1st Edition

Building Proficiency for World Language Learners 100+ High-Interest Activities

By Janina Klimas Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye on Education

    252 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye on Education

    252 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye on Education

    This innovative book offers over 100 engaging and effective activities that busy teachers can use to help students become confident, comfortable, and proficient learners, acquirers, and communicators in new languages. Many activities can be adapted to different languages and levels in secondary-level language courses.

    Klimas provides readers with ready-to-use templates, editable posters, as well as multimodal communicative activities such as games, storytelling exercises, ideas for centers, and more. There are also pair work and speaking, listening, and reading, as well as drama and video activities to build fluency and encourage risk-taking in the target language.

    Chock full of low-prep, engaging ideas, Building Proficiency for World Language Learners is an essential tool for world language and ESL teachers.

    Section I. Members understand that proficiency focuses on what people can do with the language and not what they can't do.
    1. The Proficiency-Oriented Language Classroom
    Section II. The teacher uses the target language as a vehicle of instruction and communication.
    2. Lesson Planning and Starting the Year
    Section III. Members feel comfortable risk-taking in the target language.
    3. Low and No-Prep Games
    Section IV Communication is the main focus of class.
    4. Student-Centered Communicative Activities
    5. Communicative and Research Projects
    Section V. The majority of class time is spent doing activities that build communication skills. Communicative activities that involve speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture are used to build fluency in each.
    6. Reading
    7. Pair Work and Speaking
    8. Grammar, Listening and Writing
    9. Culture
    10. Centers and Choices
    11. Drama and Video Activities
    Section VI. Students and teachers have awareness of and access to proficiency- oriented assessments and use them regularly.
    12. Assessments
    Section VII. Members understand that errors are natural on the road to fluency. Accuracy comes later.
    13. Professional Development


    Janina Klimas is a teacher, linguist, and author. She has taught languages for over 25 years on three different continents and speaks six languages to various levels of fluency. She has a BA in Theater Arts and Foreign Languages and an MA in the Teaching of Languages. She is certified to teach Spanish, English, drama, speech, grades K-8, social studies, gifted education, language immersion, and reading, and has led workshops for language teachers.