Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom
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A collection of sources to help establish technology in an FSL classroom.
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Machine translation-assisted language learning: writing for beginners

Machine translation-assisted language learning: writing for beginners | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
(2011). Machine translation-assisted language learning: writing for beginners. Computer Assisted Language Learning: Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 471-487. doi: 10.1080/09588221.2011.582687
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Audio French Dictionary

Audio French Dictionary | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
french audio dictionary with thousands of sound files to hear and learn french language
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This is a great website for those learning how to speak French. The site has common vocabulary, describes how accents change the sounds of words; providing TONS of examples, a verb conjugator that pronounces the verbs when conjugated and so much more. The website is free with minimal popups, which makes it very user friendly. Native French speakers pronounce the words to ensure correct pronunciation by users. They also speak at a nice slow pace with exceptional clarity

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Core French Teachers and Technology: Classroom Application and Belief Systems | CASLT Research Reports | Our Resources & Publications | What We Do | CASLT

Core French Teachers and Technology: Classroom Application and Belief Systems | CASLT Research Reports | Our Resources & Publications | What We Do | CASLT | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
Information and resources for second language teachers, including printable and online activities for students, insightful articles, a conference listing, curriculum guides, links to thematic clipart, and annotated links to hundreds of useful...
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This article reflects many of the concerns core French, or French teachers have in general. We would all like the opportunity to use technology in our classrooms, however it seems to be limited. It is interesting to note that 62% of French teachers believed their job was more difficult than other teachers. The reasons are not stated but I imagine it could be a result of having 6 classes a day, over 150 students to know and help learn, getting and keeping the attention of all students in a subject most would like to avoid, and lack of a classroom to keep things centered (most teachers travel from class to class to teach French, constantly moving their belongings). It is a sad reality that only 10% of students from this article have had the opportunity to use computers in their French classes. This could be related to the new implementation of the CEFR curriculum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages) in Ontario schools.

 

Most of the teachers surveyed would like the chance to use technology in the classroom. Perhaps PD days focusing on productive use of technology in a FSl classroom would be beneficial. This could encourage teachers to effectively use computers to help students learn and enjoy the material they are covering.

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Ontario Core French Teachers - a Facebook group

Ontario Core French Teachers - a Facebook group | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it

Via Ellen Murphy-Dunn
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Ellen introduced me to this facebook group, and it is such a wonderful resource!  It is a space for FSL, immersion teachers are welcome as well, to share ideas, experiences, strategies and upcoming events. This is a place for teachers from mostly across Ontario to gather and share curriculum material. Lessons are freely shared between members; it is a private members only group. This is a great way to find teachers in classrooms across the province for penpal exchanges, skype lessons, and video chats with peers who are at the same learning level.

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Ellen Murphy-Dunn's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:38 PM

On Facebook, Core French Teachers from Ontario (and a few from other locations) have a place where they can share best practices, look for support, ask for guidance, and share resources and challenges. I have included it here because the cooperative nature of 21st century learning is not restricted to the students themselves, but includes the teachers who support them. It is a closed group, which helps to ensure that discussions remain topical, professional, and respectful.

 

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Computer-Mediated Communication: promoting learner autonomy and intercultural understanding at secondary level - Scholars Portal Journals

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Technology can be used to help improve student autonomy when it comes to L2 learning. Computers allow students the opportunity to do self-directed learning, focusing on the areas in which they struggle, or move faster than a class would allow. Unless we can create learners that use the language independently of the teacher and classroom, second languages remain isolated from the real world. We want to encourage our students to transfer their knowledge from classroom to home and personal lives. Ontario has a goal for secondary students; a higher percentage should graduate fully bilingual within the next ten years. This article gives us some direction on how we can encourage student autonomy and transfer of knowledge to attain this rather lofty goal. Here is a link that talks about the future goals of the FSL program in Ontario. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/amenagement/frameworkFLS.pdf

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« BonPatron » correcteur d'orthographe et de grammaire en ligne pour les textes français

« BonPatron » correcteur d'orthographe et de grammaire en ligne pour les textes français | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
« BonPatron » est un correcteur de grammaire qui trouve des fautes d'orthographe et de grammaire en français.
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Technology offers students the opportunity for self assessment and monitoring to ensure they are understanding L2 structures. This website allows students to type or paste French to ensure verbs are conjugated correctly, spelling, and sentence structure are correct. A great resource for written work for intermediate ability students.  

