L. Dee Fink’s Self Directed Guide for Designing Courses for Significant Learning is used to develop the path for students learning German in a blended course environment, at the middle school level.

Learning Goals

Learning Activities

Assessment Activities

Foundation: Students will identify words and phrases common to German and American youth.

Students will identify similarities and differences between American and German teen cultural.

Foundation: Complete online program requirements as presented in order.

Identify personal communication and establish the German equivalent

Practice by using online apps and personal interaction

Foundation: Achieves progress goals using online German program

Posts of communication online using VoiceThread app and other online tools as provided

Participation in oral communication exercises

Application: Students will interpret and translate vocabulary between English and German

Application: Analyze written and oral German information from websites, music, video and other sources and interpret key words and phrases

Use various online websites and apps to engage in the German language and culture including the exchange of communication with other learners.

Application: posts of personal recordings and written examples of translations between the two languages.

Posts an electronic collection of information representing key findings.

Responds to corrections by reproducing posts accurately.

Integration: Students will identify and use multiple sources to discover common German terms that represent American life activities.

Integration: Research to recognize and/or apply phrases (written and spoken) that represent typical  life activities of teens in America and Germany.

Compare the cultures to explain activities  using German vocabulary.

Integration: Engages in dialog (online and in class) to refine German phrases and their meanings.

Creates written and audio recordings based on information gathered from multiple sources.

Human Dimension & Caring: Learners will overcome their reluctance to use German when writing and speaking by working in groups to develop effective practice habits.

Human Dimension & Caring: Reflect upon and reproduce written and oral activities, repeatedly.

Speak, listen to, and offer correction to others during practice sessions.

Human Dimension & Caring: Corrects personal writings and recordings of German words and phrases to demonstrate increased accuracy and confidence communicating in German.

Learning How to Learn:

Learners will use their personal interests to explore ways to further their knowledge of German language and culture.

Learning How to Learn:

Learners identify German language that represents their personal interests, based on their point of understanding.

Learners investigate and gather information about their interest from the German perspective.

Express knowledge and understanding of German through webposts.

Learning How to Learn:

Posts to a webpage demonstrating knowledge of the German language and culture gained through researching personal interests.