Empowering Beginning Language Teachers Through Global Communities of Practice

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Since 2007 a blended course (face-to-face and online) at the University of Connecticut offers beginning language educators the opportunity to explore, apply and evaluate online social networks for language, culture and civilization courses within a framework that capitalizes on collaborative, supportive engagement with peers within, across and beyond institutional boundaries. This presentation highlight the creative-commons licensed course components and open educational resources and explores how others can adapt them for use in their own teaching and learning communities.

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  • Empowering Beginning Language Teachers Through Global Communities of Practice

    1. 1. Empowering Beginning Language TeachersThrough Global Communities of PracticeBarbara Lindsey, Melina Masterson, Claudio Pinna, Carsten Witt University of Connecticut ACTFL 2011 Denver, CO
    2. 2. I am interested in this session because I am:a) a faculty member teaching pre-service teachersb) a pre-service teacher (in training to become a teacherc) an in-service teacher (currently teaching)d) other
    3. 3. Overview• Introductions• Guiding framework• Learning challenges/Learning opportunities• Practical examples• Resources• Q &A
    4. 4. Guiding Framework Photo credit: Gees Bend quilting bee by acnatta http://goo.gl/KV4gu"Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly." Etienne Wenger http://www.ewenger.com/theory/
    5. 5. Learning Opportunities
    6. 6. Collaborative Learning
    7. 7. Our Community of Practice
    8. 8. Local
    9. 9. Connecting Across Campuses
    10. 10. How cana) blogsb) back channelsc) wikisd) social bookmarkingexpand your communities of practice?
    11. 11. Making Global Connections
    12. 12. 21st Century Skills for World Languages In Practice Activity 2
    13. 13. Making It Personal
    14. 14. Action Research
    15. 15. Action Research
    16. 16. Action Research
    17. 17. Assessment
    18. 18. Photo credit: Understanding the concept by dkuropatwa http://goo.gl/VAuPc
    19. 19. How Do These Empower?• Action Research• Open Feedback• Open Questions
    20. 20. Creative Commons Licensed ResourcesDiigo List of Resources: http://www.diigo.com/list/lindseybp/actfl11empoweringPresenters:Barbara Lindsey: http://goo.gl/0E6YoMelina Masterson: http://goo.gl/TfvB8Claudio Pinna: http://goo.gl/8wA4ACarsten Witt: http://goo.gl/tLRxv
    21. 21. Q &A
    22. 22. Our Question For You Photo credit: Gees Bend quilting bee by acnatta http://goo.gl/KV4guWhat one idea presented here could you use to help build and/or strengthen your communities of practice?

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