Monday, November 28, 2011

Podcasting for teaching English.

There are a number of podcast programs for language learning. Unlike TV or radio, podcast has more benefits to use regardless of time and money. In language teaching, teachers can use podcast for students to learn accurate pronunciation of the words and intonation from native speakers which may be the hardest part to learn in any level of students. Besides, students can feel more interested and motivated in learning through podcast since they can listen many times and practice outside of classroom as well. They can save the files to their mp3 devices and listen to it as they listen to music.

To use podcast in my EFL classroom, I explored ESL Pod which has a lot of English language sources from words to American culture. Among them, I chose ESL Podcast 732- Preferring Different work styles. Since it is very short to listen, I do not need to use it as main lesson. After teaching the main lesson about job, I will use this podcast for students to listen and talk about different work style in pairs or in groups. First of all, I would explain some difficult expressions and then, I would ask students to do role-play using the script. Finally, I would ask them to discuss preferring different work styles so that they could express their opinions. In ESL classroom, we can compare work styles in different countries so that students also could broaden cultural views.  


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Using ePals in L2 classroom

When you first visit ePals website, you can see it, “ePals is the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. With classrooms in 200 countries and territories, ePals makes it easy to connect learners locally, nationally or internationally.” Students who are learning foreign language in their countries might have difficulty in practicing the target language with native speakers, and it is hard to focus on learning slang or idioms in classroom with teachers.
Even though the teacher prepares many activities for language learning, if the students do not have a chance to speak in real field – talking with native speakers or using the TL in the country – they may be less motivated in learning the language.

ePals give chance for students not only use their Target Language with native speakers but also experience its culture directly with people in the world.

In my classroom, I would ask students in different countries work collaboratively as team projects. I can give them various cultural topics such as food, leisure, and manner in each country. So, they can compare and find similarities and differences by themselves. this will definitely be really interesting for students to know new culture and to make friends in different countries.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Photoshows for ESL/EFL classroom teaching.

I made this video by using Animoto which I can create a digital story using photos, texts, and music. This video is about American holidays. Especially in EFL class, many students might not be familiar with American culture.

Through this tool, teachers can discuss holidays in the U.S and compare the U.S culture and students’ one. After this activity, teachers can divide students into groups and ask them to choose one country and make video about the culture of the country.

Teaching language using video tool can be really helpful not only learn language communication skills but also understand different culture and broaden their view points. They can also feel interested in learning with pictures and music. Teachers can teach music as well.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Digital Storytelling (2)

Understanding different culture _

This digital storytelling I created is for teaching language in ESL/EFL classroom. Learning language is totally related to learning culture which requires learners to have open-minded. In this sense, I would give them different topics of culture such as clothes, food, etc. And, each group of students can search pictures and videos and make their own digital storytelling. This activity can not only help them to understand other cultures but also broaden their view point.

Digital Storytelling

Digital story telling is also very interesting source for second language teaching. As stated in the article 7 things you should know about Digital Storytelling, “Digital story telling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound and video to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component.” As students learn language through many different ways actively, they could be more motivated and attentive in language learning.
It is also mentioned in the article that “creating and watching digital stories has the potential to increase the information literacy of a wide range of students.”

According to the article The Educational Uses of Digital Setting, “the topics that are used in digital storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.” This implies that students can learn a lot of resources practicing through digital storytelling by themselves.

In this sense, in my future EFL/ESL class, I would teach my students to learn different culture and life style comparing between their culture and the American culture. I can divide them into small group, ask them to choose the culture topic and make digital story telling using pictures and videos. After that, each group can share the different resources which make them feel interesting since it is not just reading comprehension or listening without any visual aid.  

Another site Center for Digital Story Telling defines digital story as a short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Thus, digital storytelling makes language learners feel fun, active and boosting to learn language without thinking ‘studying’, but ‘playing’.

John Steinbeck on Story telling...

Photo by : Jill Clardy


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Twitter in the classroom .

WHAT IF you teach more that 100 students in one class?

When i was in college, 7 years ago, I took some courses in which more than 100 students attended. Especially, when i took English literature class, I haven't had a chance talk with my professor, but share my thinking only with classmates who sat around me. Before the lesson, I read the textbook by myself. During the class, I listen professor's lecture about such as the summary and the background of the novel. After the class, I have to write a paper about my opinion and thinking of the book to professor. I did not have a chance to share my idea about the person in the novel, or the author with my classmate who may have different opinion as mine.

Now, very smart and attractive one came up to me, Twitter !
Many articles and blogs explained how to use twitter in the classroom,  and I realized there has  been
a lot of ways to use it in teaching and learning. First of all, 'quick information'. Even in the large size of the class, every students can express their opinion and share ideas through twitter. As an example, when a teacher give one topic to 100 students at the same time, they all can twitt even at the same time without any voice. Do you think the classroom may be very silent? No. No passive, no silent in Twitter.. And teachers will not just stand in front of them. Teachers can  check and ask students what they have done/doing.

According to Jane Hart's comprehensive guide How to Use Twitter for Social Learning,
there is an specific example how to use twitter in classroom.
Pre-class: give students question so that they tweets to keep the discussion going.
During class: keep the students communicating with one another. Sharing links to relevant resources, websites. Sharing students experiences of what they have done/doing.
Post-class: sending out reminders about upcoming tests, project duedates, class-related news. 

The article, Twitter expanding our classroom- shrinking the world, shows one example how affects to use Twitter with 6th graders in classroom. the author said that twitter shrinks the world. During the class, not only learn a language, but also they learn the culture and happenings in the world.

Twitter can be used not only for teaching in the classroom, but also for professional development. Many resources (video, articles, activities, music, etc.) teachers can keep and share through twitter. Teachers can also have a more chance to intimate with each of the students individually. Easy to get feedback and easy to recognize what their students need now.

I just realized that many educators give a lot of resources through twitter and if I just follow them, I could get many resources they uploaded, I could talk with them and  even ask tips for teaching. A lot of opportunity for professional development are given by Twitter. The thing is I have to get my feet wet eagerly and continuously looking, searching, and trying to develop me.   

Sunday, October 2, 2011

  There are many social networking services to give a variety of education sources for teachers.

  Among them, I am going to introduce “EFLclassroom 2.0.”
When you open this website, you can read one great sentence, “When one teaches, two learn.” It means that teachers prepare a lot for even one mini-lesson, and while preparing, they also can learn knowledge of teaching as well.

  Many EFL teachers around the world can share the education resources and there are already many teaching and learning materials such as listening materials, videos, and games for students’ activity. If you click any member’s name or picture, you can go his/her web page and share some in common or know what he/she interests in. as an EFL teacher, it may be more difficult to communicate with EFL teachers in other countries. Thus, this site can be very useful to compare and get other different teaching styles, resources, and even opinions worldwide.