Can you hear and see me now? Developing authentic audio and video for elementary language classes FCTL Summer Conference 2012 Information Fluency Track MaríaRedmon and Gregory Thompson
Problem Statement • In Spanish language class students hear the language patterns and pronunciation characteristics of their instructors and find it difficult to comprehend speakers with different patterns and characteristics. • Lacking the aural comprehension needed to carry on a conversation at an elementary level, our students feel frustration, becoming unwilling to listen, or participate actively in oral communication tasks.
Project Objectives • Our objective is to develop aural comprehension material targeting lower level aural comprehension, oral production, and global competence within the interpersonal communication tasks in the Spanish-language classes. • We propose to produce 5 oral recordings (3-5 minutes) and 2 DVD/ web recordings (10 minutes) of native speakers engaged in conversations.
Methods (Mandala) • Native Spanish-speaking students were asked to support this project through recordings of authentic conversations. • The audio recordings include greetings and general presentations, talking about family and traditions, storytelling, travel, and culture of the countries represented by the actors/students. • We will use sites such as the Rosen College, Rollins College, and La Tomatina (tapas restaurant) for the video recordings to provide a more authentic feel.
Project Plan • Before the conference • We selected native Spanish-speaking students to participate in the recordings. • During the conference • We developed storyboards for the audio recordings • We recorded two audio samples and initiated development of the structure and design for one DVD/web presentation. • After the conference • Implementing the knowledge gained during the conference, we will complete the oral and video recordings during the fall semester when additional students are on campus and available. • Develop student and teacher guides for use of these materials in the Spanish classes.
Knowledge gained from FCTL Summer Conference 2012 • Making your own multiliteracyMandala • Helped us to broaden our view and organization of multiple literacies in our project\ • What a photo is really saying: Pedagogical insight into visual literacy • When recording our videos, we are going to consider the importance and impact of the images presented to the students. • Sex, lies, and multiple lives: Game design literacy as a framework for pedagogy • Iterative design, playfulness, storytelling, multimedia, and interactive approach to our material.