The role of English language and ICT in education

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This presentation was the part of the 2nd Comenius meeting as a seminar for teachers where we discussed roles of both ICT and English language in education and business. The title of the Comenius LLL …

This presentation was the part of the 2nd Comenius meeting as a seminar for teachers where we discussed roles of both ICT and English language in education and business. The title of the Comenius LLL project is "Enterprising, healthy and creative"

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  • 1. The role of English language and ICT in education 2nd Comenius Multilateral Meeting Hungary, 12-18 May 2013 Marijana Smolčec, ELT teacher
  • 2. English language in Croatian schools School programmes Lessons per week High school 3 x 45min Economics 3 x 45min Hotel and tourism (English – 1st and 2nd language) 4 x 45min (1st and 2nd yr) 3 x 45min (3rd and 4th yr) Sales assistant 2 x 45min
  • 3. English language  General English (shopping, housing, travel, schooling...)  ESP (English for Specific Purposes) -studying to enter professions, focusing on the language of academic performance in specific discourse communities
  • 4. What is ESP? LSP/ESP is…  Learner-centered, second/foreign language training*  Needs-based  Characterized by collaboration with workplace/content experts  Characterized by the use of appropriate, authentic tasks & materials (specificity and relevance)  Not synonymous with “content-based instruction.” CBI is an approach to syllabus design, often employed in ESP courses Adapted from Hutchinson and Waters 1987. Source: Kevin Knight for TESOL ESP-IS
  • 5. ESP Fileds       Hotel and tourism Business (marketing, managment...) Engineering Medicine Law Information Technology...
  • 6.  in Croatian vocational schools, English is usually taught as:  General English (first 2 years) ESP (3rd and 4th year) 
  • 7. Correlating English with other subjects  Marketing Economics Tourism ( at the reception, types of hotels...)  CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)  
  • 8. Which skills we mainly teach? Speaking skills (role play, dialogues, group work)  Writing skills: - formal - informal (CV, Cover letter, emails, letters of complaints, requests, Film reviews, essays...)  Vocabulary building (ESP) + Reading.. 
  • 9. Sources – teaching materials  Course books by publishers like: Longman, Oxford, Macmillan...
  • 10. Useful Websites – teacher resources  (http://mojamatura.net/) http://www.onestopenglish.com/ http://busyteacher.org/ http://writefix.com http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/ (British Council.uk)
  • 11. Language skill practice - websites            Exams (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE...), interactive listening lessons, reading exercises, teacher resources/ materials, games, quizzes, IELTS writing makeovers, downloadable activities....) Free English Lessons http://www.esolcourses.com/ English Club http://www.englishclub.com/ Exam English http://www.examenglish.com/index.html Englisch Hilfen http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/ Using English http://www.usingenglish.com/ FCE practice http://etornauta.wordpress.com/about/ English Speaker http://www.englishspeaker.com/index.html A Teacher’s Odyssey http://www.teachersodyssey.blogspot.com/ A Journey in TEFL http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/ A Clil to Climb http://acliltoclimb.blogspot.com/
  • 12. Blogs on Business English  Sandy Milin’s blog http://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/online-resources-for-businessenglish-teaching/  Vicky Loras’ blog http://vickyloras.wordpress.com/business-english/
  • 13. How do students learn nowadays?     They google everything they want to know about. They watch videos and tutorials to learn how to do things. They use social network sites to interact, share information and ask for help. They prefer to learn by doing, experimenting, creating. topnews.in Source: Ana Maria Menezes, Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools http://lifefeast.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-e-book-developing-4-skills-with.html
  • 14. Old vs New Learners OLD LEARNERS NEW LEARNERS - Text based - Competitive - Task oriented - Private -- Tecno-phobic - Sequential - Formal - Passive - Visual - Collaborative - Goal-oriented - Social - Tech-savy - Multi-taskers - Personal - Hands on Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kiranb/elearning-21st-century-perspectives-on-teaching-learning-and-technology
  • 15. What is the role of a teacher?   rethink the way we prepare our lessons Give students more opportunity to analyze, discuss, collaborate and create new content based on the knowledge they have learned about How can webtools help us and our students internalize language more meaningfully? Source: Ana Maria Menezes, Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools http://lifefeast.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-e-book-developing-4-skills-with.html
  • 16. 10+ web tools and sites to use in (English) Classroom TEXT/ IMAGE TOOL CREATORS VOICE (Audio) TOOLS –  Wordle  Voki  Tagxedo   Image chef  Voxopop Vocaroo  ESL videos GAME TOOL CREATOR  Discovery Puzzle Maker  Classtools ONLINE STICKY NOTES/Posters    Linoit Wallwisher - Paddlet Glogsters VOIP TOOLS –SPEAKING/COMMUNICATION  Skype, Yahoo Messenger  Google+hangout VIDEO TOOLS  EYEJOT  Animoto  Photopeach  Youtube Collaboration tools  Wiki  Googledrive (docs, forms) Facebook secret groups  Research  Surveymonkey  FB Polls
  • 17. WORDLE
  • 18. Ideas for Wordle...         motivation brainstorming writing (Sts write their own sentences, tales...) revision literature (guess the novel, fairytale...) or use key words to describe the character pre-reading, post-reading exercise... introduce new vocabulary (personality adjectives...) create a classroom poster (classroom managment, norms...) irregular verbs
  • 19. More useful links Box of Tricks http://www.boxoftricks.net/ Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ ICT in education http://www.ictineducation.org/ Cyber-kap blog http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/ Teacher Training Videos by Russell http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/ Standard Nik Peachy’s blog http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ ICTmagic http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ Netokracija http://www.netokracija.com/ Educationaltechguy http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com /
  • 20. Shelly Terrell - http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/
  • 21. Conclusion  Teachers use students books + online materials Online materials and tools = CREATIVITY  Teachers =lifelong learners /facilitator  Students = digital learners / digital natives  Show students other uses of Internet not just game playing, downloading and social networking Social networks(Facebook, Edmodo, Twitter) can be used in education as well  
  • 22. What do we do?
  • 23. What can we try to do? Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin
  • 24. Thank you for your patience!