This novice mid to novice high French activity leads students through the process of inviting others to a variety of events. Then, they are challenged with the task of accepting or rejecting the invitations using the target language. A slide presentation is provided to guide the class through the activity. After a brief warm-up that reviews necessary vocabulary, students are given 5 minutes to plan a fun activity using a set of provided activity cards as a guide. They will then take turns sharing their written invitations and have students verbally accept or reject each invite using the targeted vocabulary.
This novice low to novice mid activity asks students to use google maps to explore a city in France. Using google maps, students work in groups to locate a town of their choice. They then look around that location to find one of the following establishments: bakery, bank, cafe, cinema, post office, or laundry facilities. Students will use the provided chart to fill in the name and location of each establishment. They create a map (digital using google maps or hand drawn on paper) showing where each location is.
This novice low to novice mid Chinese activity helps students describe their daily routines. The activity starts off by quickly reviewing how to tell time using a provided clock printout (with Chinese numbers). Students then randomly select 4-5 activity cards (provided) and use these verbs to create a daily schedule. The goal is to be creative based on the actions that were drawn. Upper level students can use these resources to work in pairs to interview each other about their daily activities.
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.
Many students are familiar with the popular game Taboo. This resource allows novice high to intermediate low Spanish students the opportunity to practice vocabulary while playing this game. The linked cards specifically review vocabulary associated with nationalities and other countries. Students are asked to draw a card and describe the featured nationality or nation posted on the card without using the prohibited words. Each classmate that guesses correctly gets a point. However, if the speaker uses one of the prohibited words then they lose a point.
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 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 interactive activity requires students to comprehend a set of instructions written in the informal tú form. Students then present their own informal commands as they complete their posters. Over 30 unfinished poster printouts are included with this activity each fashioned after the popular ´Stay Calm And....¨ posters. These should be placed around the room or throughout the school. Students will follow a set of teacher-prepared instructions written with informal commands in order to locate their posters. Once they are successful they are to return to the starting location and complete their poster for display in the classroom.
This resource offers a list of 180 questions that cover a variety of Spanish proficiency from novice mid to intermediate mid. This diverse list of questions can be used at the start of class as a bellringer to practice presentational writing or speaking skills. If the class focus is writing, students should take no more than 5 minutes to write freely about the assigned topic. If the class focus is speaking, students should take 2 minutes to gather their thoughts then use an online recorder to record their response. Responses should be adjusted in length based on level. Finally, allow students one minute to reflect on their work. If the class focus is on interpersonal speaking then students should work in pairs to discuss the assigned topic for no more than 5 minutes.
Novice level Spanish students are learning to describe events using present tense. As they learn to conjugate in the present they face challenging stem-changing verbs. These 11 posters each feature a common classroom question that uses the stem-changing verb poder in context. By hanging these printable posters around the classroom, students are constantly reminded of how to use this difficult verb. As much as possible, students should be encouraged to ask common questions in Spanish when they need to visit the office, locker, library, nurse, or restroom.
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 ready-to-use printable is a guide for a novice level country research project. Students are each assigned a Spanish speaking country and then asked to use the printout as a guide to investigate their specific country. Students look up demographic and cultural information including capital, population, currency, national symbols, traditional foods, and current events. The printable includes a location to draw the country's flag and another to draw out a map of the country including key geographical features such as rivers, mountain ranges, lakes, and neighboring countries.
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 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 middle school-aged activity shows young students how artists can use their work to inspire change for the good of individuals and their communities. In this activity, students examine two different posters designed by Puerto Rican artists to convey a positive message. After examining these pieces of art students work in groups to brainstorm a list of issues that affect their school or community. Then, they select one to focus on to share with the class. Working as a group, students will create a bilingual slogan to promote their chosen issue as well as a poster to present to the class. As an extension students can display their posters around the school in an effort to meet the community standards. This activity is provided in both English and Spanish. Novice level students should complete the activities in English but their posters should include bilingual messages. Intermediate-level students should complete the activities completely in the target language.
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.
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 is a novice-high Spanish activity in which students create a video describing their daily routine in Spanish. Printable project instructions, planning templates, and a rubric are included within the resource. Students use the included resources to work individually or in groups as they use presentational speaking skills to tell about their daily routines. This activity will also give students a chance to examine how reflexive verbs are used when describing routines. Students can use reflexive verbs in either present or preterit tense, depending on their proficiency level.
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 gives students an opportunity to see German weather phrases used in context. Students start by exploring an authentic website to gather information about current weather in Germany. An activity page created in the target language is provided to guide students through the activity. After exploring the weather in Germany, they are asked to create a German forecast for their own hometown.
This novice-high to intermediate-low writing activity encourages German students to use an authentic website to write get-well cards to their peers in class. The instructions ask students to select a German card from the site, write an email, and then send it to a friend in class. Those who are novice learners should be sure to write in the present tense and focus on asking how their friend feels and what is going on. Those who have learned to communicate using the past tense can ask what happened or other past-tense questions.
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 pdf file contains a Spanish version of the USDA's mi plato with the labeled food groups. This printable page is the same that is presented in Science and Health classroom allowing teachers to easily connect their lessons with other subject areas. This Spanish version can be used to label and categorize food vocabulary and to facilitate discussion about healthy food choices in the target language. Suggested activities are posted in the comments below.
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 language activity allows students to use their clothing vocabulary skills to show off their creative side. Students design clothing items for a store or store catalog and use presentational language skills to identify the items and their descriptions. The addition of sizes and prices will encourage students to explore the differences between shopping in the US and another country. The lesson link includes a student instructional page and a pre-made rubric to assist with grading. This activity could easily be adapted for use in any language classroom.
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 hands-on lesson provides examples in French but is easily adaptable for all languages. Students work in groups to design fashionable outfits for paper dolls. Once finished they use presentational writing skills to describe the outfit using clothing vocabulary learned in class and then present their script and outfit to the class. This lesson requires preparation ahead of time but a detailed list of supplies is provided along with a step-by-step lesson plan and student instruction sheet. The entire assignment is based on the popular television show Project Runway. Suggestions for extending the activity and for increasing difficulty for upper levels are included in the link.
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 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.