More and more I am convinced that student choice is key to ensuring progress in a language. Any time we can offer multiple means of expression, I think we should. It isn't always possible (hello final exams) and it isn't always feasible with time constraints, but there are ways we can offer choice regularly. Below is a list of the items discussed in my presentation along with a few extras!
Code-Switched - The REMIX!
In the research, three versions of a story were used and that is how I initially did the activity. However, last year in planning with Bob Patrick and Elizabeth Davidson, I decided to try a different route.
Over the course of 3 days, read each part of the story in the 3 CS versions. On day 3 finish with a final reading of the original L2.
Essential Questions of the Story
This is an activity I got from my father and fellow Latin teacher, Bob Patrick. It is a quick 2-3 minute activity that can be used as a pre-reading activity, a post-reading activity, and as a reminder of a story you are returning to. Before class, write the essential questions on the board and then answer them with the class. Your questions should be in the TL and the responses can be in the TL or, if needed, in the L1.
quid est difficultas? What is the problem?
This was a spur of the moment idea I had when I realised that I couldn't do an activity I'd planned due to testing absences. I switched gears and asked my ELL 1 class to "rebuild" Nyasha's garden. In this activity, they told me in the TL (English in this case) what we had read the day previous and I drew it on the board. Then, I went back and asked them what each item was and they told me and I labeled each item. What I found was that they insisted on a variety of details that I had not considered "important" and it became very clear very quickly what things we needed to spend more time on.
I came up with this idea during my first few years teaching and while I don't do it often (it takes 1/2 to an entire class), I still revisit it.
This is really a catch all for a lot of ways to introduce vocabulary. I often combine bits and pieces to create a meaningful lesson for students. Consider this the Subway/Quiznos of activities: pick what you want, leave what you don't... come visit again soon!
Things you can include on each slide:
I have marked things I always include with blue text.
Follow Up Activities
This list is not exhaustive :)
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