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Best practices in using technology in ESL instruction

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Educ 1754 tech in esl new

  1. 1. www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  2. 2. EDUC 1754: Using Technology in ESL American Culture & Language Institute, TESOL Certificate Program Northern Virginia Community College www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  3. 3. Overview • Discuss the types of mobile and webbased technology used in ESL. • Explore the benefits of using technology to engage students. • Share examples of student work. • Complete a 10-minute mini lesson using technology. www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  4. 4. Reflection • What kinds of mobile technology do you use most often? – To relax – To learn – To communicate – To teach • What challenges have you experienced, or anticipate, using technology in ESL instruction? www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  5. 5. Why use technology in ESL? • Promote collaborative and self-directed learning • Provide instruction in digital literacy • Engage students with mobile course content outside of the classroom • Allow students to create, edit, and share their own content • Use devices students use recreationally www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  6. 6. Podcasts • Present authentic, theme-based listening • Bookmark content for later listening • Allow sharing via social networks • Provide an outlet for student-created content www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  7. 7. Podcasts (cont.) • Free podcasts grouped by themes: – www.thisamericanlife.org – www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home – www.cdlponline.org www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  8. 8. Online Courses • • • • Make learning mobile Make learning free! Allow sharing via social networks NOVA on iTunesU: www.nvcc.edu/current-students/technology/itunesu/ www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  9. 9. YouTube • Utilize pop culture familiar to students • Present authentic, theme-based, supplemental listening/viewing • Focus on a specific speech act: describe, debate, explain, sing, etc. • Search, save, and share content www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  10. 10. Blogs • Present authentic, theme-based, supplemental reading • Promote connection to content outside of class • Provide an authentic reason for writing • NOVA blogs: www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/blogs/index.html www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  11. 11. Blogs (cont.) • Free blogging sites: – www.wordpress.com – www.tumblr.com – www.blogger.com www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  12. 12. Facebook • Update students on current departmental news and activities. – www.facebook.com/ACLIManassas • Conduct polls for research. • Post videos or links for students to comment on. • Utilize a familiar environment students use recreationally. www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  13. 13. Facebook (cont.) • Creating a closed Facebook group provides the following benefits to learning: – Foster classroom community. – Collaborate on projects outside of class. – Create a space for students to connect after they return home. www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  14. 14. Texts • Replicate spoken exchanges in writing • Foster collaborative research and information sharing in real time • Organize and share information via hash tags: #edchat, #edtech, #esltech, #esl – https://twitter.com/#!/search/edchat www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  15. 15. Student-Created Content • Encourage greater output: speaking/ writing • Allow space for more negotiation of meaning • Promote self & peer evaluation during viewing • Celebrate student-created content • Provide authentic content for future classes www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  16. 16. Student Examples • Giving Advice – YouTube video as input: http://youtu.be/ozHBcFZIMh8 – Student-created version: http://youtu.be/Lr7klHcB8w4 • Rapping the Benefits of NOVA – YouTube video as input: http://youtu.be/4T1RMuoQnKo – Student-created version: http://youtu.be/-fttmF1Dn-8 www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  17. 17. Space for Peer Review • Peer feedback on student-generated introduction videos: – “Her pronunciation was pretty good. She spoke slowly and clearly.” – “She used eye-contact while she's saying, but it's not often. She still looks at the note.” – “It will help the conversation between the speaker and the listener that is more exciting.” www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  18. 18. Mobile Devices • College apps enable students to: – Look up homework – Complete homework and post on Bb – Communicate with staff – Provide campus-wide information in a mobile format – www.nvcc.edu/future-students/app/index.html www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  19. 19. Put it into Practice • In pairs, choose the following: – One theme: health, economics, science, school, etc. – One type of media to teach the topic: iTunes U, Podcasts, YouTube, etc. – One passive skill (listening/reading) – One active skill (speaking/writing) www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  20. 20. Put it into Practice (cont.) • Combine the media & skills to teach a 10 minute mini lesson. • Teach us something using technology! www.nvcc.edu/workforce
  21. 21. Useful Links • How to blog using Wordpress.com – http://learn.wordpress.com • How to tweet using Twitter – www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/guides/ how-to-use-twitter/writing-your-first-tweet/ • How to create a closed Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/about/groups/ www.nvcc.edu/workforce

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