Students practice the L2 by speaking to other students from abroad through Skype, Hangout or other telecollaborative tools. Two students, one from Spain and another one from the USA (English-Spanish L1 &L2), speak half of the time in English, another half in Spanish and sometimes they use code switching when they do not know specific vocabulary, so they help each other. They talk about different things (food, Xmas, what they do at school, in their free time, favourite films and books, etc). At the end of their talk, they provide feedback about this activity.
Video drama is an active support for the application of a foreign language. It is based on long running ideas of staging a language – where body movement and expression can help language learners to get confidence in applying the foreign language but also learn through experimenting with their foreign language.
In this example the student has been asked to create a PowerPoint presentation and then add their voice to it. The student used a free tool called MyBrainShark.com which allows students to upload video, PPT, Word docs, PDF files and much more and then add their voice. The resulting videos can then be shared or embedded. The tool is free and very easy to use.
Video created by Language School PELICAN in Czech Republic as one of
the POOLS-3 Project outputs.
Using video in class should include pre and post viewing activities.
Before viewing you can ask students to predict key expressions or
brainstorm vocabulary. During viewing a tick list could be used to help
keep track of the language. Follow-up activities should encourage
students to use the information they have gathered and to explore
concepts or ideas contained in the video. A large variety of strategies are
available as post-viewing activities. These strategies can serve to
consolidate and extend learning.
Learners write and create a subject to narrate their experience in a foreign country. They write a script in the target language and shoot the mini-documentary in target language, following the script that they wrote. At the end they can subtitle the documentary in the mother tongue. Alternatively, the video could be realized in the mother tongue and subtitled in the target language. In this case the learning objectives are different.
Machinima (filming in computer-generated environments) allows us to create recordings in simulated environments that would otherwise be too expensive to visit or to recreate settings populated by actors (using avatars) in order to capture or produce “real-life” situations. The real voices of the actors are used in the filming. In this example great care has been taking with the scripting and post-production to create an interesting example of a role-play scenario which is linguistically accessible to Italian language learners.
Photo stories combine still images and text to create a simple story. Photo stories rely on basic ideas of video production, they offer an opportunity to provide discussion starters for e new topic. A range of technologies are available to combine still images and text, such as Microsoft Powerpoint. Music can be added to give atmosphere. This example was created as part of the Divis project.