We speak 30 different languages and yet we laugh, learn and inspire each other every day. The students in my classrooms are from all over the world. Some students arrive at school with no formal education, while others come from a very rich school culture. Our common thread is that we all need to learn to speak English while holding on and becoming literate in our home language.
These students bring the world to our schools and help the other students understand that we are all different but very much the same.
Everyone has a story to tell and needs a chance to be heard. My students are learning to speak English and with the help of the MacBook, they'll be heard! English language learners work hard on their listening and speaking skills. It's important for them to practice these skills in an engaging and relevant way.
Podcasting requires each student t,o do research, discuss and reflect on their stories, before they present.
This authentic and engaging environment will give students time to practice in a stress free environment. It provides them an alternate space to write worry free of the grammar and spelling errors. Creating audio recordings will give these learners the opportunity to listen closely to their tone, phrasing and pronunciation. Through repetition they will gain clarity and confidence in speaking.
Once they have completed their podcast using Garage Band, they'll be ready to share and have their voice heard!
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