INTRODUCTION TO THE LESSONS
The Thematic Lessons in this website are taken from Dr. Teresita Ramos' Conversational Tagalog: A Functional-Situational Approach, a text intended for beginning level adult learners of Tagalog. The lessons are not designed to replace the activities in the book but are used to guide visitors of this site to learn the language in a meaningful and purposeful way. Some of the reading texts and most of the dialogs are from the same book. These texts and dialogs provide authentic real-life situations for learners to understand and learn the function of the language.
The activities in the lessons are organized to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar skills in Tagalog. Each thematic lesson contains the following sections: pre-activity, presentation of the lesson (dialogs from the book), vocabulary, and reading and writing activity. These sections are described below.
Each thematic lesson contains the following:
An activity presented as an e-mail quiz, word drag and drop quiz or picture drag and drop quiz,
and/or a song or poem/rhyme. This activity prepares and helps learners get ready for the
presentation of the lesson (dialog), and the reading and writing activity.
2. Presentation of the Lesson
This is a written dialog (conversation) with audio presentation. Learners will listen to and read dialog
utterances of people in many cultural (Filipino) situations. The dialogs are theme specific. This
section will help learners practice their listening, reading, and pronunciation skills in
This has a list of vocabulary words from the dialog. Words to help learners build their vocabulary for the specific theme are also included. These words prepare learners for the reading and writing
activities. A dictionary applet is also included to help learners look up unfamiliar words.
4. Reading and Writing Activity
This contains a variety of quizzes, narratives and (in some pages) cultural notes. Most of the quizzes are based on the dialog and some are quizzes after a reading text. The quizzes are multiple choice
questions, short answer questions, or fill-in the blanks.
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