TKT Preparation Course Diplomas…Ready!

Your constancias for having successfully completed the TKT Preparation Course at the Department of Languages in UMSNH will be ready for you to pick them up on Monday. Miguel Angel Cardenas, please bring a photo.

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If anyone is interested in having study sessions for the TKT exams, we can meet at Centro Eva on one or two afternoons to share games, if we prepare them in advance….puzzles, J-Clic, Jeopardy…anything that is not online is fine. What do you think?

AND finally, the new TKT Preparation Course will be starting once again on Saturday afternoons. If you know of anyone interested in attending, the informational meeting will be on February 10 at 17:30 in the Languages Department.

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Electronic Village Online

It’s not too late to join!

FREE! Online professional development.

We are in Week 1, which is the week for orientation and introductions. You can still take one of the 13 fabulous sessions and learn more than you ever did when you were studying. Hands on sessions, learn while you explore.

The session I am helping to moderate is the International Writing Exchange.
Join IWE EVO15: http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=60

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Invitation to Free Professional Development at Electronic Village Online, an outreach program of TESOL International

It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015.

A project of TESOL’s Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS), the EVO has been offering free, open professional development sessions and  workshops to teachers of English around the globe since 2001. This year, we are pleased to offer 13 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, creating an international writing exchange, making Machinima in Second Life, teaching pronunciation, using the online game Minecraft to teach English, and more.  For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. To enroll in a session, follow the instructions on the session page.

Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 – January 11, 2015. The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session’s page (Session pages are linked to the CfP.). EVO sessions can be time-consuming, so for your own good, we encourage you to sign up for no more than two sessions!

As always, EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them.

Mark your calendars now for EVO registration, January 5 – 11. And get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and e-lists, and thank you for helping us to spread the word!

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Life after TKT

You might be wondering “What will I do now with what I have learned? As you know, TKT is merely the beginning of the path of professional development as a teacher. Now that you know a little more than before, you can open yourself up to the wide range of possibilities. For a beginning, you will be getting a personal email from Ellen when your constancias for the course are ready.

Here is another learning opportunity….and this one is free. This will be the first year I will be participating in EVO of TESOL. I add the invitation letter from my coordinator:

It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015. A project of TESOL’s Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS), the EVO has been offering free, open professional development sessions and  workshops to teachers of English around the globe since 2001. This year, we are pleased to offer 13 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, creating an international writing exchange, making Machinima in Second Life, teaching pronunciation, using the online game Minecraft to teach English, and more.  For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. To enroll in a session, follow the instructions on the session page.

Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 – January 11, 2015. The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session’s page (Session pages are linked to the CfP.). EVO sessions can be time-consuming, so for your own good, we encourage you to sign up for no more than two sessions!

As always, EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them.

Mark your calendars now for EVO registration, January 5 – 11. And get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and e-lists, and thank you for helping us to spread the word!

Nina Liakos, EVO Lead Coordinator
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team

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MOOCs in the developing world – Pros and cons

Several of the challenges cited by sceptics in raising the international profile of MOOCs – how to prevent cheating and improve completion rates, for example – are identical to those faced by Western educators.

Source: www.universityworldnews.com

An interesting read to consider MOOCs, modular open online courseware.

With so many cultural considerations in different countries, and the difficulty many of us have to get online, MOOCs are something to think about. Unfortunately, professional development with a MOOC is not taken into consideration by my university tenuring system…something to think about……..

See on Scoop.itI can do this, even with technology.

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New Opportunity for English teachers: Aula Compartida!

If you are giving private classes and need a professional-looking space with all the accoutrements of a classroom (bank of computers, whiteboard, markers, desks, good lighting an great location, then Centro Eva  is offering to share its space with you.
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Just leave a comment on this post and we will return your inquiry about how it works.

Many hours are open to your use during the day, so

Upgrade your classes

Get professional

Make your classes count.

 

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Welcome to the TKT Course

You made it! You are about to embark on a journey that will help you be not just a well-prepared teacher to take the TKT exams, but also a great teacher with lots of tricks, tools and toys up his or her sleeve.

Welcome to the TKT Preparation Course I am very excited about starting a fresh semester with you.

TKT is a course and test about teaching English to speakers of other languages. In this course, you will not only be learning strategies to help you pass the test but you will also discover strategies, techniques and methods to improve your teaching.
You might end up shaking your foundations and at the very least, breaking your own traditions to let some new ones in.

Subscribe to the blog for any new posts or pages. In order to grow with this course you must participate in the post forums in an active and substantial manner. Please read the page Blogging Guidelines, located in a tab at the top of this page for details on how to post.

Substantial= 75 words initial post with minimum amount of grammar and spelling mistakes. 25 words minimum to reply to someone. Posting,”Good job!” will not make it here.

Special Requirements:
80% attendance to class session (presencial)
100% self-discovery work, essays, posts, and assignments, online or offline….you must embark on your learning journey
80% GPA on the three exams

As part of the class you will create your own blog which you will use in this class as your interconnected b-portfolio. Two blog spaces are recommended: WordPress.com or Edublogs.org with my preference being Wrodpress. Both sites will walk you through the set up process. Set up your blog before class starts; you may use the link on the right of this page entitled Teacher Challenge; this is a step-by-step procedural to help you set up your blog.

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