Resources and training for Modern Languages teachers

ALL Sheffield Series 0506: Rationale and Content

In many schools languages are no longer compulsory in Key Stage 4. This poses obvious challenges to language departments and teachers. Improving teaching and learning through effective use of ICT in KS3 could be one way to encourage take-up in KS4 and to ensure that MFLs continue to thrive post-14.This series of 6 evening events will look at ways in which ICT can be used effectively and creatively to enhance the language learning experience of our pupils

Photograph of Wendy AdenijiThe Trainer
Wendy Adeniji has led several ALL sessions in the past few years and returns following the request of the participants of last year's session on ICT resources which she led as part of our series on motivation in KS4. She taught MFL for 8 years and is now a CILT GTP tutor and ICT Consultant for the Comenius Centre Yorkshire and the Humber. She delivers courses and INSET to teachers, specialising in exploiting the interactive whiteboard and computer suites, to improve teaching and learning in MFL.

Session 1

MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM INTERACTIVE :

Creative uses of the interactive whiteboard to enhance MFL teaching Demonstration of techniques using Interactive Whiteboard software (ActivStudio2/ Smartboard) such as spotlight, rub out to reveal, story telling, deconstructing text, the spotlight tool, camera tool, the creative use of sound.

The session will start with demonstrations and each technique will be demonstrated followed by a hands on session with a comprehensive handout covering all features of ActivStudio2 or Smartboard, as appropriate.

Session 2

THE CREATIVE USE OF POWERPOINT

Move away from the "Death by Powerpoint" syndrome to create Powerpoint presentations with games to practice vocabulary, animated pictures, slow reveal activities, story telling and hyperlinking.

The session will start with demonstrations and each technique will be demonstrated followed by a hands on session with a comprehensive handout covering all features of Powerpoint.

Session 3

MAKING THE MOST OF WORD - INTEGRATING THE USE OF SOUND

There is a lot more to Word than merely word-processing documents. Find out how to create dynamic electronic worksheets and interactive activities integrated to the Internet.   Learn how to introduce ICT based proof reading, drop down menus and dynamic writing frames into regular classroom activities. Find out how to create and edit sound files - for you or your pupils.

The session will start with demonstrations and each technique will be demonstrated followed by a hands on session with a comprehensive handout covering all features of Word and the freely downloadable software, Audacity.

Session 4

THE MOVING IMAGE

Using clips from well known movies creatively can seriously increase your pupils' motivation and enjoyment in learning languages. Find out how to download free films such as Star Wars and Bridget Jones in the foreign language and use clips from films such as Finding Nemo and Shrek creatively.

The session will start with examples of clips and ideas to exploit them. You will be shown how to download a clip from the Internet. Come ready to be creative!

Session 5

THE INTERNET: Source, Resource and a way of sharing resources

The Internet is much more than a place where you can log on to Linguascope.   See ways to exploit target language sites such as weather and TV sites. Find out about the huge number of ready-made language teaching activities which can be accessed for free, including speedword games and sites that exploit songs.   Finally, it is also a great place to share resources. Find out how you can share good practice and download resources created by Modern Languages teachers across the UK.

The session will show examples of how websites can be exploited and resources downloaded followed by hands on practice.   Take away with a huge list of websites.

Session 6

ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING USING ICT

We all think that ICT improves our pupils' learning, but how cantechnology help in the assessment and monitoring of learning and how can we assess pupils' learning when they use ICT in MFL lessons?

See examples of ways that you can monitor and assess pupils' learning through ICT and see how student response systems can contribute to assessment for learning.

There will be examples and hands on practice.