CONNECT FOUR: Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 / 1 comment
Hi everyone! I'm pleased to introduce you to our guest bloggers this week, Granabana created by Sol y Mar. You're probably already aware of Granabana because these two women have been creating innovative resources to share with others for quite some time! Over the summer they presented a conference for World Language teachers and we're so glad to be able to share part of that conference with you here today! We hope you enjoy this fun idea!
Enjoy!

CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.

We, as Sra.Sol y Mar, creators of Granabana, facilitated a workshop in August we called CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.  If you thought you had missed a Summer conference, think again! for we bring you a portion of it today courtesy of Secondary Spanish Space!

CONNECT ONE ↔ SPEAKING ↔ CITAS RÁPIDAS

This activity is effective for incorporating interpersonal speaking skills and technology into your curriculum and can be modified across all subjects and levels.

CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.


How does it work?

1.  Create a set of powerpoint slides to facilitate conversation of an appropriate level and theme for your group.  Each slide should have an open-ended question on it.  Students are given 20 seconds to answer each question, so include enough questions to fill as much time as you would like.

2.  Arrange the students' desks into rows so everyone can see the slides, and can still move easily into another desk.  For higher level classes, you might decide to only let the student who is reading the questions see them, so that their partner is required to listen closely.

3.  Start the timer.  ALL students read the question chorally to ensure 100% active engagement.  Row B answers and elaborates to fill the 20 seconds which is the time allotted for the Simulated Conversation in the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam.  Encourage students to use transition words, idiomatic expressions and their best higher level vocabulary.

4.  After 2-3 questions, students rotate partners in the direction of the arrows.

Here’s a diagram of a possible seat arrangement:
CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.
Note that the blue arrows are rows for students to move to their next seat and next partner.

Some tips:

  • Allow students to feel comfortable by starting slowly, allowing previous practice in pairs and small groups. 
  • You can help students feel prepared by posing a question on the powerpoint slide, allowing for think time, then collaborating as an entire class to create an answer together on the board.  
  • Encourage elaboration by modeling. Should you observe a student needing help, share some of the questions ahead of time to further lower the filter.
  • Decide how many rows and how many desks in each row you will have depending on the number of students.  
  • Remind students to sit up, feet on the ground lean forward, and make eye contact.
  • You may have a student click on the slide and/or the timer and then incorporate into the game.
  • The facilitator calls the letter of the row who is asking/answering questions.


Here are example slides we used at the end of the year with a beginning level class learning the preterite tense and a slide we used last week in the beginning of the year with an AP class.  The 20 second timer is embedded in the slide.

CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.

We hope this first idea inspires you in your teaching this year! We look forward to sharing more fun and innovative ideas from our Professional Development presentation with you right here on Secondary Spanish Space!

CONNECT FOUR:  Integrating Technology and Best Practices in 4 Language Abilities in the Secondary Classroom.




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