Curriculum Building / Articulation

Curriculum Building / Articulation Systematic curriculum design for one or more semesters allows for objective and pragmatic implementation of learning objectives as well as preparation of students for future language levels. Participants will learn how to plan their German program for the long term, using various models to create learning objectives and to develop and apply assessment criteria.

Basic module

  • What are the components of curriculum design?  
  • Differences between short- and long-term lesson planning 
  • Connections between short- and long-term design
  • How do standards (ACTFL, CCSS, etc.) determine curriculum design? 
  • Overview: Learning outcomes, backward design, vertical alignment, evaluation and assessment 
Supplementary module 1 - Measurable and observable learning outcomes
  • Learning outcome categories (affective, cognitive, psychomotor) 
  • Bloom‘s taxonomy, Webb‘s Depth of Knowledge
  • Learner-centered Can Do Statements
Supplementary module 2 – Backward design 
  • Backward design (BD) principles
  • Relevance of BD to curriculum design 
  • Lesson creation 
Supplementary module 3 – Vertical alignment
  • Vertical alignment principles (middle school, high school, college/university) 
  • German program alignment
  • K-16 alignment
Supplementary module 4 – Evaluation and assessment
  • Necessity of quality control for both students and teachers  
  • Appropriate evaluation types (formative, summative)  
  • Dependence of evaluation instruments and criteria on learning outcomes 
  • Assessment in light of backward design