Recently a colleague shared that a certain school had students respond to the chapter test reading passage in English. He shared that the students responded to all the other parts of the test in the modern language; they wrote a mini-composition, they wrote out answers to oral questions, etc. He felt it was inconsistent with the other testing parts and missed the ACTFL 90% in the modern language concept.
Students can respond in many ways to a modern language reading comprehension passage other than in English.These activities do not require students to produce complete sentences.
A) They read statements about the passage and indicate if the modern language statements are True or False. John leaves at seven thirty Yes No
B) They answer modern language multiple choice statements/questions John has English at A-8:00, B-9:00 C-10:00 D- 11:00
C) They answer each modern language question in one to three words in the target language Where is John? School
D) They select the appropriate picture of objects, people or scenes. Which scene is being described in the passage? A, B or C
E) They underline the answer in the passage and put the question number next to it. John goes to Science after lunch. (in the modern language) 3. When does John go to Science? after lunch 3
F) They do a matching with the modern langauge questions on the left side and the answers in scrambled order on the right.
G) They read and answer each modern language question word with one to three words.
(in modern language) Who? What? Where? When? How many?
H) They complete incomplete modern language statements about the reading. John does not like _______ class.
I) After reading, they label a picture. After reading a passage about two sisters, they identity in a picture which sister is which, what each sister has in her backpack, etc.
Teacher can decide whether to use literal questions (the answer is physically in the passage John arrives at school at eight o’clock Question When does he arrive at school? ) or inference questions (Students have to infer the information from the passage, the information is not directly stated John leaves school at three. How many hours is he in school? Students finds out when he arrived and when he leaves and calculates the total).
Let’s immerse students in the modern language in reading comprehension. Let’s help our student feel that they are capable of reading, understanding, and responding in the modern language.
In what language do your students respond to reading passages?
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