Teen literacy

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The advent of modern technology and a fundamental shift in young people's cognition has created an environment where multi-tasking and instant gratification have become the norm. This session looks at how literacy and writing skills fit into the 21st Century English classroom and how to make these essential skills engaging, meaningful, and fun.
Free seminar for English teachers in BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre

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Teen literacy

  1. 1. Teen Literacy Wesley Matlock © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  2. 2. What is literacy?Literacy has traditionally beendescribed as the ability to read forknowledge, write coherently and thinkcritically about printed material http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  3. 3. B is for ‘ball’,C is for ‘cat’,and then…? © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  4. 4. Ray Charles: ABC Song © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  5. 5. Ray Charles: ABC Song © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  6. 6. Generational Learning Styles Baby Boomers (1946-1964) Generation X (1965-1982)• Teacher-led, formal • Still teacher-driven, but classroom instruction less formal instruction Generation Y (1978-1994) The Millenials (1995-now) • More focus on peer • Born into the ‘modern’ world and ‘active’ learning • Screen oriented learning © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  7. 7. © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  8. 8. A is for… © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
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  10. 10. Reflect on…What kinds of things have you read today?What topics have you read about today? © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  11. 11. Reflect on…The last time I did a lesson focusing on literacy skills was… it went (well/badly) because… © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  12. 12. Consider the differences Kid literacy Teen literacy• Cognitive development • Plenty of literacy• Physical dexterity experience in their L1• Little experience with • More or less mature literacy developmentally What do teensWhat do YLs read on a dailyread on a daily basis? basis? When do they write? © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  13. 13. Consider this…• Why do teens read and write? • Are these reasons motivating? Why/Why not?• What kinds of literacy based activities do teens do in class? • Gist/detail reading, reading aloud, reading together (chants, singing, etc.), following along with the teacher or recording, writing essays, emails, dialogues, lists, etc. Let’s try some activities! © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  14. 14. L/M I/V C/K G/U E/SH/R Alphabet Flip T/WP/O N/D J/ZY/X B/F Q/A © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  15. 15. Carroll’s DoubletsCan you turn a ‘Cat’ into a ‘Dog’?• Cat→Cot→Dot→DogTry some more!• Be sure to ‘Lock’ the ‘Door’• Put the ‘Milk’ into the ‘Pail’• Do you ‘Dream’ when you ‘Sleep’?• People use ‘Wheat’ to make ‘Bread’? © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  16. 16. Literacy Activities1. Find someone who…2. AZ Flip • For each, consider:3. Doublets4. Folded Stories5. Mad Libs6. Shared Stories • Are they effective?7. Online ideas 1. Literal Videos • Appropriate ages? 2. Blogging 3. Dubbing Levels? • Ways to adapt? • How can you extend them? © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  17. 17. 21st Century Learning Skills © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  18. 18. Language-based literacyprint, texting, hyper-linking, multimodal Information-based literacy searching, tagging, filtering, critical thinking Connection-based literacy personal, network, cultural Remix literacy © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  19. 19. Take on me: Literal Video © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  20. 20. So, what’s changing?• The role of the teacher• Information exchange• Homework• Learner Autonomy• The concept of learning © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  21. 21. Main language teaching modes Drip, drip, drip ImmersionMeet a couple times a week and get knowledge from a teacher Send students overseas, enroll in intensive schools/programs © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  22. 22. Today’s classroom teachers need to be prepared to provide technology-supported learning opportunities for their students. Being prepared to use technology and knowing how that technology can support student learning have become integral skills in every teacher’s professional repertoire.http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001562/156207e.pdf For example… © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012
  23. 23. So, what are the challenges? • Lack of training • School enforcing with no clear policy • The haves and the have nots • The role of testing and assessment • E-safety • Digital literacy • The copy and paste approach • Worrying about the tool © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  24. 24. http://neslihan.edublogs.org/category/uncategorized/ © BKC-IH Moscow Teacher Training Centre 2012 BKC-IH
  25. 25. The New Media Literacies BKC-IH
  26. 26. BKC-IH Teacher Training Centre E-mail: t-training@bkc.ru Tel: (495) 2340314 www.bkc.ru

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