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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 white board, 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 your "go to" activity, we are 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. 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 Engage your students in these activities: Sign a contract on the first day of school promising to use only the target language within your classroom walls. Presentational Mode Have students do these: Create a comic strip. 5 Rules for the 3 Modes They must be authentic. Related:  på engelskaLanguage teaching

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play

Movies and Listening Comprehension in FOCAL SKILLS Programs Clinging to the face of a cliff, Indiana Jones watches as crocodiles devour his enemies in the river far below. Westley kisses Buttercup after rescuing her from the evil Prince Humperdinck. Kevin whoops in glee as the Wet Bandits are hauled off to jail. Teachers in IEPs using the FOCAL SKILLS approach have developed a specialized movie technique for accelerating the growth of students' listening comprehension. FOCAL SKILLS is built around the concept of "functional skill integration," (Hastings 1995), which means simply that students' stronger language skills are used as tools for building their weaker skills. The Listening Module meets for three hours daily, with a fourth hour normally reserved for elective classes. In designing the instruction for the Listening Module, we are faced with several challenges. Movies help us meet all three of these challenges. the students' understanding of the story. Dozens of movies have been used successfully in this way.

The Science of Classroom Design [Infographic] - Blog | USC Rossier Online Studies show that the quality of your classroom environment is a significant determinant of student learning. Classrooms that are painted with color, lighted with full-spectrum lighting, and devoid of visual noise result in improved academic performance and decreased disruptive, off-task behavior. The following infographic was created by USC Rossier Online, the online master of arts in teaching degree offered through the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California, to help teachers, parents and school administrators understand the power of brain-friendly learning environments The Science of Classroom Design [Full Size Here] Brought to you by USC Rossier's Masters of Arts (MAT) Online Teaching Degree Embed this graphic on your site:

Languages | Teaching Ideas Join our email newsletter to receive free updates! Close Search for Ideas and Resources Filter Results Menu Languages Browse this collection of display materials, resources and great ideas for your language lessons. Filter by age Filter by subject (Select all / Select none) Filter by type Select All German Day Ideas If you're planning to spend a day (or week / term) teaching children about life in Germany, explore our collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and classroom activities! View French Day Ideas Are you planning to hold a French day with the children in your class... or a special week / term of activities related to France? View Spanish Classroom Phrases A selection of printable cards showing useful classroom phrases in Spanish. View German Days of the Week A handy set of printable vocabulary posters, showing the days of the week on German flags. View French Days of the Week A collection of vocabulary labels, on French flags, showing the days of the week. View Using the Umlaute View View View View

A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films Image credit: iStockphoto For many of us, Oscar week can serve as the annual reminder of how many great grown-up films we have yet to see, and how many kids' movies we've already seen -- over and over and over. Next time you're faced with indoor recess or a snow day, movie night or a free period before a holiday, resist the temptation to pop in Finding Nemo or Shrek (though I love these, too), and use the opportunity to take a journey around the world. Of all the great global learning tools out there, films from diverse countries are among of my very favorites. The Benefits of Active Viewing First and foremost, a good movie draws us in, and we simply enjoy the experience. Pre-screen movie trailers or short clips, easily accessible through YouTube or Vimeo, and archive your favorites to fill a gap on a rainy day or to weave into literature, social studies, music, art or science lessons. Don't shy away from subtitles, either. 6 Foreign Films for Every Classroom Ponyo (all ages)

The FOCAL SKILLS Approach to Language Education | International Center for FOCAL SKILLS | ICFS 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom Editor's Note: Author David Bill is a designer and educator who consulted with The Third Teacher+ on the Remake Your Class project highlighted in the videos below. The tips in this post go along with the companion video. We are excited by the simplicity (and low price tag!) of this great redesign. Hope you'll share any of your own tips in the comments area below. If you're thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process. 1. Students are your primary users and should be at the center of such a remake process. Create Visual Inspiration Ask parents, colleagues or friends to donate a variety of appropriate magazines. Digitally, you can utilize Pinterest as a way for to create a "board" of inspiration. Students Define Pain Points 10x10x10 Student Helpers 2. Word Association

Communicative activities Looking for Strategies and Activities? Click Here! What are Communicative Activities? Communicative activities include any activities that encourage and require a learner to speak with and listen to other learners, as well as with people in the program and community. Furthermore, research on second language acquisition (SLA) suggests that more learning takes place when students are engaged in relevant tasks within a dynamic learning environment rather than in traditional teacher-led classes (Moss & Ross-Feldman, 2003). How do I know to what degree an activity is communicative? Many teachers make the mistake of thinking they are getting their learners to speak, when in fact, the learner is not. Consider the following questions. Singing? back to top What are the benefits and challenges of using communicative activities? BICS & CALP Explained by Jim Cummins