Communication Modes

Communication Modes Communication takes place interpersonally (dialogically), interpretively (cognitively) and presentationally (productively). Comprehension of these modes of communication enables teachers to develop as authentic and learner-centered activities as possible to address all five ACTFL goal areas. Participants will learn how to create lesson plans independent of textbooks for various learner levels, and to create practical assignments for developing communication skills.

Basic module 
The three modes of communication will be presented to participants using specific assignments:

  • Interpersonal (speaking/listening, writing/reading)  
  • Interpretive (reading, listening, seeing) 
  • Productive (speaking, writing, visual representation)  
  • Knowledge of all three communication modes can be deepened in supplementary modules
Supplementary module 1 - Can do statements: knowledge vs. proficiency
Using ACTFL Can Do statements, participants will be able to turn linguistic theory into practice by means of self-evaluation of students on all language levels. 
  • Novice 
  • Intermediate 
  • Advanced 
  • Superior/Distinguished 
Supplementary module 2 – From the classroom to the world
Participants will be made aware of how to convert the theoretical skills of their students into practice - in the classroom as well as in the target culture. 
  • Theory (classroom) 
  • Practice (target culture, career, friendships) 
Supplementary module 3 – Interdisciplinary topics
Lessons which apply AP guidelines and other relevant content and standards will be developed and introduced such as:
  • The 6 AP themes (Families and Communities, Personal and Public Identities, Contemporary Life, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Global Challenges)  
  • Expanded ACTFL Standards  
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)