Wachusett Regional School District
Wachusett Mountain

World Language
Connection - Strand 3

Curriculum Frameworks K-12

Approved by School Committee 02/09/98

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Communication - Strand 1
Culture - Strand 2
Participation - Strand 4

In this strand, students are encouraged to make connections between the World Language classroom and learning in other subject areas. By looking for ways to match some of the learning and teaching experiences in the world language class with content or language functions used in other disciplines, students continue to develop skills in the target language while they reinforce what they've learned previously or while they acquire new information and knowledge. Language bridges and enriches learning in the arts, science, social studies, physical education and math.

Lifelong learners use language to acquire new information and knowledge in other disciplines. As one teacher said, "When we view language as a means to learn, we can use it at any time, in any discipline, in any way?

Through the study of language and culture, all students will connect with the content and skills learned in other disciplines. Suggested interdisciplinary activities may include the following:

Arts:

  • Study a content area thematic unit such as Dance Around the World
  • Construct examples of folk art such as arpillera ,vejigante, creche 
  • Invite native speakers into the classroom for an art, theater, music, or dance demonstration 
  • Research artists or artistic movements from target culture 
  • Receive instruction in the target language to perform a dance from the culture 
  • Plan for students to sing for the elderly at a community center in a language other than English 
  • Compare and contrast housing structures through visual display or models


 Enqlish/Languaqe Arts:

  • Make inter-disciplinary connections or study thematic units with literature (legends, folktales, poetry) from other cultures
  • Identify the classical roots of specialized vocabulary ( medicine, science)
  • Criticize and peer-edit writing samples as is done in English class
  • Recognize the similarity when certain vocabulary and language structures are required of students as they predict what will happen next in a story for English class

 Comprehensive Health (P.E., Health, Family Services):

  • play games from another culture using authentic words and phrases
  • Follow instructions on how to play a game in the target language
  • Compare and contrast meals in native and target cultures
  • Give sports commentary while watching a soundless video

 Mathematics, Science and Technology:

  • Use a diagram of the solar system to label with target vocabulary describing either attributes, ordinal numbers, temperature or size
  • Read or paraphrase periodical or newspaper articles related to scientific discoveries or issues in the target language
  • Classify or describe geometric shapes with authentic vocabulary
  • Undertake time and distance problem solving with map of target country
  • Compare of measurement systems
  • Categorize and describe native plant or animal species with authentic vocabulary
  • Ask and answer questions related to the current exchange ratecreate graphs and draw conclusions about them in the target language study content-based thematic units such as The Rain Forest, The Immigrant Experience in the United States, or Games around the World.

Social Studies:

  • Produce ad campaign for election to be held in target culture
  • Conduct mock interview with historical figure from target culture 
  • Hypothesize what might happen in the future after a decade-long drought
  • Express position in a debate about the importance of money or the European Economic Union
  • Role play a tourist needing directions to a specific place
  • Create various types of maps and label with vocabulary from target, language study content-based thematic units such as The Immigrant Experience in the United States