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Standards in Teaching and Learning Language through the classification of can do statements..or functions!
What words most stand out in the sphere?
That’s right, information, capacity, communicate, and level. ALTE and CEFR unify criteria and standardizes the learning and teaching of languages for learners and teachers. If we are studying for a standardized exam, the TKT, that is recognized throughout the world, then so are our learners with the use of ALTE and CEFR.
So far, your posts have been very reflective and very astute.
Here is a chart for you to see the relationship between the two standards of language teaching in Europe.
From the British Council Examinations Services in Bogota, http://www.britishcouncil.org/colombia-exams-ielts-common-european-framework-cambridge-esol-and-alte.pdf
Hello TKT Candidates.
Introductions are usually the means by which we meet each other and get to know about our fellow participants. Please introduce yourself using audio or video. You will create your first digital artifact: a 321 introduction. The purpose of this first digital artifact is to let us know more about you.
1. Choose any of these tools to create your introduction:
- http://about.me/ – http://flavors.me
- or you can see more tools on this page: http://list.ly/list/FL3-presentaciones-3-2-1-dot-dot-dot-nos-conocemos-mejor
2. With this digital tool, create a presentation that includes:
- 3 things we should know about you, including why you are taking this course
- 2 of your favorite activities in the world or something you are passionate about
- 1 dream job you would have if you weren’t a teacher
3. When your 3,2,1 digital introduction is completed, please submit it by following either one of these instructions:
- If you are having difficulties creating your blog on WordPress, you may post a link to your digital artifact in a comment box. At the bottom of this post you can find the comment box. You can write: Hi everyone, this is Fulana and this is my link for my introduction: http://1234566789.com
- OR, you can put it directly into your own blog.
About your course materials:
- Your anthology and glossary will be provided for you by CEDEPROM
- The TKT books will be on sale at CEDEPROM
From the e-zine Faculty Focus, Edition September 24, 2012, I’d like to share a letter that Dr. Dawn Kaiser, a faculty manager and fulltime online teacher for American Intercontinental University shares with her adult students. When I read it I said, aha! that is exactly like my students and me.
Many TKT candidates feel so nervous about returning to study, about using new technologies, or about achieving their educational goals that they do not even know where to begin. Like Dawn, I feel luck to be able to work with adult students who are going back to school or continuing their preparation for a myriad of reasons. Some people need help following writing guidelines, preparing an academic essay, or using online tools, thus affecting their self-esteem or even academic achievement.
Dawn began sharing a letter of advice to her students, and the result has been positive, opening dialogue and preparing the way towards hard work and commitment. Like Dawn, I want my students to learn that I care about my them and am here to help them succeed. I would also like to remind them that it is going to take hard work, and that they are the ones who are ultimately responsible for their learning. So, as Dawn’s letter invited to do, I adapted it to meet our TKT needs to let our learning and self-esteem grow. Here it is with changes made to adapt the letter to our situation.
You made the choice to work towards a TKT certificate and are taking classes which invite you to work online. Now what? It does not matter when you begin your journey, as any time you begin to reach your educational goals is the perfect time. You are looking at a long road ahead of you, and I will not lie, it will not be easy. Committing to your educational endeavor is like a lifestyle change that will take just that, a commitment, and it is a big one that will take a lot of work. However, believe me, as I am speaking from experience, when I say to you, it will be worth it!
Although you have the option of working on paper-based portfolios and products, I know you can beat the steep learning curve and learn online techniques; and I have shared four tips to help you get on a smart track in order to reach the finish line and get certified and prepared for today’s teaching world.
1. Guard Against Self-Destructive Behaviors — You made the first step by applying to to this course and signing up for class. Now, the real work begins. We all have the ability to choose our paths, to reach our goals, and build the life of our dreams. The challenge is in believing in yourself.
Next look at how your behavior, emotions, and thoughts are affecting your study habits. Are you procrastinating reading your assigned work, thinking you can just pull whatever information you need from the Internet, not starting your assignments until the last minute, etc.? Examine your self-destructive behaviors. What can you do differently to be more positive and to gain the best experience out of each and every class?
2. Set Attainable Goals — What is your vision of your future? Look at next week, next month, your current class, and each class after right up to the end of your degree. Include goals for all the roles in your life. What is important in attaining those goals you have set? To make a permanent change in how you study, and balance school with the other roles in your life, you will need to set short-term goals — what is due this week? How much time do I need to set aside to complete this assignment? Then look at long-term goals, the class as a whole, and every class you need to take. Once you set your goals, continue to track them so you can see the progress you are making. Tracking your goals will keep you motivated as you check off each task you accomplish.
3. Set up a Support System — You are responsible for your own success, but we all get by with a little help from our friends and family. That is why it is important to build a healthy support system. Share your educational goals and how you are planning to accomplish them. Let others know how important this is to you to have their support. Enlist coworkers, as you never know you may find yourself a study-buddy. Do you have school-age children? Study with them. I actually spent an hour every evening with my son studying. It was a great bonding time between us, and he saw just how important learning was for the both of us. Lean on the people in your network when you feel discouraged or ready to give up due to a difficult subject, and celebrate with them when you reach your goals.
4. Ask Questions — This is your education, and you will get out of it what you put into it. Any time you find yourself struggling to figure out a specific problem, an assignment, or even just not sure what a term means, ASK. I am here to help. If you do not ask, I will not know that you are struggling. I am part of your support system, and I want to see you succeed in the class just as much as you do.
Going back to school may not be easy, but with the right mindset, motivation, and support system you can do it. Believe in yourself, and your ability to learn, and you will succeed!
Thank you Dr. Dawn Kaiser for putting it so well.
Since in my EFL classes we are studying a unit called “Education” I decided to ask my advanced students what words they associated with their lives as students. I gave them markers, cut papers and asked them to post words they associated with Student Life.
I was flabbergasted by the results. I asked them to classify the words they had posted into positive or negative categories. This is what they came up with:
party, intelligence, learning, party, having friends, conferences, really caring about learning (I love this student), vacation, fun.
responsibilities, books, junk food, projects, hunger, headaches, hard work, exams, more exams, studying, homework, tests, reading, writing, paying attention, studying, more homework, stress, questions, reading and not understanding, homework, no social life, sacrifice, tests, no sleeping.
As I read their cards, my students noticed that I became more and more interested in their point of view. They quickly reassured me that they were referring to their life in general and that their class with me was the first time they had ever been able to express themselves with the truth.
My students have mostly been schooled in traditional settings in which the teachers own the knowledge and “transmit” this to the students in little controlled chunks.
Many traditional teachers (the majority) believe that our students in Mexico are accustomed to the traditional passive receptive learning model and that we should not change. What my students expressed voices just the opposite. I have been making baby steps towards change in classrooms in my area through this teacher training course, but we definitely need to spread the student’s point of view. We are no longer teaching them effectively. It is time to change.
Be active. Stand up. Create a real life context which begs answers.
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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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.
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.
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