In this new edition of a bestseller, author Deborah Blaz helps you differentiate lessons for your world language students based on their learning styles, interests, prior knowledge, and comfort zones. This practical book uses brain-based teaching strategies to help students of all ability levels thrive in a rigorous differentiated learning environment. Each chapter provides classroom-tested activities and tiered lesson plans to help you teach vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in world language classes in ways that are interactive, engaging, and effective for all learners.
Features new to this edition include:
- Sample thematic units to make your lessons more authentic and immersive
- New strategies for using technology to differentiate world language instruction
- Additional checklists, rubrics, and feedback forms to help you organize your lesson plans and track students’ progress
- New connections to the Common Core State Standards, the ACTFL Standards, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, and Bloom’s Taxonomy
You’ll also learn how to differentiate assessment effectively to help all students show their full potential. Classroom-ready tools and templates can be downloaded as free eResources from our website (www.routledge.com/9781138906181) for immediate use.
Table of Contents
I. DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION: WHAT IT IS/ WHAT IT ISN’T
What is Differentiated Instruction?
What Differentiated Instruction IS
What Differentiation is NOT
Some Research to Support Differentiation
II. FROM CONTENT TO PROCESS TO PRODUCT
Content, or What to Teach
Process, or How to Practice
Product, or How to Assess
Preparing the Students
Management Issues and Ideas
III. PLANNING A DIFFERENTIATED UNIT
Identify What Is to Be Taught (Content)
Pre-assess Students’ Needs and Capabilities
Choose the Form(s) of Assessment to Be Used (Product )
Decide on the Method of Presentation
Select a Variety of Learning Strategies (Process)
Cultural Adventure Unit: Language in Our Community (Spanish)
Project-Based Learning Unit
Checklist for a Differentiated Lesson or Unit
Checklist for Observing a Lesson/Unit that Uses Differentiated Instruction
IV. IDEAS SMORGASBORD
V. Differentiated Assessment
VI. Reflections on Differentiation
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
APPENDIX A: CHECKLISTS
APPENDIX B: THE LANGUAGE OF DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION: KEY WORDS AND CONCEPTS
APPENDIX C: LISTS OF ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES BY STANDARDS
Deborah Blaz has taught French to grades 7-12 for the past 36 years in Indiana. She also serves as the World Language Department Chair at her school.
"All experienced teachers know that having an idea bank at your fingertips helps keep the curriculum fresh and engaging for students and teachers alike. I have given Deb's book as a gift for my student teachers in the past and will continue to do so with this new publication." --Kate Chan, M.A., Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, Spanish
"The perfect book for all foreign language teachers. It is superb from the beginning to the end." --Sergio Meza P., M.Ed., Foreign Language Consultant and ESL Teacher
"Once again, Deborah Blaz has given world language teachers many ideas and techniques to add to their teaching toolboxes. I was captivated with her concrete and ready-to-use examples for differentiating instruction in the world language classroom. As a veteran teacher, I am excited that I will be able to incorporate her practical suggestions with my students for many years to come." --Gary Spurgin, President of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association