Talk to Translate: Learn Spanish Phrases and Words

Talk to Translate: Learn Spanish Phrases and Words teaches users Spanish by talking directly into their iPad. After launching the app, users can choose to either enter the “Spanish School” or creating “Custom Quizzes” with the options at the top of the screen. If users select the “Spanish School” option, they can choose the skill (e.g., phrases, nouns, adjectives) they wish to learn along with the rigor level, and then click the “Tap here to start!” button. The app loads the lesson and shows users an English word or phrase, its Spanish equivalent, and then pronounces it for…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7
B. Design - 8.7
C. Engagement - 8.3

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Adding Interaction to Learning Spanish Has Never Been Easier!

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Talk to Translate: Learn Spanish Phrases and Words teaches users Spanish by talking directly into their iPad. After launching the app, users can choose to either enter the “Spanish School” or creating “Custom Quizzes” with the options at the top of the screen. If users select the “Spanish School” option, they can choose the skill (e.g., phrases, nouns, adjectives) they wish to learn along with the rigor level, and then click the “Tap here to start!” button. The app loads the lesson and shows users an English word or phrase, its Spanish equivalent, and then pronounces it for users. In response, users are to repeat the Spanish pronunciation of the word or phrase back to the app, and the app analyzes the pronunciation for accuracy. If users are correct, the app indicates that by showing a green box with the word or phrase in Spanish and repeats it for users before presenting them the next word or phrase. If users are incorrect, a red box appears and the app pronounces the word or phrase for users and gives them the option to try again or proceed to the next question. As users move through the lesson, they can monitor their progress and accuracy with the information on the bottom right of the screen. In addition, they can tap the “Gear” icon to manage the settings. Once users complete a lesson, the app shows them their overall score and gives them a “Print Report Card” option, which lets them view their progress and share it via email. As users advance through the lessons, they will be able to unlock exams and view their overall progress on the app’s main screen for the “Spanish School” option. If users choose the “Custom Quizzes” option, they will be able to create their own quizzes using the same format as the “Spanish School” option. To do so, users must first tap the “Create new quiz” button and a new screen will appear. Users are to then enter a title for their quiz. At this point, users can enter an English phrase or word into the quiz by either tapping the “Record English” button and using their voice or tapping the “Box” and typing the word or phrase. Next, users tap the “Translate!” button, and the word or phrase will appear in Spanish. When finished, users can tap the “View All Entries” button to see the questions they inputted into the quiz. After entering all the questions, uses can return to the “Custom Quizzes” option, choose the quiz from the menu, and click the “Tap here to start!” option to take it. If users wish to make modifications to their quiz, they can tap the “Edit selected quiz” button to make any changes.

Instructional Ideas

  1. After teaching a set of Spanish words and phrases, teachers can have students complete the quiz in this app that aligns to them. After taking the quiz, students can email their report card to their teacher for accountability.
  2. As part of a Spanish class, teachers can require students to complete all the quizzes and exams that are part of the “Spanish School” section of the app. Teachers can check on student progress by having students either send them their report cards from this app or viewing their overall progress.
  3. Teachers can put students in mixed-ability pairs and have them complete the lessons in this app together. As they do, the student who is the stronger Spanish speaker can mentor the other student as they progress through the quizzes. By doing so, both students will improve their pronunciation of the Spanish words and phrases as well as their cooperation with each other.
  4. After students understand the format and function of this “Spanish School” section of the app, they can create their own quizzes using the “Custom Quizzes” option. Teachers can encourage students to use words from their own interests and popular culture to increase engagement levels. To support learning across the content areas, teachers can have students use vocabulary terms from different subject areas as part of their quiz.
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A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

 
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