Schlagwort-Archive: ESP

Gouda – Day 2

Day 2 was a long and exciting day, and the beginning of the actual conference. We had our first keynote on “ Social Media and Career Development“ in the aula at Antonius College.

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Johann Allers, and old journalist-turned-educator from South Africa told us about his youth in SA and how it shaped his future. It was amazing to see „an old guy“ so much in favor of new media, and he is a strong advocat of using the social media to make choices for oneself and one’s life. He made me laugh, when he presented to us a quote by Douglas Adams.

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things

The essence of his key note was that we have to teach kids from a very early age on social media, its potential and also dangers.

Another very important thing I’ve been taught was the difference (yes, there is a difference) between Holland and the Netherlands. The video is very entertaining, so I’d like to share it with you:

I attended three workshops, one of them dealt with the esp project „The image of the other„, a letter project for schools about getting to know the others. It’s really convenient, because at the website you can find the lesson plans for several languages (English, French…).

Next workshop was by my cool nerdy colleague from Gouda/Rotterdam. In his prezi he showed us what tools he uses. I like the fact that he teaches his kids whenever they have a problem with someone on twitter/facebook/… make a screenshot. I never thought about that, but that’s what I do as well. It just never occurred to me that this would be a very good for my students to do when they are in trouble. Of course, he showed us some geek tools as well – the list is long, but I definelty have to give 7scenes a go. A program that lets you create really cool city quests.

The next workshop was my own. It was a little bit short notice, but I think I did ok. I talked about ICT projects I did in the past, and some tools I can recommend. So basically I talked about what I can best. Encourage digital immigrants to try out things which digital natives do in the classroom.

Of course the conference is not only about the workshops, we also compare our systems to each others, this will be a new article, I guess.

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Gouda – Day 1

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Last night I have arrived in Gouda, NL for the 27th ESP conference and I’m right in the middle of our first day, the so called contact seminar. In small groups we make first contact with educators from other schools (mainly Denmark…. ) and develop ideas for new international projects, e.g. „Fred Fridge Travelling“. Oh, and stupid me suggested to do a talk on innovative ICT and the ESL classroom on Saturday. Fair enough, it’s a working conference and I love any minute of it.

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Day 6 -Veijle

By now, I know my way around school. I find the staff room, know where I can get food, where and when to go to my classes and in the staff room I feel no longer observed – normality starts to settle in and that helps. Observing lessons is getting easier as well, a lot of things I observed during the last couple of days are still valid, so I take less notes during the classes.

I joined a year 8 for geography and English. (by the way, the Danish school system cheats… They start with Year 0, so year 8 equals our year 9 and in total they have 13 years of school (!!!!)) The students brought their laptops to class, but some of them simply used it for twitter or watch little YouTube videos about car crashes (that was not the topic). The lesson itself was basically a PowerPoint presentation, and after 25min the students were asked to read the script to the PowerPoint presentation. The teacher felt that it would help students to remember new key words such erosion. Hmmmm… I really doubt that this helps. The English lesson however was really good. The children are in the process of writing their own fantasy story. In groups they deal with theoretical texts about fantasy, had to come up with a map of their fantasy land, thought about how to get in and out of the fantasy world, made their own good hero and tomorrow they will continue with their evil enemy. All the worksheets are provided online on the class‘ website, so there’s no paper 🙂
The whole project will last 6-8weeks and at the end they have to write their own fantasy stories individually. The teacher divided the class in 4 different houses (Slytherin, Gryffindor, Racenclaw and Hufflepuff) and the students get points for presentations, posters… Points can also be deducted for bad behavior or talking Danish in class. The students liked that – yet the teacher told me that this was not a good thing to do.m
Anyway, I liked the whole set up of the lessons and I was wondering if it is such a good idea to have school books or if it wouldn’t be much more fun to do more projects like fantasy stories in year 8 or Olympics in year 6. I haven’t seen any grammar lessons, haven’t seen any vocabulary work… Nevertheless the kids grammar is definitely alright, they produce texts, can talk and understand a lot. In my English lessons I do project work, but more in year 9+ or mini-projects of one lesson – maybe I could skip one or two lessons in my book and do project work/cooperative learning instead, it would still be in line with the curriculum, so…

Oh, and about talk in the staff room… The teachers over here where shocked, that I couldn’t really be fired. Their first question was always, what about bad teachers… =)

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Show me your house – A students review

Ein paar Kinder aus unserer Klasse filmtn ihr Haus oder ihre Wohnung, dann schickten wir unsere Videos nach Dänemark und die Dänen schickten uns ihre „Show me your House“-Videos. Die schauten wir dann voller Freude im Unterricht an und Sylt fest, dass die Dänen sehr schöne und teilweise große Häuser hatten.

Two weeks later we had a „Skype“-session with the Danish class. We asked them a lot of questions, e.g. how many students are in your school.
We had a lot of fun, we laughed a lot, the boys and girls are very funny!

Julian H., 6f

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The 27th ESP conference has been announced

The 27th ESP conference will be held form March 6th to 14th, 2013 in Gouda, The Netherlands.
Let’s hope my boss allows me to go there… If not, I might need to end up as one of the speakers, so I better start with some awesome ICT project, maybe linked with Outdoor Learning. That sounds like fun. 😀

For more information, click here

Soeben wurde die 27. ESP Konferenz angekündigt, sie soll vom 6. – 14 März in Gouda, Holland stattfinden. Ich will da hin. Und falls mein Chef mich da nicht hinlässt – jaja, ich weiß, viel fort und ein bisschen Bildung…- dann muss ich mir was einfallen lassen, und vielleicht doch selber einen Workshop anbieten? Das wäre ja eigentlich über-nasty 🙂 

Weitere Information gibt es hier (auf Englisch)

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Job Shadowing Vejle

In August 2012 I  will visit a school in Denmark for a week. The school is in Vejle and I’m already looking forward to meet Marianne and Lorne again. I’ve met the two of them durin the ESP conference in Haugesund, and it’s been very inspiring. I expect to meet a very different school, and to get lots of new insights on how to teach.

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