This lesson plan for foreign language classes gives easy-to-follow steps for copying newspaper articles from the Internet, pasting them into Word, then converting the passage into a table format. Instructions on how students then can use that table to help in translation also are included.
Foreign language, translation, ESL
Before beginning this lesson, select a newspaper paragraph for students to translate. The Internet Public Library online index of newspapers from around the world is a great resource. Find a passage that is easy enough for students to translate in one class period. You can allow students to decide which paragraph to translate, but in that case, be sure to add extra time for them to surf and select.
Begin by explaining to students that they are going to practice literal and figurative translation skills by decoding an article from a foreign newspaper. Then, walk students through the following steps.
Have students type in the cell just below a phrase, a direct (literal) translation of the phrase. In the cell below that, have them type a figurative translation of the phrase.
When the table is complete, tell students to click just above the table and type their names. Then have them print the worksheet and hand it in.
The lesson plan above can be modified for translating songs and poems as well. English teachers can use the Text-to-Table tool to identify symbolism or other literary elements in a piece of text.
AssessmentStudents will be evaluated on the
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LANGUAGE ARTS: Foreign Language
GRADES K - 12