Students will choose a real estate property for rent or sale in a target language-speaking city to research. After choosing a property, students will record information that they can understand from the website, such as price, size, number of rooms, year of construction, date of availability, location, and special features. Students will be using the interpretive mode of communication, as well as strengthening their understanding of products and practices of the culture.
This activity was created as a result of the World Languages COS Resource Development Summit.
Students will research sights to see in a German-speaking city on an official tourism website in the target language. Students will create a suggested travel itinerary for a weekend visit to the city. (This lesson includes 2 phases, uploaded as separate learning activities.)
This activity was created as a result of the World Languages COS Resource Development Summit.
Students will choose a restaurant in a target language city to research and visit virtually. Students will then write a review of the restaurant and finally complete an unrehearsed conversation with a classmate about their experiences during their virtual visit. (This lesson includes 3 phases, uploaded as separate learning activities.)
This activity was created as a result of the World Languages COS Resource Development Summit.
Students will explore the products and practices of the Hispanic Culture as it relates to the celebration of Quinceañeras. Students will participate in a digital escape game and will have to use critical thinking to solve puzzles that require the application of cultural knowledge and interpretation of basic target language usage.
This activity was created as a result of the World Languages Course of Study Resource Development Summit.
This lesson challenges students studying Spanish to examine their own culture and demonstrates the need to step outside of personal views and examine things from another perspective. Through the use of an authentic resource, Level 1 Spanish students will examine the word Americano. This word evokes passion and pride for those in the U.S., but it also evokes the same emotions for all people located on the American continent. For this reason, the term estadounidense is much more culturally appropriate when referring to someone from the United States.
This lesson is intended to be the first introduction to verb conjugations in level one. This introduction to conjugation relies on students discovering verb conjugations and testing a hypothesis by using the interpretive mode of communication. Students will initially watch a short clip in the target language, create a hypothesis on how verbs are conjugated, and finally will put their hypothesis into action in a simple interpretive mode activity.
This activity was created as a result of the World Languages Course of Study Resource Development Summit.
This novice mid to novice high French activity allows students to review and use food vocabulary. The warm-up activity requires students to match food items with printed sentences describing each photo. These photos and sentences cards are provided in the resource. Students are then asked to plan two days' worth of meals. On day one they are to select and describe home-cooked meals and on day two they are to select restaurant meals. After creating their meal plans, students ask each other about the meals they have chosen using interpersonal speaking skills.
This printable map illustrates the numbered arrondissements in Paris. The pdf can be printed individually for students or enlarged to create a poster to hang in the room. It is a great tool for novice French learners as they learn numbers as well as the key landmarks throughout Paris. A suggested activity is to have students work in pairs. One student asks where is a certain landmark. The second student replies with the correct number of the arrondissement.
This novice low to novice mid French activity includes 2 interactive games that review vocabulary related to school supplies. First a Kahoot game is prepared allowing students to use their phones, ipads, chromebooks or other devices to play against each other in the classroom to see who can identify each classroom item the fastest. In the second game, the teacher uses a prepared slide presentation to show pictures of individual items. Students look through their own personal belongings to see if they can locate the item. The first person to locate and correctly provide the French name for the item gets the point.
This novice low French activity guides students through a series of greetings and introductions. Students start with a warm up that asks them to create a conversation using a series of pre-printed cards. Once students decide the correct order of the cards they are to act out the conversation presented on the cards. Students are then asked to each select a card that identifies the role they will play in the activity. Pretending to be the person on the card, students will move around the room introducing themselves and greeting others. Students are also given the opportunity to select a 'time of day' card to indicate whether the conversation should take place in the morning, noon, or evening. This allows students to vary their conversations as they move around the room. As an extension activity, teachers can demonstrate proper gestures used in greetings and have students include these in their conversations.
