I planned two activities based on some “Going Webby course” ideas. The first one was an online activity which the sts wouls create their own cartoons. You read it well guys, the www.zimmertwins.ca is an awesome website for alowing sts to use reading and writing skills. This activity was designed for my tep 2 and tep 4 groups but you can use for adults as well. There goes the email I sent to my sts (you can borrow it as you please).
The next is a project in which can take the whole semester. We (my sts and me) had a survey about what was the best way to keep sts producing written texts online. They voted for a group in Google groups ( www.googlegroups.com) so I did. Here goes the project:
Any suggestions? improvements? ideas? Just let me know. 🙂
|Title:||Our first webgroup|
|Aim:||By the end of the semester Sts will have:
– practised off-class activities related to reading and writing.
– had opportunities for developing creativity through various activities.
|Time:||the whole semester|
|Age group:||Teenagers to adults|
|Level:||Pre-intermediate levels to upper levels|
|Syllabus links:||The activities will be connected to the topics of every lesson|
|Instructions:||– The T will decide with sts their online server for their webgroup: exs: ning, google groups etc;
– The T will create an account in one of the servers they chose, make a welcome page and the first activity will be an introductory page where sts will write about themselves;
– The written activities can be for all the group at once or for a group of sts (like producing a text in group so the others will have the chance to comment);
– Some tasks will make sts get used to the webgroup, such as creating a new topic, giving a reply or adding a new link;
– The activities can include forum discussions around a polemical topic, webquests, the T can put a quotation so sts can discuss about it, etc.
– There should be a page for sts suggestions for websites, youtube videos, etc.
|Materials:||– Internet available (for the T and for the Sts);
– Multimedia center for the sts who do not have computers;
– An account created in any webgroups available online.
|Additional comments:||– For this project it feels the necessity of discussing some nettiquete attitudes, as well as how sts will be benefited from these online activities.|
Cambridge Celta 2010 in Recife, Brazil
When will the course take place?
From Monday 4th January to Friday 29th January, 2010.
At Cultura Inglesa, Recife (Rua Mamanguape, 411 – Boa Viagem)
How much will it cost?
The investment for the course is R$ 2.250,00 (payable in six installments of R$ 375,00 via post-dated cheques). Besides this, there is a Cambridge course assessment fee of R$ 350,00 (payable to UCLES, due on the first day of the course).
Fee for overseas candidates: US$ 1,350 + US$ 200 Course assessment fee (Total: US$ 1,550)
How can apply for the course?
There is an application form that may be downloaded from the web (click here to download this file) Once filled in, you may forward it to the Main Course Tutor (Dominic Walters, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax it to the Cultura Inglesa +55 (81) 33271910).
How can I arrange for an interview if I do not live near Recife?
In cases where it is not possible to arrange face-to-face interviews, the applicant may make arrangements with the course tutors to be interviewed by phone. Once a candidate applies for the course, the course secretary will contact the applicant to arrange a convenient time for this interview.
Will I get any help in finding accommodation?
The course Secretary will try to help candidates find accommodation somewhere near the school. The usual type of accommodation chosen by candidates are bedsits or flats available in the area. The earlier he is contacted about your interest on the course, the more choices of accommodation you are likely to have. (his e-mail: email@example.com .)
Who should I contact to ask to make any other enquiries about the course?
Dominic Walters, the course Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the closing date for applications?
October 16, 2009.
When I think I´ve found all the best things on the internet I discover “Teaching English”, a website by the British Council. It was introduced to me by Ana Falcão through her lovely course “Going Webby” and I am inviting you do a “Test Drive” with me:
– The Interface:
The interface is simple and intuitive. The Opening page leads you to the highlights for the ones who do not have time to waste. In some clicks you can find what you want!
– Going deeper:
Ok, you enjoyed the website and would like to be part of the community: Go for it and Join in! But remember: This is web 2.0, pals, so once a member, you are invited to contribute with the website as long as it was made by and for teachers, just like our WEBLOG!
I can say that here we can find the ‘hands’ of the website. in ‘try’ session the user will find useful production from other users and try them in class to give some feedback. It is the most pragmatic session of the website.
In ‘Think’ the user is invited to reflect upon the methodologies and practices; It´s the ‘brain’ of the website.
In “Talk” the user joins in blogs, forums and polls to discuss the various topics related to efl; It´s the ‘mouth’.
In ‘transform’ the user will get to know how to develop as a professional or help others to; It´s the ‘soul’.
There are many other features in this website, just take your time and join in this community which has a huge potential.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: the Cultura Inglesa embromation video.
Really amazing how that bloke ‘enrollates’ so well! =D