Sunday, 23 April 2017

#IATEFL2017 #IATEFLOnline Developing Teacher Talk

Jamie Keddie’s 3 suggestions 

      1. Let’s stop calling it Teacher Talk Time
       Let’s call it Teacher Talk
      2. Let’s embrace storytelling
      3. Give out the TT(T) mantra [if you’re 
          going to use it] with a post script:

Teacher talk is an essential skill for any   teacher. It is about speaking less and using your voice sparingly but that doesn’t mean teacher talk is inherently bad.  After the CELTA course, you’ll have to constantly work on classroom communicative skills. You’ll have to hone the effectiveness of your teacher talk.


A joy to watch and a serious issue to consider:  Not to stifle trainee teachers’ development by saying (or by implying) TT(T ) is bad but to develop teacher talk instead. One way Jamie suggests doing this is by embracing teacher-led storytelling.

Monday, 17 April 2017

#IATEFL 2017 Outside in: bringing new technology perspectives to ELT

This is an absolutely fascinating interactive discussion with a panel of experts talking about technologies from the perspective of their individual area of expertise.

Starting with a quote to highlight why it is important to embrace new technology:


Digital learning is learning facilitated by technology that gives students an element of control over time, place, pathway and pace.

I found it hard to summarise this session as it's packed with interesting insights so I decided just to choose a selection of quotes from the experts.


Outside in: bringing in new technology perspectives to ELT by Fiona Price
  
I really recommend, if you haven't already, that you watch the IATEFL Online session yourself.

Friday, 7 April 2017

#IATEFL2017 Infographic summary of Let's Listen to the Learners by Brian Tomlinson

Summary

Here is an infographic summary of Brian Tomlinson's presentation on Let's Listen to the Learners, some of the resources he referred to on how to involve the learners in their learning and, if you haven't already watched it, a video of the recorded #IATEFL 2017 session.  
Let"s Listen to learners by Fiona Price

Resources
Here are some of the great resources referred to in the session:


Made with Padlet

Video
If you missed the session, you can watch it here and go to IATEFL Online for the associated documents.



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

#IATEFL2017 Infographic Summary of Plenary Session by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

I've decided to practise what I preach - 5 reasons to use Infographics - and continue developing my digital literacies by using infographics as a tool to post some summaries on #IATEFL2017 sessions as an IATEFL 2017 registered blogger.

This is my infographic which attempts to summarise Gabriel Diaz Maggioli's plenary session: Empowering Teachers Through Continued Professional Development: Frameworks, Practices & Promises

Empoweringteacher development by Fiona Price


If you haven't already, I really recommend watching this empowering plenary which includes lots of practical ideas - colleagues helping colleagues - for in-house PD within a differentiated framework:


 

 Visit IATEFL Online for details on the plenary session by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and to see the supporting plenary documentation with illustrations by LucĂ­a Pascal.

Monday, 27 March 2017

5 Reasons to Use Infographics in ELT & Some Ideas on How

I had a go at creating my first infographic recently - #ELTchat summary Assessing Writing.

I used Canva infographic templates and it was fun.  I decided to have another go to explore:

    • What is an infographic and why use them in ELT?
    • How can they be used in the classroom?

    5 reasons to use by Fiona Price


    Made with Padlet

    Saturday, 18 March 2017

    #ELTchat Summary The Best 2.0 Tools for Speaking Skills on 15 March 2017

    Introduction with Tellagami






    What are the best tools for speaking skills and Why?

    Here are the tools that were mentioned during the #eltchat on Wednesday 15 March and the reasons given as to why they are the best.

    Made with Padlet




    How to use these tools

    Here are the ideas that were discussed in the #ELTchat on how to use these 2.0 tools for speaking skills.





    Links mentioned in tweets:






    Do you have any 2.0 tools for speaking skills to add?

    If you do or if you have anything to add, it would be great to hear from you in the comments below ...

    Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Assessment Literacies

    A New Term and a New Acronym (for me)

    I decided to write this post as a follow-up to #ELTchat summary Assessing Writing after discovering the term Assessment Literacy (Literacies) for the first time and a new acronym - LAL (Language Assessment Literacy)




    What is Assessment Literacy?

    Assessment literacy means having a critical understanding of assessment in order to improve learning, as in these definitions: 

     ‘having the capacity to ask and answer critical questions about the purpose for assessment, about the fitness of the tool being used, about testing conditions, and about what is going to happen on the basis of the results.’  Inbar-Lourie (2008: 389) in Sheehan and Munro (2017).
    ‘Assessment literacy is a dynamic context- dependent social practice that involves teachers articulating and negotiating classroom and cultural knowledges with one another and with learners, in the initiation, development and practice of assessment to achieve learning goals of students’ (Willis et al., 2013: 242) in Sheehan and Munro (2017)  


    Assessment Literacy demands a training...
     Assessment literacy demands a training that brings a smooth blend of assessment technical awareness, theoretical understanding, useful practical skills, and clear concepts. All these components well balanced but strongly contextualized with the clear role, practical approach and function of assessment in the field of education (Hakim 2015). 

    Training and technology

    Training isn't always easy to come by. However, so much CPD is available online and free.

    Literature Review

    Articles accessed from the internet - on my reading list:

    HAKIM, Badia. English Language Teachers’ Ideology of ELT Assessment LiteracyInternational Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 42-48, oct. 2015. ISSN 2202-9478. Available at: http://www.journals.aiac.org.au/index.php/IJELS/article/view/1954. Date accessed: 15 mar. 2017.


    Assessment Literacy
    Available at:
    https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/transforming-assessment-and-feedback/assessment-literacies [Accessed 15 March 2017]

    Assessment: attitudes, practices and needs Accessed at:
    https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/assessment-attitudes-practices-needs [Accessed 15 March 2017]

    Videos

    The British Council has developed a series of videos on language assessment literacy  - not watched as yet but on things to watch list. 

    Any other ideas, thoughts would be very welcome in the comments if you got this far...

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