1st Grade students in my program are in their second year of language learning, however after approximately 50 hours of instruction in Kindergarten, they are still working primarily at the NOVICE LOW level of proficiency. Given the intense focus on the development of English in the regular school day, much of the focus of the language program is on the aural/oral aspect and during the first two units, and as such, the language teacher is usually the one doing the writing, while students "narrate" or tell what it is that they see. It is not until the third and fourth units that students are asked to write/copy words on a more regular basis.

NOTE: At this level, when students are asked to "describe" the expectation is that they will produce a list of isolated words to describe and not use phrases or sentences in their descriptions.


Unit 1 My Life at Home: extended family members, houses, rooms in a house, activities
Prompt
Painting










Unit 2 Visiting the Farm: farm animals, characteristics and colors, farm products
Prompt
Painting
You are the farmer in this painting. Tell the farm animals you have.
Coloquio pastoril (Teniers)
List the farm animals in this painting. Name any other animals you know.
La entrada de los animales (Bassano) (R)






Unit 3 the City that Surrounds Me: community helpers, city locations
Prompt
Painting











Unit 4 At the Market: market places, fruits and vegetables, shopping