- Join us for a French Film Series screening of Des vents contraires (Headwinds) on Monday, November 20 from 2-4pm in… https://t.co/2fNcCk3eDf, Nov 17
- Don't miss these conversation hours on Monday (11/20) in GH 308! Arabic 11am-12pm Spanish 4-5pm #ForeignLanguages #UIC, Nov 17
- Wondering why you should take a foreign language? Here are some great reasons - more $$$, better jobs, better grade… https://t.co/p1xtbZT26h, Nov 10
- Got great plans for the weekend? Why not make some great plans for after with a FREE Monday event in GH 308! We've… https://t.co/Fqo5kNT8Y7, Nov 10
- The word "simple" doesn't rhyme with any other French word. Neither does "quatorze", "quinze" or "monstre". What ot… https://t.co/IZc5AGsm1Z, Nov 9
Monthly archives: November, 2016
OER Commons (oercommons.org) is an easy way to find all kinds of FREE educational resources. In addition to complete grammar, vocabulary, and culture units that you can use to supplement (or even replace) your textbook materials, OER Commons lists numerous individual resources. Maybe you’re looking for a verb conjugation reference for your Arabic students? OER Commons has that. Or maybe you want to find a few German folk songs to teach your student? OER Commons has that, too. A quiz on the French Revolution? An Italian reading comprehension exercise? A video tutorial on Russian folk dance? All of these and much, much more can be found on OER Commons!
Google Drawings (http://docs.google.com/drawings) is an often-overlooked tool in the Google Apps suite. This tool allows for the creation of all kinds of visual documents… collaboratively! You could have your students use Drawings to create a diagram depicting the narrative line of a novel they’re reading. Or students could brainstorm anf create a web of vocabolary for presentation or essay. Alternatively, you could have students create a poster or informational flyer for a city or monument they’re learbubg about. Drawings can also be a great tool for annotating simple images– for example, labeling vocabulary words in a market scence. Best of all, all of this can be done in groups without requiring students to organize face-to face meetingsoutside of class!
Draftback (https://chrome.google.comwebstore/detail/draftbacknnajoiemfpldioamchanognpjmocgkbg) is a Chrome extension that lets you watch the creation of a Google Doc letter by letter. Once you install the extension, a “Draftback” button will appear when you open any doc. As long as you have permission to edit this document, clicking that button will create a video that shows you every change, no matter how small, that’s been made in the document. Using this on your students’ work created in Docs can help you better understand how they write – do they outline or write down main points first? are they writing in English and then translating? are they reorganizing their ideas as they write? Additionally, since students don’t know if you’re using Draftback, this can also be a great tool for catching copy-paste plagiarism and translation.