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The department recognises that ICT represents an exciting and increasingly important medium for language learning and access to it for language learners is crucial.
In line with school ICT policy we endeavour to ensure that use of ICT is integrated into the teaching and learning of modern languages. To this end, suggestions for ICT related tasks are included wherever they might arise naturally within individual units in the Schemes of Work.
The communicative nature of MFL work also lends itself very well to the use of IT for language learning purposes.
· Database, spreadsheet, pie chart or graph all provide an interesting basis for oral work;
· DTP and word-processing provide valuable practice in drafting, re-drafting and coming up with a correct, beautifully presented version very quickly;
· Text manipulation can provide tailor-made support or challenge.
· Multi-media language laboratory work allows a range of activities in all of the four skill areas including recording speaking tasks and doing listening activities.
We are currently building up our resources of commercially produced software, but are very mindful of the fact that making full use of expensive packages is not easy when access to ICT rooms is restricted by sheer student numbers, as well as timetabling coincidence. However, much can be undertaken, and a departmental minimum list of recommended tasks to be completed is included in the annex. Those that appear on the school’s list of Information Technology Related Tasks are highlighted. Also included is an outline of procedure.
In recent years we have seen a lot of investment into the school’s ICT facilities. We now have interactive whiteboards permanently housed in all of the 6 dedicated MFL classrooms. Room 4 was upgraded in 2006 and in June 2007 was fitted with ‘Sanako lab 300’ equipment. This enables this room to be used as a multi-media language lab. Room 4 also has a permanently installed interactive whiteboard. We try to timetable as many lessons as possible in room 4. There is at least one period per week when Y9 / 10 / 11, are timetabled in an IT room. It will obviously only be one member of staff, so a rota will be arranged in order that everyone can get access to enable us all to complete the set ICT tasks as explained in this handbook. We must now make full use of the facilities available and keep records of work done and most importantly share ideas, which have been successful! It is also very important that we share our resources by placing copies of worksheets or ‘Powerpoint’ presentations in the appropriate folders in the shared areas.
Since summer 2010, all Key Stage 4 MFL courses can be accessed through Moodle. Activities practising all four language skills can be accessed by all pupils, both in school and at home. There are also downloadable vocabulary and grammar worksheets, covering all GCSE topics for the new specification. There is also a wealth of AS/A2 materials, including past papers, grammatical practice and useful vocabulary sheets for the new specifications.