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Students create itineraries for a one-week journey. They design and create itineraries for a journey to three cities in their target language country. They write a report and research the Internet and other resources for their information.
Students consider social practices common to their target language. They work in pairs to research social practices common to the target language society that differ from those in the United States. They prepare a three-minute presenatation to discuss the similarities and differences between the customs.
Students listen to the songs "Tous les Blues Sont Crits Pour Toi" by Celine Dion and the song " 'Ti Monde" by Beausoleil. Students write their impressions of the song. They look up and write vocabulary definitions in the target language and answer questions from a worksheet.
Students write program notes of composers. They discuss music, composers, themes and style and movements in music. They select a composer from a target language culture and write two paragraphs int eh form of concert program notes. They write a paragraph of a biography of the composer as well as a description of the work selected.
Students research historical figures. They select two historical figures in the target language culture and write notes on note cards. They work in pairs to prepare an eight-minute oral presentation to discuss the impact and contributions of the historical figures and present to the class.
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:
Learners write and or present a report contrasting geographic and demographic features (e.g., average annual income, population density, mortality rate, literacy rate) of countries where the target languages is spoken to the U.S. They have at least one visual (poster, overhead transparency, Power-point slide) that summarizes the data presented in the oral report.
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.
Students investigate the Spanish language looking for words related to birds and their habitat. They write phrases and sentences using the words. Gradually they attempt to use the correct sentence structure in conjunction with reading and oral practice.
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.
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.
Learners recognize that printed material provides information. In this Chinese language lesson plan, students identify Chinese characters and symbols using a set of folding cards that have pictures, characters and words. Learners listen orally to In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee.
Students 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 students.
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.
Sixth graders discuss the idea of separation in today's society. In groups, they examine the laws used in the past with a focus on "separate, but equal". They review the Brown v. Board of Education case and determine if it caused or solved more problems. To end the lesson, they examine the experiences of immigrants and how their language kept them separate from the population as well.
Students identify the message of a speaker, using both verbal and nonverbal communication strategies. In this reducing language barriers lesson, students complete a broad range of activities as they discuss the development of language and learn non-verbal cues to watch as they communicate more efficiently.
Foreign language learners decipher the meanings of classified ads in the target language. They investigate a large collage created by the teacher of foreign language advertisements and discuss the content with classmates. Then they create their own classified page by writing in their target language.
Students put the "Thanks" back in Thanksgiving with this geography and language activity that teaches students to say "thank you" in many languages.
Students explore world geography by completing foreign language art projects. For this German language lesson, students identify Germany and the language that is spoken in the country. Students view images of objects and pronounce them in German before painting a self portrait, labeling their face in German.
Students utilize deductive reasoning to decipher unfamiliar words and sounds. They acquire high-frequency words by viewing street signs and playing phonics games. Students This lesson is intended for students acquiring a foreign language.