Performance-based instruction/assessment is not a “new trend.” It has been used widely for many years in languages and other disciplines. As more research is completed, we find that curriculum continues to evolve in providing better instructional methods that present more realistic situations for students. Performance-based instruction places an emphasis in delivering curriculum in a more practical way that leads to better student performance.
Let’s look at the three communication modes of the World-Readiness Standards. The three modes are:
-Interpersonal Communication: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
-Interpretive Communication: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
-Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners reader, or viewers.
Language Proficiency: Competence in expressing yourself in a language
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages defines proficiency as “the ability to use language in real world situations in a spontaneous interaction and non-rehearsed context and in a manner acceptable and appropriate to native speakers of the language.”
To set the stage for this topic, let’s do a quick assessment. Think back when you studied Spanish (or other language) in high school and/or college. What types of activities did you do in class? Place a ✓ or ✗ by each statement.
In the previous post, I referred to zero hour classes and distance learning courses as a way to offer Spanish in schools where no Spanish classes are offered. These two methods can also be used to expand the high school Spanish program. Any level of Spanish can be offered during zero hour. Most distance learning providers offer Spanish 1, 2, and/or 3, but a few providers offer Advanced Placement Spanish courses also. What are some other ways to expand your Spanish program?