Lexical Approach

This is a summary of the #eltchat which took place on Nov 13 2013. There were only few participants present. For me, it was a bit of an eye-opener. I had heard about the Lexical Approach during my CELTA course, and found at that time it made real sense. But then I somehow never really followed this up, so I gained quite a bit of an insight through all the materials linked to during the chat (and I also realised that I’ve used this in class, just never noticed it would fall under the label of lexical approach).

First, there were some introductory websites:http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/lexical-approach-1-what-does-lexical-approach-look

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/lexical-approach-2-what-does-lexical-approach-look

http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/0102lexical.html

http://eltmarketing.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/thoughts-on-rethinking-grammar/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexical_approach

Following the intro was a debate about to grammar or not to grammar, which ended in agreement that we should cherry-pick from each approach according to our students’ needs.

We then moved on to share ideas about how corpora can be used in the classroom, especially COCA:

http://textivate.posthaven.com/video-tutorials

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/coca/index.html

http://www.etprofessional.com/5_ways_of_using_corpora_to_develop_learner_autonomy_83885.aspx?System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection

http://www.englishprofile.org/index.php/resources/wordlists

Thereafter was a quick discussion of other classroom activities, e.g.

http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~scholp/corptask2.htm (collocation grids)

http://www.onestopenglish.com/support/methodology/grammar-vocabulary-and-skills/grammar-and-vocabulary-teaching-students-collocations/146468.article

http://www.youtube.com/user/vickihollettvideo

http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/radical-idea-what-if-we-stopped-teaching-writing/?utm_content=buffer304dd&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

 Dave Willis was on the forefront of the LA:

http://leoxicon.blogspot.gr/2013/10/dave-willis-lexical-syllabus_4913.html

There is also a ‘flipside’ to the LA (@Marisa_C):

http://www.hltmag.co.uk/mar03/mart1.htm

And this is the transcript: http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/70773371/Lexical%20Approach.

 

ICT skills and the ELT teacher

This is a summary of the #eltchat which took place on October 16. The transcript can be found here: http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/70048128/ICT%20skills%20and%20the%20ELT%20teacher.

Why ICT? ICT is critical for ensuring tasks are current, realistic and relevant to learners (via @adi_rajan). Our learners use it and teachers should use IT to enhance learning, not for the teacher’s convenience. It was said tools are useful when they serve a pedagogical purpose and promote or facilitate learning (via @Shh40Hughes).

Problems: It can be difficult to convince colleagues to make meaningful use of ICT. Often, it’s hard to stay on top of developments, maybe due to a lack of time. There’s also an overwhelming quantity of tools which begged the question should we learn at lot of new tools or make the most of what we have?

Skills: Firstly, we shouldn’t be afraid to use ICT, a basic toolkit is fine, we as teachers need not to be experts. Therefore, however, we mustn’t be afraid to ask for help, perhaps our students :). Being able to find, collect, organize and present information is crucial (via @adi_rajan).

ICT tools can be used for instance for recording, screen-casting, curating, sharing info, discussion set ups or groups  and this is what we came up with during the chat (I added links for some tools):

Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

augmented reality http://pedagoguespet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/how-to-use-augmented-reality-in.html

RIA (Rich Internet Application) http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/ria/

mailVU http://mailvu.com/

Speech Analyzer http://www-01.sil.org/computIng/sa/

voice recording on mobile phones

Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/t/tools-for-creating-materials

pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/

learnist http://learni.st/category/featured

diigo https://www.diigo.com/

mentormob http://www.mentormob.com/beta/splash

Eyejot http://corp.eyejot.com/

Brainshark http://www.brainshark.com/

Moodle http://moodle.org

wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/

edmodo www.edmodo.com

platforms like https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html or https://todaysmeet.com/

MOOCs (eg https://www.canvas.net/courses/digital-tools-for-the-k-12-educator or https://www.coursera.org/course/blendedlearning)

facebook www.facebook.com

Evernote http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/ultimate-simplified-guide-to-use-of.html

And always useful when exploring ICT is Russell Stannard’s website http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

Staging successful speaking activities with large classes

This was the topic of the weekly #eltchat on October 2, moderated by @Marisa_C and @Shaunwilden. What follows is a summary of one hour of productive tweeting. I’m also writing a summary for the first time, so please bear with me.

1) Initial thoughts and lesson-prep:

How large is a large class?

This posed an important and not-easy-to-answer question, with some of the chat participants never having taught classes before.

‘Large is anything you feel is too large to manage I guess’ via @Marisa_C and this perception seems to differ from country to country.

@PatrickAndrews and @MrChrisJWilson pointed out that the size of the room and the layout matter.

2) Problems during the speaking activity and how to deal with them:

Monitoring (@teacherkristina) and Managing T-S interaction (@Penultimate_K)

Could be dealt with by appointing monitors and encouraging peer-correction (@Marisa_C, @jobethsteel, @esolcourse, @BobK99) or by using a role-play approach or theater (@dspeicher27, @esolcourses).

Feedback (@ Shaunwilden)

Using the monitor-approach and having students take notes during the activity (aka ‘spying’), then report back was seen as very effective (@esolcourse, @Marisa_C, @teacherkristina, @BobK99).

3) Beyond the lesson

‘I think so far we have all agreed that you really need thorough prepping and strong class management re ICQs etc as a start point’ via @Marisa_C

‘from my experience, management/task allocation becomes more important’ via @teacherkristina

@louisealix68, @Marisa_C, @jobethsteel and @Penultimate_K suggested to use the classroom as rehearsal and then record students using soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/).

The transcript of the complete #eltchat can be found here:

http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/69553109/Staging%20successful%20speaking%20activities%20with%20large%20classes via @Shaunwilden