Flipping a language classroom

Video: introduction to two technology courses we do in the summer at IH Barcelona for secondary school teachers

I'm going to quote from Wikipedia on this one (not something I've ever had a problem with!):

Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing.

The gist of flipped learning, says Daniel Grafton, starts with the teacher recording and posting "video lectures in lieu of lecturing in class".

I'm not sure that the flipped model is one that actually applies at all in language learning (we aren't lecturing, are we?), which should surely be interaction- and language-driven rather than content-driven as other subjects might be and, in a language classroom, if anyone was doing any videoing you'd hope it would be the learners.

On two of the summer courses that we do at IH Barcelona, however, we suggest the following: that what really needs to be "flipped" in many language classrooms is who uses the technology.

If it's principally you that uses the technology (and "technology" means no more than the classroom computer and projector and perhaps YouTube), stop!

Put the technology in the hands of the learners and just don't touch it yourself (I mean that literally!) and get your learners started using Web 2.o tools like blogs and Edmodo.

It's a small change, but it makes a huge difference!

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