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Saved by the Bell: Education Around the World

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Author: Nicholas Gossett
Organization:University of South Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2138
Title:
Saved by the Bell: Education Around the World
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

This lesson is intended for students with at least a proficiency rating of Intermediate High. Students will have to read, analyze, synthesize, and present information on education in both their own country and in a country of the target culture being studied. Students will learn how to search for information in the target language as well as how to present using academic language in the target language.

<>This activity was created as a result of the World Languages Course of Study Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
1) Communicate and share on familiar and new topics in various time frames and moods using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

a. Talk about daily activities and personal preferences in various time frames and moods using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

b. Complete a task that requires multiple steps.

c. Exchange information about areas of mutual interest.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Interpersonal Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • exchange information related to areas of mutual interest.
  • use language to do a task that requires multiple steps.
  • use language to handle a situation that may have a complication.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • a variety of time frames and moods.
  • how to ask and answer questions.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid & High Level
Students are able to:
  • exchange information related to areas of mutual interest.
  • use language to do a task that requires multiple steps.
  • use language to handle a situation that may have a complication.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
3) Present information on a wide variety of both familiar and new topics using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure in various time frames and moods.

a. Present information about personal and social events, experiences, and activities.

b. Present information on a topic studied or researched.

c. Present points of view and provide reasons to support them.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Communication
Modes Of Communication:
Presentational Mode
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • write or present about school and academic topics.
  • write about work and career topics.
  • write about community topics and events.
  • write about entertainment or social events .
  • present their point of view and give supporting reasons.
  • present about events, activities or topics of interest.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • the target language vocabulary for specific topics.
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
Skills:
Intermediate Mid & High Level
Students are able to:
  • create materials about their community for visitors from the target culture.
  • prepare stories or brief written reports about personal experiences, events, or other school subjects to share with others.
  • create and narrate a presentation on a current global concern.
  • prepare an oral or written summary of the plot and characters in selected pieces of literature.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
  • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
  • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
5) Analyze perspectives through products of the target cultures.

a. Analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to government, education, religion, and economics.

b. Interact with music and short video clips.

c. Listen to, read, and analyze the function of products used in selected texts.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Culture
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to government, education, religion, and economics.
  • interact with music and short video clips.
  • listen to, read, and analyze the function of products used in selected texts.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • background knowledge of the target culture.
Skills:
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • nvestigate the products and perspetives of a target culture.
  • investigate the beliefs (perspectives) associated with the target culture's products in the contexts of arts, crafts, graphic representations, music, and short videos.
  • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
  • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.
  • analyze the function of everyday objects produced in the culture.
  • compare and analyze perspectives reflected in news reports, social media, pamphlets, advertisements, etc.
  • discuss perspectives reflected in creative works of the culture.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • language and culture are inextricably linked.
  • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
  • understanding of my own language and culture.
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.
World Languages
WLAN (2017)
Grade: 7-12
Level V
9) Compare products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture and the native culture using varied vocabulary and more complex sentence structure.

a. Compare and contrast customs and traditions of the target culture to the native culture.

b. Compare and contrast behaviors related to health and wellness.

c. Compare and contrast the importance placed on individual needs versus community needs.

Insight Unpacked Content
Goals:
Comparisons
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Intermediate High Level
Students:
  • make comparisons between the products, practices and perspectives of the target culture of the target culture and their native culture.
  • analyze practices of the target culture.
  • compare and contrast their own experiences within the target and native culture.
Performance Descriptors:
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to communicate in a variety of tenses and moods.
  • the target language vocabulary for specific purposes.
  • how to identify and distinguish between products, practices and perspectives of culture.
Skills:
Intermediate High Level
Students are able to:
  • differentiate between when to use formal and informal register.
  • ecognize and understand idiomatic expressions in listening and reading.
  • use idiomatic expressions appropriately in speaking and writing.
  • communicate in the target language in a variety of time frames and moods.
  • compare and contrast the role and importance of family in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast school schedules, course offerings, and attitudes toward school in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast career choices and preparation in the target cultures to their own.
  • compare and contrast entertainment and leisure options in the target cultures and their own.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
  • by studying another culture, one can better understand and appreciate their own.
  • other understanding will depend on theme being taught.
Learning Objectives:

Students can exchange information related to areas of mutual interest.

Students can present about school and academic topics.

Students can analyze the importance of products of the target culture, related to government, education, religion, and economics.

Students can make comparisons between the products, practices, and perspectives of the target culture of the target culture and their native culture.

Students can analyze practices of the target culture.

Students can compare and contrast their own experiences within the target and native culture.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

During Class:

  • Students will be assigned a specific country to choose from or will be given a specific country from a target language speaking country. Students will work individually, with partners, or in groups to research basic information on the education systems in countries of the target culture.

  • Students will research the education systems through an online search engine, such as http://www.google.com or by using school resources (if available) in the library. Students will focus on aspects of each education system that they discussed in class about the education system in the United States.

  • After the students have had time to research and make notes, the instructor will begin a discussion on education. They will discuss topics which are relevant to the students’ lives (i.e. - class subjects, homework, years in school, sports and extracurricular activities, prospects after high school, etc.). Students will take turns sharing the experience of students in their target country in relation to the topic being discussed.

  • As the class discusses a topic, the instructor will have students take turns writing the results on the board, in the target language (i.e. - Students in X take X courses:). The instructor will fill in any gaps in knowledge the students may have or provide more in-depth knowledge for the students.

Assessment Strategies:

As the students discuss the topic, the instructor should listen, making sure the conversation does not become stagnate. The instructor can ask leading questions to get the students on track if needed.

Formative assessment - observing the students as they interact in the discussion and write on the board.

Summative assessment - grade the final writing assignment for accuracy.

 


Advanced Preparation:

The instructor will first need to provide students with resources on education in the United States, in the target language. This can be done through various documents, including websites and videos. This will provide the students with the necessary vocabulary to discuss education. In class, the students will come together in a class discussion on the education system in the United States, in the target language.

Choose the countries ahead of time and ensure the instructor understand the education system there before assigning it to a student.

Decide on the topics to discuss about education in the United States ahead of time as these topics will lead the discussion for the final assignment.

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

An assignment after class:

Each student will write a paper on “A day in the life of a student in X” about what students their age go through in their assigned country.

Grade the assignment for vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. 

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