#EP 3 – Short Films, Drama and TechTalk interview with Graham Wilson from ClassQR

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Hi everyone and welcome to Episode 3 of the #mfltwitterati podcast. In this episode, we hear about ways in which you can harness the power of social media and in particular Instagram and Snapchat to turn authentic resources into starter activities and make learning visible. We’ll find out what impact language ambassadors can have on a school’s ethos. There are also lots of ideas on how to integrate short films and drama into the languages classroom including flipping the classroom, green screening, digital storytelling, the benefits of attending a BFI Study Day and running a Film Club at your school.

Our TechTalk interview for this episode features an exclusive chat with Graham Wilson from @Class_QR about his revolutionary app loved by many language teachers which enables users to give audio feedback as well as promote listening and speaking skills in and out of the classroom.

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Joe and Noah

[1:13] Radar: Call for proposals for the FREE #mfltwitterati Conference on 27th April is now live is.gd/mfltwitteraticonference

[2:04] remove.bg – Remove the background from an image to make your own personalised photo story using your own photos and Creative Commons directory photosforclass.com which adds the attribution automatically to the images you download. Import your selfie and background into PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides and record the screen using Screencastify, Screencast-O-matic or iOS screen recording to add a voiceover for your presentation or dialogue. Check out Advanced Google Image Search or Flickr Creative Commons images too for more places to find royalty free images. Add remove.bg images to Book Creator for Chrome and use the Comic Book Style to make an eBook and add a voiceover.

[8:05] @voseando – Sebastian Gluzman: Flipping the classroom using EDpuzzle and adding listening comprehension questions to short online Grammar explanation videos.

[12:02] Creating your own grammar videos using ShowMe, iOS screenrecording and Pages to make your own screencasts to upload to Edpuzzle. Using Google Form Quizzes as an alternative to EdPuzzle. Overdubbing videos with Edpuzzle with your own voice. Using 30 second commercials and movie shorts or ‘cortometrajes’ to guide comprehension.

[14:41] MFLtwitterati Takeaway: @mcmcnultyteach – the power of setting up language ambassadors at your school, languages of the month videos and greenscreening with Android and iOS app Kinemaster. Building community and promoting student voice.

[21:44] @PRHSspanish – Meredith White: using Snapchat and Instagram in the world languages classroom to engage learners with authentic texts from the Spanish speaking world as well as sharing her own videos or photos written in Spanish or showcasing Spanish she finds in the real world. Using Snapchat as a broadcast medium promoting one way communication to share authentic resources in Spanish as a starter activity highlighting grammar points with captions and annotations. Creating physical books of your Instagram and Snapchat collections with Chatbooks.com and using them as language prize. See Storybird too. Using face filters and bitmojis when creating videos or photos in Spanish to ask questions and get students thinking. Doing a Twitter search for snapchat langchat to find lots of Meredith references.

[30:55] @Langloudoun: using Instagram to upload a summary or write a summary explaining what they had understood in their languages lesson as a plenary task to help them think more deeply about their learning. Incorporating social media to make learning visible and as a way of engaging learners.

[36:00] Linguascope

[37:04] MFL Show and Tell: focus on short films and drama.

[38:22] @erzsiculshaw – using the iOS app Do Ink Green Screen to do green screening in the primary languages classroom to encourage young learners to practise speaking when doing weather forecasts, conversations in a range of contexts such as a café, a beach, a football stadium, a rain forest, a market etc. Creating comics including the children as the characters along with superimposed backgrounds to improve their writing skills.

[40:13] @zorakhaled – Learning new skills and students’ leading their learning through multilingual digital storytelling, being inspired by a Goldsmiths University project and taking part in a British Film Institute event.

[41:07] @HHSModlang – the value in taking part in the SEET ‘Our World’ Filmmaking weekend for language learners to promote speaking and to learn new skills.

[42:45] @gorsey – Gorseville – One Stop Animation innovation – practising GCSE style transactional dialogues and publishing the results to a global audience on YouTube. The rigmarole of creating one stop animations ten years ago with Movie Maker.

[44.36] Creative multilingualism and the Multilingual Performance Project and drama workshops for teachers with video support.

[44.49] @creativelangs – Daniel Tyler-McTighe, the Director of the Multilingual Performance Project from Creative Multilingualism a four year research programme from Oxford University talking about the power of multilingualism and drama.

[46:01] @ghsmflofficial – Feedback from Maddy and Sarah who attended a MPP drama workshop in MFL

[49:50] Kate Dangerfield talking about the Connecta Short Film competition funded by Creative Multilingualism and run by the University of Roehampton which is designed to support teachers and pupils to make short films in any language

[52:20] @Lynne_SCILT – tips on using Short Films in the languages classroom – ‘Sound On Vision Off’

[56:02] @sarahjrosemfl and @mfl_ypant – winner of IntoFilm Club of the Month

[58:19] Mark Reid from the Education Department at the British Film Institute talking about screeninglanguages.org and their MFL Study Days. Mark would also love to hear from anyone interested in hosting a Study day in your local cinema. Email mark.reid@bfi.org.uk if you are.

[1:00:28] @languagestwitte – Frederique Cheyns from Townley Grammar School describes some of the activities which take place during a BFI Study Day.

[1:02:22] BFI is looking for new French, German & Spanish presenters to work with them to develop MFL study days for KS3-5. To find out more about these exciting freelance positions working with the BFI, please contact: Carol-Mei.Barker@bfi.org.uk

[1:02:59] Amazing resource of FREE short films – https://fibabc.abc.es

[1:03:36] No habla español? How Netflix could transform the way we learn languages

[1:04:03] TechTalk interview with Graham Wilson

[1:05:12] Experimenting with audio marking with QR codes and launching Vocal Recall

[1:08:44] Different use cases for Vocal Recall for giving audio feedback and promoting listening and speaking skills, speaking homeworks, listening comprehension worksheets, multilingual Christmas cards, triaramas, advent calendars, audio tours and audio treasure hunts

[1:12:09] The initial reaction to Vocal Recall

[1:14:10] The demise of Vocal Recall and starting again with ClassQR

[1:17:12] ClassQR’s features in the free version and premium subscription version as well as new plans on the horizon

[1:24:38] ClassQR’s GDPR compliance

[1:27:00] Going Live with ClassQR

[1:30:00] Summing up Episode 3

[1:33:40] Coming up in the next episode

Further links:






Snapchat links


https://aatspsc.org/blog (Snapchat in the World Language Classroom)









Creative Multilingualism links






Movie Talk





Free short films


Language Learning with Netflix



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