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Wednesday, August 12 • 4:35pm - 5:00pm
Using VLC Streaming for Spanish Classes

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Foreign language labs often purchase digital lab hardware and software to facilitate interactive language teaching. From Tandberg to Sanako, the tools and activities of digital labs are an integral part of teaching foreign languages. The basic functionalities of digital labs, such as talking to students, monitoring students, playing video clips and recording student audio, are commonly used in teaching activities. After our lab had to retire Sanako lab due to aging equipment, we have not bought any new programs due to budget cuts. To meet teaching needs, we have replaced our old systems with an open-source program called VLC media player.

VLC is a simple, fast and powerful cross-platform media player. It is easily downloaded online and installed in individual student stations. Using VLC, we can stream DVD movies, video clips in m4v format, mp3 files, and live voices. All of this is done without a server. A teacher station can control streaming that all the student stations receive in their individual stations.

In our two years using VLC, learning outcomes have been successful. In Fall 2014, the our lab worked closely with Spanish Lecturer Rossana Chion who was using the textbook “Cultura y cine: Hispanoamerica hoy” for Spanish 215.

Before watching Spanish-language movies, Lecturer Chion prepares students by providing vocabulary, background information, political context, and historical information. During the streaming, Lecturer Chion is able to stop the movie whenever it is necessary to explain or point out important details. Students are required to answer questions during or after watching the movie.

These movies expand students’ understanding of culture and politics in Spanish-speaking countries, and they showcase vocabulary in real-life contexts. As a result, students are motivated to attend class. Movies make the lessons engaging, but VLC allows a movie-based lesson to be interactive through engaging discussion.


Rossana Chion

San Francisco State University

Wednesday August 12, 2015 4:35pm - 5:00pm EDT
CGIS Knafel K050 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA