Let’s Shap Cultures! A Creative Approach to Language Learning


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ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, November 20, 2010
Boston Hynes Convention Center

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Let’s Shap Cultures! A Creative Approach to Language Learning

  1. 1. November 20, 2010Boston Hynes Convention Center 1
  2. 2. Ralph Annina, Bradford HS, Kenosha, Wisconsin rannina@wi.rr.comFiorenza Congedo, G. Marconi Technical HS,Verona, Italy fiorenza.congedo@istruzione.it 2
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  4. 4. l  Motivate and engage students to learnl  Facilitate student writing in Italian and Englishl  Cultural awarenessl  Promote High-level computer literacy skills 4
  5. 5. l  Students use an interactive web-site, to share ideas, links, multi-media materialsl  Students use MagazineFactory to write and publish articles in Italian and Englishl  Individual E-mail not needed 5
  6. 6. http://magazinefactory.edu.fi/magazines/shapecultures/ 6
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  9. 9. Summary of benefits and transferability:La partecipazione a questo progetto si ponel’obiettivo di promuovere la conoscenza dellelingue attraverso l’innovazione tecnologica.Gli studenti studiano una lingua stranierautilizzando le nuove tecnologie per impararea pubblicare nel loro giornale virtuale articolidi argomenti diversi. 9
  10. 10. I vantaggi sono evidentemente legati allamaggiore motivazione allapprendimento diuna lingua straniera da parte delle classicoinvolte e il miglioramento delle abilitàlinguistiche. La trasferibilità è legata allapossibilità di inserire nuove classi inqualsiasi momento dell’anno scolastico. 10
  11. 11. MagazineFactoryl  MagazineFactory collaborative features suitable for international cooperation.l  MagazineFactory is an easy and enjoyable publishing tool which provides the teachers and the pupils an opportunity to work as editorial staff in the class and to publish a web magazine of their own. 11
  12. 12. l Theteacher is the editor-in-chief, whilethe pupils are journalists.l Theweb magazine may be a singleproject, or a magazine which is editedcontinuously throughout the school year. 12
  13. 13. l  Strengths –  Students interact with peers in Italy –  Learn technology tools –  Become independent learners –  E-mail accounts are not needed –  Video and voice function (Skype)l  Weaknesses –  Takes time to set-up –  Availability of technology 13
  14. 14. l  Computer Labl  Server accountsl  Internet accessl  On-going, weekly computer access 14
  15. 15. l  Review in classroom before going to lab “What we will be doing in lab?”l  Activities for students –  Include review exercises of class topics –  E-learning activity for Webzine 15
  16. 16. l  Need at least 1 ½ hours – 2 ½ hours per weekl  Blocks of time betterl  Allow home access if computers are available 16
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