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Professional Development Institute 2000

Assessment Tasks

Children's Literature/WL Lesson Plans

Technology/WL Lessons Plans
Title Topic Print
A Trip to the Zoo animals printer-friendly version
Around the Mexican Town maps/ directions printer-friendly version
Can You Describe Me? wild animals printer-friendly version
Can You Find the Color? colors printer-friendly version
Diez amigos van al mercado
  (Ten Friends Go to the Market)
shopping printer-friendly version
¿Dónde está?
   (Where is it?)
locations printer-friendly version
Eyewitness personal description printer-friendly version
Finding a Job reading ads/ writing letters printer-friendly version
First Aid Squad basic questions printer-friendly version
Le Bonhomme Sandwich
  (The Sandwich Man)
body parts printer-friendly version
Let's Make Paella food printer-friendly version
My Home Town giving directions printer-friendly version
¿Qué vas a hacer?
  (What are you going to do?)
weekend plans printer-friendly version
Title Topic Print
Anuncios comerciales
persuading others printer-friendly version
Having a Bad Day self expression/ persuading printer-friendly version
Title Topic Print
A Conversation in a Restaurant foods/ descriptions printer-friendly version
Aclarando malentendidos
  (Conflict resolution)
self expression printer-friendly version
Dangerous Weather vacations/ weather printer-friendly version
Frida Kahlo: Mi interpreptaci Mexican art printer-friendly version
The Incompetent Doctor health printer-friendly version
Las Meninas art descriptions printer-friendly version
Letter to a Friend expressing thoughts and emotions printer-friendly version
Problem in the Emergency Room health printer-friendly version
Problems at the Airport traveling printer-friendly version
Un Nouveau Parfum creating/ describing printer-friendly version
Vive La France Libre DeGaulle/ French Resistance printer-friendly version
Vive le Francais! relationship of language and culture printer-friendly version
Ferris French's Day Off! health, excuses printer-friendly version

Lesson plans and assessments contributed by Central Jersey World Languages Professional Development Institute 2000.
Having a bad day

Title: Having a Bad Day

Topic: Expressing dissatisfaction and convincing others

Level: Novice / Intermediate

Focus Age Group: 16 to 18 years

National Standards Goals:

Communication   Cultures   Connections   Comparisons   Communities

Communicative Mode:

Interpersonal   Interpretive   Presentational

NJ Cumulative Progress Indicators:

  • 7.1.5   Provide and obtain information on familiar topics
  • 7.1.17  Communicate and interact in a limited range of task-oriented and social situations
  • 7.1.18  Respond to statements and initiate and sustain conversations with increasing linguistic accuracy.

Timeframe: One to two 40-minute class periods

Description of task:
You will choose one of the following situations and role-play it with a classmate:

  1. You go to the cleaners to claim some items of clothing that you took there three weeks ago. You had been back twice before to claim them, and you were told the same thing: they were not ready yet. This time the items are given to you, but upon examining them, you see that they have not been properly cleaned. Also, there is some damage to some of the clothing. Express your disappointment, argue with the shop owner and also demand satisfaction. Use as much vocabulary and as many expressions as possible. You are expected to talk for at least two minutes.
  2. You took your car to the mechanic for an oil change. When you returned to pick it up, the mechanic told you that in addition to changing the oil, he changed all the tires, installed a new engine, and changed a few other parts that were defective. Understandably, you are outraged. Tell him how you feel, demand that he change everything back to the original state and threaten him with legal action. Use as much vocabulary and as many expressions as possible. You are expected to talk for at least two minutes.

Materials needed: Prompts (in English) on index cards

Teacher's Notes:
To be able to perform this task, students need to know vocabulary and expressions used to communicate dissatisfaction and disappointment, as well as parts of the car and articles of clothing.

Scoring criteria:

Task completion
4 Completion of task exceeds expectations
3 Completion of task meets expectations
2 Partial completion of task
1 Minimal or not attempt to complete task
Length of exchange
4 Exceeds expectations (more than 2 minutes)
3 Meets expectations (2minutes)
2 Below expectations (less than 2 minutes)
1 Does not meet expectations (1 minute or less)
4 Exceeds expectations Concerted effort to use vocabulary / appropriate responses
3 Meets expectations Uses appropriate vocabulary for the most part/appropriate responses
2 Below expectations Uses inappropriate vocabulary that hampers communication
1 Does not meet expectations Minor attempt to use vocabulary
4 Exceeds expectations Excellent pronunciation with no incorrect sounds
3 Meets expectations Good pronunciation, with some errors
2 Below expectations Poor pronunciation. Hampers communication
1 Does not meet expectations Communication totally hampered by pronunciation
4 Exceeds expectations No grammatical errors
3 Meets expectations Some insignificant errors
2 Below expectations Many significant errors
1 Does not meet expectations Little or no effort for accuracy

The role-playing could be simplified by requiring the students to do a simple transaction at the cleaners or at the mechanic.

Hilda A. Spevack
East Brunswick High School
380 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816


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