I feel like I use the whole alphabet to plan my units now, but really, it's just six acronyms:
I thought I was working with a lot of letters when I started trying to combine Project-Based Learning and teaching in the Target Language--not to mention principles from both BIE and ACTFL. However, I have recently taken the leap to incorporate AAPPL and IPA into my assessment process, not long after beginning my experiments with incorporating TPRS and efforts to Teach like a PIRATE.
|Alphabet Soup: (PBL + TL + IPA + AAPPL + TPRS + TLAP)|
As it happens, Dave Burgess' Teach Like A PIRATE hooks fit nicely with the Entry Event step in Buck Institute for Education's PBL model. Then, Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling helps me establish essential vocabulary before Integrated Proficiency Assessments scaffold the In-Depth Inquiry and Reflection so critical to PBL.
I will be collecting posts here on each step of an Alphabet Soup Unit's progression, but here's the 10-step breakdown:
4. Inspiration IPA (PBL + IPA + AAPPL)