An important focus of IPAs is first selecting an "authentic document," which is defined in world language as something created by a native speaker for a native speaker, as opposed to materials developed for language learners. A series of assessments are then designed to fit the theme of the unit to best use the authentic document. These connected assessments focus on the so-called "three modes of communication": 1) Interpretive - reading and listening to authentic material and interpreting its meaning, 2) Interpersonal - engaging in a spontaneous two-way dialogue or written communication about what has been read or listened to, and finally, 3) Presentational - preparing a spoken or written presentation, essay, article, etc. These three modes are joined through the IPA with a connective theme, and focus on a real-world task in which students need to draw on their language skills.
This training was part of a long-term vision to shift curriculum to focus on developing student proficiency in the language through authentic, real-world language use.
|Bonnie Adair-Hauck leading a discussion.|
|AHS Spanish Teachers collaborated on developing an IPA for their classes.|