Our resident MFL teacher and iPad enthusiast, Martyn Hawkins, led this session and shared apps and websites that he has used to bring an MFL classroom to life. We started off by sharing our expectations for the session on a Padlet wall and discussed how this can be used as a website padlet.com and the app, how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning activities during lessons and for homework tasks, and finally how teachers can set up the board apply settings such as moderating comments before they are posted. The below image shows an example of a homework task where students were asked to write their own comments. These were then peer assessed at the start of the next lesson.
The following apps were discussed and experimented with:
- YouTube - a perfect way to deliver the "stories, songs, poems and rhyme in language" expectations of the National Curriculum. Where else can you find ready made "Die Gruffalo" and other well known children's stories, Christmas carols, alphabet songs, fairy tales (that don't always have an English translation!) and songs to help remember key terminology?
- Duolingo - an interactive language learning app and website duolingo.com that doesn't necessarily link to the curriculum topics (as demonstrated by the "where is my cow?" example during our session!), however this can be a useful way to immerse students in a language and can develop grammatical skills also.
- Linguascope - a subscription website covering a range of languages at levels appropriate for primary and secondary school students. Activities are grouped by themes (e.g. greetings, food, countries) and students with an iPad each or in pairs can work through the activities to develop their language skills.
- DoInk - a green screen app for students who want to perform. Any background can be used, and students can film themselves having a discussion in a cafe, asking for directions or the classic weather report.
- Tellegami - after students have changed the outfit and made the head of the male or female character massive, students can then prepare for a spoken activity where they can record their own voices. When they replay the video, their voice is stitched to the character so it is a perfect for students who do not want their face on film. You can also change the background, for example to an image of a bakery or market when students are talking about shopping.
- Quizlet - a flashcards app and website quizlet.com that can be used to help students learn key vocabulary. It has many pre-made sets with images and a 'speak' setting to help students learn. It also has "play" activities for example scatter cards and a test option that students could do on iPads or teachers could print off.