This language activity asks students to bring a literary, scientific, historical or artistic page that they can relate to the common text and which has new vocabulary. They present these texts and use it to build vocabulary and analyze the text.
In this activity, students appropriate and manipulate the words, grammar and themes of a “classic” work in order to develop their own styles as creative writers. By turning an iconic medium into a popular genre, students learn that classic writers have done the same thing, borrowing and stealing other people’s words.
In Swedish Aa, Ursula Lindqvist and Suzanne Martin have their students watch a commercial for a major Swedish food chain on YouTube in order to practice helping verbs and adjectives while working on listening comprehension and being exposed to Swedish television.
Students are cast as historical actors and respond to questions or make decisions based on what they had learned in class or in lectures. This activity helps students "walk in the shoes" of an important historical figure.
In her freshman seminar, Joanna Nizynska has her students lead discussions throughout the semester. Through this process, they learn how to respond to the flow of conversation and guide discussion effectively.
In Jerusha Achterberg's first and second Expos workshops of the semester, she chooses two paper drafts from the section and all the other students read and comment on those two papers. The authors also serve as the moderators for each other's discussion.