Thanks to Digital Signposts today, I came across this useful FLV converter site which allows you to download and convert YouTube flv videos into more easily accessible file formats such as avi for playing offline. The service is similar to Keepvid which I covered in a similar post recently, but doesn't need a dedicated flv player to work. Both services are useful. However, my personal preference would be Keepvid as it is compatible with a wide range of video sharing sites and along with the flv player offers the best of both worlds.
KS1/2 MFL: Sharing Skills is the latest set of programmes on Primary MFL from Teachers TV. They portray different and successful ways of integrating a modern language into the primary curriculum. In the first programme Sharing Skills - Secondary with Primary we see AST MFL teacher Dave Gilwhite from Manor Secondary School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire sharing ideas with Nicola Blount, a teacher at feeder school Peafield Lane Primary on how to introduce French to her Yr 3 pupils.
Sharing Skills- Primary with Primary looks at the benefits of 'team teaching' and in particular how Nicola Guy, a primary trained teacher with a B.Ed in modern languages supports and encourages colleagues in Forest Town Primary School and Samuel Barlow Primary School also in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire to deliver their own MFL lessons.
To find out the next broadcast dates for these programmes, download the weekly schedule from the Teachers TV website or watch them online. If you subscribe, you can download the wmv files to your computer and see them when you want.
Mind your Languages is an outstanding tribute to the success of early language learning. The programme describes how pupils at Greenhill Primary School in Sheffield learn a range of languages from French, German, Italian and Spanish. Helped by native speakers and class teachers, the pupils adopt an oral/aural approach in the form of speaking and singing. The multilingual ethos of the school has been embedded across the curriculum motivating pupils and teachers alike. Everyone’s enthusiasm is blatantly clear even for those teachers who were initially apprehensive about teaching languages.
A Love of Languages gives us an insight into the fascinating work of Mike Ullmann, winner of The Guardian Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005. Hockerill Anglo European Language College in Bishop's Stortford. The programme demonstrates how he and his colleagues have transformed the ‘struggling school to a showcase institution at the forefront of language teaching in the UK’.
Lost for Words discusses the supposed crisis facing the teaching of MFL since the government decided to make it non-compulsory at KS4. The programme looks at language teaching at primary and secondary level, including transition in MFL from KS2 to KS3.
Watch out for Sinbad, a French national who has thirty minutes to try and find someone in Birmingham town centre to give him directions to the nearest train station in French. Lost indeed!
Points Means Prizes is one of the latest programmes from one of the most popular series on Teachers TV, Teaching with Bayley. Mirella Jerez-Rios, Spanish teacher andThe Teacher Training Agency Award for Outstanding New Teacher in South East of England 2005 shows how competitive games and a sense of humour can motivate her pupils at Hove Park Upper School in Brighton. Watch the programme and find out how to play such Jerez-Rios originals as Star Game, Pass the Envelope, or Spanish Catch. You could find like Mirella that your pupils enjoy the games so much they forget they are learning.
You can watch the programmes in a variety of ways:
• Check out the listings for broadcast dates • View them online • Subscribe and download them on to a computer
Channel Four have supplemented their popular ClipBank resources for 11-16 year olds with a new digital library of 250 French, German and Spanish video clips culled from their award-winning archives. Available on DVD-Rom, the clips are arranged by relevant topic and grammar point. By purchasing a suitable licence, they can be shared across a school network and accessed simultaneously. Searching for suitable clips has been made easy with the recently launched ClipBank Utilities, a free download from the ClipBank website.
In the demonstration video, Baldev Singh Winner of National Innovation in Education 2004 praises ClipBank for encouraging:
assessment for learning
students and teachers to develop high level ICT skills
He also points out:
lesson plans can be contained within ClipBank
playlists can be created and edited according to students’ needs
personalised documents or notes containg keywords and screenshots within playlists can be shared with pupils and other colleagues
pupils can edit the clips to make their own resources and even record an audio narration using sound-editing software such as Audacity
the software allows the teacher to become more of a facilitator letting the pupils take control of their own learning
There is an example of learners of German watching a video clip of German native speakers and English people trying to speak German. The pupils record their own voices and compare their audio track with the original.
Their teacher explains how ClipBank helps his pupils to:
use their German for real purposes
work at their own pace and to their own outcomes
This is what two of the pupils said:
“We had to record our own voices and put it over there. So it kind of sounded like we were talking even though it weren’t brilliant, it was fun. It was better than normal sit down doing work. It was using a different thing on computer we’ve never used before. So it was really good.”
“Just much better because you just take it in more. It’s just easier to understand and to watch than to write it all down”.
Excuse my French is a new four part 'Réalité TV' documentary appearing on our screens from Tuesday 18th July at 9 pm on BBC2. Filmed on location in France, the show documents how over a month, celebrities Esther Rantzen, Marcus Brigstocke and Ron Atkinson cope with an immersion course in French language and culture. On the official Marcus Brigstocke website, the comedian describes the experience as being a real laugh ‘none of that hee-haw, hee-haw stuff … It's the thinking man's Faking It'.
To accompany the series, the BBC have produced a DVD and a course book written by Steven Fawkes, Past President of The Association for Language Learning.
is divided into relevant topics such as shopping, socialising and getting around
provides your students with useful techniques to cope in unfamiliar situations
sets them challenges and tasks to develop their skills
gives links to free online activities and extra resources
includes all four programmes originally broadcast on BBC TWO
is supplemented withadded interactivity, audio, and supported material based on the book
demonstrates that effective language learning must include a cultural perspective
Pre order from the BBC Shop before the official release date of 9th August 2006. If you can't wait, why not check out the video clips on the Excuse my French website:
Meet the students
Ron's restaurant hunt
Marcus tries a joke
You can even rate the programme as either 'Chronique', 'Mal', 'Raisonnable', 'Bien' or 'Fantastique' depending on your point of view. Finally, there's the Excuse my French challenge where you choose either Ron, Marcus or Esther to ask you language questions on each of the four programmes 'Travel', 'Cuisine', 'Tourism' and 'Public speaking'.
Also new from the BBC is the launch of Ma France a brand-new French broadband video course. The first five units of this exciting interactive resource are now available on the BBC languages website and encourage you to 'improve or brush up your basic French’. The course consists of 24 interactive video units in total which were filmed around Lyons, the Alps and in Provence. It is presented by Stéphane Cornicard.
Each unit includes:
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