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Rastrick developing student independence in mfl


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  1. 1. Powerpoint Templates Page 1 Powerpoint Templates Promoting Independent Learning in MFL Isabelle Jones Twitter: @icpjones
  2. 2. Powerpoint Templates Page 2 • Why developing independence is crucial to raising standards in languages • Barriers and opportunities • Tools to support the development of independence in languages
  3. 3. Powerpoint Templates Page 3 Why independence? Escalator failure.avi
  4. 4. Powerpoint Templates Page 4 • Independence, curriculum time and standards of learning & teaching • Better learners, better linguists • Future-proof linguists Why independence?
  5. 5. Powerpoint Templates Page 5 OFSTED Modern Languages Survey Visits Generic grade descriptors and supplementary subject-specific guidance for inspectors on making judgements during visits to schools Subject feedback letters, following survey visits, normally contain separate judgements on: • The achievement of pupils in the subject • The quality of teaching in the subject • The quality of the curriculum in the subject • The quality of leadership and management of the subject • The overall effectiveness of the subject. This guidance is intended only to inform the judgements made by specialist inspectors carrying out subject survey visits. It is not for use
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  10. 10. Powerpoint Templates Page 10 A few points to consider… • Factors affecting the way we teach/ students learn • Foreign language learning and teaching-a unique part of the curriculum? • Limits to student independence • Tools to support the development of students independence (PLTS/SEAL/ ICT-grammar, phonics/AFL)
  11. 11. Powerpoint Templates Page 11 Factors affecting Learning and Teaching Barriers and Opportunities • Observations • Exam pressure • School context, ethos and audience (parents/ students) • Perception of our subject within school by students and other departments • Teachers’ “default teaching mode” and willingness to innovate/take risks.
  12. 12. Powerpoint Templates Page 12 • Cope with a greater degree of unpredictability ⇒Student independence: phonic rules, use of dictionary & verb tables. • Understand and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, including some unfamiliar language =>intercultural understanding, inferences from English and/or other known language, use of para-linguistic clues (visuals, tone of voice, bold, italics etc…), memorisation techniques. • Understand and discuss issues and opinions =>Knowledge of a range of structures, connectives and synonyms, linking ideas & points of view in a well-organised way. • Give full description and accounts =>proofreading ability, peer assessment & support, memorisation techniques. AQA GCSE specification-context and purposes GCSE Skills and Independence
  13. 13. Powerpoint Templates Page 13 PLTS in the Secondary National Curriculum self manager independent enquirer creative thinker reflective learner team worker effective participator
  14. 14. Powerpoint Templates Page 14 How can PLTS help? • Not a new concept: Personal, Learning + Thinking Skills • Independent learning skills • Learners’ social interactions • Making the link between ideas • Transferring knowledge of patterns • Not a government initiative-focus for good practice
  15. 15. Powerpoint Templates Page 15 How can PLTS help? Students gain in independence when: •They have opportunities to access a wide range of learning and teaching styles and to explore what works for them •They are aware of their strengths and they have strategies to deal with their weaknesses •They understand what level of development they are at and how to develop further (AFL)
  16. 16. Powerpoint Templates Page 16 How can PLTS help? Giving students opportunities for independence Evaluate, judge, defend, criticise, justify, choose Hypothesise, discuss, compare, create, construct Analyse, organise, deduce, contrast, distinguish Manipulate, classify, apply, modify, illustrate, solve Explain, describe, visualise, illustrate, paraphrase Recall, identify, list, name, define, show, recognise Bloom’s Taxonomy (1956) Cognitive Domain
  17. 17. Powerpoint Templates Page 17 SOLO Taxonomy Structures of Observed Learning Outcomes Developed by Biggs and Collis in 1982 Describes levels of increasing complexity in a student’s understanding of a subject (depth of understanding) With the highest level being the extended abstract level, when students can make connections not only within the given area but also beyond it. Students will also be able to generalise and transfer the principles and ideas to another area in an independent manner. Are we allowing our students to make these connections?
