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Beyond the Four Skills

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Presentation for Mextesol D.F. Regional Convention, 2010

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Beyond the Four Skills

  1. 1. Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the 21st Century<br />Beyond the Four Skills<br />Diana Jones<br />
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  5. 5. The World is Flat<br />Release 3.0<br />by Thomas Friedman<br />
  6. 6. 21st Century Skills<br />
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  8. 8. Web 1.0<br />Learn about something.<br />Others are experts.<br />Information is static.<br />Language output is for teacher and grade.<br />The Internet is a place to “look up stuff.”<br />
  9. 9. The four skills<br />
  10. 10. Fundamental problem?<br />
  11. 11. Our learners are surrounded by technology<br />Credit, David Julian<br />
  12. 12. In the 21st century, learning a foreign language is about making connections and associations from one skill to the next. <br />
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  16. 16. If Facebook were a country, it would have nearly 500,000 citizens. This would make it the third largest country in the world:<br /> China 1,377,700,000<br /> India 1,181,263,000<br />Facebook 500,000,000<br /> USA 309,345,000<br />
  17. 17. Why are you studying English?<br />Because I need to pass an exam.<br />Because I want to communicate in English.<br />Because it’s a requirement for work.<br />Because it’s part of the curriculum.<br />Because it’s interesting and fun – and I enjoy it!<br />
  18. 18. Students want their voices to be heard!<br />
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  21. 21. Media: YouTube<br />Publishing and Sharing: Blogger YouTube<br />Research: Google Google translate<br />Reading: Google books<br />Collaboration: Google docs<br />Communication: Blogger Gmail Google groups Google wave<br />Geography: Google earth Google maps<br />
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  24. 24. Listening /viewing … and …<br />
  25. 25. From text to speech<br />
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  27. 27. From Text to Electronic Speech<br />
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  29. 29. Students’ voices<br />
  30. 30. Image & Speech<br />
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  32. 32. Pronunciation<br />
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  34. 34. Animation & Subtitles<br />
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  37. 37. Videoconferences<br />
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  39. 39. Blogs<br />
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  41. 41. Introducing Blogging<br />
  42. 42. How can I write a great blog comment?<br />
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  46. 46. Technology is not a choice. It’s not here to help you teach in a traditional way. It has created a completely new environment. It opens doors to opportunities. <br />The 21st century calls on students to be multi-lingual and multi-cultural. Students need to work in teams, find information, communicate it, and solve problems with it. It’s a great world for learning!<br />
  47. 47. We no longer need to be experts (“geeks”) to incorporate technology in our classroom.<br />
  48. 48. Our classrooms …<br />may have limited autonomy and resources, but their possibilities are unlimited. We can:<br />instill curiosity<br />engage and excite learners<br />create opportunities for learning <br />
  49. 49. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting students working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.<br />Bill Gates<br />
  50. 50. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.<br />Albert Einstein<br />
  51. 51. No excuses:<br />I don’t know enough about technology<br /> If you can use e-mail, save a Word document and open a Facebook account, you can handle most Web 2.0 tools.<br />I don’t have time<br /> Start with one tool. Work with it for one month – or even two. Then start with another.<br />I’m too busy<br /> These tools will save you time.<br />But I’m too old<br /> Ha-Ha!<br />
  52. 52. Thank you!<br />Diana Jones<br />

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