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ERIC Number: EJ995589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Outside Means Online: Promoting the Use of Foreign Language outside the Classroom
Prudencio, Karina
Learning Languages, v17 n2 p22-24 Spr 2012
The author is a Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) Spanish teacher and works with students from K-6 at Little Run Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia. FLES is a program that had been implemented in her school district six years ago. Finding ways to motivate students to use and practice the foreign language outside the classroom is the effective way to help them learn. Therefore, one of the biggest challenges the author encounters as a teacher has been finding these creative ways. The school district provides students, parents and teachers with an online resource called Fairfax County Public School 24-7 Learning (FCPS 24-7) that allows the district's students to extend learning beyond the traditional school day and beyond school facilities. Students, parents and teachers use FCPS 24-7 Learning, also known as "Blackboard," to access homework and classroom assignments, view class calendars, explore links to enrichment activities, update emergency contact information and much more. Among the features that Blackboard has to offer, the one the author considered very interesting was the "Creating Blogs" tool. The use of the blog tool on Blackboard has been a successful way to have her students use the foreign language learned in school outside the classroom. Blogging is fun and takes the foreign language, learned in school, outside the classroom walls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia