Conversations in School

Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Culture, Communication, School, Expression

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use the target language within the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community.

Know Before You Start: Students should have language fluency to conduct basic conversations.


  • Ask students:
    • “What are some conversations you might have at school?”
    • “What would it be like to be a foreign exchange student?”
    • “How could you make a foreign exchange student feel welcome?”


  • As a class, have students share what they and other students talk about at school.
  • Have students brainstorm different settings for conversations at school and think of a topic of conversation for their comic.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic in the target language that portrays a short dialogue between students.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose the conversation topic featured in their comic.
  • Discuss why it’s important to be able to create dialogue in a different language.
  • Emphasize that practicing conversations that might happen in schools can help practice for conversations in a different language that might happen elsewhere.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • If students are struggling to create an original script, they may start by writing in English and then translating it into the target language.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.

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