Since my last post I’ve been working on ‘blending’ levels 1 and 2 for my new curriculum set up. Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about? Read about my new schedule for next year here.
My main plan is to ‘blend’ levels 1 and 2 as much as possible. I say ‘blend’ because I don’t see that a complete, traditional blend will be possible. As you’ll read, I’m going to keep the topics consistent as much as I can, but there are times when the levels will have to be separate. For example, the first unit. The level 1s will have no background knowledge and I don’t think it’s appropriate to throw them into the deep end. And it’s also not appropriate to have the 2s learn the novice low basics all over again. But when I can, I want to keep the topic/theme consistent so the level 2s can overhear a bit of review (never a bad thing) and the level 1s can overhear a bit of a preview or extension for students who do pick up on language quickly.
Before I go into the division of units and topics, I should say that I did use the 6 AP Themes to guide my curriculum. I do not currently teach AP, but I think these 6 Themes are a fantastic way to organize and create a well-rounded language curriculum. These topics also apply to all levels and allow for differentiating and blending, which I’m all about.
Here is the main event, how I am organizing my units/topics for levels 1 and 2 next year. As you’ll see I tried to keep the unit topics consistent where I could, but sometimes that just wasn’t possible or best for students. This is what I’m trying and I’ll revise and edit as the year goes on. This is quite a basic outline, I’ll write more detailed posts later. Hopefully someone out there will read this and find it helpful!
Unit 1: Wer bin ich? Personal/Public Identities
D1: Wer bin ich? Intro unit
- Where I live/am from
- Greetings/leave taking
- Personal space, gestures, eye contact, etiquette
D2: Review Project/Wer bin ich? Unit 1
- Review Project
Unit 2: Familie und Freunde- Families/Communities/Social Relationships/Social Media/Beauty and Aesthetic
D1: Meine Familie
- Family Members
- Physical characteristics/Personality traits
D2: Meine Freunde
- Media/Social Media
Unit 3: Contemporary Life/Families and Communities
D1: Meine Freizeit
- Things I like to
D2: Mein Alltag
- Leisure activities
- Daily routine
Unit 1: Contemporary Life
D1: mein Haus/zu Hause helfen
D2: Mein Leben, Meine Zukunft
Unit 2: Families and Communities/Social Relationships/Contemporary Life
D1: die Schule
Unit 3: Beauty/Aesthetic
- Fashion and Design
D1 Review colors, adjectives, add in separable-prefix verbs
D2 Review colors, adjectives, add in ein-word adjective endings and dative verbs
Next I plan to post my ideas of how weekly/daily instruction will work. In the meantime, I’d love ideas of how you would tackle the day-to-day set up of teaching two classes at once!