|Posted by @ginlindzey on Twitter|
For my German 3/4 combo class this year, I decided we'd start looking at them during the first week. Yesterday as a homework assignment, I gave students access to this Power Point. In it are the various "I can..." statements found directly in the ACTFL guide. If you'd like a copy of the Power Point I used, it's available here.
For each mode of communication, I explained what it meant (for example, I described interpersonal communication as conversations with other people, whether it be face-to-face or via text messages). Students were then asked to pick the statement that best fit their ability level. I qualified it as what they could do spontaneously, without notes or preparation, and without knowing what the topic was ahead of time. Using the blank form, they copied and pasted the phrase that best described them:
|This is the blank form students needed to fill out|
|This is an example of what students read through for each level|
I asked students to only print out and bring in the slide where they copied and pasted in their levels. I also made some paper copies of the Power Point for students who didn't have access to a computer, the internet or a printer. The other students were able to get it directly from the class website.
When students brought them in today, we then talked about what the different colors and proficiency levels meant. Note: Since some students don't have color printers, you should first give them a chance to identify the colors for each of the phrases they chose! I described each level for them based on the slide below (which was not in the Power Point given to students).
|These descriptions are in part based on the tweet above as well as the World Language Academy I attended this summer|
We also talked about where we should be by the end of each level of German (based on our county's goals):
- Frau Leonard