For better or worse, reading is a vital part of the world language classroom!
This activity offers a brief reading in the form of a letter from a pen pal, and covers basic/novice level vocabulary for describing school and classes. It's simple, concise, and full of cognates--a great way to get low level students reading! The activity also includes two sections of comprehension questions (one multiple choice and one short answer).
You could use this as an in class activity or homework assignment. It would also be a great summative assessment/quiz, because the reading includes an array of vocabulary/grammar structures that would be covered in a unit about school and classroom vocabulary.
Included in this download is a student handout and an answer key.
Get those students reading!