This novice mid to novice high French activity reinforces clothing vocabulary through music. Students listen to a French song by the rap group Omnikrom. Before starting the song, students use the provided pdf to answer a series of pre-activity questions before moving on to the song itself. Afterward, they are provided comprehension questions to check for understanding. Students are also asked to identify lyrics pertaining to clothing and fashion that appear throughout the song. This particular song specifically uses a dialect from Quebec. At the end of the activity, students explore differences noted in this dialect.
This printable resource contains a printed clock labeled with Chinese numbers. Students can use this as a resource when learning to tell time in the target language. One option is to print a page for each student and attach clock hands using a brad. The teacher should call out a time and have students set their clocks to the corresponding time. Teachers can look at the clocks to easily check for understanding of the topic. Another option is to print the clock and insert it into a page protector. Using a dry-erase marker, students can draw the clock hands to match a time called out by the teacher. These hands can then be erased so that the teacher can call out more times, or have students take turns calling out times. This resource is most useful for novice low Chinese learners.
This printable resource is perfect for writing out classroom schedules in Chinese. The printout has space for students to write out 7 classes that they attend at school. There is enough room for added descriptions such as teacher's name, room number, or adjectives describing the class. This activity is particularly useful for novice low language learners as they learn school-related vocabulary and descriptions. Teachers can choose to print a copy for each student and have each student write out their current schedule. Another option is to have students work in pairs and discuss their classes. Each student can write down the schedule of their partner as they listen to the information provided in the target language.
This novice low German activity allows students to practice their listening skills as well as the German alphabet. Students will listen to an audio file that spells out 6 different names in German. Students can complete this activity individually by entering their answers on the site or teachers can download the file to play the activity offline in class. Those who complete the activity online will be able to check their work using the automatic grading feature.
This novice low to novice mid activity introduces German students to children's counting rhymes. Students listen to four different audio files. As they do, they fill in the missing words in the accompanying cloze activity. Once finished students are able to check their work automatically. Teachers can also choose to download the file so that the activity can be completed offline or in class as a whole. To achieve presentational speaking standards students can recite their favorite rhyme.
The linked resource is a set of 28, full-color, printable animal cards that are perfect for a variety of Spanish learners. Each card features a full-color animal image along with the Spanish name for the featured animal. These cards include animals from the following ecosystems: Desert, Rain Forest, Ocean, and the Arctic. These animal cards can be used with novice low learners but the animals featured are those that upper-level students are more likely to encounter during environmental units (intermediate proficiency levels). Lower levels can use the cards to help students identify the words associated with each animal. Intermediate levels can have students each hold up a card and ask questions to a partner about the animal and the ecosystem it belongs to.
This novice-mid to novice-high French activity allows students to review material learned in lower-level French classes. This is an interactive Jeopardy board that can be played on the linked site or can be downloaded or embedded where needed. Students can select how many teams will play. The categories in this game include Vocabulary, Perfect Tense, Indirect Objects, Demonstrative Adjectives, and Cultural Facts. This would be useful in preparation for a semester exam or at the start of the following school year to review earlier vocabulary.
This novice mid to novice high German activity introduces students to the world of German football or soccer. Students start by examining the lyrics to two popular soccer songs sung by fans, specifically paying attention to adjectives used to describe the teams. Then they try their hand at creating a stanza for their own favorite team. Special emphasis is placed on using plural subjects such as we and they. Afterward, students are asked to compare what they have learned about soccer fans in Germany to sports fans near their home.
This novice mid to novice high French activity reinforces education and school vocabulary in a song about education in France during the 1960s. The featured song is Sacré Charlemagne by France Gall. Students start by discussing prior knowledge of music from the time period. Students then complete a cloze activity by listening for key lyrics during the song followed by a series of comprehension questions. Finally, students analyze the cultural components of the song including why Charlemagne is 'blamed' for students having to go to school. (Charlemagne, sometimes nicknamed the Father of Europe, played a big role in early education reform.) Students will also notice the references to no school on Thursday, opening a discussion of comparisons between the US and French education. (Note: In 1972, the French government changed the off day from Thursday to Wednesday.)
