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Master Degree in English Didactics Language Learning Resources Instructor: M.A. Diego Fernando Macías Surcolombiana and Caldas University. Neiva-Huila
LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES TASK DESIGN PROJECT YILDA YANETHCABRERA A.
I have been teaching English at R.B.A since 2007. The ICFES exam results in English in the last two years were not satisfactory and in the year 2007 the school was not in a good position related to the other schools in the area and as it is known the institutions and the students are graded according to the these results; Therefore t he principal asked me to prepare the students for this exam, so taking into account that this exam is mostly related to reading comprehension I decided to focus the tasks in this skill. I consider that if I make more emphasis in this ability , I will help my students to improve their English level and in this way they will be at the level required(B1).
The tasks’ develop took place at Ricardo Borrero Alvarez; a public and coed school located downtown that provides education for children and teenagers who belong to the low socio-economic strata (1, 2, 3 in a scale of 1 to 6). It supports the student with mild cognitive limitations, moderate autism and hyperactivity. The Educational Component makes emphasis in the multiple intelligences and the meaningful learning. The school has agreement with SENA and CUN university therefore the curriculum is related with hardware. CONTEXT
The tasks were applied to students from tenth grade. The number of students in the classroom is thirty eight. They take the classes in the afternoon.
Their ages range is between 13 to 19.
Their socio-economical status is between 1 and 2, therefore They belong to poor families with a lot of economical necessities.
The students' preferences are listening to music, play soccer and hang out with their friends.
The students have a very low level of English. They take three hours per week but they took only two hours a year ago.
They have some difficulties related to all the learning skills.
OBJECTIVES OF THE TASKS
Develop students’skills for the real world.
Use authentic readings related with technology and apply the reading comprehension strategies explained by Larry Bell.
Improve the reading ability.
The tasks will take two hours of class.
First, the teacher will ask the students which jobs they know related with computers . They will answer in a varied way .
After that the teacher will show some pictures of people working with computers. They will realize if they mentioned some of them.
Then the teacher will ask them if they know what a teleworker is. It is possible that they will not know the answer.
Next they will read an authentic text related with teleworkers in which they will know that the advantages of computers -internet let these people work in their homes.
Teacher will tell students that they are going to read the text and that they will apply the reading comprehension strategies “UNRAAAVEL” by Larry Bell(they have already worked with it, they know what is it about and there are two posters on the classroom’s walls where is explained the strategy )
Students will follow step by step the strategies.
Finally they will work in pairs and they will discuss about the advantages or disadvantages of been a teleworker.
U nderline title. N ow predict passage. R un through and number the paragraphs. A re you reading the questions?. A re the important words circled (write down their meaning) V enture through the passage . E liminate L et the questions be answered, and write the paragraph # where you found the answers Double check your work IMPORTANT WORDS TO BEAR IN MIND: take into account the words that you find in this way, they will give you useful information. bold , italics, underlined, highlighted, ALL CAPITALS, (in parenthesis), “in quotation marks” , *marked with an asterisk, in a different font or color.
Differents jobs that require the use of computer Task 1. Speaking
TASK 2. Read the text and apply “UNRAAVEL” reading comprehension strategies. Home comforts at work Technological advances have helped us to save time and effort in many areas of life. At work we already appreciate such benefits as computerisation and fast communication via e-mail and satellites. There is now a growing trend towards moving technology into our home and staying there to work. A recent survey in the UK reported that one in five of the working population now spends at least part of the working week at home, “teleworking". But how attractive and feasible is teleworking really? What are the advantages of teleworking? British Telecom, an employer who actively encourages its workers to work from home, claims that people who work from home are up to 20% more productive than those in the office. Having greater control over their working environment means that teleworkers are generally less stressed. A report in 1994 found that teleworkers were considered to be more productive, reliable and loyal than on-site staff. The teleworker saves money on office clothes and on travelling costs (the average office-based worker spends 480 hours per year commuting, the equivalent of 60 working days). The employer saves money, too; one company, Digital, who has one quarter of its workforce teleworking, calculated that the cost of setting up an office at home for an employee, approximately £3,500, was recouped within the first year. And considering the 19.8 billion gallons of exhaust fumes every day produced from commuters' cars, there are also gains for society in general. Why is there a trend towards teleworking? British industry is changing. For instance, screen-based service industries have been replacing the manufacturing industries. There has also been a noticeable shift towards self-employment and people working on short-term contracts. A lot of work is now contracted out to freelance workers. In the USA, environmental awareness has played a role. The US Clean Air Act requires major employers to reduce the number of business journeys staff make into the office. As a consequence, giant companies such as AT&T and IBM have introduced an element of teleworking. Constantly improving technology supports this trend towards teleworking. Thanks to new software coming onto the market, the average PC will be able to automate phone dialling and act as an intelligent information centre for voice messages, electronic mail and faxes. The future Even though there are disadvantages, such as teleworkers feeling isolated, lonely and frustrated, it seems that teleworking is here to stay. Indeed, it has been estimated that by the end of 1997, 2.25 million people in the UK will be working from home for at least three days a week. The figure will reach 5 million by the end of the century.
Reading for meaning- discussion
When you read an article, you can often guess the words you do not know from the context.
Find words or expressions in the article which have the following meanings:
Students will work in pairs and they will discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of been a teleworker. Then they will share their opinions to the rest of the class.
Students liked this text because it was authentic, they learnt about a job that they did not know.
It was related with the topics they work in SENA(hardware)and CUN university (business).
The vocabulary was not difficult.
They applied a strategy that they have already worked with.
It was a good topic for discussion because it allowed students to share their points of view and to know what are their plans for their future, if they think to work with computers or not.
The students are not fluency enough in speaking so the participation was not satisfactory.
Bell Larry. “My friends, somebody needs you ”. Larry Bell Educational Consultant, Speaker & author . March 2007 http://www.larry-bell.com/teacher_ workshops.asp “ Home conforts at work “. Marcusevans Linguarama. Alton UK, 1992-2000. http://www.linguarama.com/ps/reading.htm Sokolik, Maggie.”Computers in Language Teaching” Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. 3 rd . Ed.Marianne Celce-Murcia. New York: Heinle &Heinle-Thomson Learning, 2001.447-88. “ Componente Pedagogico “ Proyecto Educatico Institucional de la Institucion Ricardo Borrero Alvarez. 2004.