Honing Interaction with International Online Projects


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Different projects carried out with my students of English in Argentina and students in other countries, aiming at allowing them all to communicate, share and use the language authentically and meaningfully. This presentation was prepared to be delivered at the Global Education Conference, November 2011.

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Honing Interaction with International Online Projects

  1. 1. Honing Interaction with International Online Projects Rita Zeinstejer Rosario Argentina
  2. 2. <ul><li>  Rita Zeinstejer </li></ul><ul><li>                                                       </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EFL Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former Director of Studies ARCI (1980-2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CALL SIG Coordinator APrIR 2001-2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Webheads in Action ” Member 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Certified Teacher 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://techtools4educators1.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.zeinstejer.com </li></ul>
  3. 4. Connecting students all around the world <ul><li>classblogs </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wikis </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Cross-cultural projects <ul><li>2005: &quot;Freedom & Future Dreams in Different Cultures“ Arg/Kuwait </li></ul><ul><li>2006 : Tandem project – Arg/USA </li></ul><ul><li>2007: podcasting: Serendipity Project </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Korea-Argentina in a blog </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Sharing Culture in a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Other tools </li></ul><ul><li>Videomakers </li></ul><ul><li>Storymakers </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice </li></ul>
  5. 6. &quot; Freedom & Future Dreams in Different Cultures&quot; <ul><li>SKYPE PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>http://alothman-b.tripod.com/skypeproject_activities.htm </li></ul>
  6. 8. the project: <ul><li>listening task to introduce the topic </li></ul><ul><li>* lifestyles in different societies, freedom, cultural difficulties in achieving personal dreams </li></ul><ul><li>writing/reading task : post personal opinions, comment on your schoolmates´--Arg and Kuwaiti stds </li></ul><ul><li>speaking task : synchronous meeting on Skype </li></ul><ul><li>in class: sharing comments </li></ul>
  7. 9. My CAE classblog 2005
  8. 11. http://languages.oberlin.edu/hisp305/spring06/ http://caeb2006.podomatic.com / Ohio Rosario 2006: Tandem Project: United States - Argentina
  9. 12. <ul><li>Barbara Sawhill </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul><ul><li>Rita Zeinstejer </li></ul><ul><li>Rosario </li></ul><ul><li>Argentina </li></ul>
  10. 13. the project <ul><li>purpose: raising intercultural awareness, using English in meaningful contexts, communicating, sharing </li></ul><ul><li>organization: level, age </li></ul><ul><li>asynchronous: blogs in Rosario/ USA </li></ul><ul><li>synchronous: via Skype </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>asynchronous phase: </li></ul><ul><li>getting to know each other: two blogs at work </li></ul>
  12. 15. exchanges <ul><li>through text </li></ul><ul><li>through voice </li></ul>
  13. 16. “ Aspects of your Culture you are most Proud of”
  14. 17. First Synchronous Meeting on SKYPE
  15. 18. Students postings on experience
  16. 19. Students ready for final session on SKYPE
  17. 20. <ul><li>Students’ evaluation of their own experience </li></ul>
  18. 21. / my students views on Podcasting http://caeb2006.podomatic.com/ L
  19. 22. Podcasting: “ The Serendipity Project ” : 2007 <ul><li>http://caeb2007. podomatic.com / player / web /2007-06-09T12_24_21-07_00 </li></ul>
  20. 23. Students’ Feedback <ul><li>awareness of: </li></ul><ul><li>* reaching a global audience </li></ul><ul><li>* need to be accurate </li></ul><ul><li>* importance of meaningful interaction </li></ul><ul><li>* importance of sharing findings </li></ul><ul><li>* importance of using English authentically </li></ul><ul><li>* available technology </li></ul>L
  21. 24. Korea and Argentina in a blog: 2008 <ul><li>Classblog: http:// ritamz.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>project work </li></ul><ul><li>discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>links for extra practice </li></ul><ul><li>tools and apps </li></ul><ul><li>Individual blogs </li></ul>
