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Introduction to the Library [electronic resource]

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Looks at how the interpretation of texts (including documents, paintings, movies, audio recordings, etc.) can go beyond literal comprehension and tap into students' background knowledge while fostering critical-thinking skills.
Online
2004
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Person to Person [electronic resource]

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Focusing on interpersonal communication, session participants discuss how students use language to make themselves understood and to understand others. The session also explores how different teaching approaches encourage or discourage meaningful student interaction.
Online
2004
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Delivering the Message [electronic resource]

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Looking at the presentational mode of communication, this session shows how students and teachers consider a variety of audiences as they create and deliver written presentations.
Online
2004
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Subjects Matter [electronic resource]

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Surveys how foreign language teachers promote language learning within the context of other curriculum areas, such as Geography, Science, and Language Arts. A look at the research helps teachers address the balance between grammatical form and content in the language classroom.
Online
2004
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Rooted in Culture [electronic resource]

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Looks at the ways teachers can investigate cultural products and practices with their students and how this will help the students develop a deeper sense of the cultural perspective.
Online
2004
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Valuing Diversity in Learners [electronic resource]

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Focuses on the fact that students come to the language classroom with a range of literacy and language skills, as well as varying cultural backgrounds and experiences. This session looks at how teachers can help students individually progress, as well as use students' unique skills to contribute to the growth of the class as a whole.
Online
2004
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Planning and Assessment [electronic resource]

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Suggests that assessment can be embedded in relevant, meaningful, and authentic performance tasks throughout the year, as well as in culminating activities. Also addresses the value of ongoing feedback to learners.
Online
2004
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Engaging With Communities [electronic resource]

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Looks at how teachers can create opportunities for students to use the target language with native speakers (including in-person, telephone, and email interactions) to enhance language learning and cultural understanding.
Online
2004
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Standards and the Five C's [electronic resource]

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Introduces and illustrates the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Shows how teachers can use the standards to help their students advance in foreign language proficiency.
Online
2003
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Assessment Strategies [electronic resource]

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Offers a detailed look at efforts to improve assessment in the foreign language classroom. Presents three case studies that feature foreign language teachers using innovative assessment methods such as the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) model, Performance Tasks, and Backward Design. Follows each teacher as she works through the process with her students, from setting guidelines and modeling to giving immediate and helpful feedback on performances.
Online
2003
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Chicken Pox [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates teaching French I in kindergarten. Features Jai Scott's French immersion class that uses the topic of chicken pox from an Arthur book, a French song and total physical response (TPR) movements to learn new vocabulary for the parts of the body. Follows the class as it practices emerging literacy skills by matching vocabulary labels to a drawing of a person.
Online
2003
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Mapping Planet Earth [electronic resource]

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Highlights teaching French I in grade 2. Demonstrates how Stephanie Appel connects her French lessons to content and teaching materials in the general classroom curriculum. She employs Total Physical Response (TPR) movements and map activities to practice vocabulary for the planets, continents, and oceans.
Online
2003
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Family and Home [electronic resource]

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Illustrates teaching French I in grade 5. show how Debra Terry's students integrate vocabulary about the family by creating an imaginary family tree. Then they develop more complex ideas by describing the location of family members in different rooms of the home. For homework, students write about activities that take place in each room.
Online
2003
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Holidays and Seasons [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates teaching German I for grade 3 by showing Margita Haberlen's lesson which combines the topics of seasons and German holidays to reinforce basic reading skills, build cultural knowledge, and introduce more abstract thinking. Uses a Venn diagram, students compare aspects of Fasching and Halloween.
Online
2003
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Sports Stats [electronic resource]

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Shows how in German I, grade 5, Amy Garcia's students write in journals, listen as classmates share their sports preferences, take a poll on sports likes and dislikes, and record the class results on a graph. Using a chart showing the favorite sports of young Germans, Ms. Garcia makes connections to math by having students analyze the data.
Online
2003
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Daily Routines [electronic resource]

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In Japanese I for grade 5, the lesson focuses on the daily routines of individuals in Japan and the U.S. Margaret Dyer uses a variety of activities including total physical response (TPR), modeling, paired practice, and student-led charades to introduce and review new vocabulary and concepts.
Online
2003
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Fruits of the Americas [electronic resource]

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In Spanish I for grade 4, teacher Carina Rodriguez combines visual media and multisensory activities in a vocabulary-building lesson about familiar and new fruit. Students learn what country the fruit comes from, try to identify the fruit solely through touch, and taste the fruit to categorize it as sweet or sour.
Online
2003
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Communicating About Sports [electronic resource]

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For Chinese I, grade 6 demonstrates how Jie Gao's students develop interpersonal communication skills as they state their sports likes and dislikes, in paris and in small groups. They practice writing Chinese characters for an ongoing activity, a letter they are composing and sending to Chinese students. At the end of the lesson, the students create skits to perform for their classmates.
Online
2003
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A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates French I for grade 8. After preparing her students for new vocabulary, Paris Granville retells a Cajun folktale while students act out the story. Students then create a story map to delve into the different story elements. Ms. Granville introduces zydeco music and the instruments typically used to create it, such as the washboard, accordion, and spoons.
Online
2003
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Touring a French City [electronic resource]

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Shows a lesson plan for French I, grade 8. Prior to this lesson, Robin Neuman's students researched French architecture and constructed a model of a French city on the classroom floor. During the lesson, students take turns role-playing tourists asking for directions and tourist bureau agents giving directions and describing the buildings and the city.
Online
2003