Beyond Your Schools Walls08


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Presentation at "7th International Congress for ELT Managers and Directors of Studies" (organized by ABS International). Aug 30, 2008

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Beyond Your Schools Walls08

  1. 1. Gladys Baya 30 Aug, 2008 Beyond your school walls Authentic audiences for your classes “ If communicative ability is our goal, communicative practice must be part of the process. ” Tricia Hedge
  2. 3. Everyone can have a voice, and most important, know that someone is out there reading.
  3. 4. During the last week… <ul><li>I’ve written to: </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve talked to: </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>____________ </li></ul><ul><li>Myself (my diary) </li></ul><ul><li>My husband (short note) </li></ul><ul><li>My boss (e-mail message) </li></ul><ul><li>My colleagues (forums and my blog) </li></ul><ul><li>You! (notes for this lecture) </li></ul><ul><li>My family (chit-chat) </li></ul><ul><li>My friends (on the phone) </li></ul><ul><li>My boss (f2f) </li></ul><ul><li>My colleagues online (via Skype) </li></ul><ul><li>You! (right now) </li></ul>
  4. 5. “ Writing is a way to share your valuable ideas with the world, rather than a way to be wrong.” Jeff Anderson
  5. 6. <ul><li>MEANING </li></ul>Benefits of writing and speaking for authentic audiences <ul><li>Students write about issues that have real M  G for them; developing ability to express F  S . </li></ul><ul><li>It M  S students who would not normally write or perform to improve their literacy skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Students develop C  N skills and engage in accountable talk. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of technology can broaden the scope of the students’ learning experiences outside of their L  L community. </li></ul>FEELINGS MOTIVATES COLLABORATION LOCAL
  6. 7. <ul><li>Teachers have also documented: </li></ul><ul><li>increases in self- E  M and self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>increased student A  E </li></ul><ul><li>increased performance on standardized language assessments </li></ul><ul><li>a decline in D  Y actions. </li></ul>Benefits of writing and speaking for authentic audiences (cont) ATTENDANCE ESTEEM DISCIPLINARY
  7. 8. Benefits of writing and speaking for authentic audiences “ Perhaps the greatest reason for collaboration at the computer is the simple human desire for social contact.” Ken Beatty
  8. 9. How can we get started? <ul><li>Encourage your students to comment on/ edit what other people are writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Start little (but aim big!): </li></ul><ul><li>1. 2. </li></ul><ul><li>3. younger / brighter learners at the school, peer groups, other teachers; </li></ul><ul><li>4. 5. </li></ul>
  9. 10. How can we get started? (cont) <ul><li>Get their writing edited / published ! </li></ul><ul><li>Have them write for adults / professionals instead of / as well as students. </li></ul><ul><li>Before launching / evaluating writing projects, ensure an audience for their work. If they’re the other learners in the class, allot time during / after your lessons for them to read and respond. </li></ul>
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  17. 18. “ What all collaborative tasks have in common is that one of the participants has a goal that he or she would like to achieve and the other participant engages in talk that helps the first to achieve that goal.” Wells and Chang-Wells; 1992 (quoted by Beatty:113 )
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  19. 22. Writingmatrix <ul><li>… each had their students tag their posts for this project with the term writingmatrix ... </li></ul><ul><li>… still ongoing as long as there are students who wish to try it out and respond to one another's postings… http:// </li></ul>… originally four teachers who engaged their students in writing using blogs …
  20. 24. “ Time magazine 's person of the year is &quot; You .&quot; You now have the power to publish, share, and interact with a global audience. Your students also have this power... The decision of what to do with that power lies with you .” Fryer , 2006
  21. 25. You Can Get it if You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff) Persecution you must bear Win or lose you've got to get your share Got your mind set on a dream You can get it, though harder them seem now You can get it … I know it You can get it if you really want - though I show it You can get it if you really want - so don't give up now You can get it if you really want You can get it if you really want You can get it if you really want But you must try, try and try Try and try, you'll succeed at last Rome was not built in a day Opposition will come your way But the hotter the battle you see It's the sweeter the victory, now You can get it … I know it, listen
  22. 26. Thanks for having joined me today! Gladys [email_address]