Using Skype in the MFL classroom

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peachysanchez (2 years ago)

Great presentation there. I like the idea of recording yourself speaking after the course. Hi coolguy43! I see you've tried Preply, too? I also enrolled to the German using Skype course from http://preply.com/en/german-by-skype . Seeing that you learned well, I have high hopes for my classes. :)

coolguy43 (2 years ago)

wow, that is just a really great presentation. We were able to learn german using Skype at http://preply.com/en/german-by-skype thanks to your idea.

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School Making the most of Bringing the to your classroom

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Tile Hill Wood School & Language College Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School Why? How? Case Study I – Year 9 Spanish (class to class) Case Study II – Year 7 German (peer to peer) Student voice Next steps Top tips! OUTLINE

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Source: Ruben R. Puentedura www.hippasus.com Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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live video-calls, interactive presentations, live interviews, broadcast audio and video to whole class, bringing the outside world into your classroom “alive” not preserved add voice-over to presentations, screencasts, voicethread, share easily with a large audience (online) easier to edit sound file and carry with you, email (Audacity) recording speaking on mp3, listenings on CD not on tape Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School cultural awareness speaking practice listening practice exam preparation inspiration & challenge authentic purpose

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School OUTLINE Why? How? Case Study I – Year 9 Spanish (class to class) Case Study II – Year 7 German (peer to peer) Student voice Next steps Top tips!

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School set up teacher accounts – practise find partners (FLAs, personal contacts, twitter, linkedin, education.skype.com, e-twinning, cold-emailing/calling) use teacher-to-teacher connection recording software set up student accounts

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School June 2011 & June 2012, AS German Topics: Body image, super models and the role of the media

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School Ongoing, Year 10s & Izumi exchange partners Topic: Preparing exchange – GCSE conversation topics

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School January 2012, Year 9s Japanese – Topic: Home Life

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School February 2012, A-level Conference Topic: Working for the European Union as a translator or interpreter Partner: David Smith, Head of English Language Unit, EC

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School March 2012, Y13 German Topic: Effective development aid / Wealth and Poverty

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School June 2012, Y12 Spanish Topic: Working as a volunteer for the Spanish Red Cross

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School June 2012, Y12 and Y13 German Topic: Germany’s first high school shooting and the role of aggressive computer games/lyrics

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School January 2013, Y12 and Y13 French with Jawad in Paris Topic: Racism

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School OUTLINE Why? The story so far… Case Study I – Year 9 Spanish (class to class) Case Study II – Year 7 German (peer to peer) Student voice Next steps Top tips!

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Skype session with CEIP número 54 de Alicante THW Year 9A students  Year 6 students Structure of the skype session Outcomes (survey monkey) Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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STRUCTURE (before during skype) Topic: los medios de comunicación (media)(mira 3/module 1) On completion of taught module, students prepare in classroom the following questions in groups: 24th of January (skype session takes place) Students answer the five questions to Spanish students. 2 THW students read out the book they have created through “storybird”. Students fill a “surveymonkey” after the skype session. Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Preparation in the classroom for skype session Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Preparation in the classroom for skype session Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Storybird Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Storybird Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Skype date Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Skype date Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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2nd Skype date 28th February Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Activities from Spanish students. Guess the fridge Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Activities from Spanish students. Guess the fridge Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Activities from Spanish students. Guess the fridge Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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What part of the skype session did you enjoy the most? Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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What part of the skype session did you enjoy the most? Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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How do you think the skype session helped you with your learning of Spanish? I think it helped because miss made sure our pronunciation was correct and it was interesting hearing the Spanish students speak English. v It helped us know how fast the Spanish people speak and how they pronounce certain words. Because it boost my confidence in Spanish speaking. We listened to them and sort of understand and we improve our pronunciation. I think it helped because we got to listen to people talking at normal speed, which was actually quite hard to understand. Also, it helped us understand how to pronounce certain words.

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What did you enjoy most about the skype session? I enjoyed listening to the Spanish students and speaking to them. v Hearing the Spanish children speak to us in English I enjoyed listening to the Spanish students the most and asking them questions in Spanish and in English. Listening to the Spanish students talking, and seeing how their school was different to ours. I enjoyed them coming up to the camera and showing their names to all of us and waving because it looked like they enjoyed the skype seesion with us.

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How do you think skype sessions could be improved? have some more activities to do and like have personal group chats, like every group has their own computer and talk to a certain group of Spanish students. v I think the skype sessions could be improved if we had one on one skype sessions with a student each. More interactive activity; like guess the picture! rather than just questions and answers. Talk to each other independently. It could of been improved by...Doing more activities

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How do you think the skype session helped you with your learning of English? because they speak slow and good. v When i talked Listening native speakers with the pronunciation I learnt to pronounce better

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What did you enjoy most about the skype session? Listening the stories they prepared v When we spoke English. When we played with the fridges when I speak the rhyme of bugs when they described the school uniform.

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How do you think skype sessions could be improved? If the session was longer v Articulating more when we pronounce. Doing more activities. speaking English

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School How useful was this Skype session? not at all useful extremely useful

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School Why? The story so far… Case Study I – Year 9 Spanish (class to class) Case Study II – Year 7 German (peer to peer) Top tips! Next steps OUTLINE

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School 5. Klasse & Year 7 (11 years old)

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School …but is it safe?

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set up a google e-mail account design small number of generic names, passwords and usernames generate Skype accounts using the “google hack” Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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tilehillwood@gmail.com tilehillwood+eins@gmail.com tilehillwood+zwei@gmail.com tilehillwood+drei@gmail.com Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School extremely useful not at all useful

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School TOP TIPS

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School use existing contacts/links and skype.education AND email/call organisations in TL country match linguistic competence and/or age plan carefully – consider both sides test Skype in advance – day(s) before – use ethernet cables! ideal session length (15-30 mins) consider support during session (vocab list at hand, prepared questions/answers, ‘live commentary’, paraphrasing native speaker) What are you going to do afterwards? TOP TIPS

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School Next Steps

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School peer to peer session with 20 accounts use two connected computer rooms to gain confidence (staff and students) extend collaboration before and after Skype (peer assessment via blog) embed consistently in SoW where appropriate make it an entitlement for all students mobile technology (Ipads) group video calls (12 months free if on sign-up) with education.skype.com NEXT STEPS

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Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School @bertramrichter / I. Morris Tile Hill Wood School & Language College Coventry www.thwlanguages.blogspot.co.uk

Summary: Presentation by B. Richter and I. Morris, held at the ALL Language World 2013 in Nottingham

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