Option 1: Teach the same material with a different method.
Teach your thematic unit, have proficiency targets, assess skills with a proficiency rubric…but let learners work through more of it on their own. Instead of you being their main source of language input… put your authentic resources to work. I started playing with Google Classroom and here’s a snapshot of what you could do to PLAN and ORGANIZE learning.
* This holds them accountable for what you asked them to read/listen to. Face-to-face chats don’t need to happen every day, but it’s nice to still give learners opportunities to interact with each other in the target language.
**You may need to cycle thru a few days of interpretive + interpersonal BEFORE moving on to a presentational task.
Option 2: Set them free with “20% Time” projects
The big idea is letting learners have a say in what they are learning. During the time away from school, students aren’t going to want to be doing random worksheets or rote memorization. There are a million other things students will get into with their new free time. Learning will be competing with TikTok, video games, Netflix, group texts and naps. This is serious competition.
Giving students choice and voice with a little structure to keep them focused will get you more buy in, period. Think about planning a “choose your own adventure” type of project that has them reading, writing, DOING/EXPERIENCING something they are passionate about, watching interesting videos, and sharing!
What if you had options for music/dance, health/science, sports/wellness? Surely this would give learners a chance to learn more about the target culture, recycle vocabulary and structures from the content (yours and other subject areas) and practice language in a new and meaningful way.