Alphabet Soup

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 PIRATE.

Alphabet Soup II
Alphabet Soup: (PBL + TL + IPA + AAPPL + TPRS + TLAP)
I would probably go into gimmick overload if all these methods didn't all complement each other so nicely and really give my unit planning direction, a vision of where each project is headed as well as solid ways to support progress in BOTH students' proficiency AND projects.

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:

1. Entry Events (TLAP + PBL)

2. Storytime (PBL + TPRS)

3. Group planning (PBL + TL) 

4. Inspiration IPA (PBL + IPA + AAPPL) 

5. Collaboration products (PBL + TL) 

6. Proficiency Reflection (PBL + TLAP) 

7. Evaluation IPA (PBL + IPA)

8. Final Product (PBL + AAPPL) 

9. Practice presentation 

10. Show Time

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