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Engaging World Language Students with Authentic Texts & Tasks

Monday, November 1

Students engage more in their learning when they can clearly discern its application beyond the classroom. Making plans for the weekend that include a real weather report is more appealing than a worksheet. Negotiating which movie to watch that’s presently in theaters stays with them longer than just describing their favorite film. With a focus on student agency and a dialectical approach to instruction, teachers can use high-leverage teaching practices to design activities that both spark students’ interest and support their emerging language skills.

Discussant: Noah McLaughlin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of French and Director, Foreign Language Resource Collection, Department of Foreign Languages, Kennesaw State University