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Designing the Modern World Language Classroom

Designing the Modern World Language Classroom

SKU: 364215376135191

In world language teaching, there are many complementary and conflicting ideas about the "right" way to teach, and sometimes even about what our goals are for students. Students and teachers share a common goal of language proficiency, but teachers can only design the "right" work to meet that proficiency goal by focusing on the qualities that motivate and engage the students in their classrooms. Using the framework of the Schlechty Center's Design Qualities, this book guides world language teachers to craft the kinds of lessons that help student learning take flight. In addition to explaining how the philosophy of design is integral to world language teaching and learning, readers will benefit from practical examples, models, and reflection questions that they can use immediately to increase student engagement in world language learning.


Megan King is in her second decade teaching Spanish in middle Georgia public high schools. Her classroom serves students across academic, economic, linguistic, and ethnic spectra. She started her career with Foreign Language Teaching Certification and a BA in Spanish from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and is working toward an EdD in Curriculum & Instruction at Georgia College & State University.


    Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tandem Light Press (June 27, 2022)

    Language ‏ : ‎ English

    Paperback ‏ : ‎ 140 pages

    ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985640403

    Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.9 ounces

    Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches


    "Megan King is the consummate educator who models the lifestyle of a lifelong learner willing to share her knowledge while searching to learn more. Here her voice invites the reader to consider a disciplined application of a framework to design work for world languages students in any high school classroom USA. The reader will find themselves reflecting, questioning, and redesigning their moral and technical practice right along with King's honest, vulnerable, and professional collegial conversation in the text. Although written with world languages curriculum in mind, this book is an important read for any educator that desires to engage their students at any level."
    -Annissa Roland, Ed.D., Senior Associate, 
    Schlechty Center

    "In The Modern World Language Classroom by Design, author Megan King focuses on authentic solutions to real instructional challenges. Her book could easily become your "Go To" resource when creating meaningful learning experiences for your world language students. Megan repeatedly emphasizes connections—with content and with people—and when you have read this book your personal and professional call to action will be unmistakably clear. This practical handbook highlights the importance of engagement, the value of design, and the success that is possible when connections with one's students drive your decision making. Pick it up. Read. Learn. Make a difference in a student's life."
    -David W. Reynolds, Creator and host of the 
    Lead. Learn. Change. Podcast.

    "This book is an important resource for those teachers desiring to incorporate Schlechty's principles for Working on the Work into their world language classroom. The author provides meaningful examples of how the teacher can design engaging work for her students while maintaining a focus on developing their language proficiency. It is clear that the WOW principles provide a pertinent framework for instruction and assessment in the world language classroom."
    -Lisa Shepard, author of 
    Madame's Musings

    "Megan King's book has captured her wonderings and thoughts as an educator aiming to grow in the world language classroom. Her book feels like you are having a practical chat with the teacher next door, so you can process and find answers to everyday teaching challenges. I especially found the end-of-unit reflection questions useful to summarize and apply the teaching concepts. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the "why" and "how" behind today's world language instruction."
    -Kara Parker of 
    Creative Language Class


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