Spanish 2 and Digital Media Production students collaborated to create newscasts that breathed life into vocabulary and research from a unit focused on accidents, personal injury, and using preterit and imperfect tenses. Spanish students worked in pairs to choose a category of sports, weather, or current event stories to tell. This newscast project first required them to perfect word choice, fluency, and editing, as well as speaking with good expression and proper pronunciation.
After they had a working script, students moved into the Digital Media Production Lab and learned from Jonathan Shyne and student volunteers the science, art, and technology required to bring a newscast to life. Video production skills included choosing backgrounds, visual arrangement, working with and using a teleprompter, voice synchronization with a fellow newscaster, rehearsing and videotaping. Digital media students taught Spanish students how to use the teleprompter, synchronize their voices, where to stand, and other aspects involved in the production of a quality newscast. Final projects gave Spanish studies deeper meaning, relevance, and authenticity….all of which helped create high quality work. After this first time collaboration in 2015-16, plans for the coming year include a Spanish newscast for broadcast to the Ithaca High School community as part of the morning announcements.
Standards: National Foreign Language Standards for reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating.