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Very excited - first class!

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faithinthesound Mon 12-Feb-18 05:02:29

I've been asked to teach two language classes once a week this year! I'll basically have the entirety of Thursday afternoons, teach one language for forty minutes, five minute changeover, teach the other language for forty minutes, pack up.

I'm really keen to make a good go of this because I'm not actually a qualified classroom teacher. What I am is a qualified classroom assistant with a significant background in both of these languages. With that in mind I'm fairly open ended in terms of the objectives they have set for me ("teach the languages, and... go") lol.

But I'm far more hard on myself and want some concrete assessment built in. They haven't told me I have to but I know I'll feel a lot better if the kids have something to show for my lessons and I'm not just some rando they got off the street to babysit for the afternoon if you see what I mean.

So I'm looking for ideas of assessments for VERY basic language learners that aren't just sit down and take this test type deals. I have a few in mind already--I don't come before you to do my thinking or me, but rather to help me brainstorm!

For context I have no intention of purely teaching language: I have solid plans to include a cultural component for each language. Again, they didn't tell me I had to, but I don't feel right teaching one without the other.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!

-"Miss P"

SandLand Mon 12-Feb-18 05:41:03

How old are the Kids?

NovemberWitch Mon 12-Feb-18 05:43:31

Consider video evidence to demonstrate verbal fluency, rather than paper and written. Build in games as a key element. Look at good primary practice in KS1 for literacy and see what you could adapt as assessment.

faithinthesound Mon 12-Feb-18 05:51:22

They're eleven to thirteen but this is their first time learning these languages.

NovemberWitch Mon 12-Feb-18 06:22:43

So what are you aiming to achieve? Because if you have a few success criteria, then it’s easier to work out how to assess if they’ve got there. Our language teacher uses a lot of games, matching pictures and vicabulary, activities to build verbal fluency including songs. There are schemes of work online that might give you a few ideas.

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