This page contains ideas, information, and materials for developing students' communicative proficiency in the target language.


Engaging Students in the 3 Modes of Communication: Top 5 Activities That Work!


Interpersonal Activities




Four Corners

Information Gap Activities

MoreComicsAndConversation.jpg - One of a series of three books filled with reproducible blackline masters of humorous, wordless stories told through cartoons. Great for practicing narration in any language



EliseWilliamsPuppets.JPG - A lesson plan that can be used with Spanish 1 students at the beginning of the year, then expanded with each successive unit

Story Sequencing



Story Switches

TheOneMinutesJrLogo.gif - One-minute videos created by students from around the world, organized by country and topic (addiction, animals, child rights, cultural diversity, daily life, education, humor, illness, migration, poverty, sports, technology, etc.) BE SURE TO PREVIEW THESE AS SOME ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CLASSROOM USE!

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Talking Chips & Grouping Sticks



Spanish







Interpretive Activities



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GoingGraphic.jpg - Cary, Stephen. Going graphic: Comics at work in the multilingual classroom. Heinemann. ISBN 0-325-00475-7. A phenomenal book filled with practical ideas and activities for using comics as a tool for language teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom. The book is well-organized, research-based, and contains lesson plans and sample student work.




Chinese


ChengyuStoriesChineseIdioms.jpg - This site contains a collection of Chengyu stories based on Chinese idioms. Each story shows the stroke order for writing out the idiom, contains pin yin for each character, and allows students to roll over the text for an English translation.

IndexOfChineseFables.jpg - Wonderful collection of short, culturally authentic fables grounded in Chinese proverbs and narrated very slowly in Chinese by a native speaker from Wellesley College. Each fable is accompanied by drawings that support comprehension, as well as a short sequence of self-checking, oral comprehension questions that students answer by clicking the appropriate multiple-choice answer



InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online

Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map of China to watch folktales narrated in Chinese or English

ProfessorGarfieldToonBookReader.jpg - Click on a language, then click on a book to read the story. Once you have selected a book, you can also click on the "Read to Me" button to hear the story read by a native speaker of the language you have selected. Stories are not culturally authentic, but are very pedagogically useful in that each one focuses on a different topic common in beginning language classes



French


Bedetheque.png- A searchable database of comics in French
ChildtopiaLogo.jpg - Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, Euskara, French, & Spanish

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- A great site where students can listen to and watch stories in French gathered from Haiti, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. Stories appear to be read by native speakers. Be sure to click around - lots there


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GrimmLogoFrench.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish

IlEtaitUneHistoire.jpg - A collection of comptines, documentaries, fables, legends, songs, and stories for children in French

InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - An interactive, digital novel available in French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online


JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links and stories online in French and Spanish

Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map of China to watch folktales narrated in Chinese or English

LibrivoxLogo.jpg - Fontaine's fables, available for free download in French

ProfessorGarfieldToonBookReader.jpg - Click on a language, then click on a book to read the story. Once you have selected a book, you can also click on the "Read to Me" button to hear the story read by a native speaker of the language you have selected. Stories are not culturally authentic, but are very pedagogically useful in that each one focuses on a different topic common in beginning language classes

Reading Resources 4 French Teachers


German






GrimmLogoGerman.jpg- Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - An interactive, digital novel available in French, German, Italian, & Spanish



InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online


TrixiSchnuffelUndPurzelLogo.jpg - Guinea pig story in German




Italian



GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - An interactive, digital novel available in French, German, Italian, & Spanish




InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online




Japanese

Reading & Writing in Japanese (Jessica Haxhi)
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ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, French, & Spanish



GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - An interactive, digital novel available in French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online



JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links and stories online in French and Spanish



JustOneMoreBookLogo.jpg - Audio podcasts of an extensive number of popular children's books in English with indexes by topic and author (some books include words in Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, & Xhosa)



Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.


MisCositasLogo.jpg - Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez's website containing materials for multiple languages



ProfessorGarfieldToonBookReader.jpg - Click on a language, then click on a book to read the story. Once you have selected a book, you can also click on the "Read to Me" button to hear the story read by a native speaker of the language you have selected. Stories are not culturally authentic, but are very pedagogically useful in that each one focuses on a different topic common in beginning language classes




Russian




InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online


Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on Russia in the map to watch folktales narrated in Russian or English (+ other languages)


ProfessorGarfieldToonBookReader.jpg - Click on a language, then click on a book to read the story. Once you have selected a book, you can also click on the "Read to Me" button to hear the story read by a native speaker of the language you have selected. Stories are not culturally authentic, but are very pedagogically useful in that each one focuses on a different topic common in beginning language classes




Spanish



BLAALogo.jpg - Extensive library of digital texts (including children's literature and museums) from Colombia

LaCasaAdormecida.jpg - Articles and adjectives are highlighted (feminine in pink, masculine in blue)

- A PowerPoint presentation by Paul Widergren for La casa que Juan construyó


ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, Euskara, French, & Spanish


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CodysCuentosLogo.jpg - Read by native speakers (click on Biblioteca to access fairy tales, regional stories, original stories, etc.). You can also download the mp3s.


- Cucú cantaba la rana, a children's book, sung by a native Spanish speaker


GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


- Dramatization of Guillermo Jorge Manuel José by a group of high school students from a Spanish-speaking country

InanimateAliceLogo.jpg - An interactive, digital novel available in French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online




JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links to audio and stories online in French and Spanish




BYUHBLLLogo.jpg- Lists of the children's picture books currently available for check-out from the collection (organized by year of publication)




Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg- Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.


MiPrimerLibroDeDichos.jpg - Read the story online

MisCositasLogo.jpg - Virtual picture books in Spanish from Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez's website

Quino.jpg - Site in Argentina containing Quino comics


StoryPlaceLogo.gif - Interactive, online stories in English and Spanish, links to printable activities (find the difference btwn 2 pix), list of children's books in Spanish with descriptions in Spanish and links to Amazon, and interactive games and activities


ProfessorGarfieldToonBookReader.jpg - Click on a language, then click on a book to read the story. Once you have selected a book, you can also click on the "Read to Me" button to hear the story read by a native speaker of the language you have selected. Stories are not culturally authentic, but are very pedagogically useful in that each one focuses on a different topic common in beginning language classes





25ScienceSpanishMinibooks.jpg - Templates for a variety of different mini-books in Spanish that reinforce elementary science concepts


Presentational Activities


TwitterFiction.jpg - Fiction in 140 characters or less
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35WaysToPublishStudents.jpg - Book filled with patterns for different types of cross-curricular foldables, pop-ups, and other projects

Spanish


Community Engagement Project: Spanish Digital Story


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