Let’s Solve this Problem! Shifting our International Languages Classes from Spoken Production to Interaction

The revised (2016) curriculum for International Languages finally has a focus on interaction, which represents the vast majority of real-life language use that our students will continue to use in their personal and professional lives. Whether our students learn Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, or any of the other 72 International Languages offered in our province, having our students engage in spoken opportunities to problem solve, state opinions and preferences, and to communicate with respect is fundamental.

Using the action-oriented approach, our students are engaged to use skills to interact with confidence with a variety of speakers both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether it is for school, tourism, community work, post-secondary work or study, or for their own pleasure, in this session, we will explore specific strategies, ideas for scaffolding, and scenarios that will assist International Languages teachers with classroom practice, assessment, and planning, in order to help move from a focus on spoken production to interaction. French as a Second Language educators and curriculum consultants may also be interested in taking part.

Presenter: Jimmy Steele

Audience: Grades 9-12