ERIC Number: ED444380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Thematic, Communicative Language Teaching in the K-8 Classroom. ERIC Digest.
This digest describes the use of thematic, communicative language teaching in the K-8 foreign language classroom. Such theme-based curricula can reinforce or extend the content of the regular classroom curriculum and give coherence to language lessons. Themes for curriculum units can be derived from many sources. Teachers should choose themes that lend themselves to teaching language that will be useful to their students. A focus on communication, including the interactions present in all uses of the language, is essential. Three thematic units are provided in the digest for illustration: a second-grade French class "visiting the farm"; a German fairy tale for third-grade students; and the South American Rain Forest for a fifth-grade Spanish class. (VWL)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Education, French, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach, Units of Study
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.