At a Glance

Discipline

  • Languages

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • French Language Level 4 Block B 602-203-AB

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Discussing
  • Creating & designing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Presenting

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Laptops for Mad Magz

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Part of a semester (4-6 weeks)

Socio Affective Engagement

  • Array
  • Array

Overview

Students collect articles from magazines/newspapers throughout the semester (from francophone sources). During the project, each student takes on a specific role for the production of a virtual magazine, a collection of interesting information articles and opinion pieces that come from various sources. The roles are: leader, artistic designer, content specialist, and proofreader. Each student in the group ideally comes from a different academic background.

The first activity requires the students to craft a cover page for a mock-magazine, using material provided by the teacher. The 2nd activity is to
write collaboratively a reaction to an article of their choice. ...

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Students collect articles from magazines/newspapers throughout the semester (from francophone sources). During the project, each student takes on a specific role for the production of a virtual magazine, a collection of interesting information articles and opinion pieces that come from various sources. The roles are: leader, artistic designer, content specialist, and proofreader. Each student in the group ideally comes from a different academic background.

The first activity requires the students to craft a cover page for a mock-magazine, using material provided by the teacher. The 2nd activity is to
write collaboratively a reaction to an article of their choice. These preliminary tasks allow the students to get to know each other and divide the different roles among themselves.

The bulk of the project is then to research articles and organize them with
coherence on an online platform. Each student has to bring a minimum of four relevant, well-sourced articles to submit as a biography list. All together
students then write an editorial of 500-600 words and begin to put together their magazine. Using an interface like Mad Magz students create the visual
product, with each of the articles, the editorial, the critique, and their cover
page.

In front of the class, students present their magazines in 5-10 minutes. Then, each student completes both a reflection and an evaluation of the other members of their group.

 

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Instructional Objectives

  • This task fosters a habit of reading in French, especially relating to current events in their field of study
  • It opens up a discussion into ways of finding, evaluating, and using reliable sources
  • It helps students develop the vocabulary linked with their field of study

 

Student Learning Outcomes

 

 

Workflow & Materials

Contributor's Notes

Benefits

  • Students are more engaged as it is more active and they are motivated
    by a group dynamic
  • The final product is creative and unique and groups take pride into
    surprising classmates.
  • Students learn to debate and negotiate when exchanging material

 

Challenges

  • Group dynamics are sometimes a difficulty
  • There are also some students who prefer to work individually which
    can interfere with motivation

 

Tips

  • Have intermittent deadlines to make sure the are on track during such
    a long activity
  • Make sure the groups are even in terms of skill level, it helps to do this
    activity at the end of term when it is easier to gage everyone’s level
    better
  • Give students time to work together in class, it is often hard for
    students to coordinate group work in collaborative projects outside of
    class especially when each student comes from a different program

 

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