Best End-of-the-School Year activities in the WL class alligned with ACTFL standards

An end-of-the-year activity that is well aligned with the ACTFL standards should have the following characteristics:

Communication: The activity should provide opportunities for students to use the target language in meaningful and authentic ways, such as engaging in conversation, presenting information, or creating written or multimedia products.

Culture: The activity should incorporate authentic cultural materials and experiences that allow students to learn about and appreciate the target language culture(s) and its perspectives.

Connections: The activity should promote connections between the target language and other disciplines, such as history, science, art, or social studies, and/or connect students with native speakers or other language learners.

Comparisons: The activity should encourage students to compare and contrast the target language and culture with their own, as well as with other languages and cultures they have studied or experienced.

Communities: The activity should involve students in collaborative projects or interactions with other students, either within their own classroom or with students from other schools or countries, and/or encourage them to use the target language in community-based settings.

Here is a list of 30 end-of-the-year activities for a world language class aligned with the ACTFL standards:

Cultural presentations
Collaborative digital storytelling
Language scavenger hunt
Pen pal letter exchange
Language debate
Language exchange program
Language museum exhibit
Language cooking class
Language podcast
Language news broadcast
Language film festival
Language trivia game
Language escape room
Language poetry slam
Language theater performance
Language art exhibit
Language book club
Language travel brochure project
Language songwriting competition
Language career day
Language community service project
Language virtual field trip
Language TED talk
Language video diary
Language historical reenactment
Language improv show
Language talent show
Language debate tournament
Language mock United Nations assembly
Language virtual reality experience

Some activities in more detail:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) sets standards for foreign language learning in the United States. End-of-the-year activities that align with these standards should aim to assess students’ proficiency in the target language while also encouraging communication, culture, and language skills.

“Cultural Exchange”: In this activity, students create presentations or posters that showcase a specific cultural aspect of the target language country. They share these presentations with classmates who speak a different language and then participate in a discussion about the cultural differences and similarities they have learned.

Justification: This activity aligns with the ACTFL standards of cultural competence, communication, and connections. By researching and presenting cultural topics, students practice using the target language in real-life situations and engage in cross-cultural communication.

Rubric: The rubric for this activity could include criteria such as accuracy of information, organization, use of the target language, and participation in the discussion.

“Language Immersion Day”: In this activity, students spend a day communicating only in the target language. The teacher may provide prompts or activities that encourage language use and communication.

Justification: This activity aligns with the ACTFL standards of communication, connections, and communities. By immersing themselves in the language, students have the opportunity to practice their language skills in a real-life context and connect with other learners in the class who share the same language learning goals.

Rubric: The rubric for this activity could include criteria such as frequency and accuracy of language use, participation in group activities, and overall language proficiency.

“Cultural Celebration”: In this activity, students plan and host a cultural event that highlights a specific aspect of the target language country. They may create decorations, food, and entertainment that reflect the culture.

Justification: This activity aligns with the ACTFL standards of cultural competence, communication, and connections. By planning and hosting a cultural event, students engage in cultural exploration and learn to appreciate different customs and traditions. Additionally, they practice using the target language in real-life situations and connect with other learners who share the same interests in the language and culture.

Rubric: The rubric for this activity could include criteria such as creativity, accuracy of cultural representation, use of the target language in planning and hosting the event, and overall contribution to the success of the event.

“Language Portfolio”: In this activity, students compile a portfolio of their language work throughout the year, including writing samples, recorded conversations, and cultural research. They may also reflect on their language learning experience and set goals for the future.

Justification: This activity aligns with the ACTFL standards of communication, cultures, and connections. By compiling a portfolio, students demonstrate their language proficiency and reflect on their language learning experience. Additionally, they connect with other learners who are also compiling a portfolio, providing feedback and support for each other’s language development.

Rubric: The rubric for this activity could include criteria such as completeness of portfolio, quality of work samples, evidence of reflection and goal setting, and overall language proficiency.

“Language Museum Exhibit”: In this activity, students research and create a museum exhibit that showcases different aspects of the target language and culture. They may work in groups to gather artifacts, photos, and videos that highlight the language and culture, and then present their exhibit to the class or school community.

Justification: This activity aligns with the ACTFL standards of cultural competence and communication. By creating a museum exhibit, students engage in cultural exploration and develop their understanding and appreciation of different customs and traditions. Additionally, they practice using the target language in real-life situations and share their knowledge and understanding with others in the class or school community.

Rubric: The rubric for this activity could include criteria such as accuracy and quality of research, creativity and coherence of exhibit, use of the target language, and overall engagement and participation.


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