As a Gettysburg College student, you have access to massive amounts of resources from Musselman Library. Did you know that these resources include THOUSANDS of foreign language movies? These movies (along with many others) can be found on the International Cinema Resource List. The International Cinema Resource List includes various Italian movies and information about them to help students find what they’re looking for. You can search by title (original or translated), genre, year released, language and country. The International Cinema Resource List also includes a link to movies’ IMDb profiles, whether it is available from Musselman Library, and the various other platforms on which each movie can be viewed (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.).This tool is helpful for Italian speakers of all levels! Using this resource can make learning Italian both fun and challenging and can introduce students to Italian culture. The International Cinema Resource List offers Italian classics such as La vita è bella, Nuova cinema paradiso, and Ladri di Biciclette as well as newer movies such as Miele, La grande bellezza, and Benvenuti al sud. Watching Italian films has helped me improve my listening and pronunciation skills and has given me a better understanding of Italian culture including their food, their relationships, and especially their humor!
In October, I gave a workshop on how to create interactive video lessons using an application called Articulate Studio 13. This software is a plug-in for PowerPoint, so it’s easy to learn to use. Above and below, you can see screenshots from a lesson that I created using Articulate, and you can view the whole lesson on my personal website.
We’ve recently seen some examples of how professors at Gettysburg College, e.g., Tim Good, are flipping their classrooms. I won’t go into detail here about why you might consider flipping your language classroom, but one area where it I think it can be highly useful is grammar instruction.
Why flip a grammar lesson?
It’s often useful to teach grammar via students’ first language. One reason for this is that the vocabulary needed to understand a grammatical explanation in the target language is often much more advanced than the grammar point itself. On the other hand, teaching grammar in English disrupts the flow of the classroom in the target language. One way around this problem is to move grammar instruction outside of class time using a flipped classroom model.
Using Articulate, you can create presentations with animations, which may be superior to text for explaining certain grammatical concepts. You can also add voiceover, videos (e.g., of yourself via webcam), and quiz questions. All of this may lead to a more engaging experience for students–and frees up time for using the grammar communicatively during class.
Basic steps to creating an interactive presentation using Articulate
Create a PowerPoint.
Add a script for voiceover in the notes section.
Record the voiceover (Articulate -> Record Narration).
Sync the animations with the voiceover (Articulate -> Sync Animations).
To preview, publish as Web (Articulate -> Publish).
To add to Moodle, publish as LMS (SCORM 1.2). When the publishing process finishes, click “ZIP.”
Add ZIP file to Moodle as “SCORM Package.” Select “Appearance” -> “Display Package in new window” for best viewing results.
Where is Articulate available?
You can download a free 30-day trial of Articulate. The full version is also available for use by any Gettysburg College faculty member (language or non-language) in the LRC, 107 Breidenbaugh Hall. Contact the LRC director, Betsy Lavolette, for more information.
Do you like fast-paced language learning games for you and up to 7 friends?
Then check out Spot It!, the newest game available in the LRC. Spot It! comes in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and Chinese and Arabic versions of the game are currently being made by LRC employees.
There is one and only one similarity between every pair of cards. Be the first to spot the similarity between two cards, whether its the same symbol, the same word, or a word corresponding with a symbol, and you get the point! A guide showing the correct word-picture combinations are also available.
The words/items used are very common (i.e. cat, window, boat, car, etc.), making this a great game for beginners to learn different nouns or for more advanced students to review old vocabulary.
Salut! My name is Hannah and I am from Winston-Salem, NC. I’ve been studying French since middle school and it has helped fuel my love of new cultures and travel. I am currently a music major who has a weird thing for romantic and 20th century French composers.
I hope to utilize music as a lens to study other cultures as well. I was born in Indonesia and have been obsessed with it since. I’m always ready to revisit, though now I hope to return to study the different musical instruments and styles of Sumatera, Java, and Bali.