  22. 26. Project work <ul><li>Prof. Sook Whan Cho (Korea), from International Writing Exchange Projects (IWE) http://www.writeit.to/sys/ </li></ul><ul><li>essay postings </li></ul><ul><li>classblog exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>individual blogs exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profile/HongSeongBeom </li></ul><ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profile/RanHur </li></ul>
  23. 27. Korea-Argentina in a blog http:// ritamz.ning.com /
  24. 30. <ul><li>Essays published in our classblog on: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>international marriages : example of weddings in Japan and Korea, with photos/images </li></ul><ul><li>differences between eastern/western cultures: costumes, food, festivities, table manners, etiquette, art. </li></ul>
  25. 31. What the project with students from Korea implied for my students:   <ul><li>using English in authentic contexts </li></ul><ul><li>communicating safely </li></ul><ul><li>gaining cultural input </li></ul><ul><li>gaining self confidence </li></ul><ul><li>gaining new contacts </li></ul><ul><li>exposure to new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>using state-of-the-art technology </li></ul>
  26. 32. Students’ feedback <ul><li>In VOICETHREAD: </li></ul><ul><li>http://ritamz.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1985596%3ABlogPost%3A4621 </li></ul>L
  27. 33. Project work with Webheads: 2008 Sharing Culture <ul><li>collaborative project: wiki </li></ul><ul><li>“ What you know about the interviewee’s country </li></ul><ul><li>and what you’d like to know ” </li></ul>
  28. 34. the project: introduction <ul><li>class discussion: “ purpose of studying a second language ” </li></ul><ul><li>countries and teachers involved : brainstorming knowledge on different cultures </li></ul><ul><li>awareness of the importance of learning English </li></ul>
  29. 35. the project: <ul><li>setting the rules </li></ul><ul><li>preparation: in class </li></ul><ul><li>wiki: in MM room </li></ul><ul><li>live interview </li></ul><ul><li>recordings uploaded </li></ul><ul><li>follow- up: in the classroom: what they learned </li></ul><ul><li>reporting: written task </li></ul>
  30. 36. Wiki: Sharing Cultures http://caeb2008.pbworks.com
  31. 37. <ul><li>wiki: http://caeb2008.pbworks.com </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>maps </li></ul><ul><li>images </li></ul><ul><li>photos </li></ul><ul><li>audio </li></ul>
  32. 38. objectives <ul><li>familiarize learners with technology </li></ul><ul><li>allow them to practise English in authentic, meaningful situations </li></ul><ul><li>contact English speaking people from other countries </li></ul><ul><li>raise awareness of the importance of going global </li></ul><ul><li>help students hone the four skills </li></ul><ul><li>expand learners' cultural understanding and horizons  </li></ul>
  33. 39. What the project with ten members of WIA from nine different countries implied for my students: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>honing listening and speaking skills </li></ul><ul><li>expanding vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>using the language in authentic situations </li></ul><ul><li>using English with native/non-native teachers of the language </li></ul><ul><li>communicating safely </li></ul><ul><li>learning about other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>boosting their self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>raising awareness on the importance of learning English  </li></ul><ul><li>becoming global citizens!!! </li></ul>
  34. 40. <ul><li>Other tools </li></ul>
  35. 41. videomakers <ul><li>Digitalfilms </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul>http://caeb2007.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2007-05-01T07_01_40-07_00 http://animoto.com/play/u5Dqtiw6FYpQDspSPTRAqQ
  36. 42. storymakers <ul><li>Makebeliefscomix http://makebeliefscomix.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Zimmertwins http://www.zimmertwins.ca/node/492843 </li></ul>
  37. 43. Communities of Practice: learning through sharing
  38. 44. Global Learning Communities <ul><li>iearn http://www.iearn.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Epals http://www.epals.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Global Education http://globaleducation.ning.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Connect All Schools http:// www.connectallschools.org / about / partners </li></ul>
  39. 45. [email_address]