Top 10 Ways to Maintain Your Foreign Language Skills
This is a two-part visual aid that lists ten ways that people can maintain their foreign language skills. The goal of the aid is to provide a helpful tool for foreign language students and teachers to use as a reference.
- Audience: Foreign language students of all ages and teachers
- Responsibilities: Instructional Design, Graphic design, Video editing, Copy editing
- Tools Used: Vyond, Canva, Mindmeister, Adobe XD
This project addresses a common question asked by parents, students, and former students of foreign languages– how can I keep up my language skills? This video and infographic were both shared with Foreign Language teachers across the United States and internationally as a resource to be able to use for their students. However, this project is a great asset to those no longer in school who also wish to maintain their language skills.
The main concern with the target audience is the extended break during the summer and the gaps for holidays. When not practicing or using a language, you quickly begin to lose consistency and vocabulary.
After analyzing the problem, I determined that the gap in practice stemmed partly from a lack of knowledge on straightforward ways to maintain and further learn a language. For this reason, I designed an easily accessible multi-media resource.
After the concept was initiated, I created an action map on the different ways to maintain foreign language skills using Mindmeister. This helped narrow down the scope of the project.
The purpose of the action map was to clarify what learners could easily do to help themselves maintain their language skills. By mapping out the concept, I was able to identify groups of items that could be transferred directly into the multi-media learning experience/ job aid as a “Top 10” list.
Using Canva, I then designed an infographic that focused on the chosen ten ways to maintain a foreign language.
After designing the infographic, I tweaked the layout, color design, text, and graphics for optimal performance. I used a color scheme that would catch the eye and yet still meet accessibility color scheme standards.
I sought input from subject matter experts and then revised the infographic based on the feedback.
Once the infographic was completed, I was able to use that as a text-based storyboard and move into the visual design phase. I used Vyond to create a quick prototype of the video. Then, using Adobe XD I imported each frame to create visual mockups to get a better sense of the overall project.
At this point, I once again sought feedback from peers and SMEs. This was a crucial step, because I was able to see the incongruency in the original color scheme and edit text and formatting.
Results and Takeaways
The product was shared with 6.8K French and other world language teachers in the United States via social media. It was well-received and the main feedback was that the project was user-friendly, clear, professional, and relevant.
This project helped me strengthen my design skills and my knowledge of tools that help create professional and quality learning experiences. The development phase of the project showed me what a significant difference details such as color scheme can make to the unity of a project.
Knowing the right tools for this project helped me to design a product that was clean, consistent, and highly applicable.
Job Title: Curriculum Developer with AWS
- Responsibilities: Instructional design, eLearning development, video editing, copy editing
- Tools Used: Articulate Storyline, Vyond, Office 365