你好！Guten tag! Hola! Hello! I am a new LRC staff anf my name is Yazhi Zhang, and I am a sophomore in Gettysburg College. I am originally from Shanghai, China. When I was 15 years old, I came to America to study. My high school was in Arizona, and it is a great place to learn Spanish. Therefore, I learned Spanish for two years. My majors in college are Political Science and Economics, and I have great interest in studying different languages. I know German a little, Spanish a little, English well and Chinese perfectly! One of the reasons why I like studying different languages is that I love traveling. For me, it is the greatest thing to travel around the world and expand my horizons. Therefore, my ideal job in the future is to be an IB teacher and teach students in different countries. Oh, and I am thinking about study abroad in UK during my junior year! 🙂
Guten tag! My name is Rachel Wigmore and I’m a new student staff member at the Language Resource Center. I’m a Biology major (hoping to add a German minor soon) originally from Burlington, New Jersey. In addition to working at the LRC, I’m involved in bacteriophage research with Professor Delesalle and am the secretary of German club (our first meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 4pm in the German lounge! If you have any questions concerning German club you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you hadn’t already guessed, my main language of study is German, but I am very interested in learning as much as I can about cultures and languages I’m less familiar with. I plan to study abroad for a semester in Berlin in my junior year and eventually become a biological researcher or a medical/clinical lab technologist. In addition to biology and german, I enjoy reading, writing, and petting all the adorable dogs we have on campus. I hope to visit as many landmarks and cities listed in a book I received one Christmas, 1000 Places To See Befre You Die, as I can.
The new semester has begun, and we are featuring profiles of our multilingual and multi-talented student staff members.
Ciao! I’m Melissa Menna, a sophomore Psychology major and Neuroscience and Italian Studies minor from Long Island, New York. I began studying Italian in middle school as a school requirement, and have loved the language ever since! Studying Italian has taught me so much about where my family comes from and the reasons behind our traditions. I’m planning on studying abroad in Florence, Italy in Fall 2016 and am BEYOND excited to finally get to see all of the incredible art, try all of the delicious food, and walk the beautiful streets of the country I have been studying for years! Someone is going to have to pry me away from all of the pasta, pizza and gelato at the end of the semester! In the future, I hope to study another language at Gettysburg- maybe Portuguese or Japanese- and enrich my education with more international experiences. Along with language study, I’m passionate about bagels, baking, and Birkenstocks.
Ever wanted to play scrabble, bananagrams, or boggle in another language? With Letter Dice, you can do all three! Shake up the 13 dice in their tin, roll them out and and see what words you can spell. The game includes three suggested variations, but feel free to come up with your own!
Set a time limit for each player, then throw the dice. Use the letters shown to create words and connect them like you would in scrabble or bananagrams. At the end of the time limit, total the numerical value of all the words played (letters used in more than one word count twice) and then subtract the value of the unused letters to get that player’s score. Then repeat the process for each player. Play as many rounds as you want!
Throw the dice and decide on a word to try to make with them. You don’t have to have all the letters available at first. Put the ones that help you aside and re-roll the rest. From the re-rolled, put aside those that help make your big word and re-roll those that don’t. If there are not helpful letters in the re-roll, you still have to put one aside. Repeat until all the letters have been used to make the word or put aside. If you can make a word using all 13 dice, your score for that word is doubled!
This one is a bit like Boggle. As a team, use the dice to make a single (preferably long) word. Then from the letters in that word, think of as many other words as you can. The person who comes up with the last word is the winner. You could also just use the dice to actually play Boggle in your second language. Roll the dice and arrange them in a grid then play!
Since we have two tins of dice, you can have double the fun. Use more dice to make bigger words or accommodate common conjugations or plurals in your second language. You can also play any of these variations alone, play against yourself and see how much you can improve!
The blog that you are reading now is built on WordPress!
WordPress is a versatile platform for creating blogs and websites. On March 2 and 24, I presented a workshop to faculty members about how to use this platform for their classes or as a professional home page.
As inspiration, I presented examples of WordPress pages created by Gettysburg College faculty members and others outside of the College. If you’d like to create your own, you can get started with a free site at WordPress.com.
If you’re like us, and you love to explore languages while having some fun, come play the other awesome version of “Guess Who?” simply titled “Who Is It?”! If you’re familiar with Guess Who? the rules are the same! Two players each pick out a character and attempt to guess which character the other player has chosen from the board. An example is asking, “does your character have brown hair?” and, if the answer is yes, the player that asked the question can put down all the characters without brown hair, leaving only those with brown hair as possibilities!
The great thing we’ve discovered is that if you get a friend or peer that is learning the same language as you, you can both practice your adjectives while playing! This can be a great tool for elementary or beginner learners of any language and can even be used in a classroom setting!