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Using Technology in the Spanish and French classroom


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A presentation of useful websites and activities for teaching French and Spanish.

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  • 1. Using Technology in the Spanish andFrench ClassroomSchool District 42:Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows NéroFrench Immersion, Core French and Spanish
  • 2. The Digital Innovation Project inSD36THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE:Engaging students in their learning requires amultidimensional approach. While social andacademic engagement is imperative tostudent success, we know that "...ultimately,we need to achieve the more ambitious goalof promoting deep cognitive engagement thatresults in learning." National Research Council, cited in Dunleavey and Milton, 2008
  • 3. Why do I use technology in class? To increase student engagement To empower the digital native student with using what they know (technology) To give choices to students through a variety of apps can appeal to different learning styles Allows for differentiated learning so that students of all levels can be successful
  • 4. Ultimately it is the learner who learns, and the new applications certainly place more power in their hands, albeit that they are still in need of support with how to use these in educational contexts. (Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age, Sharpe et al 2010)
  • 5. Suggestions by teachers on Twitter about usingtechnology in the language classroom: @rolat We integrate technology to encourage recording conversations for oral communication & explaining Students thinking orally on all subjects @msewen uses them for student success and ease of use. He recently used iPad dictation for a student who cannot write (a great example of empowering the student) @whitmore_c uses them to record themselves before doing a presentation in FSL, they work on their pronunciation before having to present. They love it. @beverleybunker Have done blogging with my grade 7 late frimm kids…it’s been a great experience!
  • 6. But don’t forget…Nathalie Roy (@NathalieR71):« To engage a student, it is importantto remember not to « overload »becaue not all students like usingtechnology to learn. » Translated by a Tweet sentto me Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
  • 7. Useful sites and onlineactivities for the second language learner
  • 8. POLL EVERYWHERE:Another way to« listen » andcommunicate Students can text or send answers online to open-ended or multiple choice questions Free account is limited to 40 answers, but unlimited number of surveys
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  • 10. Edmodo: taking the target language Your messages appear hereoutside of your classroom Write your message here Your group code to share You can see when students log in The list ofyour groups
  • 11. Assessing oral output: Using recordings to improve oral output (all of the lessons, step by step are on my blog) Lesson 1: Modeling Students may never have done a recording before, or may not understand the project outcome. Give an example audio clip that can be used for a pre-activity to the project. Talk about the benefits of being able to speak the language; engage in conversation! Highlight the different themes represented in the clip.
  • 12. Generating criteria as a class  Students are aware of the expectations • Student ownership: students decide what the learning objectives are  Some students will drive the others to work hard by setting high standards (ex. Number of questions to be asked and answered)***Sample criteria forms are on my blog to be adapted and used as you wish.
  • 13. Colour-coded criteria sheets Students are given 3 sheets per podcast recording depending on if it is an A recording or a B graded recording. A Recordings: a self-assessment, partner assessment & a peer assessment B Recordings: a self-assessment, partner assessment & a teacher assessment Have students fill out the checklist and staple it to the assessments in order (this will save you time later, and a lot less headaches)
  • 14. I’ve got it…and more! Keep I’m almost there, but what’s I need to practise I need to get 1A applying my BK missing? the concepts extra helpSelf Assessment of: learnedConcept Asking questions I can ask 7+ logical questions I can ask at least 5-6 logical I can ask 3-4 I can ask 1-2 correctly. questions (ex. weather, questions questions clothing, date, greetings) Answering I can answer all of the questions I can answer at least 5-6 I can answer 3-4 I can answer questions asked by my partner. questions. questions 1-2 questions Vocabulary and I included all of these themes: I included all but 1-2 I am missing 3-5 I am missing expressions •“les expressions de la salle de expressions from the themes from the 6+ themes classe” vocabulary list. vocabulary list. from the •Nom vocabulary •Âge list. •Les jours de la semaine •Le temps (la météo) •La mode •Jouer & faire •Les types de personnalité
  • 15. Pronunciation I used the website to When pronouncing words, Some effort in I did not make a huge correctly pronounce my listener can understand. pronunciation; I try effort, I sound like I am most. I can correctly I do not pronounce the final to correctly speaking English. I need pronounce 75-100% of “s” sound & I do not pronounce the to work on it and use the the words. pronounce the silent H. words. website & tutorials I can pronounce 75% of the (50-75%) provided for help. words correctly. Grammar & I took all of my feedback Most (75-90%) of my 75% of my sentences 10-50% of my sentences sentence into consideration and sentences are correct and are correct and are correct and logical. structures applied it to my grammar logical. logical. and sentence structures.Communicatio The entire conversation I made a good effort to I tried hard but I spoke some French, but n in FRENCH is in French. speak in French (75%) conversation is mostly in English. (>25% 50/50. in French) Ease of A conversation that There are a few pauses (no There are some There are 7+ pauses in conversation flows smoothly without more than 3) in the pauses (no more the conversation, any pauses. conversation. than 6) in the unstable flow. conversation.
