As students of a foreign language, you are about to embark on an adventure in meaning making at the highest level. This is the core definition of literacy and has to do with how we take in information, process it, and then transform it so that others may share it. Your role in this project is to create a bridge between a term or concept as it is understood in your foreign, or target, language and what you already know and understand about that term in English. The bridge you create in the form of a podcast, powerpoint presentation with sound, or a videocast, is what will give a non-native speaker of English access to the concepts of a core content area.
This project will require you to develop not only advanced vocabulary in your target language but the technology skills that will allow you to create the bridge.
The concept of academic vocabulary
Master the Technological Skills
Practice: Self Introduction in the Target Language
Create the Vocabulary Tutorials
Tutorial Design and Rubric
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Robert Marzano and Debra J. Pickering in Building Academic Vocabulary (ASCD, 2005).