Combining textbooks and TCI is a fun and exciting challenge that most teachers need to fulfill, myself included. Second Language Acquisition research suggests that acquisition does not progress linearly, each student acquires at their own pace, and students will not be at the same stage or level of acquisition in all areas at the same time. Creating a curriculum map that allows students to engage at their (i+1) is imperative for inspiring communicative competence. Textbooks offer lists of vocabulary topics and collections of grammar notes but do not very often reflect theory and practice of building implicit linguistic knowledge systems. The materials shown here are an attempt to do so in the context of combining a textbook curriculum with just a few resources that can be used to teach using CI-based methods such as TPRS, MovieTalks or the Narrative/Paraphrase Approach, and/or Embedded reading activities.
Click here to go through a very quick glance at a Spanish 1 curriculum. It gives a visual representation to the components of this particular curriculum.
Below is a copy of the scope and sequence document that we were asked to develop in our high school PLC. These documents do not fully justify or realize all that occurs in a classroom based on Teaching with Comprehensible Input and is not mean to be exhaustive but rather a “quick look.” What it can do is offer a starting point for teachers developing a linear sequence for teaching and learning in an endeavor that is anything but linear.
The Prezi presentation and document attempt to reflect listening/viewing opportunities of native speakers via 2 video programs, 2 level-appropriate TPRS novels, and the use of a textbook curriculum throughout the entire year. Additionally, attention is given to the 21st Century Skills map that justifies the use of such resources.
For the most thoughtful and innovative scope and sequence documents to date, keep your eyes open to the work of Diana Noonan and others at Denver Public Schools. Denver Public Schools for many years now has had the most innovative and successful World Language programs in the nation. If the documents are ever shared publicly they will be worth reading.
Click here to access a hybrid Scope and Sequence.