Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
8: Engaging With Communities
Before You Watch
To begin this workshop session, you will tap your prior knowledge and experience and then read current research on the benefits of giving students opportunities to interact with the target language community.
Reflect on Your ExperienceConsider the types of experiences your students have had with speakers of the target language both inside and outside the classroom, then answer the following questions. You may want to save your answers in order to reflect on them again at the end of the session.
Examine the ResearchRead the article listed below, then answer the following questions.
Article"Communities of Learners: From New York to Chile"
Part 1 (PDF, 726 K) | Part 2 (PDF, 973 K)
This article describes a unit on Chile conducted in a seventh-grade Spanish class that featured multiple interactions with communities of native speakers, including an email exchange with Chilean students, a visit to a nearby Chilean bakery, and a discussion with a teacher who is originally from Chile.
Hass, Mari, and Margaret Reardon. "Communities of Learners: From New York to Chile." In Collaborations: Meeting New Goals, New Realities, edited by June K. Phillips, 213-241. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company, 1997.
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