  • 16. Lessons 2-5: The first time students do this activity, it might be in their best interest to pick their own partners so that they are doing it with someone they are comfortable with. Let students practise and write a script based on the criteria provided
  • 17. Text to Speech website: playingwith Avatars Students can practise their pronunciation using this fun and interactive website. Play with Francophone accents! francophones!
  • 18. RECORDING DAY! Students record their podcast using Voice Memo app They get 2 tries and pick their best one Teacher uploads to Edmodo and assigns another group to be assessed
  • 19. Recordingsamples are on my blog
  • 20. Final Assessment : Spoken Interaction Students compile a list of questions in groups of 2-3 I compile a list of all of the possible questions that can be asked during the interview so that students may prepare the structures My peer tutor practises with each student and then he/she completes a last self-assessment with an action plan on how to improve I do an interview with them, asking questions from the list and try to get them to talk as much as they are capable.
  • 21. Final Assessment : See my blog for examples of this project:Oral Production my Spanish class last semester, somestudents used the iPads and the applicationPuppetPals HD Director’s Cut to cut outcharacters and « play » with them to talk inscenes from a Hispanic region.• Opportunity to assess the language that they acquired and their cultural knowledge at once. LA FAMILIA MODERNA VIAJEN• More importantly, I was able to assess their oral production as it gave me the chance to listen and listen again to how they were able to pronounce the words that they had learned all semester.
  • 22. Voicethread: developing oral production Examples of Voicethread projects by A.I.M. teacher Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) Only 3 free projects for each account, with the iPad use the app Pix N Tell
  • 23. WordleUse this site tocommunicate whatstudents havelearned. Create avisual Word Cloudto incite discussionin class.
  • 24. Jeopardy: Ideal for reviewing vocabulary: oral and written
  • 25. Short films Use the language they know to discuss the content Teach idiomatic expressions French short films Les courts-métrages La leyenda de estan payaros + worksheet
  • 26. TV 5 Monde:a great website for Core French teachers Teacher worksheets depending on DELF levels (A1-B2) Teach using the French culture This site was the inspiratio for my Alors on danse project Fiches: Activité et description du projet Critères du projet
  • 27. Ça bouge au Canada Pick a region and the activities which go with it (Débutant, Intermédiaire, Avancé)
  • 28. Teaching about the Francophone WorldHere are some of my favourite sites: Il était Conte- une moi histoire… 100 Le musée Québecois virtuel du qui ont fait Canada le 20e siècle Il était Le musée 1820… d’Orsay
  • 29. Spanish videos Sunny Earth Academy playlist Commercials in Spanish (doc added with videos and teacher explanations) Senor Jordan’s videos (explanation of grammar, interactive and interesting by level) Latin Grammys (you would have to find the artists on YouTube since the US blocks us)
  • 30. Online resources: Sylvia Duckworth’sblog for FSL(@sylviaduckworth) A great selection of activities and sites by theme for the Core French teacher
  • 31. Other online resources to browse foryour classes: L’acquisition de la langue française Ressources vues sur Twitter Les clips vidéo de Mme Nero Bandes annonces francophones Là où je t’emmenerai (clips de TF1) La musique de la Francophonie Clips sur l’apprentissage (en français) Forvo: autre site de prononciation (suggested by @Traciepod) Paige Kee’s French Teacher Pinterest Board French Teachering Pinterest Board Emilia Carrillo’s Spanish Teacher Pinterest Board Los actualidades en espanol Speaking and writing prompt images
  • 32. Useful Sites for the Language Learnerand TeacherShare links easily!BITLY : reduce the lengthof a URL Copy and paste the link to create a direct link to the site Reduces mistakes by students = less waste of class time
  • 33. Accents online and in Word Mac Option Codes Windows Alt Codes
  • 34. Share digital work online!My blog forExceptional Student Work Annie Reichhoff’s Classroom Site: Activities and examples of exceptional student work (@MmeReichhoff)
  • 35. And in the classroom usingQR codes QR CODE GENERATOR (in French)
  • 36. I know that this is a lot to take in!  I am here to share my experiences and provide you with ideas. If you want to try 1-2 of these sites oractivities, and you need support, pleasecontact me at
  • 37. Merci y gracias for sharing with me today!