ERIC Number: ED438725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Designing a Standards-Based Thematic Unit Using the Learning Scenario as an Organizational Framework.
Smith, Alfred N.
This article illustrates how the scenario framework in the 1996 publication "Standards for Foreign Language Learning" can direct the production of a standards-based thematic unit on the family for a second year, first semester college level French course. The learning scenario in a standards document serves primarily as an illustrative tool highlighting classroom cases that shows how standards have been implemented. The thematic unit provides an integrated approach to teaching and learning because it brings content to the language lesson and connects the four skills in more meaning-based, communicative ways. The choice of themes and related ideas should be based on student interest and what is age appropriate. Authentic materials from the target language countries that convey information about the theme topic link the language class to the outside world. The activities in thematic units are task-based, relevant, personalized, and accomplished in cooperative settings. An example of a thematic unit, one designed to coordinate with a chapter on the family in a college-level French textbook, is detailed and included in this article. The targeted standards include the following: interpersonal communication; school and community; interpretive communication; presentational communication; language comparisons; cultural comparisons; and acquiring information. Scenario worksheets are included. (KFT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, French, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, National Standards, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Thematic Approach, Units of Study, Worksheets
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701. Tel: 914-963-8830. For full text: http://www.actfl.org/public/articles/spring1999.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Yonkers, NY.