Effective and persuasive speaking

As preparation for my video recordings, I attended a seminar entitled „Building Teacher Confidence in Effective and Persuasive Speaking“ at the PH Wien today. I learnt and practised different techniques on how to maintain listener’s interest when I’m speaking.

There are four important aspects to consider:

  1. word stress
  2. intonation
  3. pausing
  4. ++ person’s personality ++

The main things I learnt and will try to remember for myself are:

  • Before reading a text, highlight which words you would like to write. These are usually content words, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, numbers and figures.
  • Stressing different words in a sentence creates new meaning.
  • Add a slight upward intonation toward the end of each sentence.
  • Falling intonation kills the message!
  • Add pauses where you would like to create suspense.

Goals, research and Powerpoint

(Re)defined goals

Main focus of mine will be on writing competence. I want to create videos in which I explain the different text types for the centralised Matura. On the basis of the videos, analyses of writing tasks and model texts will be done in the lessons to help students develop an understanding of the characteristics of each text type. I want them to grasp that function and target group are defining factors when writing texts. They should develop an awareness of how function and target group determine how a text is written and consequently become more conscious of the language they employ in their own written production.

This weekend I gathered some materials on the different text types for the centralised Matura (cf. bifie website [04.10.2016]). I found a very useful grid that explains each text type concisely. Moreover, I found some sample texts for a blog, article and leaflet, which will serve for text type analyses in class.
After a close reading of the materials, I started doing the PPT presentations. The PPTs are the basis of my videos as they will be screencasted with my audio explanations.
So far I have completed the PPT for „How to write an article“, including animations. The content of the other text types are basically taken down on PPT already, but still missing layouting and animations. I may have to write the text for my video too.

Problems encountered
Doing the PPTs took more time than expected, especially since Microsoft Powerpoint has been having problems running on Mac. I considered using Apple’s Keynote, but I found out that Camtasia for Mac does not have the quizzing feature. BUMMER!
Still thinking of possible solutions to this irritating issue. Probably will get Parallel Desktop, so I can run Camtasia Studio and add the quizzes to my videos.

Next steps to take

  • Finish PPTs including animations
  • Find someone to proofread PPTs
  • Write text for each PPT
  • Find a good mic for recording
  • Find a way to use Camtasia Studio on Mac

Presenting the flipped language classroom

Welcome to the journey of a foreign language teacher who practises the flipped classroom concept, i.e. turns the traditional classroom on its head. I teach the subjects English and French at a vocational college in the 11th district of Vienna.

How does „flipping“ work?

With the help of videos or other materials, learners study a given subject matter at home. The theory is then applied in the classroom. That way students no longer have to solve problem-sets alone at home, but can benefit from the guidance of the teacher who now has more time to court to students‘ individual needs during the lessons.

Theory – at home

Practice – in the lessons

and not the other way round!

Why I „flip“

My goal is to maximise students‘ participation in class and boost motivation for learning languages by having them engage in practical work in the lessons with the supervision of the teacher. Learners and their needs are the centre of attention – not the teacher.

I especially focus on the development of writing skills, for which I will create videos centred on different text types, especially relevant for the centralised A-levels („Zentralmatura“) in Austria.