ACFTL and 21st Century Skills

I wish I knew about this when I started teaching a few years ago. It so clearly sums up what we try to do when we go against the “grammar grind” (thanks for that term, Chris Stoltz – It’s a great tool to show administration and parents to say, “the way that we did it in school when we were kids is just not effective for the purpose of teaching kids to communicate.”

Optimizing Immersion

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This is page 4 of the some of the work the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages has done in aspirations of inspiring innovation and change in the FL classrooms across the nation.  I like that teaching in the past is identified and suggestions for teaching in the 21st century are defined.

I use this page as a guide for the work that I do in the classroom.  This is also an important piece of information to share with our colleagues and administrators that might not fully understand the expectations of a modern language classroom.  This graphic helps us to make decisions about what we teach and how we teach it.  In many ways, it guides us to reflect on creating better lessons and assessments.

Daniel H. Pink wrote a New York Times bestseller,  “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.” Throughout the…

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