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Using ICT to Enhance Teaching and Learning in MFL. Esther Hardman ICT and Languages Conference 25-26 th February 2012. Contents. Why develop ICT at your school? What the students are doing Key developments in MFL at Weald of Kent A team effort What the students are saying Next Steps.

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using ict to enhance teaching and learning in mfl

Using ICT to Enhance Teaching and Learning in MFL

Esther Hardman

ICT and Languages Conference

25-26th February 2012

  • Why develop ICT at your school?
  • What the students are doing
  • Key developments in MFL at Weald of Kent
  • A team effort
  • What the students are saying
  • Next Steps
guess who
Guess Who?
  • Madonna
  • Joe Dale
  • Simon Cowell
  • Prince Harry
  • Ed Miliband
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Cheryl Cole
  • Timothy Dalton (007)
  • Woody (Toy Story)










guess who1
Guess Who?












Ed Miliband



Woody (Toy








Joe Dale










Cheryl Cole

primary review rationale
Primary Review – Rationale

3.44 Even now, a reasonable grasp of ICT is needed in

education and employment, and it will become

increasingly important to command ICT skills to

prepare for technologies of the future.

3.45 To argue against the importance of ICT in the

primary curriculum is to ignore the increasing

digitisation of information worldwide.

Note: Curriculum review due March / April 2011

the framework for the national curriculum
The Framework for the National Curriculum.

A report by the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum

reviewDepartment for Education - December 2011

Information and communication technology is reclassified as part of the Basic Curriculum and requirements should be established so that it permeates all National Curriculum subjects.We have also noted the arguments, made by some respondents to the Call for Evidence,58 that there should be more widespread teaching of computer science in secondary schools. We recommend that this proposition is properly considered.

primary review our inheritance
Primary Review – Our Inheritance

Pupils to use Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up –

The Guardian:

“The proposals would require: Children in England to leave

primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and

Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.

They must gain "fluency" in handwriting and keyboard skills, and

learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.”

Guardian 25th March 2009

web 2 0 statistics
Web 2.0 Statistics
  • Twitter:
    • 1,111,991,000 – number of Tweets 22 Feb 2010
    • 29,700,500,268 – number of Tweets 06 Nov 2010
    • 29,707,133,130 – number of Tweets 31 Jan 2011
  • Blogs:
    • 133,000,000 – number of blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002
    • 346,000,000 – number of people globally who read blogs
  • Wikis:
    • 684,000,000 – the number of visitors to Wikipedia in the last year


The company surpassed

200 million tweets per day

in June (2011)

but has since jumped to nearly

250 million daily tweets.

The growth has been tremendous:

Twitter had around

100 million tweets per day

in January 2011.

vle survey
VLE Survey
  • Find out what students know about Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Educate students re Web 2.0 technologies
  • Provide a platform for student voice.
how can i improve my listening skills
How Can I Improve My Listening Skills?
  • Download podcasts for free through iTunes:
      • One Minute French, German, Spanish
      • Coffee Break French
      • Coffee Break Spanish
      • News in Slow Spanish
      • Native recordings in various languages
  • See more links on our MFL blog:
      • German Podcast:
      • French News for French students in France


The school VLE:

Interaction between students and staff.

Listening practice resources feedback.


Need an online verb table?

Want to find some revision websites?

Want to find some language learning podcasts?

Want to find out the latest news in the MFL department?

Look under the country flags for sites

applicable to your language



Like blogging? / Want to learn how to blog?

Want to be part of our Language Leader programme?

The MFL dept is looking for “Blog Reps” for each class.


Please contact your class

teacher / Miss Hardman

blogs summary of uses
Blogs – Summary of Uses


T add key learning points / homework from lesson

P review of exchange trip in TL

P review of own work

Peer assess via comments

Student feedback on learning


Examples of pupils’ work – peer assess possible

Potential for FLA outreach

FLA / Teacher recordings for homework.


Examples of pupils’ work

Teacher presentations / resources


Online language learning resources

Exam board web links

Online podcast links (L&S)

  • Definition
    • A website that allows multiple users to create, modify and organize web page content in a collaborative manner.
  • Rational
    • “Redraft their writing to improve accuracy and quality” – New Secondary Curriculum, Key Processes 2.2h
symposium logolab
Symposium &Logolab


Students listen to language stimulus (audio / visual), while being monitored from a central console.  Students listen and respond, or record their own responses in comparison to a model and do written exercises.


“Listen to, read or view a range or materials, including authentic materials in the target language, both to support learning and for personal interest and enjoyment” – New Secondary Curriculum for Languages, Curriculum Opportunities 4.f


Student centred learning

  • Peer to peer correction
  • Collaboration
ict in practice
ICT in Practice
  • We need to give time to pupils to learn these technologies in order to then use them to facilitate learning
  • When pupils’ ICT skills grow, their focus will switch to learning via the tool,i.e. the tool now enhances the learning




Teachers too!

creative office spaces employee creative play time
Creative Office Spaces & Employee Creative “play” time.

what the students are saying blogs podcasts
What The Students are Saying – Blogs/Podcasts
  • General:
    • videos of where you are stuck with H/W
    • teachers could post work during school closures
    • a blog per subject to help catch up / go over class notes / find out homework
    • podcasts would make cover work easier on snow days
  • Science:
    • videos of experiments done at home
  • Technology:
    • Videos of cake making to see different techniques
  • Languages:
    • videos of teachers from foreign schools teaching some language
  • Drama:
    • write a review of a play you went to see
  • Maths:
    • video of how to work out the circumference of a circle
  • P.E.:
    • Virtual notice board / links to match locations / videos of performances
what the students are saying wikis
What The Students are Saying - Wikis
  • General:
    • projects with several people whilst at home or when scattered around the school site
  • History:
    • Write down timelines and students add information to it.
  • English:
    • Wiki wars – battling with critiques over literature
    • pupils involved in the drafting process
  • Drama:
    • Collectively add lists of what needed for production & who to bring what pieces of clothing
what the students are saying social networks
What The Students are Saying – Social Networks
  • General:
    • ask friends across school/in other schools for help
    • specific subject based sites for online tutorials
    • ask friends what you missed from class / homework info
    • set up study groups
    • ask quick fire questions
  • English
    • asking where quotes are in a book
    • ask someone to finish the sentence
  • Maths:
    • ask for help with a problem if you get stuck
  • History:
    • talk to a historian and make notes
  • Geography:
    • contact people from different places
  • RE:
    • contact people from different faiths
  • Web 2.0 notinwords
  • Twitter in Plain English
  • Social Networking in Plain English
  • RSS in Plain English
  • Blogs in Plain English
  • Wikis in Plain English
  • Social Media in Plain English
  • Podcasting in Plain English

Or search for “notinwords” or “in Plain English” on YouTube

what do you like the most
What do you like the most?
  • It’s fun.
  • The variety of vocab.
  • How it doesn't let you give up.
  • It helps you to memorise the vocab well.
  • The fact you have to keep going until you get it right.
  • I like being able to listen to the pronunciation of words
  • The added competitive side makes things fun too :)
  • It hammers the words into your head, ensuring you learn them.
other comments
Other comments



  • “It’s veeeeery good thanks ms hardmannnn:)”
  • “Not for any other groups because its special for our classs owowowoowowowoow.”
  • “Really great way to motivate students into learning vocab - helps me learn verbs so i can recognise them when reading French books! Excellent!”

Students feel


Confidence in their

language learning.