This novice low to novice mid-Chinese activity reviews common radicals with students. Students start by watching a short video that shows how radicals are used to form other words. Then, students play Bingo to practice the radicals that they have learned. The teacher holds up one of the 24 pre-printed radical cards. Students each have one of 10 different pre-printed bingo boards. All necessary resources to play this game are included except for Bingo card markers. Beans, buttons, coins, or any other small item will work as a game marker. Teachers can also put the cards in sheet protectors so students can write on them with dry-erase markers.
This novice low to novice mid-Chinese activity allows students to review material learned in lower-level Chinese classes. This is an interactive Jeopardy board that can be played on the linked site or can be downloaded or embedded where needed. Students can select how many teams will play. The categories in this game include Transportation, Shopping, School Life, Studying, and Cultural Facts. This would be useful in preparation for a semester exam or at the start of the following school year to review earlier vocabulary.
This French music activity was created for novice low to novice high students. Students start by sharing background knowledge in English about French-speaking Cajun people groups in the United States. Students then listen to the French language song Ma Louisianne by Zachary Richard and complete a provided cloze activity while they listen. The lyrics to the song are printed in French. After working through the song, students end with a guided cultural discussion as students reflect upon the song and its use of the language.
This novice low French activity is a fun way to start the first day of class. Foux da fafa is by a comedic group from New Zealand called Flight of the Conchords. The song is a parody of words and expressions that students typically learn in introductory French courses such as foods and greetings. Their comedic approach offers students an opportunity to see what they recognize before beginning the course. A printable PDF is included to guide students through preliminary and post-activity questions. A French-language copy of the lyrics is also included in the PDF to help students recognize cognates as they listen to the song.
This novice mid-French activity introduces students to two Senegal singers, Amadou Bagayoko & Mariam Doumbia. The song brings attention to the difficulties facing those who immigrate from poorer to wealthier countries. The included video offers a more detailed view of this West African culture and offers visuals to help put the lyrics in context. A printable PDF is provided to guide students as they watch and listen to the song. They will check comprehension through a series of true and false questions and focus on listening skills as they complete a cloze activity during the chorus.
This novice low to novice mid activity introduces French students to the authentic resource, Paris Match. This online version of the popular magazine is much like People or Time magazine in the United States. Students are provided a printable PDF that keeps them on task as they search through the website looking for recognizable words and cognates. They start by examining the person featured on the current cover and are then asked to choose an article in which to look over and gather basic information, making inferences into what the article is about.
Vocabulary Bingo is a common activity for any novice level language classroom. This printable game board is ready to be used for any vocabulary topic. An additional printout is posted in the comment section for those who would like to print smaller boards, two to a page. To play Bingo, students should write a vocabulary word from their current unit in each box on the board. Teachers of novice low students show photos of items and students mark off the corresponding vocabulary word if it appears on their board. Teachers of novice mid or high students should read a sentence describing a vocabulary word. Students use the definitions to identify the vocabulary word and mark it off if the word appears on their board.
This activity is popular among novice low and novice mid students who are learning lots of vocabulary across a wide variety of topics. This printable game card is fashioned after the popular board game Scattergories. Each student or student team is provided a card. The teacher calls out a letter of the alphabet and students write down a vocabulary word that starts with that letter and that represents the categories on the game card. After two to three minutes the teacher calls time and students stop writing. Students share their words with others. If any other student has the same word then that word does not count. Only students with unique words that were not written by others will receive a point. This challenges students to think about more advanced vocabulary rather than using the most common words. The categories on the card include the following: Names, Food, Places, Clothing, Animals, Body, House, School, and City.