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Measuring Student Learning in an Online French Course | Chenoweth | CALICO Journal

Measuring Student Learning in an Online French Course
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Although this paper focuses on an online French course, elementary French I, in university, I believe that if I created a type of website it could be used as an online learning opportunity, aka course, for my elementary students. The only significant difference between traditional learning and the online course was in written material. Students who used the online course outperformed their counterparts. This warrants further examination and thought as to why this could be the case. I want my students to succeed in oral communication more than any other aspect of L2 (CEFR mandates). If I could only take the information in this article and alter it to suit elementary needs and oral communications focus. Voicethread or another oral communication tool would be a great asset to my website.

 

My website here, still under development. I created this when I worked int he secondary panel.  http://francais910.wordpress.com/

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frenchteacherforkids

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French resources for kids, parents and French teachers - to learn French with fun. Let's subscribe !!!!I It's free. Venez découvrir le français avec vos enfa...
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A youtube channel that promotes French learning for students and parents. I find that parents are an essential part of the equation when teaching a second language. When parents support the effort made in the class, their children are more likely to succeed in class. Plenty of resources to use that only require a media cart, smartbaord, or projector. From preschool to immersion, there is something for everyone. The creator of the channel also has links to their website and facebook page for further resources. This is definitely a tool I will be using in my classroom. Especially the video clip “French Learning is fun let’s try!!!”, a rather catchy tune is played and body parts with that appear on a potato who dances and uses other popular French verbs. I believe this will be a great hit with my 3/4 class!

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Westmore Smith's curator insight, November 12, 2017 7:32 PM
A Youtube channel created for French teachers, this resources offers several video playlists for that covers basic vocabulary and phrases. The videos are mostly of European French content so it is not ideal for the topics of intercultural understanding in the early grades. (e.g Grade 4 - 6). The videos are definitely engaging for elementary students. I used one video to teach colours to my grade 4 students through song and the students were able to learn their colours outside the classroom.
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French as a Second Language

French as a Second Language | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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A website dedicated to FSL and CEFR practices in the classroom. The section “On est capable! On peut se parler en francais et on aime ca! » is a video clip series for FSL teachers that brings to light ways that we can encourage student oral language proficiency. Although this is not a tool that I could use with the kids in my class, I would benefit from watching the video clips and therefore become a better teacher for my students. By watching the video clip “junior grade 6” I learned what a fish bowl activity is and will be using this in my intermediate classrooms. One holds a picture and the other tries to draw the picture without looking and only hearing and asking questions about the picture. A great interactive game!

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Apprendre le français avecTV5MONDE

Apprendre le français avecTV5MONDE | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
TV5MONDE, la chaîne qui donne envie d'apprendre le français : des centaines d’exercices gratuits à partir de vidéos pour les niveaux débutant à avancé.
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Four levels of learning are contained in this website. They use the CEFR A1, A2, B1 and B2 titles to direct learners to the correct resources for their learning level. The website is very grammatical based; there is no area for oral communication practice. There are spots for listening to native speakers, and audio clips for pronunciation that can assist speaking in a classroom setting. There are only five categories for beginner speakers, more suited for adult learners. I would be able to use “les repas” in my grade 7 classroom because we have a unit on food and nutrition and “le travail” for my grade 8 class as we have a unit on careers. The rest of the website deals with topics are that very serious in nature (assassination of French writers, and scandals).   

