Going Beyond Imagination with Skype


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This talk will focus on how the web tool Skype can enhance integration, participation and speaking abilities. We will highlight how it can be put into use in order to get students practicing, and therefore, improve their speaking along with a powerful contextualization that technology can pipe into the classroom and help in terms of integration, motivation and participation.
The Skype project took place with teenagers of Upper Intermediate level from Culturas Rio and Recife. Students undertook tasks on exchanging cultural experiences, which went beyond routine classroom skills and these enhanced their learning experience and comprehension of English.
This project aimed at bridging the gap between two groups from different parts of Brazil through personalized activities and finding out common characteristics they share.

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  • Intro: Get teacher to think talk to each other about skype and get to know how they use it with their students, IF they do.
  • Going Beyond Imagination with Skype

    1. 2. How to get students to speak more? <ul><li>What activities can you do beyond the coursebook? </li></ul>
    2. 3. The Skype project <ul><li>Cultura Inglesa Recife </li></ul><ul><li>9 students </li></ul><ul><li>3 boys / 6 girls </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Intermediate </li></ul><ul><li>Cultura Inglesa Rio </li></ul><ul><li>15 students </li></ul><ul><li>12 girls / 3 boys </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Intermediate </li></ul>
    3. 6. POINT TO CONSIDER Allow your students to choose what they want to work with!
    4. 7. POINT TO CONSIDER Substitute long- and mid-term motivation by creating in SS the immediate desire to do an activity.
    5. 9. Pre-session 1 activity <ul><li>Get-to-know activity </li></ul><ul><li>Students post on the Facebook group their Top 5 bands/singers </li></ul><ul><li>Students comment on other students lists </li></ul>
    6. 10. POINT TO CONSIDER Teenagers are all about “ME”.
    7. 11. Session 1 Discuss other students’ answers - Trivial questions about Rio and Recife.
    8. 12. <ul><li>POINT TO CONSIDER: </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of teachable moments. </li></ul>
    9. 13. Session 2 - Use general questions created by the teachers as input - Talk using ready-made questions and their own questions
    10. 14. POINT TO CONSIDER Always assign something for your students to do!
    11. 15. Session 3 <ul><li>What is true friendship? </li></ul><ul><li>Watch video ‘ What is true love?’ </li></ul><ul><li>Post on the Facebook group </li></ul><ul><li>Use answers as input for discussion </li></ul>
    12. 16. Results <ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Learning beyond the classroom </li></ul>
    13. 17. Possible problems: <ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Mic & cam </li></ul><ul><li>SS talking during the Skype meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Allow extra time </li></ul>
    14. 19. Some ideas: <ul><li>ePals.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to an expert via Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Cultura in Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Same city, different branch </li></ul>
    15. 20. One last thought: “ The greatest mistake (if oral ability is the aim) is for the learner not to speak at all.” Betteridge Wright and Buckby CUP
    16. 21. @brunoELT @ELTbakery www.eltbakery.com www.i-reflect.net