This novice mid to novice high French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to gather information as the speakers describe the homes they live in and who does the chores at their house. Students gather their information on a prepared printable worksheet. This activity is divided into 2 separate sections that can be used together or separately. Students are also provided questions to use as they interview each other about their homes and chores. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key grammar points in these audio clips include: Present Tense
This novice mid to novice high French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to gather information as the speakers describe what he or she likes to watch on TV, listen to on the radio, and surf online. Students gather their information on a prepared printable worksheet. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key grammar points in these audio clips include: LIkes and Dislikes, Present Tense
This novice mid to novice high French activity guides students as they plan a weekend trip in France. Students use an authentic resource online to plan their trip during this 2-day activity. The printable worksheet provides a place for students to record the information they gather from the French language travel website. On day one, students find 2 locations of interest and gather information such as the region and activities. On day two, students work in groups of three to interview each other about their trips using provided French questions. They will then select one trip to present as a group. For homework, students write a paragraph describing their trip in French.
This novice mid to novice high German activity guides students as they create their own learning activity. Students start by researching the country of Austria and brainstorming cultural topics for their project. Once they select a theme, they create a list of vocabulary terms needed to complete their project and then work to locate websites that will teach other classmates about the chosen cultural topic. Finally, students create activities that can be completed by using the chosen resources. After finalizing their created activity, students share their activities with others. While this activity specifically focuses on Austria, this activity can be repeated with a variety of target language locations.
This novice low to novice mid French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to record basic information such as where they are from, where they live, and their hobbies. After using interpretive listening skills to gather this information, students record their findings on a printable worksheet. Students then write about themselves providing the same information. There is a second activity that repeats this process. In the second activity each person describes his or her family. The two activities can be used together or separately. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
This novice low -novice mid French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to record basic information as each introduces themselves including where they are from and where they work. A second activity repeats the process except for this time, students listen to identify who each speaker is introducing. Students wrap up the activities by responding to group discussion questions in English. The two activities can be used together or separately. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key Grammar Points used in this activity include: To Be, Nouns, Subject Pronouns.
This novice low to novice mid French activity leads students through an exploration of an authentic resource online. Students use a printable worksheet to guide them through an investigation of a French cinema site. Students start by examining the current movie titles and look to see which are American films and which are foreign films. Students are also asked to note the times that movies are shown and to examine the use of the 24-hour clock. Students also participate in a simulated French conversation in which they roleplay attending one of the movies that are currently playing.
This printable Spanish resource is an infographic in the target language focusing on the need to wash hands regularly. It is appropriate for novice high to intermediate low students. Seven different formal affirmative commands are used in context allowing students to see how these commands are used in formal writing. This document also demonstrates how pronouns are used with affirmative commands. Students can use this infographic to identify the health-related vocabulary words used throughout the authentic resource. If time allows, students can create their own health-related instructional poster.
This novice mid to novice high German activity encourages students to listen to an authentic resource as they use interpretive listening skills to gather information about the song's content. Students start with a prelistening activity before listening to the song. Throughout the song, they are asked to complete a cloze activity to help guide them through the lyrics and improve their listening comprehension skills within this mostly present tense song. Finally, students are encouraged to use vocabulary gained through the previous activities to create their own version of the song as they write about something that is dear to them.
This novice low to novice mid-French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to gather information as the speakers describe themselves, describe celebrities, and compare French and American stereotypes. This activity is split into three different sections and each can be used as a group or separately. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key grammar points in these audio clips include: adjectives
This novice low to novice mid-French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to gather basic information pertaining to weather, this weekend, next weekend, and vacations. After using interpretive listening skills to gather this information, students record their findings on a printable worksheet. Each section is separated allowing students to focus on one task at a time while listening to the provided links. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key Grammar Points in these activities include near future, to go, prepositions with places.
This novice mid to novice high French activity allows students to gather information from four different heritage French speakers: Franck, J-C, Stephanie, and Virginie. Students are asked to gather information as the speakers describe the foods they eat and their favorite foods. This activity is split into three different sections and each can be used as a group or separately. French language questions are also included so that students can interview each other about favorite foods. The links to the interviews used in this activity are posted in the comment section below. Each video provides optional French and English transcripts.