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Technology and Second Language Learning

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Although this article does not address FSL techniques in the classroom, it lead me to the MIT programs and projects; the virtual world of Philippe. The article addresses many different languages and how they have been learned via technology in many parts of the world. The most interesting discussion was in regards to exposing students to a new language in meaningful contexts. The classroom has four walls and many times it is difficult to try to expand the minds of students when dealing with materials covered in class. They never see the language being used outside of the classroom. With technology we have the opportunity to open the classroom to the world. The article also describes several different software programs that can assist students learning a second language, many of which I have never heard of before (NewReader, Text Tanglers, and Monoconc). Although it would be difficult to persuade the school board to purchase these products, free versions of similar merchandise is usually available online.

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Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free

Learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It's fun, easy, and scientifically proven.
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A great website and on the go app for language learning. Interactive games, challenges with friends and competitions to win, help encourage students to continue learning and working through the lessons. The Iphone app also allows students to record their voice to assist with oral language development. Although the lessons do not offer in-depth material in any of the languages it teaches (6), nor grammatical explanations, it is useful for basic acquisition of language and reinforces previously known concepts. The program is free of charge and allows users to work with full sentences and not just single words.

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eTools for Language Teachers

eTools for Language Teachers | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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A blog by an award winning GTA Core French teacher. She has listed plenty of websites, IT support links, project ideas, websites, videos, rhymes, and much more. Her website is directed towards beginning French students and their teachers, perfect for elementary students.

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Differentiation_in_Core_French.pdf

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This is a university students’ compilation of useful tools used in their French practicum. Kamilla explores different apps and internet options and explores the difficulty in finding quality French apps, often having to alter English apps to suit French learning needs. She addresses assessment and how technology can assist students monitor their learning needs.  

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Technology For French Learning: A Mismatch Between Expectations And Reality | Karabulut | CALICO Journal

Technology For French Learning: A Mismatch Between Expectations And Reality
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In order for funding to be given to language classes, there has to be scholarly articles to support the stance that technology, specifically computers and software/ internet, are beneficially to ways that traditional pen and paper learning cannot achieve. The article details the two major types of benefits when technology can be brought into the L2 classroom: affective benefits, increased motivation and linguistic benefits, improvement in L2 reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is interesting to note the different perspective teachers and students have on technology. Students see technology for technologies sake, where as teachers view technology as a tool and a conduit to increase L2 proficiency. Technology is not just for fun but becomes the language students must use to navigate programs, news casts, movies, and cds. Students, however, did not see the benefit in using technology to improve their L2 oral communication skills, therefore teachers must clearly outline how programs can assist them in hearing words being properly pronounced and encourage them to use those words in their conversations.

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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR)

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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The DCDSB has moved in the direction of CEFR, Common European Framework, for the FSL program. This program focuses on oral language development across six different levels A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. Level A is a beginner with no language experience, B is moderate proficiency and C is fluent. It is possible to be a level C in everyday/ common French but a level B or even an A in professional, academic, or other specialized topic. We are to evaluate students on this new schema. All of the technology we choose to use in our classrooms must follow along the CEFR guidelines.

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Diary of a New Teacher: FSL

Diary of a New Teacher: FSL | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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A blog that has great smart board resources, eworkshop resources, posters, ebooks, phonemus, online French games, reading and comprehension programs. Many of the links found in this website lead to outside sources where membership is required or a wiki invite needs to be extended. The links are free and would be great in the elementary panel for beginners. This would best be used in a classroom (smartboard classroom), but some of the sites could be for extra work or independent work. My favourite is the library, all ready to use French grammar sheets and quizzes for students. Immediate feedback is offered so students know right away if they are struggling with a concept and can ask for teacher assistance.

