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    8: Engaging With Communities

Reflect on Your Learning

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

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Assignment In this session, you analyzed ways of creating successful interactions between students and native speakers of your target language. You will now write a summary of what you have learned and how you plan to apply it in your classroom. Review the notes you have taken during this session, as well as your answers to the Reflect on Your Experience questions. Use the questions below to guide your writing.
  1. Interacting with native speakers can be intimidating to language learners, whether the interaction occurs face to face or electronically. What kinds of activities might you do to prepare students for the interaction? What kind of orientation might you give to native speakers with whom students will interact in the classroom, out in the community, or electronically?
  1. How do you facilitate community interactions during classroom visits by native speakers, student visits to the outside community, and/or electronic exchanges? Do you feel that your own status as either a native speaker or a non-native speaker of the target language affects your role as facilitator? Why or why not?
  1. What are some strategies for drawing on the language knowledge and cultural experience of heritage speakers in your class so that both the heritage and second-language learners benefit from the interaction?
Assignment Submit your summary as an assignment.
   
8: Engaging With Communities > Introduction | Before You Watch | Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic | Put It Into Practice | Action Research Project | Reflect on Your Learning
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