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Novice
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
 
Novice/Intermediate
Title Topic Print
Anuncios comerciales
  (Ads)
persuading others printer-friendly version
Having a Bad Day self expression/ persuading printer-friendly version
 
Intermediate
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.
Letter to a friend

Title: Letter to a friend

Topic: Expressing thoughts and emotions

Level: 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:

  • 7.1.8    Create and respond to simple phrases, questions, and sentences
  • 7.1.17  Communicate and interact in a limited range of task-oriented and social situations
  • 7.1.18  Respond to statements with increasing linguistic accuracy

Time frame: One 40-minute class period

Description of task:
One of your friends from camp has written you a letter. You have to answer this letter and express your thoughts, feelings and emotions (such as sympathy, sadness, happiness, hope, etc.) in reaction to her statements. Also,tell her what's new in your life since you last communicated.

Materials needed: Letter from friend, paper and pen.

Teacher's notes:
Distribute to each student the letter they are supposed to answer. Students have to write back to friend, responding and reacting accordingly. (Students will express emotions such as sympathy, surprise, happiness, hope, etc.)

Scoring criteria:

Task completion
4 Exceeds expectations;content appropriate; ideas extensively developed and well organized
3 Meets expectations; content appropriate; ideas well developed; good organization
2 Does not meet expectations; content mostly appropriate; ideas not fully developed and lacking in organization
1 Minimal attempt to complete task; content not appropriate
 
Comprehensibility of written expression
4 Text readily comprehensible
3 Text mostly comprehensible
2 Text somewhat comprehensible
1 Text barely comprehensible
 
Vocabulary usage
4 Appropriate and rich use of vocabulary with elaboration
3 Appropriate use of vocabulary
2 Some inappropriate use of vocabulary
1 Inadequate or inappropriate use of vocabulary
 
Accuracy
4 Uses variety of structures with high level of accuracy
3 Shows much effort to use language structures with accuracy
2 Shows some effort to use language structures with accuracy
1 Shows minimal or no effort to use language structures with accuracy

Adaptations:
This activity can be adapted to any level, depending on what the teacher wants to elicit from students. It can be given as a homework assignment or as a reading comprehension (listing the problems mentioned in the letter).

Hilda A. Spevack
East Brunswick High School
380 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
732.613.6900

Perú , 15 de junio de 2000

Señorita... / Señor...

East Brunswick

 

Querida... / Querido...

Desde que volví de Nueva Jersey no hago más que pensar en los buenos ratos que pasamos durante el verano. Recuerdo las travesuras que les hicimos a nuestros amigos y me pongo a reír a solas, y lo que es más divertido es que mi familia piensa que estoy loca porque no saben de qué me río. He echado de menos a todos las personas tan simpáticas que conocí, pero ahora tengo muchas cosas que contarte. Poco después de que volví a casa papá se enfermó y tuvo que ir al hospital. Todos estábamos muy preocupados por su salud, pero afortunadamente ya está mejor. ¿Recuerdas la última vez que hablamos? Entonces te conté que mi novio estaba portándose un poco mal. Desde entonces hemos terminado y ahora él anda con otra. Bueno, creo que esto tenía que suceder. ¡Ahora las buenas noticias! Tengo un nuevo perrito que se llama Sancho y el próximo fin de semana mi familia y yo iremos a visitar parientes en Venezuela. Nunca he estado allí, así que tengo muchos deseos de ir. En la próxima te contaré de mi viaje.

 

Hasta pronto,

Teresita.

   

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