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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

IATEFL_Social Networking & Mobile Technology highlights

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InformedTeachers on the blogging coverage of IATEFL Harrogate 2014 !

The selected videos focus on Social Networking, Mobile Devices in the EFL classroom and going beyond the "hello"by networking.
The bullet points indicate the issues explained in each interview.

Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock
 Teaching English website and Social media

  • CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
  • Social media, the impact in teachers'development.
Gamification : Feedback, Participation, Goals. 
Key elements to make things more motivating and have people engage more.

CPD is flexible and a way of getting support thanks to technology.

Teaching with mobile devices: choices and challenges  È
Points for discussion:
  •  Should students use their own mobile devices or should there be class sets at school?
  • Activities in and out of the classroom
  • Part of school policy or up to individuals?

Watch Nick's session here

Framework to use mobiles in the classroom
  • Apps in mobile devices
  • When learners are mobile
  • When the learning experience itself is mobile
QR Codes as a prompt. Something slightly more complex: geotagging
     Suggested App: Woices
Institution looking at how the staff can start working with mobile.
Mention of a clear implementation of mobile device use.
Take technical challenges into account.
The fact that parents need to understand the purpose of using mobile phones, how it is a tool to enhance learning.
Ownership: The fact that students prefer to use their own devices.
CPD for teachers on an institutional level.
Classroom management challenges.
How to bridge the in and out of class divide.

  • How to network with the people you meet
  • The importance of having an international presence
  • Networking to establish an identity and a global presence
  • The different dimensions and levels, coded speech
Watch the interview here

There are many other fantastic interviews on the different fields of ELT all of them worth watching.
We can attend the conference too, online : 

Raquel Gonzaga

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

IATEFL 2014_Interviews


This post provides you with the main topics covered in each interview.
On average each video lasts for seven minutes.
We, the online attendees can also feel the vibe of IATEFL Harrogate 2014 J  

Caroline Moore,member of IATEFL eletronic committee on developing webinars for different ELT purposes, "Afterhours"webinar projects, promote interaction, social networking via Facebook and Twitter
Interview with Caroline Moore

Nik Peachey, IATEFL 2014 Interviewer and moderator of SIG (Special Interest Group) pannel on digital skills for teachers, talks about crowdfunding, guidance on writing and publishing EFL e-materials, potential for e-books.
Interview with Nik Peachey

Gwendydd Caudwell, on Aptis criteria  for assessing and developing teachers'proficiency level , feedback received from teachers and the importance of being aware of the different teaching conditions around the world.
Interview with Gwendydd Caudwell

Eric Baber, vice-president of IATEFL, on how organizations operate, personal and team management skills, Joining the SIG committees,cross cultural issues.
Interview with Eric Baber

Adrian Underhill , on Open Space Technology concept (OST) of organizing a conference people come without prepared talks or programmes but with burning issues.
Interview with Adrian Underhill

Barry OSullivan on his participation in Testing SIG, Assessment Literacy, the development of tests,
Interview with Barry OSullivan

If you want to get informed on the different IATEFL Special Interest Groups, SIGs, refer to this link:

InformedTeachers on the IATEFL Harrogate blogging coverage :

Raquel Gonzaga

Monday, March 31, 2014

IATEFL 2014 On-line Coverage

I am glad to announce that our EFL edtech blog, Informed Teachers is taking part of the on-line coverage of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).
This year the conference takes place in Harrogate, England from April 1st - 5th, 2014.
There will be a major the on-line conference coverage and our blog is one of the partners in this purpose.
What a fantastic opportunity brought by technology! Knowledge and experience can be shared and inspire action and change in ELT classrooms all over the world!
Carol Read, president of IATEFL, welcomes the on-line participants and gives more details on the conference:

Stay tuned !

Raquel Gonzaga

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shop till you drop_an EFL lesson on shopping

Proposal: A class on the issue of Shopping which encourages students' reflection upon their own shopping habits and motivations.

Target audience: Ranging from an Upper Intermediate to an Advanced group of adults, or mixed age groups.

Resources: youtube videos, internet articles and QR Codes with communicative follow up exercises.

The video and articles below can be used in contexts where the coursebook or school syllabus suggests the scope of shopping
The main aim is to expand students’ perceptions of shopping within their own social context and encourage their reflections on the feelings and media mass manipulation which very often lead to consumerism.
The resources presented are starting points in order to expand students’ collocations on the theme and give them opportunities to share their own views and experiences, as well as contrast their realities with the ones illustrated on both youtube videos.
Both scenes illustrate binge-shopping and provide students with genuine listening opportunities and new shopping-related vocabulary.

The QR code activities bring in the element of tech usage to the classroom and enable students to keep a record of the activities in their own devices as opposed to distributing hand outs. In order to have a larger number of students scanning the code, the option “plain text” is used. Thus an internet connection is not required.

Videos & QR codes 

 + QR Code_Confessions of a shopaholic

+ QR Code_Desperate Housewives s08

Link: QR codes videos

…when students have listened to a recording for comprehension purposes, we can prompt them listen to it again in order to notice a variety of language and spoken features. Sometimes we can offer them script dictations (where some words in a transcript are blanked out) to provoke their awareness of certain language items. 
Harmer, J. (2007) The Practice of English Language Teaching
      Pearson Longman, 308


Choose from the suggested articles the one you see as most suitable to your class:

Give students some time and a task such as:

* highlight sentences they agree or disagree with.
* list main characteristics of a shopaholic
 *motivations for binge-shopping

It is very important that they have a chance to compare their findings and justify the reason why such parts called their attention.

Read one of both articles and list the characteristics you could see in the last video
 (or both of them).
I would wrap up the lesson by encouraging students to share the collocations learned and come up with questions within the topic of shopping.

Although the main focus is reflection and learning shopping collocations, the element of fun and entertainment is present by using current comedy scenes. 

Raquel Gonzaga

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Have you tried infographics in your EFL class ?

Exposing EFL students to authentic materials since elementary levels can give them a fair chance to develop vocabulary, listening and speaking.
As from this month I am part of the TeachingEnglish Bloggers team for which I am very glad and proud ! 
In this article I wrote for the British Council_Teaching English Blog, I share my experience on using infographics to expand pre-intermediate students oral production. Using Infographics in the EFL classroom
I hope this article can be a source of ideas to my fellow EFL colleagues.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Apps for your learning success

"Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success". Henry Ford
Let's get ready to go back to studying English !
Check out my tips on apps for your learning success:

For more details, also read: QR Codes in education_An innovative way

Your feedback in comments is welcome :)
I hope you can have a great semester in learning English and that your choices right now can result in great progress soon enough !

Teacher Raquel  

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