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Ordinateurs: Efficaces ou pas? (La Perspective d'une Enseignante) - Scholars Portal Journals

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A great study that demonstrates that the more time students spending using CALL related material the higher they score on final projects/ exams. Students who used the computer laboratory 1 hour more than the traditional classes scored 5% higher on smaller tests and significantly higher on finals. The article addresses the importance of student familiarity with programs and the computer in general for improved grades when using the computer lab. In our school we have a computer lab and I will make it my mission this year to take every class at least twice a month (doesn’t seem like a lot, but times are VERY limited) so they may experience the same boost in L2 learning.

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Beginners' guide to using technology in language lessons

Beginners' guide to using technology in language lessons | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
Not sure about how to use QR codes or a class wiki to teach languages? Emma Drury has some pointers
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Emma Drury has listed seven excellent ways to use technology in a language classroom. I never heard, or thought of, using QR codes in the classroom. However, this article gives some great ideas and even provides two site websites to help create these codes for classroom use. Some of the uses include finding a particular location on a map, songs, videos, treasure hunts or vocabulary learning. The only problem I can foresee is for students who do not have Iphones or Androids, or students using their private phones in a school setting (lost, stolen, parental permission). An interesting tool that could potentially work, especially in my 5/6 classroom where they have a class set of Ipads.

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A Guide to Reflective Practice for Core French Teachers - FSL

A Guide to Reflective Practice for Core French Teachers - FSL | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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This is not a technological tool, but it is the curriculum that all the technology must revolve around. We have to meet government targets for all of our students; therefore it is good to know what exactly needs to be covered in each grade. By knowing the expectations I can use the tools from the other sites that I have scooped and implement them into my classrooms.

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Portfolio d'enseignement du français langue seconde

Portfolio d'enseignement du français langue seconde | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
Un site et portant sur l'enseignement du français langue seconde et étrangère. Activités, articles, documents ministériels utiles, etc.
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A French website offers several different suggestions on improving all aspects of FSL learning. How to incorporate Twitter into a classroom, la dictée 0 faute, online French magazine database (definitely for older, or advance FSL students) and activities that accompany the readings. There are sections for phonetics practice, didactic/ pedagogical information, and free software links. This is more so a website I would use to pick and choose which elements I would use in the classroom. The students would be unable to navigate the website as it is in advance French. There is a section for second language learners that is currently under construction.

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Gus on the Go: French for Kids

Get Gus on the Go: French for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Although this is a great app for beginner students, in my board students start French in grade 4, the games and activities this app contains seems a little juvenile. The app only contains 90 vocabulary words and only in a few, very common, categories. Therefore the app would not be able to grow with the student; it would be a unit onto its own. It would be great for younger kids 1-3, who unfortunately do not have the chance to learn core French in school. This would be a great app for grade 1 immersion students to begin them speaking French, growing their confidence.

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Foreign Language & Litterature @ MIT: Programs & Projects

Foreign Language & Litterature @ MIT: Programs & Projects | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
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To assist intermediate and advance French language learners, the program “A la rencontre de Philippe”, is a multimedia video game/ virtual world where learners guide Philippe through different stages in his life. “A la rencontre de Philippe” allows French to become the language of communication, letting learning become experiential.  The game allows learners to walk around and explore simulated environments by following street signs and floor plans. The game allows the learners to be immersed and interactive with the language. When students understand what they are hearing, seeing and reading, the story takes different twists and turns; creating a unique situation for each individual based on their knowledge of the language.

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6 Innovative Ways Students Are Using Technology - Edudemic

6 Innovative Ways Students Are Using Technology - Edudemic | Useful Technology in an FSL Classroom | Scoop.it
From blending up all their online and offline courses to integrating iPads into activities outside the classroom, there's a lot happening that you should know about.
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A quick rundown of six ways learners are currently using technology. Although the examples focus on other subjects, video chats and social butterflies are an excellent way in which to introduce students to technology in L2 classrooms with which they are already familiar. An easy to follow cartoon with brightly coloured pictures demonstrate the activities. This would be a great piece to print out and hang in a classroom for a visual representation of technology and how L2 learners could benefit.

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