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Planning with Backwards Design in the Foreign Language Classroom #wlclassroom

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One of the ACTFL Core Practices is to plan with Backwards Design. This approach lends itself very well to proficiency-based foreign language teaching.

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Planning with Backwards Design in the Foreign Language Classroom #wlclassroom

  1. 1. Teaching with Backwards Design in the Foreign Language Classroom
  2. 2. Tips, Tools and Resources to help your students rise in proficiency and communicate with confidence.
  3. 3. Backward Design starts by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and assessment.
  4. 4. Backwards Design lends itself very well to proficiency-based language teaching.
  5. 5. Step 1 Identify Desired Results
  6. 6. Step 2 Determine Acceptable Evidence
  7. 7. Step 3 Plan Learning Experience & Instruction
  8. 8. Consider these guiding questions as you plan each step:
  9. 9. Step 1 Identify Desired Results
  10. 10. What will students do with the language? Does this goal only focus on what the students know about the language? What is the current proficiency level of the students? (novice mid, intermediate low, etc.) Step 1: Identify Desired Results
  11. 11. What is the text type that students can produce? (lists, chunked phrases, discrete sentences, connected sentences) Is this goal specific? Can I create 2-3 can do statements Step 1: Identify Desired Results
  12. 12. Step 2 Determine Acceptable Evidence
  13. 13. Are there opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in the three communication modes? Are the prompts at the appropriate proficiency level? Do the prompts focus on the text type of students at this proficiency level? Step 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence
  14. 14.  Is there opportunity for student choice?  Do the assessments provide insight into students’ ability to perform the can do statements?  Are there opportunities for spontaneous language production? Step 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence
  15. 15. Step 3 Plan Instruction
  16. 16.  What are the vocabulary themes necessary to reach the goals and desired outcomes?  What are the language structures necessary to reach the goals and desired outcomes? Step 3: Plan Instruction
  17. 17. What activities provide opportunities to meet the desired outcomes using the three communication modes? What tasks provide students with opportunities to use the language to accomplish a goal that is independent of practicing language? Step 3: Plan Instruction
  18. 18. Click HERE or on the images to download a Backwards Design lesson/unit plan template. Designed for foreign language classes.
  19. 19. Click HERE or on the image to read my blog post on planning with Backwards Design.
  20. 20. www.wlclassroom.com Tips, Tools and Resources to help your students rise in proficiency and communicate with confidence.
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