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Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

Introduction to the Library Video Organizer Chart

All lessons are appropriate for K–12 teachers of any foreign language.

Grade Level

Lesson Title Instructor Language Elementary Middle School High School
Comparing the Weather Wael Fawzy Arabic 6
How We Spend Our Free Time Katie Quackenbush Arabic 8
Making Plans Belal Joundeya Arabic 9–12
Making Sales Calls Eric Bartolotti Arabic 9, 11
People Who Help Us Khamael Alaloom Arabic 1
A Place I Call Home Manar Mayalah Arabic 9–10
Vegetables We Like Rita Lahoud Arabic 2
Communicating About Sports Jie Gao Chinese 6
Exploring New Directions Haiyan Fu Chinese 9–12
A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco Paris Granville French 8
Chicken Pox Jai Scott French K
Comparing Communities Ghislaine Tulou French 9–12
Family and Home Debra Terry French 5
Interpreting La Belle et la Bête Michel Pasquier French 11
Mapping Planet Earth Stephanie Appel French 2
Performing With Confidence Yvette Heno French 10–12
Touring a French City Robin Neuman French 8
Holidays and Seasons Margita Haberlen German 3
Sports in Action Denise Tanner German 9–11
Sports Stats Amy Garcia German 5
U.S. and Italian Homes Marylee DiGennaro Italian 9
Daily Routines Margaret Dyer Japanese 5
Happy New Year! Leslie Birkland Japanese 9–11
Promoting Attractions of Japan Yo Azama Japanese 10–12
Music and Manuscripts Lauri Dabbieri Latin 10–12
Russian Cities, Russian Stories Jane Shuffelton Russian 9–12
Creating Travel Advice Fran Pettigrew Spanish 11
Food Facts and Stories John Pedini Spanish 8
Fruits of the Americas Carina Rodriguez Spanish 4
Hearing Authentic Voices Davita Alston Spanish 8
Interpreting Literature Barbara Pope Bennett Spanish 11
Interpreting Picasso’s Guernica Meghan Zingle Spanish 10
Politics of Art Lori Langer de Ramirez Spanish 12
Routes to Culture Pablo Muirhead Spanish 9–10

Performance Range

Lesson Title Instructor Language Novice Intermediate Intermediate High/Advanced Low
Comparing the Weather Wael Fawzy Arabic dot dot
How We Spend Our Free Time Katie Quackenbush Arabic dot
Making Plans Belal Joundeya Arabic dot dot
Making Sales Calls Eric Bartolotti Arabic dot dot
People Who Help Us Khamael Alaloom Arabic dot dot
A Place I Call Home Manar Mayalah Arabic dot dot
Vegetables We Like Rita Lahoud Arabic dot
Communicating About Sports Jie Gao Chinese dot
Exploring New Directions Haiyan Fu Chinese dot dot
A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco Paris Granville French dot dot
Chicken Pox Jai Scott French dot
Comparing Communities Ghislaine Tulou French dot
Family and Home Debra Terry French dot
Interpreting La Belle et la Bête Michel Pasquier French dot dot
Mapping Planet Earth Stephanie Appel French dot
Performing With Confidence Yvette Heno French dot dot
Touring a French City Robin Neuman French dot
Holidays and Seasons Margita Haberlen German dot
Sports in Action Denise Tanner German dot
Sports Stats Amy Garcia German dot
U.S. and Italian Homes Marylee DiGennaro Italian dot
Daily Routines Margaret Dyer Japanese dot
Happy New Year! Leslie Birkland Japanese dot dot
Promoting Attractions of Japan Yo Azama Japanese dot
Music and Manuscripts Lauri Dabbieri Latin dot dot
Russian Cities, Russian Stories Jane Shuffelton Russian dot dot
Creating Travel Advice Fran Pettigrew Spanish dot
Food Facts and Stories John Pedini Spanish dot
Fruits of the Americas Carina Rodriguez Spanish dot
Hearing Authentic Voices Davita Alston Spanish dot
Interpreting Literature Barbara Pope Bennett Spanish dot
Interpreting Picasso’s Guernica Meghan Zingle Spanish dot
Politics of Art Lori Langer de Ramirez Spanish dot
Routes to Culture Pablo Muirhead Spanish dot

The 5 Cs

Lesson Title Instructor Language Communication Cultures Connections Comparisons Communities
Comparing the Weather Wael Fawzy Arabic dot dot dot
How We Spend Our Free Time Katie Quackenbush Arabic dot dot
Making Plans Belal Joundeya Arabic dot dot dot
Making Sales Calls Eric Bartolotti Arabic dot
People Who Help Us Khamael Alaloom Arabic dot dot
A Place I Call Home Manar Mayalah Arabic dot dot dot
Vegetables We Like Rita Lahoud Arabic dot dot
Communicating About Sports Jie Gao Chinese dot dot
Exploring New Directions Haiyan Fu Chinese dot dot dot
A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco Paris Granville French dot dot dot
Chicken Pox Jai Scott French dot dot dot
Comparing Communities Ghislaine Tulou French dot dot dot dot
Family and Home Debra Terry French dot dot
Interpreting La Belle et la Bête Michel Pasquier French dot dot dot dot
Mapping Planet Earth Stephanie Appel French dot dot
Performing With Confidence Yvette Heno French dot dot dot dot
Touring a French City Robin Neuman French dot dot dot
Holidays and Seasons Margita Haberlen German dot dot dot dot
Sports in Action Denise Tanner German dot dot
Sports Stats Amy Garcia German dot dot dot
U.S. and Italian Homes Marylee DiGennaro Italian dot dot dot dot
Daily Routines Margaret Dyer Japanese dot dot dot
Happy New Year! Leslie Birkland Japanese dot dot dot
Promoting Attractions of Japan Yo Azama Japanese dot dot dot
Music and Manuscripts Lauri Dabbieri Latin dot dot dot dot
Russian Cities, Russian Stories Jane Shuffelton Russian dot dot dot dot
Creating Travel Advice Fran Pettigrew Spanish dot dot
Food Facts and Stories John Pedini Spanish dot dot dot
Fruits of the Americas Carina Rodriguez Spanish dot dot dot
Hearing Authentic Voices Davita Alston Spanish dot dot dot dot
Interpreting Literature Barbara Pope Bennett Spanish dot dot dot dot
Interpreting Picasso’s Guernica Meghan Zingle Spanish dot dot dot
Politics of Art Lori Langer de Ramirez Spanish dot dot dot
Routes to Culture Pablo Muirhead Spanish dot dot dot dot

Key Teaching Strategies

Lesson Title Instructor Language Key Teaching Strategies
Comparing the Weather Wael Fawzy Arabic Content-Based Instruction
Incorporation of Technology
Theme-Based Curriculum
Visual Support for Learning
How We Spend Our Free Time Katie Quackenbush Arabic Appealing to Multiple Intelligences
Contextualizing Grammar
Providing Corrective Feedback
Visualizing Vocabulary
Making Plans Belal Joundeya Arabic Incorporation of Technology
Individual/Group Writing
Multilevel Group Work
Scaffolding
Making Sales Calls Eric Bartolotti Arabic Challenging Native Speakers
Establishing Routines
Role-Playing
Theme-Based Curriculum
People Who Help Us Khamael Alaloom Arabic Content-Based Instruction
Providing Comprehensible Input
Recalling Vocabulary by Categories
Visualizing Vocabulary
A Place I Call Home Manar Mayalah Arabic Creating Cultural Experiences
Scaffolding
Theme-Based Curriculum
Visual Support for Learning
Vegetables We Like Rita Lahoud Arabic Appealing to Multiple Intelligences
Content-Based Instruction
Establishing Routines
Visualizing Vocabulary
Communicating About Sports Jie Gao Chinese Challenging Native Speakers
Preparing for Communication
Role-Playing
Exploring New Directions Haiyan Fu Chinese Differentiated Instruction
Establishing Routines
A Cajun Folktale and Zydeco Paris Granville French Creating Cultural Experiences
Facilitating Listening to Authentic Texts
Storytelling
Student Grouping
Chicken Pox Jai Scott French Developing Literacy
Establishing Routines
Storytelling
Comparing Communities Ghislaine Tulou French Contextualizing Grammar
Facilitating Reading Authentic Texts
Family and Home Debra Terry French Manipulating Language Structures
Scaffolding
Visualizing Vocabulary
Interpreting La Belle et la Bête Michel Pasquier French Comparing Genres Across Media
Critical and Abstract Thinking
Interpreting Film
Mapping Planet Earth Stephanie Appel French Content-Based Instruction
Providing Comprehensible Input
Performing With Confidence Yvette Heno French Acquiring Knowledge of Current Events
Expanding Oral Discourse
Role-Playing
Touring a French City Robin Neuman French Expanding Oral Discourse
Role-Playing
Holidays and Seasons Margita Haberlen German Information Gap Activities
Manipulating Language Structures
Scaffolding
Sports in Action Denise Tanner German Individual/Group Writing
Providing Comprehensible Input
Sports Stats Amy Garcia German Facilitating Reading of Content-Related Materials
Preparing for Communication
Providing Corrective Feedback
Using Graphic Organizers
U.S. and Italian Homes Marylee DiGennaro Italian Appealing to Multiple Intelligences
Providing Interactions With Native Speakers
Visualizing Vocabulary
Daily Routines Margaret Dyer Japanese Formative Assessment
Providing Comprehensible Input
Happy New Year! Leslie Birkland Japanese Creating Cultural Experiences
Jigsaw
Promoting Attractions of Japan Yo Azama Japanese Process Approach to Writing
Providing Comprehensible Input
Scaffolding
Music and Manuscripts Lauri Dabbieri Latin Color Coding
Comparing Genres Across Media
Providing Corrective Feedback
Translating Literary Texts
Russian Cities, Russian Stories Jane Shuffelton Russian Differentiated Instruction
Multilevel Group Work
Reading to Write
Creating Travel Advice Fran Pettigrew Spanish Getting Information From Authentic Materials
Integrating the Communicative Modes
Student Grouping
Top-Down Reading
Food Facts and Stories John Pedini Spanish Acquiring Vocabulary Through Authentic Materials
Content-Based Instruction
Providing Comprehensible Input
Fruits of the Americas Carina Rodriguez Spanish Creating Cultural Experiences
Preparing for Communication
Hearing Authentic Voices Davita Alston Spanish Providing Interactions With Native Speakers
Scaffolding
Student Grouping
Interpreting Literature Barbara Pope Bennett Spanish Integrating the Communicative Modes
Interpreting Literature
Student Grouping
Interpreting Picasso’s Guernica Meghan Zingle Spanish Scaffolding
Using Graphic Organizers
Politics of Art Lori Langer de Ramirez Spanish Acquiring Knowledge of Current Events
Content-Based Instruction
Cultural Role-Playing
Providing Interactions With Native Speakers
Routes to Culture Pablo Muirhead Spanish Creating Cultural Experiences
Discovering Cultural Understanding From Texts
Reading to Write
Student Grouping

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Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

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Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 2003. 2016.
  • ISBN: 1-57680-731-2

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