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Clementi, Donna; Terrill, Laura – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
The second edition of "Keys to Planning" builds upon the information shared about effective curriculum, unit, and lesson design by introducing current research and thinking related to curriculum design. The information presented in this second edition also captures insights and suggestions from classroom teachers who have attended…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Lesson Plans, Curriculum Design, Teacher Attitudes
VanPatten, Bill – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
From one of the leading figures in the field of second language acquisition and second language teaching, "While We're on the Topic..." offers an up-to-date overview of six principles underlying contemporary communicative language teaching. In a conversational style, Bill VanPatten addresses principles related to the nature of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teaching Methods
Grahn, Leslie; McAlpine, Dave – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
The fourth in the series, this book underscores the importance of the teacher in the learning equation. With an emphasis on the need for instructors to possess a wide variety of strategies, substantial time is devoted to modeling the kind of thinking that skillful instructors employ to decide how learning can best be facilitated. Each chapter…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teaching Methods
Glisan, Eileen W.; Donato, Richard – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
This book presents an approach to teacher education and professional development that emphasizes carefully deconstructing fundamental instructional practices that are complex and often not visible through observation, definition, or brief explanation. Its goal is to assist teachers in learning how to enact specific practices, referred to as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Oral Language
Glynn, Cassandra; Wesely, Pamela; Wassell, Beth – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014
According to the authors, a social justice curriculum positively influences all students. Social justice, critical pedagogy, and culturally relevant teaching are becoming essential as more and more language educators teach in increasingly diverse world language classrooms. This new publication supports in-service and pre-service teachers in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Justice
Berdan, Stacie Nevadomski; Berdan, Marshall S. – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2013
Together, as parents and educators, we "must" instill in our children an interest to learn about the world early on. "Raising Global Children" provides the rationale and concrete steps you can take to open up the world to young people. Packed with practical information, hundreds of tips and dozens of real-life stories, this…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Child Development, World Views, Empathy
Adair-Hauck, Bonnie; Glisan, Eileen W.; Troyan, Francis J. – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2013
A follow-up to the "ACTFL Integrated Performance Assessment Manual" published in 2003. This book provides readers with expanded guidelines for how to design integrated performance assessment (IPA) tasks to inform the backward design of a unit. Suggestions on how to provide effective feedback and how to improve learner performance are…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Units of Study
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2011
How many students in K-12 schools in the United States are studying foreign languages? Are these numbers on the increase or decrease--and in which languages? What do educators, administrators, and researchers need to know about these trends? This publication presents enrollment data in U.S. public schools in two years: 2004-05 and 2007-08,…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Enrollment, Statistical Data
Sandrock, Paul – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2010
Students continually ask, "Does this count?" "Is this on the test?" They want to know how they'll be evaluated. Discover how to answer these questions in ways that shape student learning and keep teaching focused on what really matters. Written by language expert Paul Sandrock, this superb manual clarifies precisely what…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Performance Based Assessment, Program Design
Patrick, Paula – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2007
Written by experienced language educator Paula Patrick, this 96-page book offers detailed guidelines to help new classroom teachers gain confidence and direction as they begin their teaching careers. In addition to step-by-step strategies for everything from classroom organization to navigating Back-to-School Night, the book includes sample lesson…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Guidelines, Teaching Guides, Self Efficacy