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Two day lesson plan is included with National Standards, warm-ups, preparation activities, meaningful and communicative activities, closure activities, and Performance Based Task and the necessary materials.
The skill set in this Long-Range Lesson Plan asks students to distinguish days of the week, courses and time using the three modes of communication: reading, speaking and presentation.
For the interpretive mode of the IPA, students will enjoy this reading as it is in the format of a puzzle. The following day, students complete their own schedules by following the format of the schedule from the day before. The interpersonal phase of the IPA is a modified wagon-wheel; they are to ask each other various questions about each others’ schedules in the target language. Students really enjoy this activity; it gets them moving around and talking with the entire class. They also get to talk about their own likes and dislikes about school which helps to promote a positive student-to-student rapport. For the presentational activity—formal assessment in the form of a Performance Based Task— they will orally respond to a letter about their own schedules. At this point in the lesson, in having already completed the interpretive and interpersonal modes about their school, students are confident in their communication abilities and are able to meet the expectations of the presentational phase.
The tasks are student-centered and allow the teacher to act as a facilitator to student learning. This two day lesson incorporates the Connections standard via cultural comparisons of French and American school schedules, and also touches the Community Standard by bringing spoken French into their living rooms via the voicemail activity. In addition, this lesson includes a range of real world application—reading a letter, talking about school with others, and leaving a voicemail. The best part of an IPA is that the three phases naturally fit into the lesson so that students do not feel as if they are being assessed!