Colango

Share Your Language
Authentic

Language teaching with authentic content!

Language teaching with authentic content is a great way to engage your advanced students.  The goal of every student is to be able to communicate in their target language.  This means the content consumed should be authentic content not academic content.  No one wants to complete a language course, only to find out they speak like a textbook!

Some of the main advantages of using authentic content are (Philips and Shettlesworth 1978; Clarke 1989; Peacock 1997, cited in Richards, 2001):

  • They have a positive effect on learner motivation.
  • They provide authentic cultural information.
  • They provide exposure to real language.
  • They relate more closely to learners ‘ needs.
  • They support a more creative approach to teaching.

When learners are exposed to authentic content they feel they are learning the ‘real’ language.  Colango offers a great way to deliver authentic content to your students.

Entertainment

There’s a large variety of authentic content on Youtube (especially in English) great for language learning!  Movie trailers, music videos, or even TV shows can be great sources of authentic content to engage your students!  If your Youtube video has captions, Colango can automatically pull those captions and turn it into a dictation exercise.

Trailers Music TV Shows

Blogging 

Blogging can be another creative way to engage your students.  Encourage your students to create their own blog posts in their target language or have them follow your blog posts.  Download the Colango android app to make studyposts while you’re out on the go.

Blogging with Colango

 

What ways do you use authentic content in your world languages class?

Colango is currently available on Android but will be launched as a web version at the end of January 2015.  If you’re interested in being a Beta tester please email evan@colango.com.

 

 

Tongue twisters!

The power of tongue twisters!

Tongue twisters aren’t just for embarrassing your friends.  Tongue twisters are a fun way for students to practice their pronunciation skills!  Depending on the tongue twister you choose it can help students drill certain related phonemes or sounds.  A tongue twister is a great way to help students focus on the minor mouth changes required to pronounce certain words.  By forcing speakers to switch back and forth between different sounds, they improve their knowledge of movements required for that specific sound set.

Students love them because they’re fun to recite, often resulting in hilarious mistakes.

Tell your students to –

  • Start reciting the tongue twisters at a slow pace and ensure it is able to be recited clearly
  • The next step would be to know the tongue twister by heart.
  • Repeat the tongue twister as fast as possible until it is mastered and able to be recited three times in a row without stumbling.
  • When one tongue twister is mastered, try another.

Here’s how you can use tongue twisters with Colango.  Students can record their attempts in the comments section.

tongue twisters

What do you think about the use of tongue twisters in the classroom?  Let us know in the comments below!

Colango is currently available on Android but will be launched as a web version at the end of January 2015.  If you’re interested in being a Beta tester please email evan@colango.com.

 

Capture

Flipping your classroom with Colango!

 

Give your students more flexibility and power by using Colango to flip your world language classroom! Save your precious classroom time for interacting and helping your students in their specific problem areas. With Colango, you can use online videos or record your own voice lessons to teach students outside of class.  Colango’s Studypost quiz is great for helping narrow down which areas students are lacking. Let’s take a look at how Mr. Lopez is using Colango with his Spanish I class –

Mr. Lopez used a video he found on Youtube to help his student’s learn simple introductory Spanish phrases. Student’s watched the video at home and then recorded their own introduction in the comments below.  If students are shy, they also have the option of recording a private attempt that only Mr. Lopez can see.

Mr.lopez

In another one of Mr. Lopez’s assignments he uses a Youtube video to help explain the difference between por and para to his students.  Mr. Lopez uses Colango quizzes to test his student’s comprehension of the video.  Judging from these results, Mr. Lopez should spend more class time with Sehyeon and Jinhwan reviewing por v. para concepts.

Quiz Results

What do technology do you use to flip your world language class?

Colango is currently available on Android but will be launched as a web version at the end of January 2015.  If you’re interested in being a Beta tester please email evan@colango.com.

 

 

Role Playing with Colango

Choose your own adventure with Colango!
One fun way we’ve seen teachers use Colango’s Studypost is by setting up role playing games with their students.  Role playing games can enable students to deal with familiar situations in their new target language.  These games can make language learning fun, reduce inhibitions when speaking and can inspire cultural understanding by forcing students to think differently depending on the scenario.

With Colango, you can take your students on trips to France or somewhere completely imaginary!  They can choose their own adventure or you can take them on a guided journey.  Let’s take a look at how Jan took his students on a trip to his hometown, Gothenburg.

Jan sets up the scenario by recording his voice and adding some necessary sound effects.

The students reply below with voice comments in a “choose your own adventure” style game.

 

Jan provides his students with feedback and asks them where they want to go next on their Swedish adventure!

Colango is currently available on Android but will be launched as a web version at the end of January 2015.  If you’re interested in being a Beta tester please email evan@colango.com.

Let us know how you would use Colango in the comments below!

Colango Blog © 2017