While we live in a multilingual world, it remains that the students in my Spanish classroom often lack opportunities to interact in Spanish in a real-world context. This can lead to the misconception that Spanish is a classroom-only skill, and is not useful outside of those four walls. Additionally, much of the Spanish resources for classrooms are formal and carefully edited, when in fact Spanish in the real world and the digital world is full of idiomatic expressions, slang, abbreviations and pop culture references. This is problematic because when students do venture to use Spanish outside of the classroom, they find that their formal, simplified skills are insufficient to meet their communicative needs.
In order to have my students engage one another and the world at large in Spanish, I would like to have them use small, portable camcorders to record a variety of personal videos, which they can then share online with their classmates and others outside the classroom. The context of a video blog would be an ideal opportunity to engage students in multiple modes of authentic communication (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in addition to increasing students’ digital literacy skills.
Image by Phil Roeder – originally posted to Flickr as 10.14.2010 <18>, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12020609