Discuss in pairs or groups. Have you ever been in a situation where basic knowledge of a language was useful? What happened and how did the situation progress? What language or other help did you end up using? Come up with a situation where you meet with your pair for the first time, using aContinue reading “10. Making the most of rudimentary language skills”
Reflect individually, in small groups, or with your whole class: What do your home languages mean to you? You can start by thinking about yours and others’ right to use their home language(s) in their daily lives. Communities and cultures can be groups of friends, hobby groups, family, relatives, or society. Which culture or culturesContinue reading “25. My language and culture”
Reflect on your own linguistic and cultural background by making a family tree. How does diversity show in your family and relatives?
Find a video in which different languages are used at the same time. Are there marked differences between the situations in which different languages are used? In what situations do you yourself mix and combine different languages? Make a short video of yourself using a variety of languages.
Do you use several languages in your daily life? How? How could you use your knowledge of different languages to make sense of a new language? Do you borrow words from different languages when you can’t remember a word in another language? Give examples.
Have you noticed that you adapt the language you use depending on the person with whom you are talking? How? You can start by thinking about how you would speak to relatives younger than you, how you would explain something IT-related to an older person, or how you would speak to a potential employer atContinue reading “5. Adapting language (1/2)”
In this task you will reflect on how you use language in different situations and for different purposes. Using less than 50 words, describe how you use language in social media. Remember that emoticons, memes, pictures, videos, and voice messages are also ways of using language. Describe briefly how your language use may vary dependingContinue reading “4. Language in social media”
Take out the inventory you made of your language skills in the task called “My language repertoire” . Discuss in pairs: Where (e.g., at school, at home, in your free time) and with whom do you use different languages? Do you use languages in different ways at school and at home? For teachers: This taskContinue reading “3. Using languages in different contexts”
Take out the inventory you made of your language skills “2. My language repertoire“. Think about what you can do and in which contexts you can use the languages you listed. If you find it difficult to get started, try to think of situations where you usually cope well with the languages you listed. TryContinue reading “14. The CEFR proficiency levels”
Take out the inventory you made of your language skills in task 2. “My language repertoire“. Familiarize yourself with the table below. For each language you have knowledge of, fill in a verbal description of your skills in the table below. Fill in your proficiency level in each language according to the Evolving Language ProficiencyContinue reading “15. Describing language skills”