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This material is a spanish tutorial. It could be used with any level just starting spanish. The speech was very clear and timed correctly for student response. The visuals throughout were excellent. The clocks were easy to read and corresponded with the questions. The background of every slide was left white so the graphics were the focus and not the background. The background was not a distraction. Each spoken prompt is supported by a written prompt. By using two methods, speech and graphics, it can be utilized by more students. Even students that can't read well, can still participate using the voice prompts. Overall, great lesson. This is a good idea other could build on.
What a great way to learn spanish!
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Add some interactive responses throughout the show. The listening and repeating is wonderful, but students may need something else besides just responding with speech. Maybe through in a few multiple choice questions questions as you go. By completing practice questions I could practice what you just taught me, it was difficult to remember everything till the end. Also, I would like to know what the answers were to the quiz when I got them incorrect. Not everyone knows how to use a analog clock, so as an option you could include a digital clock for the explanations too.
Everything worked well. It played all the way through. The quiz worked well at the end.
Time spent reviewing site:
2 years ago
This lesson addresses a real and significant problem that has definite real world use and performance. The method is very clear and easy to follow with good visuals and formulas. So good in fact that I now have a new way to teach time to my students! The formulas were clear and concise and easy to follow.
The clocks are made so that everyone can read them with both a regular clock and the time written out in numbers in case someone is unable to read the clock. Students are able to go back to listen again to a section or to practice as much as they need. Everything is both said verbally and typed out in the presentation allowing everyone to be able to connect and understand.
There is a good balance of white space to draw the eye, however with the white background there isn’t a lot of contrast to draw the eye or additionally engage the student. Also different looking clocks might be another minor way to engage the student.
There is an evaluation piece at the end to see how they did, though it doesn’t explain why something is wrong. There is not a ton of motivation to practice or repeat any of the information as there is no interactive part that actually gives feedback according to the response the student gives. A cheering or a positive sound might be a motivational way even if you are only congratulating them on their effort.
The lesson does assume that students already know their numbers. Many know 1-10, but struggle with higher numbers and therefore would be unable to know if they are forming the time correctly. Possibly a number line listed at the bottom with the numbers in Spanish would be beneficial.
Besides moving forward or backwards in the presentation, students are unable to chose their route and customize it for themselves. Also during the practice it jumps right to expecting the student to know and remember how to say what time it is. Try having a fill in the blank for a few of the beginning questions confidence before moving onto students answering completely on their own. This scaffolding would build confidence and ensure that they understand what their end goal is.
The best part of this lesson is the extensive amount of listening that a student can do. The student is not only able to hear the correct pronunciation and way to say the time but is also given time to practice that themselves. Many students struggle most with speaking the language and this lesson would be a big tool in helping them be able to actually use the time within a conversation.
Time spent reviewing site:
30 min to really get the ins and outs of the lesson