Key grammar points in these audio clips include questions words, asking questions, and IR verbs in the present tense.
This paired French activity guides novice high to intermediate low students through an interpersonal conversation about careers. Using the provided checklist, one partner interviews the other about his career preferences. Then, using a target language website, each student researches the top two careers chosen by their partner. Students finally choose the job they feel is best for their partner and give a verbal presentation to the class explaining why they selected a specific job for their classmate.
This novice low to novice mid activity allows students to hear vocabulary in context as they watch and analyze a video of friends meeting at a discotech. Students are also able to observe culturally appropriate gestures that are important to the greeting process within the Spanish culture. Students start by discussing greetings within their own culture then compare these ideas with those observed in the video interaction. They are also given an opportunity to examine how informal tones appear both through gestures and grammar usage. After copying vocabulary words and phrases onto the provided worksheet, students are asked to create and participate in their own conversations. A rubric is provided to assist in assessing the interpersonal task.
In this novice-mid Spanish activity, students rely on family vocabulary to read a short passage in Spanish. After each section, they are asked to check their reading comprehension skills by answering multiple-choice questions in English. Students follow up this activity by using presentational writing skills to write about their own families. Finally, a short reflection activity or exit slip is included to wrap up the lesson.
This novice-mid to novice-high German activity introduces students to the Inde-Rockband Sportfreunde Stiller. The musicians are big soccer fans and created a song highlighting the few championships that Germany claims. They rewrote the song in 2010 in anticipation of another big win. Students are asked to study both the song and the lyrics to determine the goal of each version of the song. They are provided a copy of the German lyrics and asked to compare the 2006 and 2010 versions to identify differences. Students are also asked to identify the numbers used in the song and write them out to practice numerical vocabulary words. Finally, students examine other key vocabulary words and phrases throughout the authentic text.
In this novice-mid to novice-high German activity, students will explore the Bundesliga website, an authentic resource that provides up-to-date information on the world of German Football, or soccer. Students are first asked to identify key vocabulary words related to sports. Then, using this site, each student reviews the 18 Bundesliga teams and selects one on which to investigate further and prepare a report to share with their peers.
This novice mid to novice high German activity leads students through an authentic website as they explore topics important to German families. Vocabulary covered in this activity includes gift giving, celebrations, leisure activities, and more. As students search this site, they are guided by an activity guide that asks them to first identify key vocabulary, followed by individual exploration throughout the site to look at topics of personal interest. After exploring on their own for a bit, students are directed to specific sections of the site where they will use their interpretive reading skills to identify and explore perspectives behind family celebrations.
This novice-low to novice-high German activity introduces students to an authentic website as they explore the website of one of Germany's insurance companies. Students start by identifying key information on the website such as address and telephone number. They are then directed to the section of the website that deals with prevention and asked to explore the dental information. Finally, they learn to access the medical glossary on the website and use it to explore health-related vocabulary.
In this novice-mid to novice-high German activity, students investigate popular German magazines to gather basic information. Students start by choosing one of three authentic resources to explore. They examine the front page of the current magazine and make inferences into who the target audience may be. They then select one article of interest and write a paragraph describing what is occurring (novice low-novice mid) or what happened (novice high-intermediate low). Students finish the activity by sharing their findings with classmates.
This novice mid to novice high German activity introduces students to a variety of online German shopping sites. Students are provided links to a variety of German grocery stores and asked to demonstrate an understanding of written language by gathering information in the target language to create a shopping list. Students are then asked to explore another set of shopping links to look for deals. As they look through these sites they are asked to respond to a specific list of questions to keep them on task.
This three-minute Spanish language video, produced by a Mexican news network, is an authentic resource that takes students on a tour of Barcelona. Novice level students (level 1) can use this authentic resource to recognize arts and other graphic representations of the target culture as they identify the key cultural elements in the video such as the port, La Rambla, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and Camp Nou Stadium. Intermediate and advanced level students can interpret what is heard to comprehend the target language while identifying (level 2), investigating (level 3) and analyzing (levels 4 & 5) the perspectives of the architectural artwork found throughout Barcelona.
