I made this Smartboard presentation to use at the beginning of class every day with my students in grades 5-8. There are three sections, for levels Novice Low, Novice Mid, and Novice High. As my students progress, we use more difficult sections.
All three sections have a slide for telling the date, the current time, and the current weather. After that, the sections offer common questions/answers leveled for students. In the Novice Low section, for example, the questions are very basic and only include informal language. In the Novice Mid section, the questions require more than a one-word response, and they include options for formal and informal speaking. The Novice High section continues the formal/informal divide and encourages simple sentences and greater verb use. All questions are connected to the ACTFL standards for their level.
The first two sections have voice options - tap the question/word, and you'll get a recording of that text. This helps when there's a substitute teacher.
I've used my name and picture in the teacher model part of each section - you'll want to replace it with your own, and you may wish to do your own voice recordings, as well. Once students get comfortable with the routine, I have a student play teacher and lead the class through the routine at the beginning of class. This is a great warm up, it is in line with the ACTFL I Can statements, it builds automaticity in fundamental skills, and it gives me a chance to observe, listen, and take roll without losing engagement or class time. As an added bonus, I haven't had to explicitly teach time, the date, or basic personal information since I started using this.
Please feel free to take and use this however you wish! There are a few notes here and there for/by my own students - this is an activity we use every single day, and they really look forward to it.
- as an added idea: when teaching formal/informal language, I give students oversized name tags with titles, family words, or professions on them (e.g., Señorita, Señor, médic@, maestr@, meser@, herman@, abuel@, ingenier@, hij@, etc). This practices common family words and professions while making students choose whether they should use formal or informal language with others in the room.