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Effective use of internet resources in languages teaching and learning
E!ective use of internet resources
in languages teaching and learning
Warwick Group MFL Meeting
Wednesday, 10th June 2009
Iquot; New technologies and the NSC
II quot; Young People and the Internet
III quot; A look at the best internet resources
IV quot; Evaluation
About José Picardo
• Modern Foreign Languages teacher at
Nottingham High School (Head of MFL as from
• I blog about the e!ective use of technology in
education at www.boxoftricks.net
• I maintain a Spanish interactive exercises
website called www.asisehace.net
• Writer of the ICT Outlook in the Languages ICT
website (ALL & CiLT)
New technologies and the New Secondary Curriculum
“Teachers should provide plenty of opportunities for pupils to use
their linguistic knowledge imaginatively in different contexts. New
technologies offer many opportunities for pupils to learn
independently and use language creatively”
The New Secondary Curriculum : its possibilities
•“personalise the curriculum, designing their own subject curriculum to
meet individual needs and engage all learners”
•“provide focused support and greater challenge where needed,
helping to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to make
progress and achieve...”
•“design coherent learning experiences that are relevant and
meaningful to learners by making connections between subjects,
events and activities”
•“use a variety of teaching and learning approaches to engage and
motivate learners, and to maximise impact on learning”
The New Secondary Curriculum: its impact
“Schools should consider how the opportunities provided by the new
secondary curriculum could allow them to design a curriculum that
learners find is more relevant [... ] and better meets their interests and
“Greater relevance can increase engagement with learning, and help to
“The strong focus on the curriculum aims should help to ensure that
young people leave school equipped with the knowledge,
understanding, skills and attitudes to cope with life and work in the 21st
The New Secondary Curriculum: its suggestions
GCSE : New speciﬁcations for languages
•Hear, speak, read and write in the target language regularly and frequently
within the classroom and beyond, suggesting the use of websites as one of
the tools which could be used to achieve this.
•Communicate in the target language individually, in pairs, in groups and
with speakers of the target language, including native speakers where
possible, for a variety of purposes, using, among other resources, email or
•Use an increasing range of more complex language.
•Use a range of resources, including ICT, for accessing and communicating
information in the target language, for example: live or recorded audio and
video and the internet.
•Listen to, read or view a range of materials, including authentic materials in
the target language, both to support learning and for personal interest and
enjoyment, which can be obtained from recorded audio and video and TV,
but also from the internet.
Think about these questions:
When you were at school...
...what did you do after school?
...did you have a mobile phone?
...did you have an iPod?
...did you have a personal computer?
...was it connected to the internet?
Why more ICT?
• Will my students beneﬁt?
• What’s in it for teachers?
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web development and
design, that facilitates communication, secure information sharing,
interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based
communities, hosted services, and applications; such as social-networking
sites, video-sharing sites, wikis and blogs. (source: Wikipedia)
to the average student...
Web 2.0 is the web
Best web applications for use
the teaching and learning of MFL