Monthly Archives: August 2008

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING IN PLAIN ENGLISH

         Social bookmarking is used by thousands of people to cooperate on project exchanges.

         If you are interested in learning how to use social bookmarking at the EFL class, we suggest you reading Godwin’s article in Language Learning and Technology.

         In order to get a general overview of what it is all about, you can also see the following presentation released by Commoncrafts in August last year. Like all their presentations it is easy to follow and understand by intermediate students.

         If your students’ level is not high enough to follow the presentation, you can get it subtitled in different languages through dotSUB (translations) . I hope you enjoy the video!

 

 

SOME TEACHING IDEAS

I have been surfing the web…as usual. That’s where most of my teaching ideas come from today.

I came across a  blog written by a University teacher, Mindy Mc Adams, on Teaching On line Journalism. Her last post, Journalism students’ blogging assignment is really inspiring for the EFL class. She has prepared an assignment for her students which involve 12 weeks’ writing practice. Some ideas that I will follow next year for my Web 2.0. course addressed to intermediate-adavanced students. It is worth reading the comments other colleagues left in order to arrange the task and mark it.

EFL WEB EXPLORER (8) / READING SKILLS (1)

If you are already an intermediate or advanced student and you like reading good literature, you might be a target audience for this site exclusively dedicated to literary work.

Red Room is the online home of many of the world’s greatest writers. It’s a place for the literary community to promote their work, express themselves, and connect with their favorite authors. The Red Room is a site where Teachers, Students and Researchers can get the most reliable author and book information on the web because their content is generated by the authors themselves.

You can see the full list of Red Room authors and even create your own Member Page.

On their “about” page they give us a hint about the site’s name:

“Red Room was named after both a place and a literary tradition. The famous Red Room of the White House is an extraordinary place where revolutionary behavior occurred in a small parlor. For example, when Franklin Roosevelt wouldn’t allow female reporters at his press conferences, Eleanor Roosevelt held her own press conferences at the same time for the women. The conferences were so popular that the male reporters started attending, and the President had no choice but to integrate his press conferences in order to get any attention. A tradition of civilized revolution on behalf of disenfranchised writers is carried on in the modern-day Red Room.

“The Red Room” is also the name of four different literary works of different genres, by very different authors, spanning a century. One of these works, written by H.G. Wells, is about confronting fear itself, alone in a small room-a relevant allegory for writers. Red evokes passion, action, and drama, providing the perfect backdrop for literary creation.

Greetings!

Angeles Hernandez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning- Theoretical backup and class use

 

COLLABORATIVE WORK IN ESL, EFL AND BILINGUAL PROGRAMMES: GLOBAL NETWORKS (1)

iEARN
(International Education and Resources Network, Red Internacional de Educación y Recursos).

This non-profitable organization joins more than 4000 schools from about 90 countries. It offers a common platform for teachers and students to use the Internet to develop collaborative projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. The projects showed on the site must pursue some curricular objectives and give an answer to a fundamental question: How will this project affect life quality in our planet. Resources are available in different languages, including Spanish. http://www.iearn.org/spanish/losproyectos.htm

iEARN Latina: http://www.iearnlatina.org/
iEARN México: http://informaticaeducativa.com/iearn/
iEARN España: http://www.pangea.org/iearn/

WORLDCALL AND OLYMPIC GAMES

This year Asia has gained ground in the arrangement of important events, both at the sports and CALL spheres.

The WorldCALL conference finishes today, while the Olympic Games have just started with a spectacular show where one can feel the scent of multiculturality and the importance of mutual understanding and, hence, language learning.

Greetings to all the Webheads who attended the conference in Fukuoka and I wish the best to the Spanish Olympic Team in Beijing, who are sure to win a good bundle of medals. Go for it!

WEBQUESTS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING

I have already updated the links on my page about the use of webquests in the English class. It is a quick reference guide with some websites where you can get first-hand information about the use of this interesting teaching technique. I would also recommend to have a look at Isabel Perez’s site on this topic (a link on the left-side bar), she read her PhD dissertation on the use of webquests to enhace vocabulary acquisition.

 

Angeles Hernandez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning- Theoretical backup and class use

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY: Special issue on writing

Language Learning and Technology has delivered a special issue on Technology and Learning to write (Vol. 12 n. 2, June 2008).

The articles deal with the influence of Corpus Technology on L2 Academic writing , asynchronous forums in EAP, raising students’ awareness of cross-cultural contrastive rhetoric via an e-Learning course and pedagogical practices and perceived learning effectiveness in EFL writing classes.

As usual, there is an interesting article on emerging technologies related to the topic covered by this special issue, writing. Goldwin Jones points at some technologies which enable students to keep track of their own writing and build a language portfolio.

The software review focus on netTrekker d. i., Thinkronize, Inc., while the book review is on A Practical Guide to Using Technology in Langage Teaching by John de Szendeffy.

You can download it from their site at http://llt.msu.edu/vol12num2/vo12num2.pdf

Angeles Hernandez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning Theoretical backup and class use
Towards curricular integration of ICT in the Foreign Language class