Should we assign homework in the World Language Classroom?
Standard-Based HomeworkMy response to all questions centered was production-oriented more than anything. I assumed "well you give homework to practice a skill." Additionally, if students did not complete work in class, then they should do it for homework. No brainer right? This philosophy had satisfied at least in my initial attempts to process the questions. However, my colleague camped out on the why and the what of assigning homework. " After some preliminary research on the matter, my colleague made me consider another rationale for extending learning beyond the four walls of the class: only give homework that connects with an authentic standard-based goal.
Here are some examples we discussed as we will be teaching the same level course this year. For example: When learning about personal appearance during a lesson, a typical homework assignment would be: