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From blackboard to virtual world

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From blackboard to virtual world

  1. 1. A journey through changes in <br />English language Learning<br />
  2. 2. We had fun, we learned a lot, <br />took & passed exams<br />A bit silly too!<br />My first students!<br />Facilities were basic<br />
  3. 3. Things didn’t change very much<br />
  4. 4. Ooh! New technology! Green boards – with the roller kind more content was visible<br />cleaner<br />easier to write<br /> no more broken chalk!<br />
  5. 5. White boards! – colour coding!<br />Language labs – we all felt like airline pilots!<br />All my student teachers were dab hands with an Ohp!!<br />New Technology<br />Student experiences <br />not so very different<br />
  6. 6. In the 1990s things began to fall apart <br />
  7. 7. Workloads got heavier<br />Spending got leaner<br />Language training decisions made in house<br />‘International English’ resulted in a reduced need for learning<br />
  8. 8. Frustration for both teachers and ‘students’<br />
  9. 9. The Millennium Student<br />
  10. 10. Lessons go from 2 hours to 90 or 60 minutes<br />From once a week to whenever it can be fitted in<br />Homework almost impossible<br />
  11. 11. Many stuck at post FCE level – yet need more<br />
  12. 12. I want to learn<br />I want to teach<br />Can we work something out?<br />I’m too busy to have regular lessons<br />I have the language expertise<br />There is a lot of ‘dead time’<br />We have computers with internet access<br />We have mobiles and Skype<br />Let’s find a way!<br />
  13. 13. How to create an effective online space?<br />Interactive, collaborative<br />activities<br />Extra grammar exercises <br />for individual learning<br />Lots of new vocabulary<br />Robust exercises<br />Lots of variety<br />Challenges!<br />Fun things!<br />Things they can get <br />their teeth into<br />Independent learning<br />activities<br />What are the things that students enjoy and learn best from?<br />Can we do this effectively online?<br />
  14. 14. My solution!<br />
  15. 15. Grammar<br />Business Exercises<br />Reading<br />Skills Exercises<br />Vocabulary<br />Listening<br />Writing<br />
  16. 16. Poetry<br />Messaging, chat networks<br />Wiki<br />Short stories<br />Other Language Activities<br />Blogs<br />Interactive Games<br />
  17. 17. Finding the right business model<br />Free space<br />Individual subscription<br />Joint venture<br />Organisational & school<br />licence<br />Partnership<br />Revenue share<br />Franchise<br />Flexibility<br />
  18. 18. What to do about Speaking?<br />Many of our students were in the UK<br />They use English at work<br />Less relevant to non UK<br />Advanced students <br />probably ok<br />Too many excuses!!<br />Not good enough!!<br />A blended approach<br />We offer face-to-face too<br />The solution – Skype – using Gapfillers material<br />
  19. 19. Comfortable in our technology skin<br />
  20. 20. Student Karma<br />

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