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Independent learning in MFL

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by fazthfc, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Hi there,

    I am an MFL PGCE student and am doing an investigative research project on how new technologies can help foster independent learning. I was wondering if anyone has any technologies they could recommend.

    I am open to all suggestions but ideally would be something that can be used at KS3 and free!! I know there is plenty of software available at a price but unfortunately I don't really have the luxury of a departmental budget to play with!

    Any help or suggestions would be very welcome.

    Thanks very much :)
     
  2. dalej

    dalej New commenter

  3. If you are looking for free materials that foster independent learning then you need to find suitable interactive materials on the Web. There are masses of sites that offer such materials, many of which I list on my Favourite Websites page at:
    http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/websites.htm
    You could also take a look at MYLO, which is a site funded by the DfE. Personally, I find it very limiting, with far too much emphasis on vocabulary and litte on grammar. Feedback in the interactive exercises is negligible, the presentation is very dry and there is little monitoring of what has actually been learned. Have a look anyway:
    http://mylo.dcsf.gov.uk/
    Bear in mind that there are many different ways in which ICT can be used to foster independent learning. I list 20 different ways here at the ICT4LT website, Section 4.2 of Module 1.4:
    http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_mod1-1.htm#4.2
    As an independent learner myself I have never got very far just by using the Web. I still prefer a application that I can use independly of the Web. I recently had a crack at learning Polish and Mandarin. The most efficient application I found as a beginner in both languages was EuroTalk's Talk Now series of CD-ROMs. Talk Now - unlike most Web applications - enables you to record and play back you own voice so that you get plenty of pronunciation practice and can hear how you really sound - which, in my opinion, is a sine qua non for a beginner or near-beginner. Have a look at my Review of the Talk Now Mandarin CD-ROM that I used. It's great value for around £25.
    Regards
    Graham Davies
    Emeritus Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning
     
  4. Thanks very much for your suggestions. Very much appreciate your thoughts!

    Farid
     

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