The Eighth and final week
Wow. Just under two months ago, I decided to make time for something I have always wanted to do. Being enrolled in two classes this semester, I probably had less time than ever to begin learning a new language, but my ambition got the best of me, and as a result, I’ve learned a lot than just Italian.
Summarizing My Progress
- My initial plan was to take a proficiency test, sign up for Duolingo, and work from my Italian Verb Workbook.
- My first week in, I took said proficiency test, signed up for Duolingo, and reflected on how the app begins by introducing words that are easy to imagine, making them easier to remember.
- In week 2, I began learning some basic vocabulary and a few verbs and began realizing how important masculine/feminine & singular/plural would be when using the language. I also began summarizing my learning using Sketchpad.
- During week 3, I reflected on the grammatical structure of the Italian language, and I figured out why there are seven ways to say the word the.
- In Week 4 I wrote about the anxiety I feel when I’m about to make a mistake, and I began learning common phrases and different types of food.
- I began watching my an Italian Mafia show during week 5 and learned that many words need either an ‘i’ or an ‘e’ when plural.
- During week 6, I reflected on the importance of language learning and learned a lot more vocabulary on food and dining.
- It wasn’t until week 7 that I made time to explore YouTube! I continued watching Gomorrah, and learned how to use possessive words.
- Final week, I continued with my Duolingo and took the same proficiency test I initially took in my first week. I’m not sure why I couldn’t see my full results the second time around, but it seems that I have improved slightly. I was able to recognize more words, but there was still a great deal I didn’t understand.
I have come to learn and understand 332 words in Italian over the course of this project!
This averages to around 40 new words per week.
This project exposed me to more than just learning Italian vocabulary. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
- How to make a video – from filming, to transferring files, to editing using WeVideo – what an eye-opening experience. I ask my students to make videos often, but I wasn’t actually aware of how time consuming the process actually is.
- I learned how to upload videos to YouTube – now I know!
- I learned how to screen record on my phone using AZ Screen Recorder.
- As outlined in my Adobe Spark video below, I have learned what my students must feel like when using English or French as an additional language. Trying to communicate in a language with limited vocabulary made me feel like I couldn’t fully express my thoughts. I think this is important to recognize, that just because students may lack the ability to express themselves in English, that doesn’t make them incapable of complex or abstract ideas. It just takes time.
Thanks to all who have been following along!