This novice mid to novice high German activity allows students to explore an authentic German website as they learn about television programming in Germany. To start with, students compare German television with the television programs available in the US. Students then demonstrate an understanding of simple written language by searching the site to gather specific information based on programs they would like to watch. Finally, students wrap up the activity by identifying the differences between public and private broadcasters in Germany.
This canvas-based site offers a series of short, interpretive listening assessments in Spanish. There are 3 novice level, 8 intermediate level, and 2 advanced level video clips. Each activity should last no longer than 5 minutes making it a perfect start of a class activity or end-of-class comprehension check. Students listen to heritage or native speakers and then answer 5 multiple choice questions to assess their comprehension. The activities can be integrated into an existing Canvas course or used as a stand-alone activity.
This novice mid to novice high Spanish activity requires students to use interpretive listening skills as they listen to an authentic resource. The included video is an interview with a native speaker from Madrid. Students are encouraged to gather basic information such as name, nationality, and greeting styles. After gathering this information students participate in an interpersonal communicative task as they hold a similar conversation with a partner. Finally, they use presentational skills to present to one of their classmates.
This Spanish infographic is unique in that it uses affirmative tú commands, both regular and irregular, to promote nutrition. This two-sided graphic introduces students to the MiPlato/My Plate program which is referenced in student health and nutrition programs throughout the state. The front of the graphic identifies the key food groups and suggests ways to stay healthy. The back identifies each food group and lists a variety of foods (vocabulary words) for each group. This particular authentic resource is perfect for reinforcing food vocabulary with novice mid to intermediate low students.
This Spanish language video was created specifically for novice mid to novice high students. It introduces students to a variety of technology-related vocabulary by identifying and explaining various parts of a computer or laptop. This resource connects easily with Alabama's Digital Literacy standards. A printable transcript is provided for teacher or student use. The provided link relies on Latin American Spanish but an option to view a Spain version is included. Open the Guía Didáctica to access a set of printable activities that can be used by students as they watch and work with this video resource.
This Spanish language video was created specifically for novice low beginning students. It introduces students to 50 cognates, showing them that there are lots of similarities between Spanish and English. This is a great way to activate previous knowledge before introducing new material to students. A printable transcript is provided for teacher or student use. The provided link relies on Latin American Spanish but an option to view a Spain version is included. A set of printable activities is included to accompany this video.
Novice mid and novice high Spanish students work with a series of infographics focusing on fruits and vegetables. Each student is encouraged to gather specific information from the authentic resource they are assigned. After gathering the required information students complete an interpersonal communicative activity by interviewing their peers about the other infographics.
This link offers novice low to novice high German students an opportunity to hear a variety of people introduce themselves while sharing where they are from, the languages they speak, their age, occupation, and their nationalities. There are two different audio resources, each with 5 different interviews. As students listen to each they are challenged to write down the speaker's nationality, age, occupation, language, and country of origin. After completing the interpretive listening tasks, students are then asked to engage in interpersonal conversations using a provided list of basic introductory questions in German.
This novice-high to intermediate-low French activity focuses on housing vocabulary. Students use an authentic online resource to search for and locate a place to rent in Paris using a specific set of target language guidelines. Students are asked to gather specific information about their chosen location while using their vocabulary skills.
This novice-mid to novice-high Spanish activity encourages students to gather information from heritage speakers about how various holidays are celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Students gather information from the video recordings and compare their findings to celebration practices from within their own culture and eventually plan a party of their own. This full class period activity includes various stages requiring students to work individually, in pairs, and in groups.
