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Differentiated Instruction
A Guide for World Language Teachers





ISBN 9781138906181
Published March 1, 2016 by Routledge
202 Pages

 
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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

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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 Yourself

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

Classroom Environment

Select a Variety of Learning Strategies (Process)

Sample Units

Learning Centers

Interdisciplinary Units

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

Vocabulary

Speaking/Listening

Reading

Post-Reading Projects/Strategies

Writing

Review

Other

V. Differentiated Assessment

Use Choice

Use Context

Use Variety

Managing Grades

VI. Reflections on Differentiation

Graphics

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

Common Core

ACTFL

References

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Biography

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.

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Reviews

"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

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