The MFL department have chosen the free language learning Wiki website as the MFL website of the month. It is very useful for learning French, German and Spanish vocabulary. Just choose English as the language you speak and then ...
Communication is the first step to any substantive change and being able to use advanced tools like Twitter to make connections between related issues within education’s various subsystems allows for meaningful discussion of these issues. In this way, potential solutions can also be explored where no such possibility previously existed.
"In London, at the UCL Language Centre, the participants of the workshop "Using Facebook for (language) learning" worked all day ( 12-5) on producing practical language immersion techniques to include as activities within FaceBook" says Julien Hamilton-Hart, who maintains a blog called Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning (http://iltl.wordpress.com).
He describes activities including:
- Creating a fictitious character’s profile
- Describing a family outing using YouTube videos
- Creating sub-pages to act as content repository pages to a course
- Using polled questions to promote inquisitive learning
- Using Dropbox to create links to activity filesUsing shared Google documents for activity preparation
- Creating a commented video from photos downloaded from the internet using Windows Movie Maker 2.6.
Popplet is a new service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services. You can also upload media from your desktop to your sticky notes. Popplet offers a browser bookmarklet that you can use to add content from other webpages to your Popplet pages. Invite others via email to collaborate on your wall of sticky notes.
The mind mapping element of Popplet is the option to connect your notes. To do this just click one of the small circles that hovers near your note (Popplet calls them "Popples") while you're editing. Click those small circles will launch a connected blank note that you can edit.
You can create as many Popplet walls as you like within your account. Each Popplet that you make public can be embedded into your blog or website.
Quizlet is a lightning fast way to memorize vocabulary lists. It's like flashcards, but much more fun and interactive, including target language sound clips for each word/phrase to be practised - brilliant!
Emilangues vous propose un dossier pour enseigner les langues ou les disciplines en langue étrangère en utilisant la bande-dessinée, avec des outils, des méthodes et des ressources, mais aussi des exemples de projets intégrant ce type de support.
I think we all know how potentially motivating authentic materials can be for our students, especially if those materials deal with something current and of direct relevance to our students' interests. The web is abundantly rich in these kinds of materials, but creating lessons based around authentic online materials can be time consuming and complex. There are issues of copyright to deal with, as well as the fact that once we have created our lessons, the text we build them on may disappear. If this is a problem you regularly face, then Lingle could be the answer to your prayers.