next to the word.
Students explore the vocabulary for making statements about the weather in various cities. They respond with the use of the appropriate interpretive strategies to show the directions in the taget language for placing weather symbols on 10 citites.
All About Me
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.
Students study some important people and events in French culture. They complete a worksheet and circle every item that is associated with France. They respond to written cues identifying the country's language and culture.
America, A Home for Every Culture
Students investigate the many cultures that are represented in America. In this American culture lesson, students look at the food, languages, music, and traditions that immigrants have contributed to the face of America. They complete activities from worksheet which include developing a menu from a multicultural restaurant.
Students practice counting objects in French to reinforce their math skills and the French language. They listen to stories read in French and participate in sequencing activities.
Eye On the Environment Essay
Students analyze the impact of human activity (e.g., population density, pollution) to a country where the target language is spoken. They prepare a three paragraph essay and describe the impact of pollution on the environment and the economics of a country where the target language is spoken.
Advanced Spanish : Maggie's Earth Adventures
Students play the online activity "Maggie's Earth Adventures" from the scholastic website. In this foreign language lesson plan, students use this website to learn Spanish and English vocabulary. This lesson plan lists a number of games included and what each one works on.
Plath, Personification, and Figurative Language in "Mirror"
What will your class members see in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"? After reading the poem, learners engage in a Socratic seminar prompted by the provided questions. Individuals then create an illustration, focusing on the personification and figurative language in the poem, and share their interpretations with the class.
What is Language?
Intended to be used along with the first chapter of An Introduction to Language textbook, this PowerPoint is full of linguistic terminology that is not necessarily explained. This tool can be used to complement a lecture or a text, but definitely does not stand alone. A wide variety of concepts are covered, the main idea being that language is symbolic and creative, with myriad uses.
Top World Languages Quiz
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 identification questions about world languages. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Theme of Language and Communication
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer questions about language and communication themes from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Summarizing Complex Ideas: Comparing the Original UDHR and the "Plain Language" Version
The eighth lesson in this series continues the focus on vocabulary and increasing young readers' awareness of academic language. Pairs of learners participate in a short vocabulary review activity called Interactive Words in which they explore the relationships between words from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) text. Then your class will compare a simple language version of the UDHR with the original text. Through discussion and writing, young scholars should think about how the simple language version may be useful, as well as what is lost from the original version.
Have your class doing everything from reading literature, analyzing literary devices, identifying independent and dependent clauses, discussing, and writing creatively with the rich resource found here. After a mini activity on independent and dependent clauses, your class will read, annotate, and answers questions on two different short stories by O. Henry: After Twenty Years and The Last Leaf. There is also an activity on optical illusions that explore similar themes without the language demands of a text. As a final task, get your class writing creatively with three potential writing prompts. Note: While many skills are practiced here, grammar in-context is the main focus.
The Importance of Speaking Another Language
Students evaluate how important it can be to speak a language other than their own. They analyze the role language plays in bridging cultural differences and compare their reasons and see if the class can reach a consensus on the question of whether learning another language is important.
African Language Diversity
High schoolers research characteristics of Africa such as size, number of countries, topography, and total population. They explore language diversity within Africa and discuss how language differences have led to cooperation and conflict within Africa.
Languages in a Globalized World
Students explore language changes that may occur in a globalized world. In this language lesson, students read the linked articles about globalization and the protection of languages. Students also examine statistics and conduct further research about the preservation of languages. Students then discuss the implications for languages in a rapidly changing global world.
Spanish for Kids: Animals
In just short of four minutes, music, cartoon images, and pictures help your youngest Spanish language learners memorize basic animal vocabulary. They learn gato, perro, pájaro, and pez with the help of two silly dinosaurs. This is a free video lesson, but you can subscribe to access more lessons.
Language Recognition and Language Families
Young scholars debate the pros and cons of bilingualism in the United States and in the classroom. Students investigate how language reflects and influences culture, and focus on how to make language acquisition easier for young scholars.
Improving Speaking Skills in the Language Classroom
How can you create an "English-free" classroom for your foreign language learners? This year, use some of these strategies to maximize your young scholars' opportunity to communicate in the language.