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Authentic materials can even be cookies!     

Authentic Materials for Teaching Languages
Authentic materials can be described as anything created for native speakers of a language. There are an almost limitless supply of materials available online that come directly from the target cultures of the languages we teach. These resources provide "real life" linguistic input as well as valuable cultural information for our students. Click on the title for a collection of authentic materials available online.

 

Webtools for language learning     

Web 2.0 Tools for Languages
Our students are digital natives, while many of us are humble digital immigrants. How can we make sense of the many excellent web-based tools for teaching languages? Here is a brief description of some of these tools with videos and examples of how other teachers have already used them. The best way to learn about Web tools is to jump in and use them for yourself - so have fun!

 

Growing a Chinese program from the ground up     

From Sprouts to Blossoms: Growing a Chinese Program
Starting a new Chinese language program in the K-12 setting can be challenging, but there are many online resources that can help in the process. Click for information and resources about teachers recruitment and certification, curricula, technology, assessments, and other materials that helped our schools to establish an exciting and thriving Mandarin Chinese program.

 

Life and weaving in Guatemala     

Life and Weaving in Guatemala
Guatemalan folktales serve as the cultural center for a thematic unit for intermediate students of Spanish. Materials for teaching about Guatemala, including Mayan folktales "Ix Chel - La diosa de la luna" and "Como aprendimos a tejer," videos, folktales PowerPoint, and other materials. Also included are storyboard templates and PhotoStory tutorials.

 


Peruvian Airlines     

Peru for Spanish Teachers
The intersection between cultural practices and perspectives and products and perspectives are often the most challenging connections to make with students, yet they are also the most exciting and meaningful connections for young students of Spanish. Explore Peru through authentic children's literature, photos, realia and fantasy trips to Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.


Diversity, identity and multicultural education     

Diversity, Identity and Multicultural Education
Explore the role that culture and language play in a multicultural educational setting. Through activities and real-world examples, examine issues such as teacher identity, 21st Century Skills, and world language education as essential components for building a multicultural/multilingual community of excellence.


50s classroom     

Strategies for Successful Student Learning
Based on the book: Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano et al, this presentation explores 9 simple teaching strategies that can be incorporated into all grade levels and across different subject areas as a means of improving student learning. Concrete examples, graphic organizers and activities are used to help bring these strategies to life in any classroom.


Fantasy Trips in the Language Classroom     

Fantasy Trips in the Language Classroom
Student travel is always a source of inspiration and learning. Since we can't always take our students out of the classroom, fantasy trips are an excellent way to get kids thinking about culture and using the language for real-world purposes. Included in this collection of materials are passport templates, student handouts, rubrics, lesson plans, activities and more! Read an article about a fantasy trip to the Colombian coast, and view a PowerPoint presentation with tips and tricks to help you take your own fantasy trip.

 

Folktales for teaching languages     

Folktales, Fables and Fun for teaching languages 
Explore the use of folktales, myths, and other traditional tales in the language classroom. Stories from the target culture can provide students with a natural and enjoyable link to the morals, dreams, peoples and traditions of that culture. They can also serve as the thematic center to a curriculum unit on a variety of interdisciplinary topics, including science, social studies, art, and music. Access a PowerPoint presentation in which you can learn the rationale for the use of folktales, and discover links to online materials, activities, lessons and sample thematic units that incorporate folktales.


The flipped classroom
    

The Flipped Foreign Language Classroom

Flip teaching is a form of blended learning that encompasses any use of Internet technology to leverage the learning in a classroom so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time. Access resources for exploring the flipped classroom, PLNs where educators are discussing blended learning and reverse instruction, and tools for designing your own flipped language classroom!


Culture
    

Products, Practices & Perspectives: Culture in the Language Classroom
The ACTFL Culture standards promote an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives, and the products and perspectives of the culture studied. It is through the intersection of these “three Ps” that students can gain a deeper and more robust understanding of the target culture. By incorporating realia and other authentic materials into language lessons, teachers can provide students with culturally-relevant themes and topics through which to acquire language, culture and content.


Student teaching Malayalam
    

Teaching our Tongues: Student-run language classes
The ACTFL Culture standards promote an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives, and the products and perspectives of the culture studied. It is through the intersection of these “three Ps” that students can gain a deeper and more robust understanding of the target culture. By incorporating realia and other authentic materials into language lessons, teachers can provide students with culturally-relevant themes and topics through which to acquire language, culture and content.