[RELO] Creating A Caring Classroom


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Presented by Senior English Language Fellow Debra Burgess and English Teacher Lourdes Talavera. Please find the webinar recording of this presentation in this address http://youtu.be/6V5RkP7QiKU

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[RELO] Creating A Caring Classroom

  1. 1. Creating a Caring Classroom that Fosters Students’ English Language Production Lourdes Talavera Debra A. Burgess Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano Arequipa, Peru
  2. 2. What are the teaching and learning challenges in your classroom for developing students´oral language production?
  3. 3. Some Challenges Hours Classroom Size Lack of resources Interruptions in classes Numbers of Students Unmotivated Students
  4. 4. How to Recognize the Moods of an Irish Setter
  5. 5. What Does a Motivated Language Student Look Like? www.youtube.com/watch?v= ngRq82c8Baw
  6. 6. Forms of Motivation • Extrinsic • Intrinsic Driven by factors outside of the learner. Free from the influence of external influence like punishment or rewards. For example Good grades, please the teacher Student reads or studies because it interesting or enjoyable
  7. 7. Motivating Students How to be….. • Competent • Confident • Communicative
  8. 8. Engaging All by Creating High School Learning Communities What They Are Telling Us The culture of their schools is impersonal, giving few opportunities to work constructively with peers and connect to teachers Instruction is passive and boring rather than active and related to real life issues The system is undemocratic and at times seemingly unfair ©2009 CenterSource Systems, LLC – Engaging All by Creating High School Learning Communities 8
  9. 9. Engaging All by Creating High School Learning Communities Inclusion – A Sense of Belonging Presenting yourself Stating your needs and expectations Being acknowledged ©2009 CenterSource Systems, LLC – Engaging All by Creating High School Learning Communities 9
  10. 10. Why a student-centered classroom important? Lessons more interesting Lessons more memorable Students held accountable for their learning Enables more informal assessment Caters to different learning styles
  11. 11. “All Genuine Learning… is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just memory. It is the process of discovery, in which the student is the main agent.” - Mortimer Adler
  12. 12. Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Fronted • Teacher-fronted classrooms: – Teacher is the “Sage on the Stage” • Student-Centered classrooms: – Teacher is the “Guide on the Side”
  13. 13. Use interesting material • If you are bored, the students will be too • Use material relevant to the students’ lives – Ex) Facebook posts, Twitter feeds, articles about their country/city • Don´t use the textbook exclusively • Ridiculous websites?
  14. 14. Generation Y • Gen Yers … – are Digital Natives – want to work smarter, not harder – are kinesthetic and visual – are feedback dependent – love entertainment and games – customize tasks – seek a purpose and passion (Reilly, Peter. "Understanding and teaching Generation Y." English Teaching Forum. 1 (2012): n. page. Web. 15 May. 2013.)
  15. 15. Give students resources to practice outside of class Share info they discover with the class
  16. 16. Community Member Talk • Invite a friend or colleague to the class in person or via skype to discuss a topic that is important to the class (the environment, public health, education, crime, etc.). • Broadcast a Ted Talk. • Use the talk as a springboard for discussion and research in your classroom. http://www.ted.com/ (Reilly, 2012)
  17. 17. Action-Packed Video Clip • Show an action-packed video clip. • Have students write and then share sentences about them with partners and then as a class. • Example: Mr. Bean • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U24g88G NgMI (Reilly, 2012)
  18. 18. Interactive Listening/Chatting Options • • • • • • www.englishclub.com/esl-chat www.eslcafe.com Skype Google Hangout Facebook Chat or Video Chat Global Schoolhouse (Chinnery, George M. . "Speaking and Listening Online: A Survey of Internet Resources." English Teaching Forum. 43.3 (2005): n. page. Web. 15 May. 2013.)
  19. 19. Websites for Activities Ready-to-Go • • • • www.esl-lab.com www.literacynet.org/cnnsf www.americanenglish.state.gov http://www.voanews.com/ Create-Your-Own • http://www.npr.org/ • http://edition.cnn.com/ • http://tv.msnbc.com/ • http://video.nationalgeogra phic.com/video/kids/ • http://www.timeforkids.co m/photos-video
  20. 20. Personalize content • Use students’ names/life experiences in example sentences – Sally took a bus to the conference. vs. – Diego took a Diablo Rojo to the TESOL Congress.
  21. 21. Use student-generated materials • If you want to have students describe a picture, use a picture of your students vs.
  22. 22. Involve the students in grammar explanations • The Question Hand: • Great for teaching question structure • Have the students trace their own hand (Question Hand courtesy of Aaron Corbin)
  23. 23. References • Krashen, Stephen. Should We Teach Strategies. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, 2013,Vol 10, No. 1, pp. 3539 • Frank, Laurie S. Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, Wood N Barnes Publishing and Distribution, 2004. • Gibbs, Jeanne. Tribes: A New Way of Learning and Being Together, Center Source, 2001.