I taught level 1 for 22 years! This year I am teaching only 2-4 for only the second time in my career! I miss those little level 1 guys and gals! It is so much fun to give them their first taste of language study… but on the flip side, it is also so much fun to see them use their language to talk about topics like water shortage, medical issues, immigration, and ocean plastics.
Leaving the textbook behind in favor of a proficiency based curriculum was scary but it has been a process that has taught me so much. Over the last 10 years, I have developed a scope and sequence that brings me high enrollment in levels 2, 3, and 4 and much more proficient students. Not only that but it has brought me a lot more life-long learners and students excited to use their language outside the classroom.
Last week, I shared my scope and sequence documents and links to the materials I use in a series of posts. I wanted to create one post that would collect them for easier reference!
What we are doing will not be a perfect fit for everyone and it may take time to bring all the pieces together… but if you’re looking for some ideas, maybe this is a place to start!