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Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks

Appendix C. Sample Activities for Teaching Literature and Culture using the Communicative Modes

While these sample activities have been developed for specific grade levels, they may be adapted to other grade levels as well.

Level Interpersonal Interpretive Presentational

Stage 1, PreK-4 in a PreK-12 sequence

Literature

Tortillas y cancioncitas Students listen to a poem such as a Japanese haiku and comprehend its main ideas Students write a short poem that reflects their feelings about a story read in class.

Stage 1, PreK-4 in a PreK-12 sequence

Culture

Students state their likes and dislikes of foods common to the target culture. Students learn about holidays in the target culture by reading news articles, greeting cards, e-mail from key pals, etc. and viewing television broadcasts. Sur le pont d'Avignon

Stage 2, Grades 5-8 in a PreK-12 sequence

Literature

Students brainstorm to describe the emotional and physical traits of characters in a story that they have read or that has been read to them. Students read a popular magazine such as People en espaÑol or view the news website for CNN en espaÑol and identify important news events. Students read and dramatize short stories

Stage 2, Grades 5-8 in a PreK-12 sequence

Culture

Students discuss a typical day of an adolescent student in the target culture. le Retour de Martin Guerre Students explain how to prepare a dish from the target culture's cuisine and how to set the table for guests.

Stages 3 and 4, Grades 9-12 in a PreK-12 sequence

Literature

Students discuss the options of characters at various points in a novel or story such as MÉrimÉe's Mateo Falcone or Lopez y Fuentes' Carta a Dios. Students predict the ending of a lengthy work such as Kafka's Das Schloss, Buzzati's Il Deserto dei Tartari, or Vergil's Aeneid after reading two-thirds of the book. Odas

Stages 3 and 4, Grades 9-12 in a PreK-12 sequence

Culture

Students discuss international topics such as famine, nuclear power, AIDS and biological warfare from their own points of view as well as from those of writers and contributors from other cultures. Students listen to a radio broadcast from the target culture to learn about weather, traffic conditions, and upcoming local events to be held and make decisions about attending various events. Students retell a story with substantive description and detail to children in an elementary or middle school.




Last Updated: January 1, 1999
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