Using Technology to Support New Ideas in Language Learning: a ’TESS Experience’ exemplar covering written and audio assessment in Spanish (364)Public Session active 3 months, 3 weeks ago
The University of Manchester, GB
As part of a new module for 4th year undergraduate Spanish Language students, this project used technological innovation to support original teaching ideas for summative assessment, following the TESS* process.
Due to time and content constraints in the language curriculum, literature is only seen fragmentarily inside the classroom and relatively few students take up reading for pleasure. Many students tend to perceive literature as more complex than other subjects and fail to see the connections it has with other topics within the discipline. This distancing effect deprives students of a set of valuable transferable skills and a level of cognitive development that only reading literature can provide, and hinders language performance.
To address this, the course leader aimed to integrate a selection of short stories in the form of audiobooks into the language curriculum and expand it into a wider reading schedule for get-together weekly sessions. Participants had the final task of creating and launching their own audiobook and making it available as downloadable media on the course website for digital music players.
The presentation will describe the methods, tools and resources used, cover feedback from students and give an overall evaluation of its success.
*Funding for the project was by the Teaching Enhancement and Student Success (TESS) initiative, enhancing teaching through peer-supported Learning Technology-driven projects. This was set up by The University of Manchester to distribute small awards (£500-£2000) for technology or other resources to enhance teaching and learning.Read Less