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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For intermediate/advanced Ss, I am placing my current module plan onto the LINC Courseware as a File so that the framework of PBLA is more fully integrated into the intention of the learning environment. All kinds of activities can be connected to the file to engage the student. Adult learners in particular need to know where they are going and why they are going there.
Personal Thinking First
I like the idea of having students think through their own ideas and opinions on something before they share it with the class. For example, in LINC 5 Social Interaction, there is a lesson on 'Appropriate or Not' with 9 scenarios to read and think about the level of appropriateness in Canada. I'd like to have students make their choices privately at first, and then compare responses and discuss as a class. There are a few different ways I could do this, but one could just be through a Choice assignment followed by in-class discussion.
To engage and encourage student feedback polls should be used consistently. For example a question could be; Is this learning activity too difficult? Yes? No? Somewhat?
The Choice activity can be used as a quick and interesting way to get students thinking about a particular topic. The instructor can poll the students about an aspect of something they will be reading, writing, or discussing.
Posting links to website URLs greatly increases the speed at which learners can access information, especially at lower levels where mistakes with one letter are common. Learners spend less time trying to type in the URLs and more time on the task you want them to achieve and will end up where you want them. No more "Teacher I can't find it" excuses.
I have used the NanoGong voice recorder with a level four class. All students were given a text to read and practice. I chose so that the text had a majority of known words. Students were given time to practice reading it. By the deadline, they had to submit it to me for evaluation.
Each student had a different text. As a teacher, I wanted to see if I could understand the various accents. If each student does the same text, my brain has it after the second time and I'm not really processing the speech.
I gave each student feedback on difficult consonants particular and specific words they needed to practice.
The Nanogong Voice Activity is a great tool to work on some pronunciation problems with your students. I love doing the "Benjamin Franklin" pronunciation exercises with my students in class. I often don't have enough time to go over it with every single student in the classroom (due to many reasons, but mostly due to time restrictions) so I ask them to record their texts at home and compare them to my Nanogong Voice "Benjamin Franklin" recording. This is a fun way of working on student pronunciation issues.