Building Block 1: Generate Ideas
What do languages build for you? Engage students in a discussion on how languages can shape people, societies, and cultures. How can learning a language change their lives?
Step 1: Reflect
Encourage students to reflect on:
- Personal experiences with the language (past and future)
- Relationships with others who speak or are learning the language
- Personal motivators (i.e., exchange trips, movies, programs, etc.)
Have you ever experienced an “aha! moment” while learning your second/additional language? Why was this experience so significant?
You could also use a metaphor to help students reflect upon the concept of “languages build”:
- What are the building blocks of learning a language?
- How do you assemble these blocks?
- What can these blocks create?
Step 2: Brainstorm
Brainstorm situations where it would be essential to speak the language your students are learning. Here is a list to get you started. Can you add to it?
- Introducing yourself
- Talking about yourself and your family
- Travelling across Canada or outside of the country
- Ordering in a restaurant
- Staying at a hotel
- Finding attractions or entertainment
- Asking for help
If you could have a conversation with someone you admire who speaks this language, who would it be and why? Create clues to help classmates guess their identity.