Posts Tagged learning situations

Excellent videos to see

Hello!

In class we were unable to view two very important videos:

Genie (secret of the wild child)  Watch this one for at least ten minutes. You will want to watch the complete documentary.        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmdycJQi4QA    

This video is a must-see: The Linguistic Genius of Babies. It shows what  really goes on when we learn language.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2XBIkHW954

Here is a recommendation for a great video: Miguel Angel found a Genke video to use with his Venn diagram, and it is well worth seeing. However, I happen to know that using this much energy during a class as does Genke English is impossible to do for many years, and I hope that the teacher finds another way to engage his students instead of being very active. Check out his blog.

Finally, Jessica posted her learning theories matrix with videos and a great synthesis of how each theory affects metacognition in learning. Check out Jessica’s blog for a job well done. congratulations Jessica!

 

 

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Literature Circles

literature circles

Reading is a complex activity and we know that many of our learners are not accustomed to reading in their first language, let alone reading in the target language. When we create a collaborative communicative context for students to work on subskills in the target language, we begin to promote not only reading subskills, but we also promote collaboration, speaking skills, writing skills and listening skills.

It is difficult to work with any language skill without integratiang it. Working with just one skill causes language to be unnatural and out of context with the other language skills. Literacy circles gives students authentic reasons to communicate, provides a supportive learning environment and breaks down the tasks that students must do in order to practice and become proficient at reading skills.

Look at the Literature_Circles written by past students of the TKT course.
What is your opinion of Literature Circles? Can they help promote reading in L1 or L2 in your learning/teaching situation? For foreign language learners are they especially helpful? Why? Think about these questions as you investigate more about Literature Circles. I recommend this video about L.Circles. The class that is represented in the video is in middle school and the students were not aware that they were being filmed.
Investigate the links included in the PPT for more information or conduct your own search.

And now the big question: How would you use them in your classes?

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