Using the Videos and Web Guide
Teaching Foreign Languages K–12 can be used for individual or group professional development. You can view the programs on via Video on Demand, or purchase videos at www.learner.org. The Web guide was designed to help you get the most out of each video. The guide is also available in print form, which you can download at no cost from this Web site or purchase at www.learner.org. If you are working in a group, discuss the questions provided in the guide; if you are working alone, write down your responses for later reflection.
Professional Development Guide
To help you get the most out of the videos, each unit of the professional development guide is organized into six parts:
This section includes a short summary of the videotaped lesson, information about the teacher and students, a list of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning addressed in the lesson, and the key terms relevant to the lesson. Use this information to determine which lessons will best meet your needs.
2. Class Context
This section describes the school community, the teacher's approach to lesson design, background on the lesson, and where the lesson fits within the course curriculum. This section also identifies the key teaching strategies evident in the lesson. Read this section before viewing the video.
3. Analyze the Video
This section is divided into four parts: Before You Watch, Watch the Video, Reflect on the Video, and Look Closer (or Take a Second Look in the Arabic lessons). Before You Watch poses several questions to activate your current knowledge through reflection, discussion, or both. Watch the Video asks you to take notes on instructional strategies you find interesting, surprising, or especially important as you watch. Reflect on the Video presents questions to structure your review of your notes. Finally, Look Closer/Take a Second Look has you take a second look at specific teaching strategies within the video.
4. Connect to Your Teaching
This section is divided into three parts: Reflect on Your Practice, Watch Other Videos, and Put It Into Practice. Reflect on Your Practice poses questions that help you connect the video lesson to your own teaching. Watch Other Videos recommends additional videos in the Teaching Foreign Languages K–12 library that illustrate teaching methodologies similar to those you've just seen. Put It Into Practice offers ideas on lesson design and activities you can try in your classroom.
This section outlines the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning that correlate to the videotaped lesson.
This section offers Web and print resources related to the lesson, including selected lesson materials seen in the video, curriculum references related to the teacher's lesson design, and the teacher's resource recommendations.
Tips for Facilitators
The following facilitator tips can enhance the professional development experience:
- Review the Web or print guide prior to running a study group or workshop.
- Print or photocopy the Introduction and Class Context sections of the lesson you will be viewing; have all participants read them prior to viewing the lesson.
- Use the suggested questions and include other questions that interest you and your colleagues.
- Allow enough time for participants to respond.
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