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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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Teaching Vocabulary and ICT Vocabulary Applications: Unit 2 reflection and application

Teaching vocabulary can be tricky, but  not if you relate it to contexts which students can associate with. Remember:

  • Provide students with continuous opportunities for applying words in receptive and productive situations
  • Recycle often, even if doing so isn’t included in the textbook
  • Give your students more than the basic vocabulary: gradual expansion is the key
  • Organize words to help students organize their knowledge.
Be aware of
  • cultural considerations with connotations
  • word changes through form.
I invite you to read this E-how Website where you can get ideas for posting activities for students in your blogs.
Watch this helpful video by the Cambridge University Press for helping expose vocabulary to students; and watch this video by TEFL videos about teaching with timelines.
On Saturday we touched the theme of sight words, also known as function words. 220 of them reside in a list called the Dolch list, and most of these words are taught at beginning levels of English as a foreign language; but students have great difficulty learning them. Why are they so difficult to keep straight? Are they easily memorized? Watch this video by Improve-Education which gives us some ideas of Sight Words and Functions words.
Vocabulary is one of the foundations of learning language and it is just as important as grammar when learning a language. We learn and produce vocabulary by using words we learn in context.

Look at this slideshare presentation, Teaching Vocabulary. Did you learn anything new?

The Internet is full of activities that students can practice and play vocabulary on. Look at the slideshare presentation ICT Tools for Teaching Vocabulary.  What game, worksheet, interactive Web tool or just plain fun activity did you like from this presentation or any other space? Which You can use any of these ideas or tools to share on your blog. Set up your own game using the words that you must learn from the TKT glossary and create and play with your own game.

Write your ideas in a reflection for your blog and link us to the site you recommend. Include: Why do you recommend this tool? How would you use it with your learners?

We are all looking forward to sharing great vocabulary learning tips, strategies, and ideas. Please post your ontribution in a timely manner, not at the last minute, so we can all review them before next weekend. Happy searching and experiementing!

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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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Tips for Success in the TKT class

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.

Dear Students:

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.

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