lunes, 26 de agosto de 2013

ELT-T MOOC - Classes on Vocabulary - Part 2

Class 1:
Collocations: the building blocks of language - Monday, July 29, 2013 8:30 AM repeated Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:30 AM - Jason R. Levine.

The class introduced the concept of collocation and explained the important role it plays in language acquisition.Techniques that English teachers can use to build vocabulary skills and knowledge with collocations were explored, and materials created by the presenter were worked with.

A fantastic start to this series of classes on Vocabulary Techniques. Jase Levine Raps his way through his method of explaining the use of song to facilitate the memorizing of Vocabulary and Collocations.

Here is a professional video of Jase rapping the collocations for ... Have ...

And here's Jase using his method in a school in Bahrain

A fantastic, fun-filled method for learning new vocabulary.

Class 2: 
Learning vocabulary through the jigsaw technique - Thursday, - August 01, 2013 12:30 PM - Dr. Nellie Deutsch

The Jigsaw method is a cooperative learning technique in which students work in small groups. Jigsaw can  be used in a variety of ways for a variety of goals, but it is primarily used for the acquisition and presentation of new material, review, or informed debate. In this method, each group member is assigned to become an "expert" on some aspect of a unit of study. After reading about their area of expertise, the experts from different groups meet to discuss their topic, and then return to their groups and take turns teaching their topics to their group members.

The Jigsaw activity is used to:

Promote comprehension
Develop teamwork
Encourage cooperative learning
Improve listening communication
Practice problem-solving skills

This method is highly dependant upon group participation - I was rather disappointed in the lack of response from most of the group members, but could commiserate with them. Most members who actually did some work tried to do too much, making the process very large, long-winded, and complicated.
As with all group activities, each member should complete their assigned tasks or the adventure fails. 

 Class video:

Class 3:
Learning vocabulary through video-based lessons - Friday, August 02, 2013 9:30 AM - María Inés Brumana E.

Class discussed why films are such a wonderful tool in class, how to plan a video-based lesson, and to have teachers experience as adults how films can be fun and help overcome our students' learning difficulties.

Class video:

Class 4:

Teaching vocabulary chunks through action songs - Monday, August 05, 2013 8:30 AM - Charles Goodger

What is  a presentative action song?

The song is a container of new vocabulary
It has been deliberately written  and  choreographed
Learning the song is the start of a teaching module

Action songs to present new language

 Focus class on theme
 Teach the action song
 Break down the song
 Work on the language

Class video:

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