50th Anniversary
Conference
Biodiversity in ELT
22nd
October 2010
English360 - classroom and
learning diversity
for the
21...
Create an
online learning
course...
Customise coursebooks for face-to-
face class and learning ecosystems...
Web-enhanced learning anywhere,
anytime…
Liven homework up...
Prepare learners for real-life tasks
Respond to learner needs and diverse
learning styles
Blended learning
360° philosophy
Teacher
Publisher
Student
School
Business
World
Copy CUP content into your course…
Add your own content…
What is biodiversity?
Language Links Elementary
Fill-in-the-Blanks
Adapt Web resources…
Business Presentations in English
Incorporate
learner content…
Business Presentations in English
Keep everyone on the same page
Business Presentations in English
Incorporate authentic materials…
The new web is a platform....
where we all work together to create, share, discuss, learn.
• Tags
• Page comments
• Learner/Teacher
Feedback
• Course forums
Collaborate and communicate
Networking, feedback, commen...
Diversify your courses
Join us www.english360.com
Thank you!
www.english360.com
English360 - Classroom and learning diversity International House
English360 - Classroom and learning diversity International House
English360 - Classroom and learning diversity International House
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The English360 web-based learning platform is easy-to-use and takes a revolutionary approach to materials development, course design and delivery. English teachers can deliver out-of-the-box courses or tailor personalised learning programmes to respond efficiently to wide-ranging learner needs, diverse learning styles, contexts and classrooms.

This presentation will look at practical ways of:

benefitting from the use of learning technologies and new media;
taking teachers’ own lesson plans, activities and resources, and combining these with Cambridge content to deliver versatile blended learning programmes using a revolutionary learning platform;
focusing on, and seamlessly integrating, learner-generated material with relevant authentic resources;
embracing new roles and effectively using a range (open or private) communication channels to support and extend language learning beyond the physical classroom;
using time-saving administrative functions such as class scheduling and attendance recording, and easy monitoring of learner progress and results;
addressing common challenges faced when guiding learners towards achieving their personal objectives.

