ACFTL and 21st Century Skills

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This is page 4 of the some of the work the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages has done in aspirations of inspiring innovation and change in the FL classrooms across the nation.  I like that teaching in the past is identified and suggestions for teaching in the 21st century are defined. In many ways this document lends itself to brain-based research in the snese that he shows that the brain craves and requires meaning and significance.

I use this page as a guide for the work that I do in the classroom.  This is also an important piece of information to share with our colleagues and administrators that might not fully understand the expectations of a modern language classroom.  Many of our colleagues do not have the time to spend reading about theory and practice by experts in SLA. This graphic helps us to make decisions about what we teach and how we teach it.  In many ways, it guides us to reflect on creating better lessons and assessments.

Daniel H. Pink wrote a New York Times bestseller,  “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.” Throughout the book the discussion is much about the complex paradigm shift in our American society and how it relates to the future of our economy and business.  His work and the above graphic is not opinion based information, they are observations based on the facts of a changing world.  As the world evolves so must the ways teachers engage students.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills document is extensive. It is a collection of work that includes collaboration directed by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages.  It is intended to provide teachers, school administrators, and policymakers with examples of how 21st century skills can be integrated into core subjects (p1).

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  • Reblogged this on senorfernie and commented:
    I wish I knew about this when I started teaching a few years ago. It so clearly sums up what we try to do when we go against the “grammar grind” (thanks for that term, Chris Stoltz – It’s a great tool to show administration and parents to say, “the way that we did it in school when we were kids is just not effective for the purpose of teaching kids to communicate.”

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