Innovations in ELT

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Innovations in ELT

  1. 1. Innovations In English Language Teaching
  2. 2. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines: in·no·va·tion - noun ˌ i-nə-ˌ vā-shən : a new idea, device, or method : the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods
  3. 3. But …. Innovation does NOT always mean Technology. By definition, innovation is not limited to new devices or technology but can also include new ideas and/or new methods
  4. 4. • So innovation in ELT or EFL can be as simple as finding new ways to engage your students in the classroom.
  5. 5. Or use new/ revised/ updated methods of teaching the same material… But using methods that engage the students in ways they were not engaged in before. Bloom’s Taxonomy - revised
  6. 6. • Or new technology introduced into the classroom.
  7. 7. • However, with today’s digital natives innovation often does involve effectively using technology in the classroom in ways that go beyond simply watching youtube videos Innovations class discussion – Ajarn Jintavee – Dec. 20, 2013.
  8. 8. • (not that there is anything wrong with using youtube videos in the class when appropriate).
  9. 9. Education, Consultation, Communication, Partnership, Participation, Extension – It’s ALL Engagement. Engagement theory – James W. Marcum, PhD.
  10. 10. Art, music, video, cartoons and other low tech tools can be used in new and innovative ways to engage the students in learning of new language or improving their language skills. Arda Arıkan, et al. (2010) Contextualizing young learners’ English lessons with cartoons: Focus on grammar and vocabulary: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 5212-5215
  11. 11. It’s all about the students – not about the teaching.
  12. 12. High tech or low tech + engagement = innovation Empirical evidence observed over 16 years of teaching – David Bakewell.
  13. 13. Thank you for taking the time to watch this short presentation. Dave Bakewell for Innovations in ELT class @ Chulalongkorn University – Jan. 31, 2014

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