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At the beginning of the semester every student across all sections of a language course will brainstorm a medium (digital and/or physical) that has the capacity to include input from each student in GER 1101 this semester. Then, all students in each section will vote on one medium for the project. Examples include, but are not limited to: newspapers, magazines, a Youtube channel, a tumblr page, or website for a fictitious business or city. Over the course of the semester, journal assignments will act as drafts for the media submissions. Once the journal is revised, a final draft can be published via the collaborative medium.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows students to compete as individuals or groups by answering multiple-choice questions. In this elementary lesson on Chinese festivals, Kahoot! was used as an assessment tool at the end of the class period. It requires students to bring laptops, tablets. or mobile phones that connected to the Internet. The objective of using Kahoot! in this lesson is to have students review their new knowledge about Chinese culture, while the instructor receives immediate feedback about the students’ learning gains.
Students work collaboratively to write a Wikipedia article in Portuguese, requiring them to develop skills that transcended normal language instruction, from real-world cultural research to foreign-language computer coding. Each student will be responsible for individually authoring a section of the Wikipedia page, 400-450 words, using at least three citations.
This pre-reading activity uses the platform Voyant Tools to orient students to the vocabulary, tone, and style of literary text. Students generate data with the online program and then make informed inferences based on the most frequent words and the places in which the words appear in the text. With the attached worksheet, students define key terms in the literary work, group terms into characters, setting, and action terms, and then make data-based inferences about the plot and tone of the text.