Papplewick School Language Conference

On Wednesday 22nd February, the Language department at Papplewick school hosted its annual conference under the banner of sharing good practice. The conference called ‘Language skills in a modern school: sharing good practice’ brought together teachers from both the prep and independent school sectors.

Attendees (from Pangbourne College, West Hill Park School, Hall Grove, Charterhouse, Caldicott School, Lockers Park, Thorngrove School, Brockhurst and Marlston House, Hoe Bridge School. Amesbury School, Durand Academy Boarding School, Dragon School, Hampton School, Ashdown School, Bishopsgate School and Fulham Prep) spent most of the days discussing and applying to bring good impact in their classes.

Delegates took part in 4 workshops:

Maïmouna Cissé, Head of MFL, presented “Reinforcing sentence structure and
complex grammar rules”
Jeremy Ward “Using target language from the start”
Laëtitia Langue “Using games to embed speaking and writing skills”
James Smith, CEO of Schoolshape, presented CloudCaster and CloudWriter

The school is equipped with a language laboratory as well as iPads constantly used for the delivery of the 4 Modern Foreign Language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The MFL department teachers hosted each a workshop aimed at covering the various aspects of the language skills in the classroom and the best ways of implementing them. Throughout the day, teachers engaged into workshops ranging from instilling the use of target language from the start to using interactive games and activities to challenge speaking and writing in the classroom. Delegates also shared tips on the various ways of supporting their students and much focus was spent on lesson tips with starters and plenaries as well as useful websites.

A session in the afternoon was also dedicated to working together on Schoolshape Language Laboratory which is especially effective in supporting mobile assisted language learning as well as teaching with the communicative method.

CALICO workshop May 16 at Northern Arizona University: Discover Schoolshape

Professor Burston will be conducting a workshop at the CALICO conference at Northern Arizona University on Tue 16 May.

Discover Schoolshape: Digital Language Learning Activities Made Easy

Please visit the above link for more information.

Language Lab Worksheets now available in HTML5

Worksheets created using the Schoolshape Language Lab have now been converted to work with HTML5 (without the flash plugin, and on mobile phones and tablets).  Your students can access your school worksheets from the new home page by clicking the Login button above, if this is allowed in your school settings.

Please note that initially only worksheets which have been previously set as tasks are available.  Worksheets will also continue to work with the old flash-based language lab until August 2017.

Exploiting behaviorist and communicative action-based methodologies

Jack Burston et al at the Cypress University of Technology have published a new paper on computer-assisted language learning.  CUT use the Schoolshape Language Lab in their research, demonstrating how learners acquire spoken language largely through communicative action-based tasks.

Download paper

Schoolshape Worksheets adds printing support

We know that many teachers need students to print off hard copies of their answers for the record, and this is now possible with Schoolshape Worksheets.  Just press Ctrl-P or choose print from the menu, and you should see a black & white copy of the work without any other widgets on the page.

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