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  • An emphasis on learning to communicate through interaction in the target language.
    The introduction of authentic texts into the learning situation.
    The provision of opportunities for learners to focus, not only on language but also on the Learning Management process.
    An enhancement of the learner’s own personal experiences as important contributing elements to classroom learning.
    An attempt to link classroom language learning with language activities outside the classroom.
  • www.literacynet.org CNN and CBS news. Reading materials, outlines, vocabulary exercises, comprehension exercises, listening, writing, video, audio
    www.realenglish.com Audio, video with exercises on several topics
    http://www.pbs.org/saf/previous.htm interesting videos on science and technology, resources for teachers on pdf, on-line quizzes and pdf, e-mail the scientists, models, grade level, links, unable to see videos on the page, use youtube instead, and the printables from the page.

    http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/miinventory.php and http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/mitest.html Multiple intelligences and learning styles tests
  • Technology matters

    1. 1. Technology matters: let’s talk about it October 2010 Alianza Cultural Uruguay- Estados Unidos de América
    2. 2. Communication
    3. 3. Objectives  To revisit the concepts of communicative competence and communicative performance  To collaboratively overview the different ways we can exploit technological tools to develop language skills  To focus on specific communicative tasks that require the aid of technology
    4. 4. Communicative Competence  grammatical competence  sociolinguistic competence  strategic competence A Theoretical Framework for Communicative Competence. Authors:Canale, Michael; Swain, Merrill
    5. 5. Communicative Performance Refers to the actual use of that language in concrete situations.
    6. 6. David Nunan’s (1991) five features of CLT:  Communication through interaction  Introduction of authentic texts  Attention to learning management process  Enhancement of learner’s personal experiences  Classroom learning and activities outside classroom connection
    7. 7. Survey  How familiar are we with these tools? How often do students use them? What for? How often do we use them in our clases?  How can we better implement them in our classes to help students improve their use of English?  What are the challenges we face when using these tools?
    8. 8. Why?  Motivation and involvement  Exploration and management of new tools  Collaboration  Purpose  Authenticity  Impact (inside and outside classroom)  Memorable learning
    9. 9. Technologically Speaking  Oral presentations  Student-generated videos (debates, drama, documentaries)  Internet-based resources
    10. 10. ORAL PRESENTATIONS Advantages:  Learner centered  Integrate skills  Use technology skills  Provide variety  New content  Research and Organization  Assessment and interaction  Error correction
    11. 11. STUDENT-GENERATED VIDEOS  Motivation  Collaboration  Use of technology skills  Purposeful practice  Error correction  Fun
    12. 12. Teacher Management Tools  Create and manage groups  Register students  Monitor students’ practice  Create channels
    13. 13. Students’ tools  Videos  Subtitles  Definition and pronunciation  Microphone setup  Recording  Scoring
    14. 14. Intermediate students using English Central
    15. 15. Basic 4 students using English Central
    16. 16. Useful resources  www.englishcentral.com  www.literacynet.org  www.realenglish.com  http://www.pbs.org/saf/previous.htm  http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/miinventory.php  www.englishprograms.state.gov  http://www.americanfolklore.net/  http://www.britishcouncil.org  http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/
    17. 17. Related issues  http://www.tesol.org TESOL Technology Standards Framework : TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND LANGUAGE TEACHERS  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 Web 2.0  Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
    18. 18. Thank you! Claudia Santoro laspiedras@alianza.edu.uy Alianza Cultural Uruguay- Estados Unidos de América October 29, 2010

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