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Using Smartboards to Teach Languages

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Concept by: Iacopo Falciani

Description

This course is designed to offer participants an insight into how to use smartboards to teach languages. The smartboard allows a much more interactive approach to teaching, with electronic textbooks and multimedia resources at your disposal. It also allows easy access to videos or even other language learning platforms which can be a great way of gaining enthusiasm in the classroom.

The course will start from the very basics of how to use the devices, to more advanced tasks that can eventually be achieved. During the week, participants will learn to compare and analyze different devices and their uses. 

By the end of the course, teachers will have gained more knowledge in how to incorporate these smartboards into their lessons, using it as an educational tool that can bring new versatility and creativity into the classroom.

Tentative Schedule

As teachers you have experienced both the rewards and challenges that teaching offers, however,  extra challenges have been added over the years, more admin, lack of student respect and increasing workload have probably led to stress, burnout and wondering why you are still in the profession!

Day 1 – Course introduction & Setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Benefits of using interactive Whiteboards

  • General discussion and comments about effectiveness and usability of interactive Whiteboards. 
  • Best Practice exchange Interactive Whiteboard

Day 3 – Further tools

  • The Smart Notebook
  • Flash tools 
  • Learning apps

Day 4 – Activities for language learning

  • Lyrics training
  • Quizzes

Day 5 – Techniques for language learning

  • Flashcards
  • Mind maps

Day 6 – Course closure & Cultural activities

Course closure

  • Sharing resources
  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, Educational guides and counsellors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Specifics

  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Price: 480 €

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