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Teaching Speaking Online TESL 2014


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Language teaching is changing faster than gasoline evaporates. Follow one ESL teacher's career from the classroom to cyberspace using a customized speaking program, LinkedIN and Skype.

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Teaching Speaking Online TESL 2014

  1. 1. Teaching Speaking Online TESL Ontario Judy Thompson
  2. 2. Technophobe’s Journey to Online Teaching • LINC, Peel Board, Sheridan College… • Speaking specialty • Developed some materials • Posted a LinkedIn profile • Trend Business School in Brazil – had a program • Got hired all over the world – my own program • Teach executives online
  3. 3. Agenda 1. Basic Technology 2. Assessment and Program Content 3. Online Market/|Marketing
  4. 4. Tools of a Technophobe • Audacity – free voice recognition software recorder that shows amplitude • Skype – free voice, text & video sharing software • Dropbox – free cloud stored/shared files • Pamela – 90$/year Skype recording program • Otterwave – 10$ app voice recognition amplitude and individual sound assessment
  5. 5. Audacity
  6. 6. Skype Screenshot
  7. 7. Otterwave Screenshot
  8. 8. The Content is the Thing Coaching vs. Teaching Teaching is traditional, broad and forgettable – lots of information they can’t remember or use Coaching is customized, razor sharp and starts where the student is and takes them where they need to go - you get paid a lot more Get a niche and be the best at teaching it.
  9. 9. X Ray of the Fracture
  10. 10. Cry Wolf Diagnostic Passage Date: ___________________ Reader’s Name: ___________________ Listener’s Name: ___________________ Cry Wolf Once upon a time, a lonely shepherd boy sat watching his sheep. Nothing unusual ever happened on that quiet hillside, so the boy decided to play a trick on the townspeople. He cried, “Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!” The villagers ran up the hill armed with sticks to drive the wolf away. There was no wolf. Everyone was angry that the boy was just pulling their leg, but the boy enjoyed his little joke. The next day he cried, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is eating the sheep!” Again the villagers ran to help. The boy laughed at them. On the third day, a big hungry wolf attacked the sheep. The terrified boy screamed for help, but no one came. The wolf ate all the sheep. The boy realized too late the importance of telling the truth. Comments:
  11. 11. You Are Here
  12. 12. Pattern Teaching Techniques 1. Unteach – Remove blocks that aren’t real 2. Only teach what is missing for each individual 3. Anticipate issues from first language and use appropriate exercises 4. Leave them with HW and real world examples 5. Shift from teacher’s responsibility that they learn – to theirs 6. It’s very fast, 10-15 hours for the complete program
  13. 13. The Color Chart is Loaded • Vowel sounds in an easy logical format • Bridge to pronunciation from spelling • Access to spelling from listening • Priority - All vowel sounds are NOT equally difficult they’re missing short vowels and Purple • Word stress dictates the word color • Linking is in the letters
  14. 14. Words The single most important feature of English • Stress-based language • Accents don’t matter • Use their names first Every word in English is a color on that one page.
  15. 15. Sentences • Some words are important and some are not • Grammar doesn’t matter when you are speaking • Grammar words are reduced to tiny grunts * Wolves Eat Sheep
  16. 16. Clear, Powerful Demonstrations WOLVES EAT SHEEP The WOLVES EAT SHEEP The WOLVES EAT the SHEEP The WOLVES will EAT the SHEEP The WOLVES have EATen the SHEEP The WOLVES will have EATen the SHEEP
  17. 17. Understand your Topic Deeply Linking is for better listening skills, they don’t have to do it themselves. 1. Consonant Consonant bus _ stop bu stop 2. Consonant Vowel turn _ off tur noff 3. Vowel Vowel go _ away go waway
  18. 18. Expressions Conversation works because of: • Context • Collocations • Conventions Expressions and humor are marks of fluency.
  19. 19. Marketing • Who has money to pay for an expert and no time for English lessons? • Make graduated proposals – levels of content Budget, Standard, Deluxe and outline clearly what the client can expect • LinkedIn provides a world of possibilities for experts who make a difference quickly • Flesh out your profile and join groups • HR hires your niche for their bottom line
  20. 20. Big Finish for-2014-you-need-to-know In 2011, it was estimated that about $35.6 billion was spent on self-paced eLearning across the globe. Today, e-Learning is a $56.2 billion industry, and it's going to double by 2015. Teach what no computer can teach (905) 757-1257