About the Content
Is there student access to the site?
The site is set up for teacher access only, giving you tons of resources and activities to get the communication going. If there’s something to print for the students or a link to share with them, that will be included in the teacher directions. Check out the sample unit to see exactly what it looks like.
How many units can I access each month?
After you sign up for a paid membership you will have access to ALL units and lessons. We know many teachers teach multiple levels at one time and also like to plan ahead. Sign up, log in, and you can see and use all units and all lessons! We will continue to add new units throughout the year.
When will you add new units and lessons?
We are constantly adding lessons in all languages and for all levels. Typically you’ll see 2 units with new lessons for each language per year. However, we may add more!
Chinese and Arabic have lots of unit resources to support you and unify your program. No additional lessons are being added at this time. Fingers crossed that this changes, though!
What units are available for my language?
Check out this page to answer that!
What is included in each unit?
Try the SAMPLE UNIT in your language to see exactly what it has.
Are there vocabulary lists and quizzes?
Not exactly. Some lessons have a short list of words and phrases that are targeted during the lesson. We’ve found that WE as teachers are used to the list, but they do just fine (OR BETTER) without it. As we learned more about proficiency we found it was more important for them to learn language functions rather than topic vocab. Example: For a lesson like “I can give my opinion about extreme sports” they ALL need to know “I think” “it is” and “because” = function vocab. They all need detail vocab too, but that is going to be unique to each kid. Some might need the word “dangerous, extreme, wild” and others might want “exciting, adventurous, and thrilling.” Click to see more examples.
If I can give students input, I know they will learn the function vocab, and they can learn whatever they want for the details. However, I always checked that they can complete the daily objective by the end of class and that usually required both function + some details. By the time I assessed at the end of the unit, I found kids were using a greater variety of words and lots of details I would have never put on a vocab list. I saw that they weren’t limited to the list – it was awesome! Plus, if you have native speakers like I did… they may already know 75% of the list. When the focus was to complete the daily objective at your proficiency, they had to actually think! – Megan
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Can I download the units?
Exceptions: Each unit has a packet to download a unit overview, student goal sheet, homework options, and an assessment so you can print. Some lessons may include a handout, activity or graphic organizer that you will be able to directly print for your students.
Are there "DISTANCE LEARNING" lessons?
Yes! As of 6/2/2020, there are at least 17 independent lessons for Spanish, 7 for French, 7 for German and 2 for Arabic. Go to your language page, scroll down to the section with “Independent Lessons.”
Plus we have videos (from teachers that actually did it) to explain how to use ANY unit/lesson from our site in this situation.
Can I put materials on other programs like Canvas, Google Docs, etc?
The site was created so that you will not have to do that extra step since you can teach directly from the site. However, if you really want to, you can use the materials however you want, as long as you have an active membership and the materials are protected from the public. If you cancel your account, then you may not continue to use the materials on your own programs.
What grades/ages are these lessons made for?
Originally our lessons were created for high school students, but would also work well for middle school. See the “Scope & Sequence” page for suggestions.
There are some new units made specifically for younger learners that have simplier and shorter lessons (Kites, Snacks, Birthdays).
Plus there are units made for young adults/college with deeper topics (Influential People, World of Sports).
We advise all teachers to preview videos and resources before using them to be sure they are appropriate for your students and school.
How long are the lessons/units?
Each lesson is created to last 45-60 minutes depending on how in-depth you choose to complete each activity. If a lesson is longer or shorter, we’ll note that at the top of the teacher directions.
You may choose to add your own questions to continue conversations or include practice activities in specific lessons. You may choose to skip some activities or add some. You have the freedom to adjust these to fit your teaching style and your students’ unique learning styles and personalities. You can also add your own opening/closing routines.
Each unit is set to last about 2 weeks, but may take slightly longer for projects, presentations and assessments. We have a “Length” suggestion posted in the gray section on the unit page.
Is this a complete curriculum?
Yes, it can be. It all depends on how you want to use it. You get to create your own personalized curriculum based on proficiency levels.
We want you to have access to engaging and communicative lessons on a variety of topics that are based on real people and culture. Our current units target novice/intermediate/advanced proficiency levels. Here are our available units and a suggested Scope & Sequence.
Check out this page to see the available units by languages.
Does this support the AP themes?
Absolutely! We intentionally plan each unit to connect to at least one (and usually more) theme. See the AP chart for details.
Where's the grammar?
We believe grammar should be broken down into only what is needed to complete the daily objective. You will not see grammar-based units on here.
If you really want to add more in, we suggest that you teach the unit as is, then add the grammar lessons as a way to “clean up” their language.
As a member, you’ll have access to more training videos and posts about teaching for proficiency and communication. Plus the “Toolbox” page has information on where the grammar topics are embedded in the units.
Are there performance assessments?
Yes! We love open-ended, task-based scenarios that check what they can do. Units have several options for different modes/skills for you to choose from. Some units have IPAs.
What do you have for French, German, Italian, and Chinese? When will you add more?
See the available unit themes. Our plan is to have the same unit and lessons available in all languages (see 5-year example).
What do you have for Arabic? What dialect?
We have a lot started for Arabic!
Every unit has “unit documents” to get your planning started to have a communicative curriculum. There are the following: Planning Overview (the 5 C standards), Performance Assessments, Unit Objectives in Arabic (for learners to track their progress), and Homework choice board. These have been translated into Modern Standard Arabic. Plus each unit page has some curated authentic resources and lesson ideas to get you started. These resources have a variety of dialects, but most are Modern Standard.
Plus there are signs for the classroom and adaptable activities to build your own lessons.
They are for middle and high school, beginning learners (novice) to native speakers (advanced).
See the available unit themes.
I teach a language that you don't offer, would the site benefit me?
It depends on what would help you. Here’s what we would say would be helpful:
How do I renew or change levels on my membership?
If you need any help, send us an email.
How do I cancel my membership?
Need to cancel? No problem. We don’t want this to be a hassle.
Log in and go to your account page. Click on “subscriptions” to cancel.
Change your mind? You can sign back up anytime!
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Can I get a refund?
How does the billing work for the monthly option?
Who do I contact if I have a problem?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll address the situation ASAP.
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