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A Real Challenge in the 21 st Century: Teaching Foreign Languages Fully Online Adelia E. Ruiz, Ph. D. Assistant Professor of Spanish School of Arts & Letters Lenoir-Rhyne University 2010 ACA Summit Abington, VA
Description: n n n It is important to put into practice web-based instruction as an innovative way to integrate technology into foreign Language and/or Literature classes. Students are provided with multiple exercises to assist in practicing vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. The World Wide Web is a great tool to enhance your teaching and get resources for your class.
Deployment Any resources you get from the World Wide Web, magazines, videos, music, movies can be integrated into your: n Face-to-face class n Partly web based class n Fully Online class
Selection of the resources for the course THE AUDIENCE – STUDENTSn What kind of audience the class is directed to: Elementary school students n Middle school students n Senior High School Students n College Students n Adult learners n
A case: Spanish n n The following explanation is an example of how you can design, develop, and add resources to a foreign language course, using the course management system: LAMP: http: //sakai. lampschools. org/portal The example can be applied to face-toface, partly web-based and/or fully online courses.
Selection of the resources for the course n THE TEXT BOOK n How to determine which is a good book? n n What makes it good? n n Cover the major areas of the course. Challenging Effective Interesting What do you have to consider when selecting a good book? n n n All the above Work book Web links/ internet resources
Textbook: Quia http: //books. quia. com/books/ Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language, Workbook and Lab Manual, by Matilde O. de Castells, Elizabeth Guzman, Paloma Lapuerta, and Carment Garcia
Course Management system within the textbook http: //myspanishlab. com
Use of an Instructor Companion Site or an E-pack Example: Éxito comercial: Prácticas administrativas y contextos culturales. Michael Scott Doyle, T. Bruce Fryer, Ronald C. Cere 4 th Edition © 2006 Companion website: http: //www. heinle. com/cgiwadsworth/course_products_wp. pl? fid=M 20 b. I&flag=instruc tor&product_isbn_issn=9781413006919&disciplinenumber= 303
Web resources: Games Ejemplo: Voces de Hispanoamerica: Antología literaria, Rachel Chang, et. al. Flash cards: http: //www. proprofs. com/flashcards/story. php? title=V oces-de-Hispanoamerica-3 rd-ed
Other Web Resources n n n Your school webpage http: //www. lr. edu La Real Academia de la Lengua: http: //www. rae. es/rae. html AP Central: http: //apcentral. collegeboard. com/apc/Contr oller. jpf Radio Naciones Unidas: http: //www. un. org/radio/es
Other Web Resources Instituto Cervantes: http: //www. cervantes. es/ n Podcast: http: //audacity. sourceforge. net n Videos on the web: http: //www. youtube. com n Google search: http: //www. google. com/ AND MUCH… MORE: BE SELECTIVE! n
Use of Resources, Companion Site or an E-pack n Extensive material provided n n n n Audio files Exercises for each lesson Assessment: Vocabulary, grammar, cultural notes, listening comprehension & video files. Complete literature and/or research resources online Convenience Instant grading Immediate feedback for students
Goals and objectives n n n To provide an alternative method of learning Spanish and/or use as a resource to enhance your face-to-face, partly web based and/or fully online class. To simplify the management process To provide multiple exercises for student practice To provide “any time, any place” access for students To provide faculty with assessment tools (quizzes on-line) and grade book.
Issues encountered n n n More chapters than could be used in one semester. More material per lesson than could be covered. Mistakes in question answers. Broken links, audio files and others. Time for grading essay questions was limited.
Design process n n n Develop a master course and include in it the links and resources (video files, scan handouts, pdf files, Word documents, etc) you find on the World Wide Web or find in books, videos, etc. Determine the number of chapters to teach and the aids Edit materials and exercises to be used in each lesson.
Development n Determine appropriate exercises n n Define number of questions and exercises per lesson Correct broken links and modify questions and answers (short answers and essay questions) Reformat essay questions into appropriate review exercises. Add links to other sites to provide alternative explanations and self-tests.
Student Technical Knowledge n n n Third class is used to help students gain access to their course and understand the browser tune-up. Student support through e-mail and/or phone service Being in constant communication in and out of the classroom is the key to the success of any type of class
Outcomes n Face-to-face, web-based, and/or fully online sections optional n Master courses available as templates. n Course management simplifies: n n Course materials are available any time, any place. Students’ evaluation on-line simplified grading process. Open the idea to other Spanish courses to be designed and offered. n n Student time online could be tracked.