Replacing the Language Lab

I’m lucky enough to work in a school where all KS4 students have their own iPad and there is currently a big drive across the school to encourage teachers to use them more confidently in the classroom.  As a Head of Department I was recently sent on a one-day CPD course about using the iPad for MFL  which cost my school a tidy sum and which to my disappointment was run by a non-MFL specialist whose only suggestion for using it to teach languages was to download the Collins dictionary.  Needless to say, it was a complete waste of time and I was not best pleased!  What saved it from being a total disaster was that I had time to look at some apps which I had been meaning to check out for a while and I discovered one which I genuinely could not wait to get back to school to try out with my Year 10 students.

Recap is an application which is currently in beta but has enormous potential in the MFL classroom for giving students individual speaking practise and feedback without having to take significant time out of lessons.  Once logged in you can set up classes and add a series of questions which you want to ask your class.  Students then log into the app and respond to the questions by recording a video.  The teacher can add feedback through the app.  In effect, it acts like a mini-language lab with the added advantage that it can be used on any internet-enabled device.

Given the nature of the new GCSE speaking exam and the obvious need to give students more speaking practise if they are to do well, I genuinely think that this app could make my life a lot easier and enable me to make this happen.  The app also allows you to share individual responses with other students and teachers so you could potentially provide all students in your class with an exemplar response to use when they are revising.

Have a look at this YouTube video from Youa Thao which talks you through how to set it up.

If you decide to give it a try I’d love it if you could add a comment below with your thoughts.

¡Felices fiestas a tod@s!

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