viernes, 25 de septiembre de 2015

Yesterday's class

Hi there!!

Yesterday we had an interesting class on a fascinating topic: we dealt with learning styles and personality factors. We tried a couple of quizzes to determine your learning styles, we analyzed characteristics of hemispheric dominance, we worked on the questionnaire about Cook's chapter 8...

Next class we'll start with the presentations. It is Andrea's turn. She'll be presenting on strategies and teaching vocabulary, so please read the bibliography on those topics. You'll have the possibility to clear any doubts when Andrea finishes.

viernes, 11 de septiembre de 2015

Yesterday's class


Yesterday we had a very short class because then there was a celebration for Teachers' Day...

We finished dealing with SLA and we started focusing on Learning Styles. Remember I gave you an activity to do on Cook's chapter 8.

Also, we organized the presentations... remember the dates are "likely dates"...

  • 1/10 Teaching Strategies and Vocabulary - Andrea (Oxford chapters 3 and 5, Cook chapter 3, Ur chapters 3 and 5)
  • 8/10 Mistakes and Feedback - Natalia (Brown chapter 8, Ur chapter 17)
  • 15/10 Teaching Receptive Skills - Sabrina (Cook chapter 7, Ur chapters 8 and 10)
  • 22/10 Teaching Productive Skills - Daiana (Cook, chaper 5, Ur chapters 9 and 11)
  • 29/10 Teaching Pronunciation - Marisol (Cook chapter 5)

  1. the presentations should be between 90 and 120 minutes long.
  2. you must use visual aids (usins TIC devices is highly recommended)
  3. you must present some theory and you must prepare practice for your classmates.
  4. you don't need to explain all the theory from the chapters mentioned above; your classmates also have the material, and they must read it.
  5. it's highly advisable to consult other sources
  6. make your class/presentation interesting, lively, entertaining and memorable... do not just read from your slides...
  7. let me know about any doubts you have... in advance!

jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2015

Today's class

Hi again!!

Today we had a new class. We went over key concepts of FLA and we continued discussing SLA. As we did not finish, we are going to use the first twenty minutes of next class to finish dealing with the Innatist Model, two Coginitive Models and a Sociocultural Model.

Also, for next class you have to read about Learning Styles and Personality Factors (Brown chapters 5 and 6 and Cook chapter 8).

Remember it's important to catch up with work, and to attend classes... some of you still have the possibility to promote but for that to happen you must come to class and hand in assignments on time.

Today we already made plans for the first presentation. It will be delivered on October 1st by Andrea and it will be on Teaching Strategies and Teaching Vocabulary. Next class we will finish organizing presentations.... you have to decide whether you want to do it alone or in pairs. The topics to choose from are:
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Teaching Receptive Skills
  • Teaching Productive Skills
  • Evaluation
  • Mistakes and Feedback
Finally, I wanted to share two links we mentioned today: one for the specialization on TIC and the other for a very interesting text on Teaching