Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Active learning is broadly defined as a learning context in which the student takes charge rather than being a passive receiver. Teaching practices in the foreign language classroom can be enhanced by incorporating student created videos in order to promote this active learning. Based upon a case study of three activities involving student created videos to learn Spanish in an undergraduate curriculum, we identify key characteristics of active learning, such as the following: applying learning to the real world, contributing to and benefiting from a connected learning network, moving toward autonomy, and lastly, applying self-assessment as part of critical analysis. Each of the activities addresses course objectives for varying levels of language proficiency. A reflective analysis describes the shifting role of the student from passive receiver to creator and the resulting benefits for foreign language acquisition. Challenges involved in the design and implementation of the student created videos are also presented.