This novice-mid to novice-high French activity explores the online Menu for Paris's famous Les Deux Magots Cafe. Students explore authentic resources as they search through the cafe's website and menu looking for recognizable words and cognates. Students are asked to examine the menu and identify starters, main dishes, and desserts. As a follow-up activity, students are encouraged the print the menu and use it to role-play ordering a meal at Les Deux Magots.
This resource provides a large variety of authentic audio and video clips by native speakers from around the Spanish-speaking world. Clips are organized by proficiency level (beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced, and superior) and by topic. Each video clip provides resources to assist in interpretive listening activities including a Spanish language transcript, an optional English translation, a list of related vocabulary, and review of covered grammar points. These audio and video clips make it easy for students to analyze spoken language as they explore various dialects and compare language usage with their own.
This novice-mid Spanish activity combines emotions, personalities, and animals into a unique interactive unit. A Google Slide Presentation guides students and teachers through a warm-up, key activity, and wrap-up. During the warm-up students describe emotions using the provided emotion cards. Students then use interpretive reading skills to take a target language personality quiz and determine which animal best represents their personality. This quiz is similar to those studied in Psychology classes. Finally, students work in groups to use presentational writing and speaking skills to share their strengths and weaknesses based on their quiz results.
This website offers direct links to 11 different Chinese language newspapers. These authentic materials in the target langauge were published for Chinese speakers and provide lots of interpretive reading practice for students as they explore current events from throughout China.
This set of printable posters features the key question words taught in novice Spanish courses. Each printable highlights one single question word and includes an image so that students can make connections with the new vocabulary without relying on direct translations. Included words are: ¿Qué?, ¿Quién?, ¿Quiénes?, ¿Cuándo?, ¿Por qué?, ¿Cómo?, ¿Cuáles?, ¿Cuántos?, ¿Dónde?
This website offers direct links to a variety of German-language newspapers from around Europe. These authentic materials in the target language were published for German speakers and provide lots of interpretative reading practice for students as they explore current events from the German-speaking world. Resources are well organized and provided from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.
In this novice-mid to novice-high activity, students will participate in an interpersonal conversation as they share details about their daily routines. This lesson provides a blank schedule for students to fill out before comparing their schedules with peers.
This website offers direct links to over 30 French-language newspapers from around the globe. These authentic materials in the target language were published for French speakers and provide lots of interpretative reading practice for students as they explore current events from the French-speaking world. Resources are well organized and provided from Canada, France, Tunisia, and Switzerland
This website offers direct links to a variety of Spanish language newspapers from the United States and around the globe. These authentic materials in the target language were published for Spanish speakers and provide lots of interpretative reading practice for students as they explore current events from the Latino world. Resources are well organized and provided from Argentina, Canary Islands, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Spain, the United States and more.
This is a novice, mid-high level Spanish listening activity in which students watch an authentic resource (McDonald´s commercial) while interpreting the information provided. The activity includes a link to the commercial on YouTube and a cloze activity for students to complete while watching. Three personal connection questions are provided to allow students an opportunity to practice writing or speaking skills as they compare the gathered information to their personal lives.
This is a novice mid to high Spanish language activity that encourages students to interact with an authentic text and engage in conversations using travel vocabulary. In this detailed activity, students begin by playing a premade Kahoot game that encourages a review of travel-related vocabulary. Students then participate in a Spanish language Buzz Feed quiz to determine what type of things they like and dislike on vacation. Finally, students engage in interpersonal conversations about their travel styles. A Google slide presentation is provided to guide teachers through this activity.
This novice-high to intermediate-high German activity provides resources necessary for completing a series of communicative and interpretive tasks as students explore the world of fast food using a variety of authentic resources. Interpretive reading skills are used as students explore a target language menu. Audio files and video files are included for interpretive listening tasks. Other printable resources (including a menu) are included to assist in interpersonal communicative tasks as students practice ordering food. The resources are carefully chosen to introduce students to a wide variety of authentic foods, introducing them to culturally appropriate products. The included activities can be adapted for a variety of levels in middle school and high school German classes.