Dari Course 2 - Listening/Speaking

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Curriculum

Title Trip to Afghanistan and participating in Nowruz festival
Grade 2 – 3
Proficiency Level Novice High
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low

Theme: “Trip to Afghanistan and participating in Nowruz festival.” Nowruz (literally “new day”) marks the first day of springand is widely celebrated in Afghanistan and the neighboring countries of Iran and Tajikistan as New Year’sDay (according to the solar calendar). The history of Nowruz goes back three thousand years. Through interactive activities, learners will explore Nowruz traditions and customs; they will learn when Nowruz is celebrated, how long the festivities last, andwhat families and communities do to welcome the start of spring.

 

The course will target learners in 2nd and 3rd grades (7-8 years old); however, activities will be varied in order to differentiate instruction for older learners who are entering the program at the level. For instance, younger children will be exposed to and practice the language using coloring and drawing, while older learners will complete charts and Venn diagrams.

 

The curriculum is intended for intensive STARTALK programs (5 days a week, 6 hours per day, including 2 hours for homework and further practice), but can be easily adapted for different program structures such as weekend schools, semester long programs, etc.

 

In the process of learning, students will watch movies, listen to stories, play related games, talk about traditional Nowruz activities, interview their parents about Nowruz and share their findings with the class. Learners will also interpret works of art, photographs, and simple pieces of literature (e.g. children’s songs, games, etc.). In addition, learners will make an illustrated list of their favorite Nowruz activities and foods. They will further work in pairs or small groups to list similarities and differences between New Year’s celebrations in Afghanistan and in the United States. They will look at the Nowruz related pictures and brainstorm associated with Nowruz. They will listen to authentic texts about Nowruz and complete charts answering What, When, Where questions. By the end of the program, learners will be able to talk about their favorite foods, games, activities, and important places that Afghans usually visit during Nowruz. They will also be able to identify similarities and differences between New Year’s celebrations in Afghanistan and the United States. Learners will also be able to list the steps that are involved in the Nowruz celebration.

Learning Plans

Title 1. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 1
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 2. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 2
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 3. Greeting & Introduction
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 3
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 4. Greeting & Introduction.
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 4
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 5. Immediate Family - Kinship terms
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 1 Day 5
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 6. Extended Family - Kinship terms
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 6
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 7. Family - Occupation
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 7
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 8. Extended Family - Occupation
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 8
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 9. Family - My Free Time Activities
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 2 Day 9
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 10. Family - Free Time Activities
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 10
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 11. Shopping - Souvenir
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 11
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low
Title: 12. Shopping Traditions in Afghanistan
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 12
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 13. Public Transportation - Modern
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 13
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 14. Public Transportation - Traditional
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 14
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 15. Public Transportation - Similarities & Differences
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 3 Day 15
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title 16. Historical Places - (Kabul Musem)
Grade 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 16
Targeted Performance Level Intermediate Low
Title: 17. Historical Places - (ARG)
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 17
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 18. Historical Places - (Bagh-e-Babur)
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 18
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 19. Afghan Singer - Aryana Sayeed
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 19
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low
Title: 20. Afghan Singer - Ahmad Zahir
Grade: 2-3
Day: Week 4 Day 20
Targeted Performance Level: Intermediate Low

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student

Language(s): 

  • Dari

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Intermediate

Material Type(s): 

  • Curricula
  • Learning Plan/Lesson Plan

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5

TELL Domain(s): 

  • Planning
  • Learning Tools