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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

Arabic: People Who Help Us
Connect to Your Teaching

Reflect on Your Practice

As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them as a group.

  • What are some best practices found in this video that would also be applicable to students of older age groups?
  • What new classroom routines can I incorporate into my teaching to aid in transitions between activities?
  • How does small-group work help foster a supportive learning environment in my classroom?

Watch Other Videos

Watch other videos in the Teaching Foreign Languages K–12 library for more examples of teaching methodologies like those you've just seen. Note: All videos in this series are subtitled in English.

  • Chicken Pox (French) illustrates a teacher's approach to introducing new vocabulary and assessing student comprehension. The lesson also includes a review of body parts, which connects to a health/science curriculum.
  • Holidays and Seasons (German) illustrates how a teacher structures a lesson for her young students.
  • Mapping Planet Earth (French) demonstrates how literacy and a social studies content lesson are incorporated to build second-language skills.

Put It Into Practice

Try these ideas in your classroom. Where it’s not already evident, reflect on how to adapt an idea that targets one performance range for application to other performance ranges.

  • Collaborate with other teachers at your school to draw connections across curricula. When you reinforce content from the students' core classes in a language class, it not only strengthens the students' knowledge of the content itself, but also shows them that core content can be learned in any language. Mrs. Alaloom connected to a social studies lesson; however, you can connect your lesson to any subject appropriate for your students, from math and science to art, literature, and history. If your students are learning about the environment in science class, try introducing similar content in your world language classroom.

  • Make a unit about professions more personal for students by connecting to their own aspirations. Create a lesson that explores the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Have your students do mini-presentations about what they want to be when they grow up. This is also an excellent opportunity to connect your classroom with the community. Invite one or two native speakers of the target language you teach to come talk to the class about their job.

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