GETTING STARTED

Welcome to our language teacher community!

Scroll down for an overview of what’s on the site.

Site OVERVIEW

Here are some quick walk-throughs of the main pages on this website

Member Home Page

Unit Page

Lesson Page

Check out all the units there are!

This can be your complete curriculum

or

support what you are already doing

UNIT DOCUMENTS

EVERY unit includes these documents. Click on the icon to learn more.

Unit Overview

Every unit has a planning page that includes all 5 C’s from ACTFL. If you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen. These are our WL standards, so we want to give you lots of ideas to incorporate a few of them in every unit.

Objective Sheets

This was originally called a “stamp sheet” and now it’s so much more. We believe one step to turning “students” into “learners” is to let them know what they will be learning and letting them track their progress.

Experiences

This is a choice board of homework experiences to let them see the language is real while covering additional standards, specifically culture, community, and interculturality.

Performance Assessments

This is what it all leads to… let’s give a real world scenario and see what they can do. These open-ended assessments focus on the reason they are taking our class – they want to communicate for a real purpose.

There are two types of units:

Planner Unit

Unit Docs + Resources to get you started

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Complete Unit

Unit Docs + Resources + Complete Lessons

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What’s on the unit page…

TECH TIPS

You do not need to download anything from here to teach. Just project it on the board and scroll through it as you go.

If the formatting is off, try this:

  • Make the website “full screen” on your internet browser
  • Change the browser zoom to 100%

Teaching Tip: Bring up the lesson on a second device (your phone, iPad, etc). Use that to have the teaching directions available while you teach.

We think awesome images and graphics make the lessons more interesting. Our pages are full of high resolution images, so expect pages to load slowly the first time you visit it.

Good access to internet is important since lessons connect to current authentic resources. Due to copyrights, you will need to visit these outside sources.

For documents that are in color that you want to print in black/white, try printing in “grayscale” to help with the quality when copying in black/white.

If you are finding that documents are not printing correctly, try googling the printer’s brand and model plus the problem. Many times the issue can be easily solved by adjusting printer settings. For example, there is one setting called “Print to fit page” or “Print to scale” that will ensure that the document fits on the page correctly.

 

Option 1: When printing from a PDF program like Adobe, click “Fit” or try some of the other options that have to do with the sizing.

Option 2: You may have to change the “SCALE” from 100% to a lower number.

We love videos! They include it all – language, culture and real people. Here are tips to using videos in class.

1. Preview all videos before showing. You make the decision if it is appropriate for your schools’ climate and your students.

2. Slow down the video if needed.

Click on “Settings,” and then “Speed.”

Change to .75 or lower to slow the video down.

3. Another feature some videos have is Closed Captions (Click the “CC”).

4. Create a YouTube account that you will use only for school. Commercials on YouTube pop up based on your language setting and search history. Set the target language and search only for school-related videos so the commercials have a possibility to be connected to class. It’s neat to see familiar brands advertise in other languages! If commercials are an issue or annoyance, you can purchase “YouTube Red” to remove them permanently.

Note: All videos are linked to the original videos.

Start Planning
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1. Explore the units

Build your own curriculum and pick the units you want to use. It’s a buffet! Units are given a proficiency range to help you pick the best ones for your level.

2. Visit the UNIT Page

Now dig into the unit. Look through everything on that page to understand the main goals and resources. 

3. Preview the LESSONS

Check out the lessons and adapt to your classes.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here’s everything else the site offers. Click icon to visit that page.

links are for members only

Toolbox

tasks, templates, graphic organizers, posters, games, & more

Planning

Scope & squence options to create your curriculum

Emergency Plans

Lessons & activities so you can be prepared

Assessing

rubrics, grades, proficiency and more

Mini-PD

Videos and posts to explain all things proficiency

FAQ

Common questions and answers here like “How do I use this site?”