Unit 4: Lessons to try on your own!

World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

In my opinion, it is essential to become as familiar as you possibly can with The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Honestly, I find the design to be a great guide to plan for instruction. Once you feel comfortable with the context, begin to think of ways to enhance your students communicational skills in Spanish.

Goal Areas

1. Communication

Three Modes of Communication

When I think of native Spanish speakers, I tend to assume they have mastered their communication skills. Overtime I learned that my assumption was incorrect. According to the newly stablished World Readiness Standards there are three modes of communication. Using these modes as guides for lessons helps to gain better knowledge acquisition by the learner:


2. Cultures

This goal area can be equally challenging to students who are fluent speakers. I find it helpful to plan lessons where all learners gain a new understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.

3. Connection

In order to dig deeper into the culture of the Spanish-speaking world we need to draw connections to our own culture. This task should give students a deeper understanding to respect other cultures.

4. Comparisons

There is much more to the world than what students believe to be true. By comparing nations we are able to draw our codependency needed by by all nations. The goal being to create world-ready students.

5. Communities

Our communities have many similarities, as well as differences. To gain language acquisition students need to understands their role in their own and other communities.

Sample Performance Indicators

"I CAN!" Checklist to track learner's progress.

Sample Progress Indicators

  • Should know
  • Able to do
  • How well

Lessons to Try!

Native speakers can bring great value to the classroom. This module is meant to give you insight on the various ways you can incorporate native speakers to a level-1 Spanish Classroom.

Lesson 1: Interpretive Tasks
Lesson 2: Interpersonal Tasks
Lesson 3: Presentational Tasks

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