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Managing diverse learning needs in multilingual classrooms, is the greatest challenge we face in education today. Ongoing teacher education and continuous professional development have failed to keep ...

Managing diverse learning needs in multilingual classrooms, is the greatest challenge we face in education today. Ongoing teacher education and continuous professional development have failed to keep pace with these changes. For the system as a whole, literacy levels are at crisis point, and many young people within education are simply not going to make it. While mLearning has the ability to provide students with a highly personalised learning experience, the capacity for implementation at grassroots level is poor. In addition, there are insufficient educators at decision making level, with the knowledge and the insight to ensure that technology works for everyone. I believe it is time that educators re-claimed the technology debate. This is my contribution to mLearning, which involves the work I have been doing to harness the technological features of mobile devices to support language and literacy development within an academic context. I hope you enjoy the resources and I look forward to your comments.

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  • Email: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolAn Irish Teacher’s ContributiontoLiteracy and mLearningJoanna NortonEducatorTeacher-EducatorMobile Content Entrepreneur
  • My journey from educator, teacher-educator to mobilecontent entrepreneur started in classrooms in northLondon. I grew extremely frustrated by the numbers of youngpeople with low levels of literacy and the lack of appropriatecontent to support diverse learning needs in multilingualclassrooms.Academic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishI started using mobile phones for teaching and learning in 1996, whichallowed me engage with young people through a medium they related to.At the same time I started to travel to the villages, towns and cities thatmany of our students are from, in an attempt to present learning from annon ethno-European perspective.I believe that mobile devices have the capacity to both democratiseeducation and provide a highly personalised learning experience. I startedto develop Keywords English, a research-based app, in an attempt tosupport young people with the academic language of school. I alsodeveloped supplementary worksheets for whole class instruction, supportclasses, and for content teachers in the area of language and literacy..I hope you and your students enjoy using these worksheets and app, whichare free to use, and that they help progress all learning to the next level.
  • Email: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolKeywords English Worksheets Keywords English App View slide
  • VocabularyAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishA simple activity to pre-teachvocabulary to ensure studentsunderstand the core meaning ofthe reading task. View slide
  • Reading taskAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishHere students are required to infermeaning from context. Thestudents are also reminded aboutthe importance of good writing.
  • Multi-choiceAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishThis multi-choice activity testscomprehension of the keywords incontext.
  • Matching activityAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishCan be used to test priorknowledge, test comprehension,or be used for revision andconsolidation purposes.
  • Matching activityAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishCan be used to test priorknowledge, test comprehension,or be used for revision andconsolidation purposes.
  • Parts of speechAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAn activity that helps studentsidentify the form of each of thekeywords.
  • Word stressAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishBreaking words into syllables andthen identifying the syllable withthe main stress, supports clearcommunication.
  • Word stressAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishBreaking words into syllables andthen identifying the syllable withthe main stress, supports clearcommunication.
  • Spell the keywordAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishStudents can work alone or in pairsto identify the correct spelling of thekeywords.
  • Spelling (in pairs)Academic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAn additional spelling activity thatcan also develop oral skills.Students can work in pairs tosupport each other.
  • SnapAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishCan be used as a pre-teachingexercise, to checkcomprehension, consolidatelearning or for revision purposes.
  • SnapAcademic language for schoolEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishCan be used as a pre-teachingexercise that checkscomprehension, consolidatelearning or supports revision.
  • Classroom-based evidenceAcademic language for schoolUsefulness 100%Usefulness 100%Relevant 100%Relevant 100%Student feedback on worksheetsStudent feedback on worksheetsSupport with keywords 100%Support with keywords 100%Understand the topic 100%Understand the topic 100%“I would like to do more work on pronunciation. Science words are difficult to say.”“I would like to do more work on pronunciation. Science words are difficult to say.”Email: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishCan be used as a pre-teachingexercise, to check comprehension,consolidate learning or for revisionpurposes.Students were asked to rate theirexperience of using the worksheetsand how well the worksheetssupported their learning.
  • Preparation for user-generated contentEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolThe next stage is to get students tocreate their own content. Thesephotos, which are models, weretaken in Co. Cork, Ireland andshared with teachers.
  • User-generated contentEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolESOL students at the College ofHaringey Enfield and North EastLondon used the worksheets andwent on to create their own content.
  • User-generated contentEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolStudents were shown the modelsand then asked to create images ofthe keywords they learnt andshowcase them in their community.
  • User-generated contentEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolThese photos of the keywords forphotosynthesis, were taken bystudents on Arranmore island, Co.Donegal, Ireland.
  • User-generated contentEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolStudents in Adıyaman, easternTurkey, are about to start developingtheir own content on the topic ofphotosynthesis.
  • More informationEmail: joanna@keywordsenglish.com Twitter: @KeywordsEnglish Facebook.com/keywordsenglishAcademic language for schoolLink to worksheets: http://www.keywordsenglish.com/?p=565Download theKeywords Englishapp to learn aboutphotosynthesis atyour own pace.Download theKeywords Englishapp to learn aboutphotosynthesis atyour own pace.I really want tounderstandscience.I really want tounderstandscience.