Values for ELT #2 - Work


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Everyone has their own take on work (love, hate, or everything in between). Why is it important? How can I instill it as part of my English class? What are the benefits for our lives, subject, and across the curriculum? Find some answers and ideas here!!

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Values for ELT #2 - Work

  1. 1. Values for ELT Photo: Daily Pleasure / Flickr CC Andrés Ramos To find out the concepts, methodology, style, and sources supporting this series for Values Teaching, check out “Values for ELT: Introduction And Framework” at WORK
  2. 2. Are You Tired of….. … dreams not come true yet? … unfinished business? … just longing to get ahead but going very slowly? Photo: US Library of Congress / Flickr CC Get up and do something!!
  3. 3. What Is Work All about? “Activity that involves physical or mental effort […] something produced by a writer, painter, musician, or other artist; the repairing and building of something.” Macmillan English Dictionary Online “ Activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something; sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary Photo: Greeblie / Flickr CC Now, let’s see work for ELT.
  4. 4. Talk The Talk about Work: • - What do you do (for a living) ? - I’m a… • I’m working (on / for)… • I work (at / for / with)… • I do (something) every (expressions of frequency) • (Just) do it! • I’ve been working on / making an effort /striving to (do something)… • I’ve endeavored to (doing something)... • “Let’s get serious about business” • “I’ll get down to it.” • I’m committed to getting (something) done… • (someone) has / possesses a (not so) good / strong / hard work ethic which enables / encourages (them) to / prevents (them) from… Ways to assist students in practicing this, next! Photo: LetThemTalk by Jennifer / Flickr CC
  5. 5. Walk The Walk towards Work… Along with children: • Engage in creative activities by helping students persist, enjoy the process, and celebrate the finished creation. • Include indvidual or team work with an achievable degree of complexity / challenge, while giving step-by-step instructions and developing problem-solving skills. Teens can also walk this way by… Photo: Santiago / Flickr CC
  6. 6. Photo: Alan Browser / Flickr CC Along with teens: • Prompt discussion on effort or work ethic from a reading, audio file, video, website, anecdote, or prominent case. Then elicit attitudes towards work among them. • Help learners relate work to achievement by rewarding the outcome of a project, community service, or entrepreneurial effort. • Considering students’ skills sets, lead them to coach / assist each other in completing comprehensive tasks. Adults and professionals can go along! Walk The Walk towards Work…
  7. 7. Photo: Mark Interrante / Flickr CC Along with young adults & adults or professionals: • Help them devise new ways to be more effective and efficient in their academic and business lives, experiment with those ideas, and report the results back to class. • Compare own individual and societal beliefs about work to those in other cultures, organizations, or communities, and draw conclusions with action points. A few tricks of the trade to make it happen, next! Walk The Walk towards Work…
  8. 8. Work + ELT Strategies of Cognitive Nature Whole Brain Teaching: Include work-promoting activities that appeal to both brain hemisferes, i.e. sequences + awareness of emotions / mood, or partial facts + 360° perspective. Mutiple Intelligences: Plan work-fostering practice that also develops visual-spatial, logical, mathematical, musical, kinesthetic, etc. skills. Good for the brain! How about language acquisition? Photo: Canadian Youth Delegation / Flickr CC
  9. 9. ESP: Ask students to share perfomance- enhancing techniques in their disciplines and integrate them in (out-of) class language skills practice. Work + ELT Strategies of Linguistic Nature Didactics: Use Scaffolding procedures for class practice on the value of work to help students effectively streamline efforts and achieve results. No, we’re not leaving IT out. See next! Photo: Canadian Youth Delegation / Flickr CC
  10. 10. Mobile Learning: Get students to create scripts, podcasts, or memes with standard mobile / tablet apps. Work + ELT Strategies of Digital Nature Blended Learning: Instant-poll students on attitudes towards work, or use IWB to collaborate on a work-promoting exercise. Gamification: Use scheduling apps to plan / simulate business activity, or city / farm management apps to play and keep a journal on progress. Let’s see how all this connects across the curriculum. Photo: Canadian Youth Delegation / Flickr CC
  11. 11. Work, The Perfect Match for… Photo: Eva García Pascual / Flickr CC • Science: Encourage students during trial & error stages. • Art: Try more challenging techniques for painting, modeling… • Math: Perform larger arithmetic operations. • Physical Education: Set fitness goals and train for them. • Biology / Physics / Chemistry: More demanding experiments. • History: Make timelines, summary tables, comparative analyses. • Literature: Understand and emulate authors’ styles. • Music: Help students practice more complex works. • Extracurricular clubs: Organize and engage in outreach. • Engineering: Achieve efficiency gains for advance deadlines. • Management: Analyze and balance workloads. • Pure / Applied Sciences: Conduct more ambitious research. • Performing Arts: Increase production values. Last but not least, inspiration!
  12. 12. Inspiration from Work “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” Anne Frank Photo: Reza Vaziri / Flickr CC “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” Margaret Thatcher “Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!” Proverbs 22:29 (TLB) Our next month’s value: Initiative
  13. 13. Photo: Claire Lau / Flickr CC More Values for ELT What you’re about to see: Cover slides of the previous and next parts of this series and links thereto.
  14. 14. Values for ELT PERSEVERANCE Photo: Marcos Vasconcelos / Flickr CC Andrés Ramos The first installment of this series, available at Previously
  15. 15. Values for ELT Photo: Kathryn McCallum / Flickr CC Andrés Ramos The third installment of this series, available at INITIATIVE Next
  16. 16. Values for ELT WORK Photo: Daily Pleasure / Flickr CC Andrés Ramos To find out the concepts, methodology, style, and sources supporting this series for Values Teaching, check out “Values for ELT: Introduction And Framework” at