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Social reading offers learners the opportunity to work together to annotate a text. Students can post asynchronously before coming to class or synchronously as an in-class reading/writing activity. Reading together facilitates textual interpretation, cultural connections, and allows students to share what they’re thinking as they think it.
UTELLSTORY: Tell me about your travel experiences!
The project uses Utellstory.com as its main creative tool in order to enhance learning.
It consists of several speaking and writing activities centered around the "travel theme". It is intended for students in their second semester of first-year French or at the novice-mid level on the ACTFL proficiency benchmark. It is created based on a multiliteracies pedagogical approach.
UtellStory is a multimedia storytelling and sharing community where one can easily create and share stories with audios, images, videos, and words.
Using the music video "Territory" from French musicians The Blaze, students will interpret a representation of an Algerian family with a worksheet designed using a multiliteracies pedagogical approach. Before watching the video in class, students will read an excerpt of an interview in French with the musicians and answer true and false comprehension questions for homework.
This in-class activity guides students through the process of planning an imaginary vacation in France, using the home exchange website Abritel. Students explore Abritel's various vacation housing options, including beachside cottages, chalets, or even rooms in private castles. Using a worksheet, students complete a variety of tasks, describing the location they chose, and imagining what they will do during their holiday.