Manya Frazier: ELL Fluency and Toontastic

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Helping ELL students become the best they can be has been my life work over the last 14 years, three in Los Angeles and eleven in Canby, Oregon, As I have become a better instructor in teaching English Language Acquisition and fluency in a student’s ability to go beyond stating the meaning of a vocabulary word to actually discussing the concepts, negotiating, and forming and stating opinions.

In an ELD classroom the students are in a supportive classroom with other students who are working on the same goals. So the affective filter is lower. Peer pressure is less and work on language goals is in a structured systematic format.

I was amazed that using iPads with the App. Toontastic helped lower the affective filter even more and allow 2nd language students to concentrate on the craft of discussing, thinking on their feet and using vocabulary to support their discussions.

In pair/share format they practiced, discussed and thought outside the box, to practice orally what they were learning and use the vocabulary while creating a dialog about the topic using the vocabulary. Then they used the technology of Toontastic to practice and bring the vocabulary to “real” life.
The product they created allowed for differentiation of instruction. The higher language level students produced more sophisticated dialogs. But the lower language level students heard and used dialog to communicate their understands of an article, or a unit of study.

Toontastic was easy for the students to learn. It leads them through the program step by step. My students caught on very quickly. The products could be very easily edited and replayed. Students loved to see their productions “up in lights,” as I loaded them up on the Toontastic web site. As the students viewed their videos they were reinforcing their own skills and those of their classmates who were producing videos also.

I used ELPA (English Language Performance Assessment) data to evaluate the effectiveness of using “Toontastic.” I looked specifically at speech scores in 2013 compared to speech scores in 2012. Every student who was in the early advance to advanced ELL GROUP and using iPads with Tooontastic MADE GROWTH. 100% of the students in the group moved up one level on their ELPA speech evaluation scores.

Learning to use a rubric to measure the quality of their production was a growing experience for my ELL students. The rubrics allowed the students to grade their productions and those of their peers. They were always looking to improve their scores on the rubric therefore the production became more complex and sophisticated. My rubrics started out easy. I have shared four of the rubrics with you. 1.) Did you use the vocabulary words or forms of the vocabulary word in your presentation. 2.) The next rubric evaluated sentence length. This made the students get away from yes/no answers and “it was cool,” type of answers into more complex sentences and genuine questions. So the rubric just counted the number of words in a sentence. 3.) Next I increased the expectations to include two sets of speaker 1 talking and speaker 2 responding. 4.) Finally they had to create dialog having three exchanges of a conversation about one topic.

What’s Next? I am hoping to find support for four more iPads. This way a classroom of 16 can use them effectively Sharing in twos or three on each iPad. I am also constantly looking for applications that require and include the opportunity for the students to speak and engage in authentic conversations.

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