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


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Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices includes 28 half-hour and 2 one-hour video programs showing effective instruction and assessment strategies in the foreign language classroom. Classrooms visited include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Chinese. The collection provides an overview of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Standards for Foreign Language Learning and new assessment practices. All classroom videos are subtitled in English.

The series Library of Learning Practices lists lessons under specific language headings; however, all lessons are appropriate for K-12 teachers of any foreign language. Each video lesson has an introduction, class profile, suggestions for analyzing the video and connecting the practice to teaching, National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, and print and Internet resources. In Communicating About Sports, for example, students in grade 6 learn and practice sports vocabulary and characters in Mandarin Chinese.

Support Materials for each video are in PDF format.

Standards and the Five Cs introduces the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and their five goal areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

A Glossary defines relevant terms.

The Library of Classroom Practices links to Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Workshop, 8 half-hour video programs, workshop guide, and website with activities designed to help K-12 foreign language teachers improve their practice by making connections between the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and current research in foreign language education. A workshop guide is available online and in print. Graduate credit is available.

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