This institute focuses on proficiency-based lesson design and assessment skills necessary to teach world languages and cultures at the elementary and middle school level (K-8), with an emphasis on novice learners. Informed by the National World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, it explores the goal areas of Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities, and Communication.
During this class we will examine methods and materials for elementary world language instruction; development of oral communication and literacy in world languages; world language program design; global awareness and cross-cultural experience; children's literature, games/songs, and units and lessons planning and development.
Target Audience: This institute is designed for preservice and inservice foreign language teachers at the K-8 grade level. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.
Leah Shepard-Carey is a current instructor and PhD student in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in elementary ESL and early childhood bilingual contexts for several years.
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