In this activity, teachers can learn how to set up inside and outside circles to serve as icebreakers, warm-ups or reviews of specific vocabulary or grammatical structures. This activity should be for short periods of time to get students to interact in the target language. The language structures can vary as can the cultural topic. The modalities include speaking and listening. This activity is applicable for any world language course. Included are suggestions for adapting and extending this performance task.
In this activity, students select and describe an item from another culture that has impacted the culture in the US. The studentâ€™s two minute oral presentation describing the item is followed by questions and answers between students and presenter. Cultural values are discussed. Included is a rubric for evaluating the oral presentation as well as extensions for other proficiency levels. This performance task could be used in any modern language course.
This activity focuses on the ability to invite, accept invitations, refuse invitations, politeness, persuasion and birthday celebrations. During the three stages, there is small group rehearsal and planning session, a role-played performance in front of the class, and whole class debriefing. The modalities include speaking and listening. This activity is applicable for any world language course. Included are suggestions for adapting and extending this performance task. Rubrics for scoring are provided as are additional role plays.