27 June 2010

cyber spanglish

Where did I leave off? Oh, yes, with a scintillating rant on OTD, Obsessive Tinkering Disorder. I still have that, and it's just as well, because I have to set up an online web course for the fall.

Who the heck would sign up for beginning Spanish online? Apparently everyone in the two filled-to-overflowing sections I will soon have to deal with. The online textbook with all the bells and whistles is in place.

But how to handle, uh .... speaking proficiency? I am thinking musical Skype, with sixty people all tuned in at the same time and let 'em duke it out for conversation practice, which will be limited to:

— Student 1: ¿Cómo tú estás? Yo soy Nacho.

— Student 2: Ha, ha! Tú ... no.... es... eres... you're not Nacho, dude!

— Ortizzle: I would just like to point out that, in fact, "Nacho" is a nickname for Ignacio.

— Student 2: No way! So some dude called Nacho is really bein' called a chip with some cheese on it?

And so on. (paying silent tribute to K.V., may he rest in peace and be frolicking with the gods.)


Nance said...

And...you're back! Hooray! You know, I kept checking here, off and on, to see if you'd ever resume blogging. It's been a LONG time. You've got a lot of catching up to do now.

As far as online Spanish, does there have to be a speaking proficiency component? Is that part of the curriculum? If so, Skype would be the answer for sure.

Ortizzle said...

Nance: Skype would be cool if I were proficient in using it, and, uh... if I didn't have to deal with 60 students online simultaneously. Still not sure how it will pan out. Gotta check with other online teaching gurus.

Sorry I have been out of the loop for so long. Will email you soon. On hopping over to long-ignored blogs, I noticed that you are one of the few who still writes on a regular basis. We of the blogosphere appreciate the fact that the D.O.N. gives us a reason not to have to subscribe to mags anymore. ;-)

Me? I doubt that I will be writing a whole lot, but maybe enough to keep this going off and on. I am in a real tech slump, actually. Apart from being Skype-ignorant, I am not into things like Twitter at all. In my new job I spend a considerable amount of time on email, and if I don't have much time for a blog, I can't even imagine thinking up inane comments to tweet about. ;-)