ThinkThematicCoverPage.jpg

Presented by:

Cherice Montgomery, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Friday, November 18, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Room 601 of the Colorado Convention Center
ACTFL 2011, Denver, CO


Description:


Experience a series of interactive activities and technology-infused tasks--each excerpted from thematic lessons that target different grammar/vocabulary concepts. Each example provides students with meaningful opportunities to collaborate and communicate across all three modes in the target language while exploring culture, social issues, and content from the core curriculum.

Content:


Many world language teachers are finding it difficult to make the shift from a curriculum focused almost exclusively on grammar and vocabulary toward a more standards-based, proficiency-oriented one that involves students in communicating about real world issues with target language speakers.

This session aims to bridge that gap by demonstrating how teachers can begin transforming their curriculum just one lesson at a time. The presenter will engage participants in a variety of sample activities from thematic lessons that were developed around commonly-taught grammatical structures. Each example will be used to highlight a critical element of the thematic planning process. Participants will then have a chance to begin the process of developing a thematic lesson.

Objectives:


  • Participants will contextualize grammar and vocabulary practice using culture, social issues, and content from the core curriculum

  • Participants will engage students in meaningful communication across all three modes using interactive activities and technology-infused tasks

  • Participants will progressively scaffold students’ success using a variety of research-based techniques.

Essential Question:


How can teachers use the National Standards and principles of thematic planning to transform traditional grammar and vocabulary lessons into engaging learning experiences that build students’ communicative proficiency?

Guiding Sub-Questions:


This session will address the following sub-questions:

(1) How can teachers use the Cultures, Connections, & Communities standards to contextualize grammar and vocabulary practice?

(2) How can teachers engage students in meaningful communication across all three modes using interactive activities and technology-infused tasks?

(3) How can teachers scaffold students’ success?




References

Romero, Alfonso. (2004, September 9). Choosing the colors. Stock Xchng. Retrieved November 17, 2011, from http://www.sxc.hu/photo/188382 Used under a Standard, Royalty-free Stock Xchng License.