Literacy in the 21st Century Foreign Language Classroom

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Overview and Purpose

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By the time most students begin learning a second language in school, they already know how to read, write, speak, and listen in their natural language. However, foreign language instruction needs to include time dedicated to reviewing literacy in order to help students progress in the acquisition of the target language. To stay relevant with the trends in 21st century education, I will be talking about how to address second language literacy in the classroom and demonstrating select websites that Modern Language teachers can use as tools to complement their instruction or add to a flipped classroom, all in accordance with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) national standards.

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem: Out of 130 Spanish teachers' responses to a survey conducted by the author of the mini-course, 48.5% reported that they do not teach as much literacy in the classroom as they would like, and 43.8% responded that they do teach literacy in the classroom. Over half of these teachers indicated that they have an interest or extreme interest in taking a mini-course on literacy in a foreign language classroom.

What is to be learned: Participants will receive an overview of methods for incorporating literacy into a foreign language classroom and an introduction into three online platforms that can be used in a flipped classroom or as additional tools for independent learning in class.

Performance Objectives

Course Overview

This mini-course includes the following units. Click on the title of the unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Literacy Methods in the Foreign Language Classroom

Unit 2: Using ReadLang to Aid Students with Comprehension and Understanding

Unit 3: Using PlayPosit to Analyze Texts, Images, and Video

Unit 4: Using SchoolShape to Promote Self-Correction in Writing