Yabla is designed to act as an immersion workbook, improving students' language acquisition through regular exposure to real native speakers and consistent spelling and vocabulary practice. Set up your account in 4 easy steps:
Be sure to log in at the Yabla site of the language that you teach. Here is a direct link to each of our sites:
You can invite other teachers to your school's Yabla account by first logging in, then clicking on the username in the top right corner. This will open the User Menu dropdown. Select Manage School Account from the dropdown menu which will take you to the School/Group Subscriptions page. From there, select Invite Students and Teachers. Email the provided link to your teachers.
Click on the username in the top right corner. This will open the User Menu dropdown. Select Classes from the dropdown menu which will take you to the Classes You Teach page. From there, select Create a new class. This can be anything that your students will recognize, such as "Spanish 2, Period 4" or "Advanced French".
It is strongly encouraged to create classes prior to inviting students, so students will automatically be placed in the correct class.
(You can do this now, or skip to Step 4 and come back to this later). Yabla automatically creates a unique signup link for every school so that students can easily add themselves to your classes. You can find this special link by clicking on the username in the top right corner. This will open the User Menu dropdown. Select Manage School Account from the dropdown menu which will take you to the School/Group Subscriptions page. From there, select Invite Students and Teachers. Simply copy the link marked "students" and email it to them or write it on the board in class. If you have other teachers in your school that want to set up teacher accounts, just send them the link marked "teachers".
What happens on the student side? When they go to that link, they will find their teacher and their class on a list. They will then create their own username and password, and their new student user account will automatically be linked to their teacher. As for fellow teachers, once they have set up their own account through the teacher link, they can then follow Steps 2 and 3 of this list to name their classes and add their own students.
Now that you are all set up, the most important thing to do at this stage is to try Yabla for yourself so that you'll have an understanding of how it will work for your students once you start to send them assignments. Watch a video of your choice and try the 'game' activities associated with it. To find a video, click on the Videos button at the top of the site page. You'll notice that you can find videos by subject, difficulty level, or by keyword searching. There are hundreds and hundreds of videos, with new ones being added every week.
Once you are watching a video, note the various features of the video player, such as the clickable smart subtitling which will pull up definitions and save any clicked word into your personal 'flashcard deck'. There are also unique playback buttons, such as the SPEED button which will slow the speed down to help learners catch difficult sounds and tonal changes.
Then try the activities under the Games button, such as the fill-in-the-blank (cloze) activity, and the vocabulary review. The fill-in-the-blank activity will replay 10 segments per round from the same video, but this time there will be words missing in the captions. The user must listen for the missing words and retype them into the captions correctly in order to accumulate points. As the teacher, you will be able to assign these activities and decide how many points you would like the students to get by a given deadline.
To create assignments, simply find any video you would like them to work on, and click on the Assign button beneath it to view the assignment options. You can create many or all of your assignments in one sitting, giving them deadlines throughout the semester. Or, you can assign one-by-one. All up to you! Deadlines and student scores will be recorded and available to you at any time within your account. Whenever students log in to their own student accounts, they will clearly see what assignments they have to work on, and when each one is due.
You will be able to monitor student scores and progress through your account's gradebook feature, which you can access by going to Educators tab at the top of the page. This will show you a quick snapshot of the last two weeks assignments for your classes. If you select the Gradebook icon for a class, you will be shown the full gradebook for all of your students.
You can also access the Gradebook by clicking on the username in the top right corner. This will open the User Menu dropdown. Select Classes from the dropdown menu which will take you to the Classes You Teach page. From there you can select the Gradebook for the class you are interested in. If you have multiple classes, each will have its own Gradebook, and you can assign different videos to different classes.