Language Acquisition

October 7, 2018 to October 20, 2018

Spanish:

We learnt the past imperfect tense and practiced the conjugations of the same. We discussed how people used to communicate in the past and talked about the evolution in the ways of communication.

French:

Phase 1&2 :

This week both phases were combined and to conclude this unit, we watched interactive videos from “TV5Monde – Enseignr le Francais” to fortify our learning about the world of internet and technology. We did some online exercises and learnt colloquial French expressions from video transcriptions. We also discovered the concept of cyber bullying and ways to prevent it. In grammar, we revised the formation of imperatives and did some exercises.

September 23, 2018 to October 6, 2018

Spanish:

We learnt to talk about a picture or a text. After practicing on a few texts, we took an oral formative assessment. We discussed how communication has evolved with the passing of time.

French:

Phase 1&2 :

We explored numerous resources to deepen our understanding of using Internet safely. We made posters that create awareness of Internet safety, advantages and disadvantages for youngsters. We also learnt the formation of Imperatives in affirmative and negative forms. We made posters on the rights and duties of being an Internet user. We also discussed our homework sheet and worked on the feedback received.

Hindi:  

Phase 3 : 

We watched a Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’ which tells the story of an anonymous traveler’s arrival to a village, how he develops good connections there and disappears afterwards. We also had Criterion A practice based on the film. We watched another short movie named ‘The Joy of Giving’. We read a travelogue article ‘Ek path ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and discussed how travelling to different places gives us the opportunity to explore history and old cultures.

This week we also had our Formative assessments based on criteria B, C & D.

Phase 4 : 

We worked on our own Hindi blogs and learned to type in Hindi. We read through a variety of Hindi websites, blogs and travelogue articles in order to discuss how travelling to different places gives us the opportunity to explore history and old cultures. We watched a Hindi feature film ‘Pankh’, which tells the story of an anonymous traveler’s arrival to a village, how he develops good connections there and disappears afterwards. We also had Criterion A practice based on the film.

This week we had our Formative assessments based on criteria B, C and D.

September 8, 2018 to September 23, 2018

Spanish:

We received the teacher’s feedback on our formative assessment. We created signs for the school on internet usage, such as – ‘Don’t play video games in school’, ‘Don’t use social websites during school hours’, ‘Don’t listen/download music in school’ and many more, thus  implementing our knowledge and learning of imperatives.

French:

Phase 1 :

We watched interactive videos about the Internet and its dangers, which was followed by a classroom discussion. We also learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of Internet. We explored ways to stay safe online. We played Jenga and Kahoot in class to revise verb conjugation and vocabulary.

Phase 2 :

Songs like ‘Despacito’ and ‘Attention’ were played in target language. We were instructed to prepare a list of verbs in pairs while listening to the songs. Later, we conjugated all the verbs from their infinitive form to simple past tense. We were also asked to exchange our responses with other group members. All the corrections were made in collaboration.

Hindi:  

Phase 3 : 

We practiced writing formal letters on the topic of travel. We also read 2 articles based on travel ‘jarra jarra kajarra’ & ‘ek paath ke liye ek shahar ki khoj’ and participated in vocabulary building activities based on the aforementioned sources.

Phase 4 : 

We worked on our own Hindi blogs while learning to type in Hindi. We read and observed many Hindi websites and blogs. We also had poetry reading and analysis sessions during Hindi Diwas celebrations.

September 1, 2018 to September 7, 2018

Spanish:

We discussed the Internet – its advantages, disadvantages and use in daily life. Thereafter, we learned the complex sentence formation in Spanish through an activity in class.

French:

Phase 1 : We learnt the conjugation of irregular verbs and read passages for comprehension. We explored various expressions with verbs “faire” and “prendre” while practicing the forms of negation (ne…pas)

Phase 2 : We learnt vocabulary for creating accounts on different social sites. We were given worksheets to recapitulate the simple past tense. We honed our vocabulary and complex sentence structures while playing games such as ‘Catch the fish’ and ‘Jenga’.

Hindi:  

Phase 3 : We practiced writing letters on the topic of travel. We continued the discussion around the current unit and the statement of inquiry for the current unit. We discussed the associated global context, the key concept and related concepts. 

Phase 4 : We had a discussion about developing and using the blog as an important tool. We also started learning the typing tools in Hindi. We learnt about the initial process of setting up a Hindi Blog.

August 18, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Spanish:

We learnt about the use of imperatives. We practiced affirmative imperatives in class. La Tomatina, a Spanish festival which falls on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol, Spain., was marked in class by decorating both Spanish rooms, eating bruschetta (a dish made up of bread, tomatoes, garlic and basil) and playing with paper tomatoes.

French:

Phase 1 : This week was about strengthening the conjugation of the first and third group of verbs in present tense (-er and –re ending verbs). To fortify this, various activities and resources were utilized, such as playing a quiz on Kahoot app. We also listened to dialogues to practice Criterion A, wherein we had to put the conjugated form of the verb from the list given. Lastly, we also practiced the conjugation of irregular verbs through worksheets.

Phase 2: Simple past tense was introduced in the class. We learnt the formation of the tense, context, as well as conjugations of regular and irregular verbs. After learning the tense, we practiced grammar exercises using online resources and enjoyed translating texts from English and Hindi to French.

Hindi:  

Phase 3

We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘Travel and Tourism’. We discussed various benefits of traveling to different places and participated in writing activities based on the discussion. We read a travelogue ‘kothi banaal’ which talks about the journey to a remote Uttarakhand village. We also had vocabulary-building activities in the class.

Phase 4

We had a discussion on the topic of our unit ‘The role of internet’. We discussed various benefits and dangers of using internet to excess and how it affects our life. We participated in writing activities based on the discussion and debated the topic of banning Internet till grade 8 in schools. We wrote down and shared our childhood memories in response to reading a blog on the same topic.

August 1, 2018 to August 17, 2018

Hindi:

We shared our summer vacation experiences and discussed our improvement areas for the new term in terms of language and ATL skills.  We discussed the essential agreements of our class and participated in various activities, for example Just a Minute, Pahchan kaun in our class, which were helpful in further developing our communication and collaboration skills. We also read various stories and articles during group reading activities.

Under SEL (Social Emotional Learning) we made cards for our peers, which helped us in understanding each other’s skills and positive aspects of personality.

Furthermore, this week we had our benchmarking assessment.

French:

Regardless of our current level in French, the interest and motivation to attend French language classes never goes away. All of us knew at the start of the academic year that the benchmarking assessment will be conducted in the second week of August to ascertain our phase levels correctly. Therefore, most of the skill building exercises were predominantly based on improving our reading and listening comprehension skills. We saw videos, practiced grammar and participated in spoken exercises. Now that the assessment has been conducted, we were placed in the appropriate phases and a preliminary introduction to French phonetics, accents and sounds was practiced through multimedia resources.

Spanish:

Brainstorming and scaffolding activities were conducted in class. We had a discussion of the benchmarking assessment which will be conducted next week. We revised two past tenses  and used Kahoot quizzes to practice those.

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