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Teaching English in a multicultural society

  1. 1. TEACHING LANGUAGES IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY: ACTIVITIES, PROJECTS AND STRATEGIES Maria Goretti Blanch Llosa [email_address] ESC AMISTAT COMUNITAT D’APRENENTATGE, Figueres
  2. 2. ESC AMISTAT, A LEARNING COMMUNITY “ The absolute master doesn’t exist. We are students and teachers at the same time. The master teaches his pupils, but learns with them at the same time.” Dogon tribe chief, África “ In order to teach a child a whole tribe is needed.” African thought
  3. 3. WHERE DO OUR STUDENTS COME FROM? (2009)
  4. 4. TEACHING LANGUAGES IN AN INTEGRATED WAY CATALAN SPANISH ENGLISH FRENCH OTHER PROJECTS ACTIVITIES STRATEGIES
  5. 5. WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS <ul><li>Working in interactive groups is a learning strategy to cope with diversity having the same opportunities. </li></ul>
  6. 6. WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS Spanish 5th graders Catalan P5 English 6th graders French 5th graders
  7. 7. Diversity in the English classroom, inclusive model <ul><li>Heterogeneous groups: </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS Boys and girls, different levels and learning speed, different cultural origin. + instrumental learning + solidarity
  8. 8. WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS <ul><li>Individual and group learning . </li></ul><ul><li>Students interaction . </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation : creativity and participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Time and space flexibility . </li></ul><ul><li>Open classroom : teachers, family and volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning community involvement in the teaching and learning process. </li></ul>
  9. 9. WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS <ul><li>To encourage critical thinking , respect towards diversity : multiple speeches and opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Student direct monitoring . </li></ul><ul><li>To optimize resources . </li></ul><ul><li>To increase learning through interactions . </li></ul>
  10. 10. English classroom organization WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  11. 11. English classroom organization <ul><li>4 groups </li></ul><ul><li>5/6 students / group </li></ul><ul><li>4 topics </li></ul><ul><li>2 one hour session </li></ul><ul><li>2 changes/activities per session </li></ul><ul><li>½ session time per activity </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  12. 12. English classroom organization <ul><li>Interactive group 1: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: Classroom language domino game. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To acquire classroom instructions. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  13. 13. English classroom organization <ul><li>Interactive group 2: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Crossword </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review vocabulary and grammar. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  14. 14. English classroom organization <ul><li>Interactive group 3: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Activity book. Revision activities. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review unit contents. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  15. 15. English classroom organization <ul><li>Interactive group 4: </li></ul><ul><li>ACTIVITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Activity book. Revision activities. </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>To review unit contents. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  16. 16. More examples of classroom organization <ul><li>Finding electrical appliances in the school: </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  17. 17. More examples of classroom organization <ul><li>Speaking activity: </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  18. 18. Assessment <ul><li>The teacher completes a chart every session. </li></ul><ul><li>The volunteer or group tutor completes a chart every session. </li></ul><ul><li>The group work ( students ) completes a booklet every session. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  19. 19. English teacher’s work <ul><li>To prepare the activities and the materials for every group work. </li></ul><ul><li>To organize students in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Timing . </li></ul><ul><li>To help volunteers and students when necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>To follow up group and individual work. </li></ul><ul><li>To assess children. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  20. 20. Volunteer’s work <ul><li>To explain activities . </li></ul><ul><li>To help students while working. </li></ul><ul><li>To help students to work cooperatively . </li></ul><ul><li>To promote self-esteem . </li></ul><ul><li>To help the teacher with the individual and group assessment. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  21. 21. Our volunteers or group tutors <ul><li>English teachers (we are 2 English teachers working in the CEIP Amistat). </li></ul><ul><li>Parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Special needs classroom assistant. </li></ul><ul><li>Native speakers </li></ul><ul><li>EOI students. </li></ul><ul><li>University students. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  22. 22. Our volunteers or group tutors <ul><li>Denise Latino, our native speaker volunteer. </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  23. 23. Results <ul><li>- ratio </li></ul><ul><li>+ motivation </li></ul><ul><li>+ interchange </li></ul><ul><li>+ reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>+ individual monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>+ good classroom atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>+ expectations </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  24. 24. Results <ul><li>+ communicative skills </li></ul><ul><li>+ social skills (team work, initiative, self-esteem) </li></ul><ul><li>+ cooperation and solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>+ respect towards diversity </li></ul>WORKING IN INTERACTIVE GROUPS
  25. 25. PELE 2006-2009 Teaching English to very young learners (P5) Oral communication CLIL: Arts and Crafts C.S.
  26. 26. PELE 2009-2012 Teaching French in CS through interactive groups.
  27. 27. NEWCOMERS CLASSROOM Temporary help for newcomers in order to accelerate the learning of Catalan.
  28. 28. INTERCULTURAL PROJECTS Families participation in the school’s projects. Intercultural party to celebrate the end of the intercultural project.
  29. 29. ASSEMBLIES Students’ assembly. Parents, teachers, volunteers, students’ assembly.
  30. 30. LITERARY GATHERINGS Literary Gatherings with parents and other members from our community. Literary gatherings with our primary school students.
  31. 31. PARENTS SCHOOL Catalan lessons for parents. English lessons for parents and volunteers. “ Coffee at three o’clock”.
  32. 32. BENEFITS <ul><li>More family participation in the learning process. </li></ul><ul><li>Less school conflicts . </li></ul><ul><li>An improvement in the basic competences results (98% and 96% in English , 4th Primary). </li></ul><ul><li>A good linguistic competence in Spanish and Catalan. </li></ul><ul><li>Good academic results in ESO (no scholars drop out on the way from Primary to ESO, even among the gypsy community). </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>You can find me on: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://blocs.xtec.cat/englishamistat </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/goretti75 </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>To know more about it: </li></ul><ul><li>Apac magazine, October 09, </li></ul><ul><li>number 67 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.utopiadream.info </li></ul>

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