2.1 – A Closer Look at the Three Modes of Communication

2.1 – A Closer Look at the Three Modes of Communication


What do the following all have in common?

   Reading a menu at a restaurant  

   Ordering food and drinks at the restaurant    

   Writing a blog post about your experiences at the restaurant    

If you identified these as meaningful, real-world activities, you are correct!

We want our students to be able to use their language and cultural knowledge to communicate with others in authentic, culturally appropriate and meaningful ways. And we want them to do this using all three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. We shared the link to the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages  (Links to an external site.)in Module 1.3. 

Now, please read through the definitions of Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational you can find in the Three Modes of Communication graphic below. This is from page seven of the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for World Languages (Links to an external site.). ACTFL has given permission for us to use this graphic for our program.

Once you have read through the descriptors above, please take this short assessment on the modes of communication.

Due: before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 

Modes of Communication Quiz

Once you’ve completed this quiz, please continue to M2.2.

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