Getting to Know You, Intermediate-Low, ASL

Please Note: Many of the activities on the Pathways Project OER Repository were created by upper-division students at Boise State University and serve as a foundation that our community of practice can build upon and refine. While they are polished, we welcome and encourage collaboration from language instructors to help modify grammar, syntax, and content where needed. Kindly contact amberhoye@boisestate.edu with any suggestions and we will update the content in a timely manner.  — The Pathways Project

About the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) Language Activity Repository

The activities provided by the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) serve as foundational activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. Many of these activities offer an English Version that is “language-agnostic” to provide language instructors from around the country a platform to remix these instructional materials, infusing them with their target language and culture! The activities within the Pathways Project OER Repository seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. These activities should be facilitated in the target language for approximately 90% (or more), per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

How to use the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

If you have any suggestions about grammar, syntax, and content, please kindly contact amberhoye@boisestate.edu.

2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials in Spanish, follow the instructions below:

  • Google Slideshows:
    • To begin, go to File -> Copy to create an editable version of the slideshow.
    • Once finished with your changes, please complete the following steps to share:
    • Click on Share
    • Who Has Access
    • Ensure link sharing is on and allow external access.
  • Materials Saved as PDF: Please email WLRCLAR@gmail.com and we will provide you with an editable copy. Please allow up to two business days for a response. For YouTube videos and other websites, hyperlinks are provided. 

3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

Getting to Know You, Intermediate-Low

Description:

Students will focus on individual preferences and sharing information about themselves. They will also share information about others and correct wrong information about themselves. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate-Low

Keywords:

Introductions, Preferences, Favorites, Partners, Get to know you

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can interact with others to meet my needs in a variety of familiar situations.
  • I can share information about myself.
  • I can correct wrong information about myself.
  • Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

Standard 1.1: Students use American Sign Language to engage in conversations and provide information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Standard 1.2: Students comprehend and interpret live and recorded American Sign Language on a variety of topics.

Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics.

Relevant Idaho Standards for World Languages:

COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.

COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

COMM 3.2: Adapt presentation to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

  1. Begin by introducing today's Can-Do statements. Put students into groups of two. 
  2. Pass out Get to Know You cards. Students will ask each other the question on the card. 
  3. Once students are done asking each other the question on their card, they will swap cards.
  4. Students will switch partners and ask the question on their new card. Make sure each person talks to everyone in the lab at least once.
  5. Take one, chat about it, pass it on, repeat until students have the card you started with( remembering to change partners every time).


Main Activity: Newly Lab Game

     1. Have each student grab a white board and a marker.

Get a white board and a marker. Find a partner. We will not be rotating partners. 

     2. Partner up with anyone in the lab, this time we wont be rotating partners. 

     3. Lab instructor will sign questions (on Newly Lab Game cards) about your partner, you and your partner need to try and guess correctly. I’ll keep score!

I will sign questions from the Newly Lab Game cards about your partner. You will answer and try to guess correctly. I'll keep score!

Wrap-up

Ask the following questions to finish the lab: 

1. Do you feel a bit more comfortable with your group mates?
2. Are you looking forward to the rest of the semester with your group?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can interact with others to meet my needs in a variety of familiar situations.
  • I can share information about myself.
  • I can correct wrong information about myself.

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