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ELTing in a Hi-Tech World

ELTing in a Hi-Tech World



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  • Bounce off of what the students were strong in with strong oral traditions. In order to bring authenticity along with this project, the

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  • Project Based Learning Susan Gaer, Santa Domingo Dominican Republic, 2009 [email_address]
  • What is Project Based Learning Project Based learning, is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. http:// www.edutopia.org /project-learning
  • Why use Project Based Learning?
    • It is active and engaging
    • It inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.
    • Research also indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through this approach far more readily than through traditional textbook-centered learning.
    • In addition, students develop confidence and self-direction as they move through both team-based and independent work
  • Folktale Project
    • Population-southeast Asian refugees
      • Strong oral traditions
      • Minimal reading and writing
    • Collaboration
      • District librarian
      • Eighth grade language arts class
    • Curriculum integration
      • Objectives that match the curriculum
  • Cookbook Project
    • Literacy/Beginning Level Southeast Asian Refugees and Latino immigrants
    • Language Objectives: Giving step by step directions
  • The Process
    • Visalia Adult School
      • Learn American Folktales
      • Learn various ways of telling folktales
      • Develop storyboards to tell their folktale
      • Tell the folktale to the middle school students
    • Green Acres Middle School
      • Learn about culture
      • Develop illustration skills
      • Listen critically and take notes
      • Write the folktales in publishable format
  • The Newspaper Project
    • Population-Mostly Latino students at the intermediate levels of language development.
    • Elective Class that students chose to take
    • Urban Setting –Large School
    • Students choose this project the first semester the class ran.
  • The Process
    • The Teacher’s Role
      • Help students organize
      • Help students develop survey
      • Develop writing skills
      • Develop an understanding of copyright issues
    • The Students’ Role
      • Develop an Editorial Committee
      • Write surveys and memos soliciting articles
      • Write key articles
      • Layout and publish hard copy
  • International Home Remedies
    • Developed by teachers to train other teachers
    • Model remedies from training placed on web
    • Advertise on webpage for other classes that have interest
    • Convenient form developed for easy additions
    • Additions continually archived
  • Photo Project
    • Students created a list of verbs using beginning level textbooks.
    • Students learned how to use a camera
    • Students took pictures of verbs
    • Pictures were critiqued.
    • Students practiced verb forms
    • Students wrote sentences
    • Students made quizzes and activities
    • ( http:// www.quia.com ) --online quizzes
    • Powerpoint and Word for print activities
  • Class Demographics
    • Intermediate-Advanced level language students
    • Independent study class
    • Hundreds of student cycling through 1 hour class for only 8 sessions.
  • Crucial Elements
      • Develop a Model
      • The Project must be geared to the population
      • Students must see value in the project
      • Timelines need to have flexibility
  • Benefits
    • Students are engaged in a meaningful project that develops authentic language
    • Motivating
    • Develop a sense of community in the classroom
    • Student Centered Classroom
    • High Self Esteem Levels
    http:// www.susangaer.com
  • What Questions do you have?