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Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom
Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes? Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the whiteboard, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that’s how you were taught. No matter what your go-to activity is, we’re all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable. If the speaker is engaging, a good lecture every now and then is enjoyable. However, when faced with daily lectures, students dread class, and hence learn less. So why not mix it up? When dreaming up new activities, our main focus should always be authenticity. In a previous Edutopia post, I outlined how to best shape a unit around communication. Interpretive Mode Read children’s stories. Interpersonal Mode Sign a contract on the first day of school promising to use only the target language within your classroom walls. Presentational Mode Create a comic strip. Five Rules for the Three Modes

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10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English) One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us about concepts and ideas that we are missing out on in the anglophone world. As the northern hemisphere heads abroad in the coming holiday season, here are a few to be looking out for: SPAIN: sobremesa You may have witnessed the ritual, knowingly or not, while on the hunt for a coffee or a cold beer towards the end of another long Spanish afternoon. Sitting clumped around tables inside restaurants or spilling out on to their terrazas, are friends, families and colleagues, preserved in the post-prandial moment like replete insects in amber.

Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page to the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on A good place to start -- In this chapter I identify the characteristics, strengths and limitations of authentic assessment; compare and contrast it with traditional (test-based) assessment. Why has authentic assessment become more popular in recent years? When can it best serve assessment needs?

Basic Spanish Phrases for Travel It doesn't take much to be understood in Spanish—the folks who speak it in Latin America and Europe are forgiving of errors and very helpful. A combination of sometimes silly pantomime and Spanish basic words and phrases are what you need most to travel in a Spanish-speaking country. "Please​" and "thank you" go a long way, and a phrasebook is a big help. Greeting People Spanish Interactive Activities, This Spanish Interactive Activities page contains numerous resources that provide interactive activities to use in the Spanish classroom. These are great activities to assign as homework, to teach with, to assign as classroom activity, you name it! Teachers please feel free to use these Spanish teaching resources, but we ask that you respect the copyright and footer information of all of them. The Spanish Alphabet Interactive Activities: Abecedario Interactivo (elementary) many interactive games to learn and practice the Spanish alphabet.Alfabeto (elementary) hover over each letter of the Spanish alphabet and listen to the pronunciation and read the sound each letter makes.“Animalcedario“ (elementary) different interactive alphabet activities.

Guatemala’s biofences are cleaning up Latin American rivers. And it’s thanks to a Facebook video At first glance, the primitive presence sitting low in the water looks like a crocodile. Look again and it’s just a mesh of plastic bottles and netting. What’s going on here? In May, the Forum produced a video on Guatemala’s ‘biofences’ -- plastic bottles meshed together to form barriers across rivers to trap plastic and other waste. The technology is smart, simple and cheap -- using plastic to trap plastic.

Resources | La Ropa | La Casa | La Familia | La Comida | La Salud | Música | | Chistes & Memes | Proficiency & Fluency | Animales | Links | La Ropa Unit Resources for La Ropa Unit 15 Videos, Pictures, and ActivitiesResources for La Moda Unit Pictures and Mexican clothing catalogue La Casa Unit (#La casa) Reach the World Location:Bahía Blanca, Argentina Latitude/Longitude:-38.718299865723, -62.266300201416 Journal Entry: Spanish Children's Stories - The Spanish Experiment Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English. New Pollito Tito Chicken Little How to exploit the full learning potential of an L2 song in the language classroom How to exploit the full learning potential of a target language song in the L2 classroom As Robert Lafayette wrote in his 1973 article ‘Creativity in the foreign language classroom’, ‘songs are often sung the day before a vacation, or on a Friday afternoon or when we have a few extra minutes’. This resonates with my experience, and there is nothing majorly wrong with it – why not having a bit of fun for fun’s sake every now and then, especially when your students’ are tired or in festive mode? It can help create a nice buzz in the classroom, a sense of conviviality and breathes a bit of L2 culture into our lessons.

Coordinator support material Key points What A language policy is a concrete expression of a school’s language philosophy. It outlines goals for language teaching and learning for all student language profiles in the school community. Who The head of school, coordinator, language and literature teachers, language acquisition teachers, language support teachers and MYP leadership team often lead the discussions around developing a language policy. New Unit: Immigration Thanks to the addition of another unexpected day at home (snow day #6), I’ve been able to devote quite a bit of time to the next unit that Spanish IV is going to explore: Immigration in the United States. Before I go any further, I must say that I am indebted to the great, original work of Kara Jacobs @(karacjacobs) and the additions of Pilar Munday (@mundaysa) and @cristinaZimmer4. Next, I would like to say that while this is a unit that I will be using with my Spanish IV students, I think that there is material here that can be used with all levels of proficiency, including novice. I’ve created a database for 29 songs that deal with immigration, 17 videos that deal with immigration and 35 links on the web for authentic resources both in Spanish and in English. This is my Pinterest board, where I have been collecting resources for the past several months. PREGUNTAS ESENCIALES (2-5 Kara Jacobs)

3 Phenomenal Hands-on Spanish Science Lessons for Kids Did you know teaching science is a great way to teach Spanish? Learning is always more meaningful when it is acquired within context, and science lessons give you exactly that. And if you are teaching young children, bringing science into Spanish class is guaranteed to give you their undivided attention. Of course, you will have to make it fun, but no worries! Travel - The confusing way Mexicans tell time When I first stepped foot on Mexican soil, I spoke relatively good Spanish. I was by no means fluent, but I could hold a conversation. So when I asked a local ice-cream seller in downtown Guadalajara when he expected a new delivery of chocolate ice cream, and he said ‘ahorita’, which directly translates to ‘right now’, I took him at his word, believing that its arrival was imminent.

Curriculum The Self-Study Process as a Celebration of Fruition Re-reading the MYP self-study report that I am about to submit has reminded me a lot about the way I saw my father work when I was a child. My father was a jimador, a farmer that grows agave (the … Continue reading