We’ve just finished the English 2.0 Seminar! I’d like to thank the Languages Department and school authorities at Escuela Superior de Comercio for accepting this proposal. It was hard work and a real challenge but we succeeded thanks to the institutional support and, above all, to students’ commitment and enthusiasm.
According to the new school curriculum (2010), 3rd year students have to take two elective seminars, which are to be delivered throughout a semester mainly online, with a maximum of 5 face-to-face meetings.
The English 2.0 seminar is a blended learning experience of Academic English which focuses on the development of reading and listening skills through the use of web 2.0 resources and tools. It is carried out through Comunidades, the Moodle-based University virtual campus
The seminar aims at learning about other academic subjects through adapted and authentic online resources in English, as well as providing students with tools and strategies to use the web 2.0 autonomously to develop their own learning.
For the final assignment, students worked in pairs or small groups to design their own digital posters about a topic related to the academic subjects included in the seminar.
Update: Presentation: English 2.0: A Blended Seminar for Secondary School Students at II Jornadas ELT at Universidad Nacional de Villa María, May 23rd – 24th , 2013