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Peter Lahiff: Going Beyond General English


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Peter Lahiff: Going Beyond General English

  1. 1. Going Beyond General English by Peter Lahiff, Academic Director of Future Learning ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid
  2. 2. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid What’s you most popular product?
  3. 3. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid The good and bad of being general
  4. 4. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid How we describe General English (ENPP?)
  5. 5. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Take out the teacher terms
  6. 6. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Does General English have a method? Classical / Grammar Translation Method - 17th Century on - Own language instruction, grammar rules, vocab. lists, translate texts Direct / Berlitz Method - 1880 on - English instruction, work out the grammar, everyday vocab only Audiolingual / Army Method - 1950s - Imitate and memorise phrases, drilling, vocab in context, no rules given Functional & Communicative Approach - 1960s & 1970s - English instruction, focus on communicative function, interactive tasks; roleplay, interview, group decision, information gap, opinion share, find who
  7. 7. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Is there a trend?
  8. 8. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid What do the headlines say? English plus watersports - Spotlight - Published on 01/03/08 Malta is well equipped to offer more than just general English. ESP in the UK - Spotlight - Published on 02/08/12 While general English language programmes are beneficial, English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses give clients an edge in the world of work. ... … As a number of contributors commented, there is a worldwide demand for ESP courses, as people are becoming more efficient at speaking English from a younger age. International House sees increased demand for specialist courses - Published on 23/05/17 International House World Organisation (IHWO) has observed shrinking demand for general adult language courses balanced by growth in specialist and young learners courses,
  9. 9. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Recent trends
  10. 10. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Becoming more proficient at a younger age
  11. 11. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Gaps in the market? 2014 Student Profile Schools associated with MEI - Insight
  12. 12. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Interesting Developments
  13. 13. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid We need a definition - Let’s check ... Project Based Learning: students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. (Since 1890s) Technology Enhanced Learning: Educational technologies, e-learning, ICT use in classroom teaching, use of interactive learning environments, and learning with technology as opposed to learning by/through technology. (Since the 1990s) Content Integration (CLIL): teaching subject content through a foreign language with the dual aims of students learning that content and, simultaneous, learning the language. (adapted from David Marsh 1994)
  14. 14. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Why so slow?
  15. 15. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid What is the effect size of technology in education? 0.47
  16. 16. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Technology is one of the ingredients - “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick - “There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” – Nancy Kassebaum, U.S Senator - “It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.” – Keith Krueger CEO, The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) - “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” – Dr. Heidi-Hayes Jacobs, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
  17. 17. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Use Technology to do Projects Culture Creativity Collaboration
  18. 18. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Open learners up to a world of content Experience School Subjects in English Integrating content and language learning
  19. 19. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Watch the wash back! Assess and certify what you do.
  20. 20. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Could it work for adults? “Standard General English Courses cover all aspects of the English language including: grammar, usage, reading, writing, listening and speaking.” WHY NOT OFFER? Life skills through English English for Professional communication Foundation for study through English WITH - Authentic “content integrated” topics - Collaborative tasks - Intercultural communication - Project- based approach - Ongoing Developmental feedback (rather than grading) - Learning led, rather than exam led courses. - Technology as a leaner
  21. 21. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Instead of general offer a choice of specific options
  22. 22. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid Any Questions? @lahiffp @flireland