Language teachers can find online a wide range of free educational apps to make their students practice in a target language, and enhance the four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing). These digital tools provide an additional resource for online learning, allow students to interact with visual and audio content, and can be used effectively in distance education as they naturally attract the interest, motivation, and engagement of digital natives.
In this online course, you will learn to integrate these apps and online resources into your teaching. You will discover how you can introduce them in your classes also including music, videos, practical tools and exercises in order to improve the language skills of your students.
As a participant, you will learn how to adopt a variety of educational apps in a language class, gaining practical experience and the necessary knowledge to use them as valuable tools to support each student’s learning style. You will observe many practical examples of these activities, and try to create one exercise that suits to your class.
Topic 1: Enrich your students’ vocabulary with Quizlet
You will learn how to create a study set with keywords and vocabulary games in which
students match words (in a target language) with meanings (in a foreign language) and/or with corresponding pictures.
Topic 2: Bring music and song to your class with Lyrics Training
Lyrics Training allows teachers to create typical “karaoke exercises”, host games and competitions where students have to type out quicky the lyrics according to what they hear. In the process, students learn words and are engaged in their favorite songs in a new language.
Topic 3: Ed Puzzle
With Ed Puzzle teachers can bring interactive videos, clips from movies and tv series into their classroom. This platform is used mostly as a flipped classroom tool because teachers can create and assign interactive videos as homework, and track students’ work. Ed puzzle is very useful also in distance learning. Teachers can embed questions, audio recordings and comments into any part of a video to assess students’ comprehension.
Topic 4: Quizizz
Quizizz grants teachers to conduct student-paced formative assessments for students of all ages in a fun and engaging way. Teachers can create and incorporate on-line quizzes into instruction, review, and evaluation. Quiz can be recorded live, or assigned with a deadline as homework. With instant feedback, the teacher can quickly overview a student’s performance, and identify which learning areas need more focus in the future.
Topic 5: Padlet
This tool allows students to view and respond efficiently to an online discussion board. Padlet is very useful in distant learning, but it can be also used in class, if a teacher wants to involve students in an online discussion. Teachers can ask students to respond creatively with text, images, videos, or links. This tool can be used as a warm-up activity, or for pre- and post-reading discussion in a foreign language.