Saturday, March 5, 2016
The "#LangChat" Experience
On Thursday evening, March 3, I was able to view the #LangChat conversation about giving students feedback. It was very interesting, fast-paced, and full of variety!
I was impressed to watch so many experts in Language Acquisition share thoughts, ideas, and feedback of their own with each other. I was also amazed at how many different threads were going on at the same time. Being old, and a newbie to Twitter, I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed!
The conversation was full of wonderful ideas but not many of them related to a technology that I could see myself using in class. Many of the suggestions related to face-to-face contact with students while they speak, or write. I fully agree with the participants in their evaluations of how important that personal contact is.
There were a few ideas that I think might be very helpful to me to increase the interactions and enthusiasm of my classes, which I love to do! I will definitely try the Sentence Auction idea where students bet their fake money to say if a sentence is correct or not and if they can correct the wrong ones. That activity really resonates with me :). When my students are learning directions, I will also use the idea for blindfolding one and having another give directions on where an item is. or how to toss a ball at it, or other variations. These will definitely engage my mostly freshman students!
When I have a bit of extra time, I would also like to check out the Organic World Language site that was mentioned and advertised. It looks like it may be full of great cultural activities.
I will try to take a look at other #LangChat discussions and see what else may be of value to me. I appreciate the opportunity to try something new and look forward to increasing my knowledge and use of technology.