How to construct a language unit using backward design and a communicative understanding of language teaching and learning.
Chantal Cassan-Moudoud and Maria R. Diaz
St. Andrews Episcopal School
The presenters will explain how to define the communicative goals of a unit and how to define the final assessment performance. From there, they will show how to unpack the linguistic tools needed to address the final communicative tasks. Grammar concepts and vocabulary knowledge are presented as means to complete a communicative function. Cultural understanding, introduced through authentic media and legitimate scenarios, is of central importance in this language paradigm.
See also: Opening Session: A journey from a traditional grammar-driven curriculum to a program that favors communicative competence and cultural understanding.