Foreign Language Thematic Units for Language Classes
Over the summer of 2015, teachers developed foreign language thematic units to help students acquire social language–language for everyday use both in class and if
students were to travel to a foreign country. Up until then, most language taught had been around science, math and language arts content areas. These foreign language
themes provide a framework for teachers to plan basic communication skills in addition to academic language through science, math and literacy.
We started the process by selecting foreign language themes that were most useful for kindergartners and first graders. Each theme includes vocabulary and language
structures to assist students in applying the vocabulary to their daily language use. The foreign language thematic units for each grade level are
designed to build upon each other, so that the vocabulary and language structures become more advanced with each year.
Since 2015-2016 second graders were not exposed to these themes in their first two years at The GLOBE Academy, at this time, they are learning both the
kindergarten and first grade units on a daily basis.
It is our hope that after three years of intentional teaching of social language through these foreign language themes, students will be able to focus their attention on
the academic language of content areas.