Archiv für den Monat November 2012

Web 2.0 & the ESL classroom

The prezi

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The flipping has begun

A couple of months ago, I already mentioned the concept of the flipped classroom. Here’s a great map . And i’m really giving it a go now. Hooray. Together with Konni, a very cool trainee at my school, I went trough all the course material of the unit we’re going to flip. (English G 21, A4  -Unit 2) At first it seemed like we’re only adding things to the curriculum but all of a sudden everything worked out just fine.

We’ve decided to put a clear focus on oral communication, which means the students will talk a lot. The will talk a lot in English. Most of the tasks involve watching videos on Thanksgiving and the first settlers, but there are also some fun videos, e.g. Sesame Street. We’ve also manage to flip the grammar bits of the unit, eg. we’re using songs to repeat the grammar. So at the moment, it seems like we’ll have a hell of a great lesson plan and Konni and I don’t have to make fools of ourselves, because before the started actually working on the unit, I’d feared that we have to make many movies ourselves. That’s just not true. There’s a lot of great material out there, we simply compile it and, okay, there will be the odd video staring us…

I hope that the flipped classroom doesn’t put a burden on the kids, but that they benefit from the time they work together with their peer. I expect their fluency and accuracy to improve over the course, they should gain confidence talking English. They should also learn to respect the feedback of their learning buddies and not rely solely on the feedback of their teachers. *mental note to myself… maybe i should add a self-evaluation at the beginning and the end of the unit*

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