Life hacks

Life hacks

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A recipe for app smashing

Singing Lip Sync

A video produced by young children of different ages during a recreational activity in Italian and English. The task was simply to listen and sing along with songs but actually this practice can be used in various ways within the language classroom.

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Creative collages

Creative collages is about bringing words (written and spoken) together in a modern style video production. Students can type words, cut out printed words, create their own words, put them together on top of each other, combine them with other materials. At the same time words / sentences can be recorded and combined with the images. These ideas work well in conjunction with the art lesson.

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Multilingual birds

A short cartoon to support children´s engagement in learning languages. It motivates children to learn, use and keep languages. It was produced by the project team of the Multilingual Families.

There are many online tools for creating simple animations such as this one. Enhancing speaking, writing and creative literacy skills is an important support to many aspects of learning. Animated videos offer a way to experiment and utilise these skills in a way that removes constraints caused by psychological barriers to production in L2 learners and minimize stress connected to productive skills as this instrument allows them to express contents confidently through cartoon characters.

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Video Words

The original Speech Bubbles idea is based on children presenting words in their own mother tongue to other children across Europe (the programmes were broadcast on local television). Equally words in a foreign language can be presented. This practice is more suited for the lower language competences.

Words can be chosen from any theme which is done as part of the language lesson.

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Puppet Shows

Learners can produce their own script making up a story according to their level. Create a puppet show means not only inventing a story, but also creating up characters, studying their way of speaking and their relationships. Speaking as someone other than ourselves, a puppet in this case, means you can say unusual things and communicate in unexpected situations. Hungry puppets go out and about to find food. Real objects and settings can be used to give an authentic touch to vocabulary. This example uses both English and German.

pdf Puppet shows