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ISTEK Schools international ELT Conference -27-28 March 21010
ELT in a Globalized World: Exploring New Opportunities and Meeting the Challenges of Today
!st plenary- ANDREW WRIGHT -
27th March-2010 'Story telling'
*tells stories of golden orioles, Egypt, google Earth, Christmas in trenches
* Stories make nations e.g. Ukraine-trying to create a sense of identity
*'' Whole truth is impossible to tell'
* children create stories instinctly
* Intellectual leg is not enough , we should also have a STORY LEG to stand up on
* USE METAPHORS: The stories we hear make our minds represent our behaviours, principles, perspectives
* 'You are a walking story collection'
WHY STORIES IN CLASS?
* to motivate sts (words+images)
* to improve all skills
* to recycle the language
* to experience the language/ not STUDY it
* to create bonds with sts/teachers-sts/sts
* can be used as a ball for other lessons
LINDSAY CLANDFIELD - Flexible E-leraning
Global- An e-workbook containing interactive material, multimedia material, printable resources and files you can put on a phone or Ipod.
A new adult course frrom Macmillan.
* to maximise learning outside the class
* to encourage learners to assess their own progress
*PSP= not a game console but a PERSONAL STUDY PLAN (a copy as a hard-copy available with me- to be used at the beginning of the course)
2nd plenary - Nicky Hockly- 27th March 2010
' Web 2.0: ICT and teachers'
please visit the link below to download her slides: http://bit.ly/aAn67d
* Today's learner is a 'digital native' who gets bored easily if given hard-copy texts and materials
* shared sts comments : they 'power-down' in class- they find what they do in class less challenging if technology not integrated in the classroom
* differences between Web 1..0 & Web 2.0
(refer to the link at the top for further info)
Benefits of Web 2..0 tools in class
*improves learner/teacher motivation
* real life into the classroom
*access to other countries/cultures= projects with sts
* promotes e-literacy
* free ICT tools
* learner/trainer skills (digital immigrants)
* lack of /very limited computer access
* slow connections
* early adopters only- lack of training
Suggested books and links:
*Marc Pegrum- From Blogs to Bombs
( Online Community of Practice of Teachers and EducatorsPracticing Peace and Professional Development through Web 2.0 and Computer Mediated Communication)
Graham Stanley -e-portfoio
27th March 2010
*the teacher can adopt a more learned-centered approach
* learner preferences can be adapted better
* easy to share work
*for teachers- an ongoing record of professional development (from his abstract)
Useful links to create websites easily
easy blog creator
*http://posterous.com (create your own blog by simply e-mailing the things you want to be published)
3rd plenary-LINDSAY CLANDFIELD
27th March 2010
'Culture, Celebrities and Content in an Era of Global English'
Questions to be answered: 'What kind of 'education' are we getting in language education?'
'Can one teach a language without teaching culture?'
* Culture is a part of a learning a new language- high culture (arts, literature etc). low culture (best friend, relations etc), culture with a capital C (knowledge of /about things), culture with a small c (do I shake hands, what time do they have lunch etc)
****A new culture emerged from media/internet
The Rise of Celebrity Culture
WHY did it occur?
* reality TV showsvs nightly news
* entertainment magazines (went up by 18,7%) vs newspapers (went up by 2%)
* celebrity news( e.g. MJ's death) vs other kinds of news
* celebrity perfumes
* celebrity clothes labels
* perception of celebrities as heroes
*EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS- the number of celebrities used in these materials was 2% in 2000 and 28% in 2005-2006
HOW are they used in Educational materials?
* for cosmetic reasons (they look nice)
* as the subject of the text or a vehicle for language to be learnt (Madona's life)
For practical reasons it's DIFFICULT
* can be out of date easily
LINDSAY worries about celebrity lives changing before coursebooks come out
WHY IS THERE A NEED to learn English?
*the 1980s- Reagan, Thatcher, the market
'British are proud of it'
'You need English to speak to native speakers'
*Late 1990s- Cool Britania, Global, Celebrity culture, reality tv, a hip multicultural Britain, Spice Girls
'You want English to be a part of it'
*The 21st Century- era of info, recognized Global English, new word
It is the best times because....
It is the worst time because.....
-Facts from different sources - sts should be warned about critical analysis of info (which info comes from which source)
LEARN ABOUT ENGLISH
* Global English-A world of material for lessons
David Crystal' Sts should know that there is a variety of usage of English- different accents, dialects, usages etc
To follow Lindsay's tweets,
Suggested reading: ' A thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini
PECHA KUCHA EVENING
27th March 2010 by Lindsay Clandfield
New speakers+ new topics but the rule is: each speaker is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving a total presentation time of six minutes and forty seconds before the next speaker is up.
Here is Lindsay hosting the event and here is Jeremy Harmer doing his pecha kucha -Btw the quality is not that good, sorry :(
We were also at the pecha kucha evening
The first day- 27th March, 2010
added this comment
It seems you attended Nicky's talk...I was just wondering if you noticed that she showed my and my student's blogs! ;)
This is really cool, thanks for recommending it...