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Teaching Foreign Languages K–12

A Library of Classroom Practices

هل تشرب قهوة في وقت الفراغ؟
How We Spend Our Free Time

اضغط هنا للترجمة باللغة العربية

Video Summary

In this lesson, eighth graders in Katie Quackenbush's Arabic I class continue a unit on hobbies and practice asking and answering questions using "you" and "I." Ms. Quackenbush reviews the lesson agenda with the class and starts students off with a speaking activity in which students in groups pass around a paper bag as music plays. When the music stops, the student holding the bag picks a card from the bag and asks a classmate whether he or she likes doing the activity pictured on it. Ms. Quackenbush assesses student understanding of unit vocabulary and subject-verb agreement in their questions and responses, and provides corrective feedback. After the game, students survey classmates about whether they enjoy doing certain activities in their free time and create a bar graph using the data they have collected. Then Ms. Quackenbush tells students that in the next class they will compare their free-time activities with those of students in Saudi Arabia.

Standards Addressed


Interpersonal, Interpretive



Key Terms
learner-centered classroom
thematic units

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Classroom at a Glance
Teacher: Katie Quackenbush
Language: Arabic I
Grades: 8
School: Boston Latin Academy, Boston, Massachusetts
Lesson Date: May 4
Class Size: 14
Schedule: 47 minutes daily

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