Teaching World Languages Using Web 2.0 Skills



Subject(s):Foreign Languages


Proficiency Levels: Mastery


Grade(s):K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, CC, Other


Suggested Prerequisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.

Description/Abstract: This course will enable world language teachers to use Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning of the “Five C’s” identified in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities. Participants will explore tools such as blogs, social bookmarking, asynchronous text and audio discussions, multimedia sharing sites, and podcasts. Participants will learn how to integrate these tools into their instruction and assessment in support of key curricular goals. They will also be expected to complete and submit a final product consisting of a lesson plan that incorporates at least two of the Web 2.0 tools introduced in the course.

Objectives: During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
• Understand how Web 2.0 tools can support world language instruction;
• Use technology to improve students’ communication skills, including listening, speaking and writing;
• Engage with other learning communities at both the local and international level;
• Use technology to foster student exploration of other cultures and to make comparisons between cultures;
• Identify resources to build connections with other content areas; and
• Ensure that students use the Internet safely and responsibly.