Literacy: a recursive process between teaching and learning. by Barbara Bird derived from Sample Project

created on Jul 31, 2015 modified on Jun 24, 2016 08:27


The primordial difficulty of every student: to move beyond token-for-token processing to analysis and the understanding of the multiple meanings of a text, to progress from mere decoding to rich interpretation.

  Patrikis (2003)

In this project, 4th semester students of Italian will read a novel, Jhumpa Lahiri's "In altre parole" (2015), and prepare pedagogical materials for teachers and students of Italian who wish to read the same novel in their own classes. This 10-week project is intended for a group of students who have a developing conversational proficiency, but who have limited experience with reading in the target language. This project will support students in increasing their reading proficiency while raising their own awareness about the language learning process.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
Barbara Bird

Language: Italian

Subject Area(s): national identity, language and literature, emigration/immigration, education, communities

Instructional Context

Audience Role:
Teachers of Italian will participate in an interview with students and will provide limited feedback on a draft of student projects.

Product Target Culture:

Audience Location:
A large facebook group made up primarily of teachers of Italian as a second or foreign language, "Italiano per stranieri"

Target Audience Description:
Students enrolled in 4th semester Italian classes at a large urban community college will create didactic materials to be used by teachers of Italian as a second or foreign language. These materials may also be used by autonomous students for self-directed language learning.

Heritage Learners:

Product Description:
Students will create a portfolio of teaching materials to be used by other non native speakers when reading the chosen novel. The format of the final product is expected to be varied and include items such as vocabulary lists, vocabulary exercises, online flash cards", online "audience participation" quizzes, discussion questions, blog posts, powerpoints, short instructional videos, and storyboards.

Language Proficiency

ILR Scale Reading:
2 3

ILR Scale Listening:
2 3

ILR Scale Speaking:

ILR Scale Writing:

ACTFL Scale:
4 5 6

World Readiness Standards


Cultural comparisons
Language comparisons

School and Global
Lifelong Learning

Making Connections
Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives

Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives
Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives

21st Century Skills

Information, Media, and Technology Skills
Creativity and Innovation

Life and Career Skills
Social and Cross Cultural Skills
Flexibility and adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction

Interdisciplinary Themes
Global Awareness

Life and Career Skills
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and responsibility

Information, Media, and Technology Skills
Technology Literacy
Media Literacy

Project Sequence Overview