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A Flat World

  1. 1. A Flat World for Language LearnersMaryanne Burgos, Ph.D.<br />
  2. 2. What do we want our language students to learn?<br />
  3. 3. ESL Standards from TESOL<br />To use English to communicate in social settings<br />To use English to achieve academically in all content areas<br />To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways<br />
  4. 4. Five C’s of Foreign Language Education<br />
  5. 5. Quick Reference<br />Social language<br />Academic language<br />Culture<br />
  6. 6. Optimal Language Learning Environments<br />What do you think makes for a good language learning environment?<br />
  7. 7. Optimal Environments<br />1. Have opportunities to interact and negotiate meaning.<br />2. Interact in the target language with an authentic audience.<br />3. Are involved in authentic tasks.<br />Egbert, J &Hanson-Smith, E. CALL Environments<br />
  8. 8. Can computers help?<br />
  9. 9. Historical Development of CMC<br />
  10. 10. Drill and Practice<br />
  11. 11. Email<br />
  12. 12.
  13. 13. Can new Internet tools provide an optimal environment?<br />
  14. 14. What are some new Internet tools?<br />
  15. 15. New Internet Tools<br />
  16. 16. Tools are Not Methods<br />
  17. 17. Project-Based Learningfor Language Learners<br />
  18. 18. Websites for Global Collaboration <br />ePalshttp://www.epals.com/<br />The Global Schoolhousehttp://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.html<br />Taking It Globalhttp://takingitglobal.org/<br />Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Educationhttp://www.k12science.org/collabprojs.html<br />
  19. 19. What can ePals do for you?<br />Connect classrooms<br />Offer ready-to-use projects<br />Allow networking for teachers, students and parents<br />Provide safe environment<br />
  20. 20. 1. Classroom Match<br />
  21. 21. Negotiation of Meaning<br />Learning is essentially the result of interaction between learners and others.<br />
  22. 22. Interaction<br />Learners must be involved in social interaction which is purposeful with a real audience that is actively involved with the learners.<br />
  23. 23. Authentic Tasks<br />Authentic tasks are those having the same types of cognitive challenges as complicated real-world tasks do.<br />
  24. 24. Designing a Project-Based Project<br />Connect with a classroom<br />Start with the goal<br />Design a plan for the project<br />Choose your tools<br />Create a schedule<br />Monitor progress <br />Assess the outcome<br />Evaluate the experience<br />
  25. 25. 2. Projects<br />Participate in ePal Projects<br />
  26. 26. The Way We Arehttp://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=TheWayWeAre_overview<br />
  27. 27. 3. Networking<br />Teacher forums<br />Student forums<br />Family Forums<br />Project Forums<br />Focus Area Forums<br />
  28. 28. 4. Safe Environment<br />
  29. 29. ePals as Optimal Language Learning Environment<br />Social language<br />Academic language<br />Culture<br />
  30. 30. Enjoy a Flatter More ConnectedWorld<br />

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