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Connections & Communities

Connect-Reflect: Part 1
Connect-Reflect: Part 2



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Introduction to Wisconsin Standards
for Learning World Languages

Connections & Communities: Connect-Reflect...

Activity 2: Now that you have read about the communities standards, answer the following questions. Try not to look back at your book and see how much you remember.

Thinking about the communities standard, select whether each activity from the list represents a personal enrichment or a practical application. In the space provided, briefly describe why you chose your answer. Feedback is available at the end of the exercise.

1. Look at target culture magazine ads to see how families are represented.

Best Answer: personal enrichment
Reasoning/Example: Learning a second language provides opportunities for students to access a wider variety of resources to pursue topics of personal interest
2. Students explore career options in a global marketplace through a panel of speakers.

Best Answer: personal enrichment
Reasoning/Example: Students learn about a variety of career options where knowledge of a second language and culture would be useful.
3. Students prepare a letter of application for an overseas internship.

Best Answer: practical application
Reasoning/Example: Knowledge of a second language enables students to pursue overseas positions where they will continue to use their second language beyond the classroom.
4. Explore artists of the target culture and explain the cultural significance of their works.

Best Answer: personal enrichment
Reasoning/Example: Students deepen their understanding of the target culture through art.
5. Exchange email with students from the target culture comparing family traditions.

Best Answer: practical application
Reasoning/Example: Through email exchange students of both cultures gain knowledge that promotes mutual respect in a global society.
6. Interview community members who have immigrated to the US.

Best Answer: practical application
Reasoning/Example: Beyond the school setting students are using the skills they have learned to assist members of their own community.
7. Students investigate overseas study opportunities.

Best Answer: personal enrichment
Reasoning/Example: investigating intercultural experiences provides students with a richer perspective of lifestyles at home and abroad.
8. Listening to popular songs from the target culture, students draw conclusions about similarities and differences across cultures.

Best Answer: personal enrichment
Reasoning/Example: Students deepen their understanding of the target cultures through music.
9. Students serve as tutors for local organizations serving minorities in their community.

Best Answer: practical application
Reasoning/Example: A second language allows students to access information from members of a culturally diverse community.
10. Students read a weblog (web-based journal) about environmental issues in the target culture and submit comments reflecting their knowledge and opinions of the issues presented.

Best Answer: practical application
Reasoning/Example: Through technology and the knowledge of the target language students connect and communicate with a worldwide audience.

Personal Connection Mini-Expansion

Connections and Communities Connect-Reflection: Return to your work on the Connections & Communities Remember reflection. Now that you have a more clear understanding of the keywords, connections and communities...

  1. Revise your responses as needed to better describe your activity and how it affects student learning.
  2. Write a new activity and answer the questions accordingly such that your new activity addresses the keyword you did not focus on in your first activity for this reflection.

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