Ideas for Applying the Edulinc Courseware (from Stage 2)
Ideas for using the courseware from Stage 2 participants. (Refer to the original "Ideas for Applying" glossary In Stage 2 to see who the contributor was.)
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TedEd is a site where you can build a lesson around any ted ed video
I also use a wiki site and I find it very useful for the students to have quick links to sites that may be useful and informative. An example would be to add specific links from Government Canada in the Employment section for creating a resume or cover letter. Many of my students are currently looking for work in Canada but this topic is not specifically covered in their progressions for their Employment unit. This would give them an opportunity to access the information needed to write a good resume and cover letter and for me to assist them in achieving 'real-world' tasks in their learning. It also helps fill in the gaps in some topics where we may not have the time to work on specific skill development.
Following a few lessons we spent talking about locations and giving directions around Toronto, I created a quiz where the students were presented with multiple choice questions about our city. Since most were newcomers, they found the questions a little difficult but were very enthusiastic when we discussed the correct answers in class afterwards.
Even your most computer challenged learner will enjoy a little bit of English TV, I love learning languages by watching TV, Most regular TV programs are too challenging for our students. It takes discipline to sit through a program when you don't understand a single word or anything that is going on. I try to encourage my students to watch English TV. I regularly post sitcoms designed for ESL student to my moodle page as a simple URL link. Give it a try.
English Conversation -Very Funny Speaking English 01
Typing Practice in the Forum
For students who are new to computer concepts, the Forum can be used to facilitate typing activities. With a template prompt created by the teacher, students can copy and modify a simple document to share a personal anecdote about themselves Eg. The teacher's favourite kind of weather is changed and personalized to become the student's favourite kind of weather.
After watching a YouTube video on how to make a healthy dessert (Fresh Fruit Crisp), create a listening exercise. Then, extract vocabulary --food and cooking verbs and make a matching exercise (SCORM activity) These words could also go into a cooking glossary. If you want to incorporate writing, students could go to a blog activity where students can share a healthy recipe or something easy to make. These recipes could then be compiled into a healthy-eating cookbook for the class.
Adding a URL is a great feature. I can link to local sites to make things more relevant. I can also link to external spelling practice for key vocabulary.
Use A Forum to Plan Field Trips
Use a forum to brainstorm and collect ideas to make a list of field trips. We did 10 field trips over the months of May & June which led us to learn about Toronto's history and the flavour of different neighbourhoods. The forum could also be used post field trip to get feedback on learner experience. For learners reluctant to speak in class this provides a way of sharing.
Use forum as a virtual "coffee shop" for informal discussion
Use the forum as a virtual "coffee shop" for students to have informal discussions. The instructor can post relevant news articles from the community - specifically, local articles (the more interesting the better) that link to the clients in some way. Clients can read the news articles on their own time and then react by writing their opinion in response to the article. Students can then react to each others' reactions by replying to various posts. This would teach students the value of personal opinion and the right to free speech in Canada, while simultaneously fine tuning the art of respectfully disagreeing with somebody's point of view.
Use Forums for Recapping Field Trips
After field trips, you can use the discussion forum to have students post something useful they learned from the trip. For example, after attending a volunteer fair, I had my students share information about one volunteer opportunity they were interested in, with details & contact person, etc. This was a nice way to recap the field trip and pool the info they had collected.