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  19. 19. Powerpoint Templates Page 19 SOLO Taxonomy SOLO level Verbs Extended Abstract Generalise, predict, evaluate, reflect, hypothesise, theorise, create, prove, plan, justify, argue, compose, prioritise, design, construct, perform Relational Sequence, classify, compare and contrast, explain causes, explain effects, analyse (part- whole), form an analogy, organise, distinguish, interview, question, relate, apply Multistructural Describe, list, outline, follow an algorithm, combine Unistructural Define, identify, name, draw, find, label, match, follow a simple procedure Verbs for declarative and functioning knowledge- Common task descriptors for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), New Zealand GCSE/AS/A level Number affect other words too How gender affect other words: adj, poss… Patterns Gender
  20. 20. Powerpoint Templates Page 20 Embedding PLTS the BLP Way The 4 Rs • Resilience: absorption, managing distractions, noticing, perseverance; • Resourcefulness: questioning, making links, imagining, reasoning, capitalising; • Reflectiveness: planning, revising, distilling, meta-learning; • Reciprocity: interdependence, collaboration, empathy and listening. Building Learning Power, Guy Claxton
  21. 21. Powerpoint Templates Page 21 Strategies for developing reflective independent learners • Introducing Meta-language to talk about learning: mats, display • Overlaps with AFL and SEAL: understanding of assessment criteria, different types of motivation… • Focus on developing PLTS as a wholeschool approach • •
  22. 22. Powerpoint Templates Page 22 Developing Reflective independent learners: Mats
  23. 23. Powerpoint Templates Page 23 PLTS and SEAL: Display/ Overlaps
  24. 24. Powerpoint Templates Page 24 Carol Dweck Mindset
  25. 25. Powerpoint Templates Page 25 Speaking and Teacher Talk • Teacher use of the Target Language-a barrier to students’ independent access to language activities? • Can students practise speaking independently?
  26. 26. Powerpoint Templates Page 26 Independence and Creativity Art: colours and descriptions, biographies, use of visuals and 3D “hooks” Music: rhymes, sounds and rhythm Drama: role-play/ puppets History: a new slant on what they are familiar with e.g. ww2 Geography: Barcelona, Paris, the environment, fair trade Dance: cultural aspects, use movement to remember Media studies: looking at advertising or short films Cultural awareness and identity: celebrate and promote diversity through using pictures, music, the French & Spanish-speaking world…
  27. 27. Powerpoint Templates Page 27 Cross-curricular context: Le masque/ La máscara
  28. 28. Powerpoint Templates Page 28 Cross-curricular context: Le rap J’ai un chat, Hannibal Tu as un animal? Il a un chien. Nous avons des poissons Vous avez des lions? Ils ont deux serpents longs pronunciation Verb paradigms Link with phonics Rhymes Swap rhyming words around Elle a un lapin.
  29. 29. Powerpoint Templates Page 29 Cross-curricular context: Rap: Trouve la rime!1.Find a theme 2.Write down 5 key words linked with the theme 3.Think of possible rhyming word. Remember suffixes that are the same or nearly the same in both languages e.g. ción/ tion, ism/ isme/ ismo using rhyme dictionary/apps 4.Fill in the gaps!
  30. 30. Powerpoint Templates Page 30 ICT support for learners: in and out of the classroom Online dictionary and apps vs paper dictionary Le Robert-Dixel Verb apps and verb tables Recording themselves to improve accent: audacity/ phone, voki, text-to-speech, FLA or teacher. Opportunities to practise speaking without a public performance Homework or extension work send via Edmodo (free) or Doddle (subscription)
  31. 31. Powerpoint Templates Page 31 ICT support for learners: in and out of the classroom VLE: homework, consolidation and extension work Facebook page: Departmental/ Faculty page with links promoting Languages Twitter page Blog/ wiki: App list:
  32. 32. Powerpoint Templates Page 32 AFL and Student Independence Self and peer assessment: proofreading/ developing students’ understanding of assessment criteria Understanding criteria: what I am at/ how do I move on (break it down/ beware of oversimplification) Peer assessment: oral/ written feedback Student learning skills training needs to feature highly in the SoWs
  33. 33. Powerpoint Templates Page 33 Independence & Confidence-building activities Teach a sophisticated language item to the rest of the class Parallel texts: e.g. wikipedia article with questions in the target language to answer/information to organise from an article in the target language. Positive reading: highlight known words and cognates Predictive listening: use the context to guess what is going to be mentioned on the recording. Teach about context: use a check list Show them how much they know already and where they can go to find out more about what they don’t know yet…
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  35. 35. Powerpoint Templates Page 35 • Why developing independence is crucial to raising standards in languages • Barriers and opportunities • Tools to support the development of independence in languages
  36. 36. Powerpoint Templates Page 36 Action! Developing independent learning skills in the languages classroom •PLTS: •SEAL: • ICT-grammar, phonics: • AFL:
  37. 37. Powerpoint Templates Page 37 Powerpoint Templates Promoting Independent Learning in MFL Isabelle Jones Twitter: @icpjones