World Languages Introductions

Subject: World Languages

Lesson Length: 30 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Greetings in a Target Language

Grade Level: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Standards:

This hits the five C’s of the ACTFL.  The main one is:
Interpersonal Communication: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

Breaking the 4th wall to include cultural information (How to bow, why things are said a certain way, pertinent history or relevance), will bring in the other C’s, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Brief Description: This comic will introduce students to 1. Basic greetings, 2. How to use Pixton, 3. How to use the Input Method Editor (keyboard) of the target language.

Know Before You Start: This comic uses a “4th wall breaking” technique to keep the students immersed in the target language while delivering instructions.

Hook: Set this up like an interview.  If you would like, show your students how to insert you or their classmates into their comic, or just have your students answer facing the camera.

Activity: Students are given a Pixton Comic created by you, where you ask them questions.  In this example, Students are being greeted and must reply with proper greetings.  Suggestions for backgrounds include newscasts, TV talk show, courtroom, classroom, dinner table…

Closure: Ask students to share with an elbow partner (or buddy from the classroom if teaching remotely) for feedback before submitting.  After all students are done, create a gallery walk, or have students present to each other.

Differentiation:

  • Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.

  • Provide printout of the sample comic for student reference.

  • Provide a word bank to students.

  • “High flyers” can be encouraged to add more panels, or ask their own interview questions of the teacher in the target language.

Resources:

  • The comic which is the teacher’s side of the interview to print or display: Comic.

  • A printout of the IME (Input Method Editor, or keyboard) of the target language, if desired.

  • A word bank to print or display, if desired.