Web 2.0 resources for the MFL classroom


Below is a list of suggested free websites which can be used for creative projects in MFL teaching. The list is by no means exhaustive but all have been used successfully in primary and secondary MFL lessons.


PiratePad

Formerly known as EtherPad before the project was acquired by Google, PiratePad allows real-time collaboration and commenting, where a whole class can type into the same document at once - useful for discussions and plenaries.


Toondoo

Toondoo brings a fun element to conversation practice and role-play activities. Brief exchanges can be depicted in a cartoon strip, using the characters and backgrounds from the website, along with speech bubbles for the text. Suitable for a wide range of contexts including meeting people, conversations in town, ordering food and arguments. The finished product can be shared and reviewed by peers.


Wordle

A popular way to create word clouds. Simply copy and paste the text into the webpage. Try using as a starter activity - create a word cloud from the transcript of a reading text, listening exercise or video clip, and ask the class to predict what the context is, before showing them the real article.


Voki

A popular choice for MFL teachers, Voki creates an avatar onto which students can record their own voice. The animated image can then be uploaded to a website or embedded in a class blog page. The website also supports text-to-speech recognition.


Google Maps

Well-used for finding directions at home, Google maps can also be used for a virtual tour around a city in the target language country. Try giving students a location in Paris, such as Opera, and ask them for directions to the Louvre. They could use street view to create a step-by-step visual direction guide in PowerPoint (use the Print Screen function), or even to recount a journey in the past tense.


Storybird

An opportunity for language learners to be creative using text and digital illustrations, Storybird can be used by younger learners to describe a set of unusual-looking monsters or could be used by older students in a more creative story-telling activity. Finished stories can be published on the Internet or embedded in a blog.


Padlet

Previously known as Wallwisher, this is a place for virtual 'post-it' notes which can be very useful for homework or assessment for learning activities. Try setting beginners a homework task to produce one or two sentences based on what they have learned in class, or use as a review of the lesson.


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