Learning a language is a challenge.
Learning a foreign language is a double challenge.
Learning a foreign language online is WHAT?
When we started online teaching, it was incredibly difficult. On the way, I discovered different online platforms and tools. However, we do not want to choose a new app only because it is new and fancy. It has to be a tool that helps our students learn a foreign language and develop 21st-century skills, and it should not be too complicated to use.
AstroReality, (2019, October 29). Famous quotes about technology in education.
“Technology encourages learners to build castles in the air. After all, imagination is at the heart of innovation.”
When I saw this photo and read the following quotation about technology in education, I realized what is crucial for me – encourage my students to use their creativity and imagination.
Unfortunately, there are not so many for learning Russian as a foreign language, and my students are too young to have an account.
Our school paid a Linguascope account, but this platform has only a beginning level for Russian. When we wrote a request about other levels as French and Spanish have, we have got the following answer:
Thank you for your email. No, unfortunately, at the moment there is no plan to develop Russian resources beyond the beginner level. There is simply not enough demand to justify it.
Mr Stéphane Derône
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Oh, well, I have to create online resources by myself for six grades (KG-grade 5). Thank my colleagues, we found a way to work collaboratively.
Music and videos are the most powerful tools for learning a language. So, I started to create Google Slides for each song and story.
I wanted to try to use Quizlet. I think it is a good platform to practice vocabulary and grammar based on a tried-and-true memorization tool: the flashcard. Great platform, but I can not use it because of the age of my students.
I tried FluentU, the same story! I can demonstrate it on my Smartboard, and we can do it as a group. But I can not subscribe to this app, and my students are too young. It does not work as well; my students are not in my class and play on-screen all together. It takes too much time, and it is boring.
I have chosen two platforms that I use on a regular basis – Kahoot (to assess key vocabulary, grammar structures in context, and knowledge of a unit) and Flipgrid (for interpersonal communication and presentational speaking).
My students enjoy incorporating technology into their language learning routines, and they always ask if we are going to play online games. When there is a choice – paper and pencil or Google Slides for presentational writing, the majority choose Slides.
Plans for future
After my COETAIL journey, I have started to think about creating a platform for learning Russian as a foreign language for elementary school students. I have a lot of ideas and resources. The challenge is to find the professionals who will help to create the platform.