Monday, March 2, 2009

Technology ideas for your Foreign language classroom

Today's link is: This site has television and radio from around the world and is sortable by language or country. So how do you use something like this as a classroom assignment? Here is one I have done with great success.
1. Students watch 1/2 hour news loop from news station in target language. (Check out Medinalia or other online TV providers for news stations in your target language.)
2. Students choose something from the broadcast that interested them.
3. Students look up article on that subject in target language newspapers.
4. Students come to class and give 1-2 minute presentation on what they saw, what the news article said, and if the two sources of information varied in content or bias.

Assignment can be adjusted for multiple levels of students.

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