How are Pathways Activities Formatted?

About the Activities

The activities provided by the Pathways Project serve as interpersonal speaking activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. These activities seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive skills through task-based situations or communicative activities and 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.


Infographic describing the activity format for the Pathways Project. All text in this infographic is contained on the page as well.

Activity Format

  1. We begin by introducing the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for the activity and complete a Warm-Up. This helps students to prepare for the main activity, boost confidence and transition into the target language.
  2. Next, we move on to a Main Activity. Time for a linguistic workout! The main activity is focused around tasks (i.e. the provided Can-Do Statements) and challenges students to use and apply what they are learning in class in a spontaneous manner.
  3. Finally, we move on to a Cool Down and final review of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. The purpose of these final two activities is to help students to self-evaluate their progress on each of the can-do statements and to boost confidence, hopefully ending on a happy note! (In other words, we hope to help students forget about how hard they just worked! 😊)


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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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