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  • welcome
    bio – teaching
    how many of you think using technology is about as complicated as the title of my talk today?
    honestly, it’s not!!
    who sends emails?
    who creates Word documents?
    if you can do these things, then you can use English360 just as easily – no need for technical expertise.
    title: redefine –
    ** how teachers can quickly and easy create courses by combining activities and tasks of their choice from a broad range of CUP ELT titles with lesson content they have created themselves.**
    am here today to say there’s a new way we can do this.
    NOT HERE!!! Q: what resources do you currently use in the classroom? Any internet?
    Q: when did you last use the Internet yourself / what for?
  • English360’s been developed to make it easier for you to put together a personalised course for your learners, selecting activities from over 30 CUP titles, currently, with your own lessons.
    so, what is English360?
    English360’s an online learning platform.
    provides ‘tools’ for you to choose from to help you create and deliver courses to suit your teaching context and learners, as well as an online filing cabinet that contains resources you can quickly access, edit and add to
    can also track learners’ progress
    as said before, doesn’t require technical knowledge or that you download any software.
    a wide range of content types – not just texts and pictures, but also video, audio, links to websites, pdfs and interactive activities.
    English360 originally promoted to BE/ESP teachers, due to teaching background of Cleve Miller, the founder, but it can be used for general English teaching, too.
    many on the team are teachers – I personally have more experience of teaching general English, but some of my colleagues have a mainly BE or ESP background.
  • we can far more easily and immediately provide distance learners with materials (no more postage costs or books getting lost in the post!!)
    speeds up the process of learners submitting work for us to review, too
    enables us to keep an automatically-retained digital record of everything that our learners have done
  • @@@@@DELIVERY@@@@@
    English360 provides you with CHOICES as to how to deliver course content:
    high-quality printouts of all course content can be given out in class
    with access to the Internet, we can reduce the labour-intensive process of supplementing course books with ‘cut and paste’ worksheets.
    can provide our learners with consistently professionally-presented handouts
    handouts can be revised, added to, re-sequenced at any point
  • these new digital tools enable us to bridge the divide between the classroom and independent learning beyond the classroom
    for homework and provision of supplementary materials
    freeing up F2F classes for skills development (speaking) and completion of performance-based tasks
  • at English360, we are teachers who have devised the platform for teachers.
    How to create courses?
    we believe in collaboration with others (publishers, independent authors, colleagues, your learners) to enable the courses you develop to be highly customised to meet your learners’ needs efficiently and effectively, and to benefit from resources that others may have created that can either be used as they are, or customised for your learners
  • rather than working towards generalised goals, prepare learners for tasks that they will be required to perform, either within their company, their forthcoming studies or a post that they are being trained up to fill.
    base activities around genuine materials provided by the company or educational establishment the learner belongs to
  • just reflect for a minute on why we’re all here – for our learners – at the heart of everything we do
    “All ELT is ESP”
    learners at the centre, in all contexts (BE, GE, ESP; school/uni students, businessmen, professionals or job hunters)
    so whilst there may be a common thread in terms of a shared objective (school exams, professional training, personal interest/development, focussing on a particular skill), each learner’s needs are particular to them
    role of the teacher?
    paradigm of Teacher as “facilitator of learning”
    teachers can, of course, ‘teach from the front’, but in my own experience, I’ve found it hugely motivational when learners have taken increased responsibility for directing their own learning (experiential and authentic, etc)
    learners take more ownership of the learning process
    be guided by our learners - establish learners’ needs > select most appropriate content and method of delivery (to suit individual learning styles / commitments / time frame, etc)
  • Best of both worlds – combine them in one place, on English360
    CUP content and own lesson plans
  • there are many more sources from which we can and do pull in content from variety of sources – current, has currency with learners, too (= motivating) as is relevant to them
    fresh, flexible and dynamic
    addressing the needs of each individual learner
    working together with colleagues
  • there are many more sources from which we can and do pull in content from variety of sources – current, has currency with learners, too (= motivating) as is relevant to them
    fresh, flexible and dynamic
    addressing the needs of each individual learner
    working together with colleagues
  • Another example of a page of content from the Cambridge English for Nursing course.
    English360 means we can do away with the scissors and glue, cutting and pasting to make worksheets, and photocopying repeatedly for our learners.
  • Another example of a reading activity from Cambridge English for Nursing on English360 – using text/image as stimulus for discussion
    On this scale, using English360 would rate a ‘0’ on the pain threshold!
  • REPLACE OR CORRECT WRONG ANSWERS SO THAT THEY’RE RIGHT!!!!!
  • demo
  • drawing on all of these sources, we can provide highly personalised materials to our learners, targeting each individual’s needs, and helping them to achieve their specific learning objectives, whether this is in media, medicine, education or nursing, for example.
  • at English360, we are teachers who have devised the platform for teachers.
    How to create courses?
    we believe in collaboration with others (publishers, independent authors, colleagues, your learners) to enable the courses you develop to be highly customised to meet your learners’ needs efficiently and effectively, and to benefit from resources that others may have created that can either be used as they are, or customised for your learners
  • English360 - Classroom and learning diversity International House

    1. 1. 50th Anniversary Conference Biodiversity in ELT 22nd October 2010 English360 - classroom and learning diversity for the 21st century
    2. 2. Create an online learning course...
    3. 3. Customise coursebooks for face-to- face class and learning ecosystems...
    4. 4. Web-enhanced learning anywhere, anytime…
    5. 5. Liven homework up...
    6. 6. Prepare learners for real-life tasks
    7. 7. Respond to learner needs and diverse learning styles
    8. 8. Blended learning
    9. 9. 360° philosophy Teacher Publisher Student School Business World
    10. 10. Copy CUP content into your course…
    11. 11. Add your own content…
    12. 12. What is biodiversity?
    13. 13. Language Links Elementary Fill-in-the-Blanks
    14. 14. Adapt Web resources… Business Presentations in English
    15. 15. Incorporate learner content… Business Presentations in English
    16. 16. Keep everyone on the same page Business Presentations in English
    17. 17. Incorporate authentic materials…
    18. 18. The new web is a platform.... where we all work together to create, share, discuss, learn.
    19. 19. • Tags • Page comments • Learner/Teacher Feedback • Course forums Collaborate and communicate Networking, feedback, commenting - human interaction
    20. 20. Diversify your courses
    21. 21. Join us www.english360.com
    22. 22. Thank you! www.english360.com
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