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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making it more visual
Use pictures as labels instead of words.
I ask students to choose 5 or 6 keywords ( for each theme) and make sentences to improve their writing skill.
managing a choice
Students at LINC 4 learn about Canadian Law and one fun review would be to add a link to the you tube video "10 dumbest criminals". After viewing this video, students would complete and submit their choices on a series of choices about the video. The choices would be: Who was the dumbest criminal? Who was the scariest? Which crime took the longest to plan? Which crime was the funniest?, etc.
In my ELT course for International Business Professionals, there is a unit on workplace writing. I sometimes have the learners send their partner an email requesting information about a product or service and the partner sends back a reply. In the past this has involved learners getting their partner's email address and signing into their email website. With the LearnIT2teach courseware (Moodle), they can send a message directly to their partner. As well, since there is a LCD projector in the computer lab/classroom, the emails can be shown to the entire class for comments and feedback.
Minimal Pairs practice with NanoGong
LINC 1-3 students receive a list of minimal pair words. After a practice lesson in class with the instructor or a pre-recorded audio list practice, the students need to record their own pronunciation. The instructor evaluates and indicate the sound groups the students need to work on.
Motivating some of my students to complete exercises and participate in forums proved difficult, so I started e-mailing them directly. I also put up a chart in the classroom showing which students had completed which assignments, and how well or not so well they had done. Response was generally much improved.
Having low level readers focus only on the first several exercises in a scorm activity helps build their vocabulary without being overwhelmed. It is also helpful to have volunteers in the lab to give one on one reading assistance as needed. When LINC 1 becomes available online I am hoping to import content as I use both LINC 1 and 2 for my class.
I hope to be able to customize the SCORMs to be able to use in a lower multi-level class.
I hope to use SCORM activities as enrichment opportunities for higher level students.
I think we can use Choice in different ways. The following are some idea that may be repetitive or not.
1) for practicing quizzes (general quizzes)
2) for drilling grammar rules
3) for practicing vocabulary.
4) for drilling family words
5) for a survey in class