Activity 1 Asynchronous LE 4 C I use a variety of strategies to make language comprehensible.

Lesson Profile
Student Level 
College / University
Target Language 
Teaching Context 
Target Proficiency Level 
Performance Descriptors 
  • Basic factual conversation in highly familiar contexts
  • Answer simple, direct questions
  • Introduce oneself and exchange greetings
  • List, enumerate, identify
  • Use short, memorized phrases
  • Use formulaic expressions
  • Understand basic notices
  • Complete basic forms
Objectives and Standards
Objective 1 
Respond to the commands "read", "listen", "write" and "speak" in Arabic
Objective 2 
Read, hear, write and speak the word "Mama" in Arabic
Objective 3 
Use the audio applet on PowerPoint
Objective 4 
Use the Arabic handwrite feature on Google Translate
Objective 5 
Make a sound recording on Voicethread
World-Readiness Standards
1.1 Interpersonal: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
1.2 Interpretive: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
1.3 Presentational: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.
4.1 Languages: Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
5.1 School and beyond: Learners use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world.
California Standards
Common Core Standards
Performance Assessment (Final Project/Assessment)
Performance Task 1 - Interpretive 

Student correctly records the word "Mama" on Voicethread

Performance Task 2 - Presentational 

Student hand writes the word "Mama" on Google Translate Arabic Handwrite , takes a screenshot of what they wrote, and emails the screenshot to instructor.

Performance Task 3 - Interpersonal 

Following the lesson, student uses the word "Mama" in conversation with other students, texts the word to the teacher, and writes the word in a sentence.

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Task 1 - Interpretive
Task 2 - Presentational
Task 3 - Interpersonal
Opening Activities / Setting the Stage 

The PowerPoint speaks for itself. The opening slide lists four activities, in Arabic, in numbered order. There is a graphic icon to illustrate each activity: read/listen/write/speak. Alt text has been provided for each graphic icon to make it accessible for all users.

Main Activities - Comprehensible Input 

One slide per activity:
Read... read the word "Mama" in Arabic (an English equivalent is provided)
Listen: listen to the word "Mama" on a voice recording
Write: write the word "Mama" using Google Translate Arabic handwrite
Speak: Go to Voicethread to record yourself saying the word, "Mama", in response to a picture of a mother pushing a babycarriage, labeled with the word "mama" written in Arabic

Main Activities - Guided Practice 

The Arabic word is shown next to its English equivalent
Teacher models pronunciation of the word
How to write the word on Google Translate, is shown
Teacher provides model of how to say the word, on Voicethread.

Main Activities - Independent Practice 

Students are instructed to read, listen to, write and say the word "mama" in Arabic, for themselves


Text the Arabic word for "Mama" to your teacher
Email your teacher a screenshot of your word from Google Translate
Make a card for your Mother and address it in Arabic

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