• ACTFL goal areas: communication, comparisons
  • Level: beginner and above
  • Learning objectives: reflect on the “hidden” values and perspectives of the target culture; compare proverbs and sayings of the target language with students’ own language

Directions

  1. Have students work in pairs with one or more smartphones.
  2. Provide students with two specific hashtags: #Englishproverb (or #Proverbioitaliano) and #Englishsaying (or #Dettoitaliano).
  3. Students explore proverbs and sayings in the target language on Twitter, pick one of their choice, and analyze its meaning. Provide some guiding questions:
    • What is the value or perspective behind the proverb or saying you selected?
    • In what context or situation would you use this proverb or saying?
    • Can you think of a similar proverb or saying in other languages you speak?
  4. After the pair discussions, students share their findings with the class.

Options and suggestions

  • In many cases students will find a translation of the proverb or saying within the same post. If there is no translation and the meaning is not clear, students may use Google Translate.