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A blended seminar? For secondary EFL students? 2.0?

slide1We’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.

The beginning was a bit slow and bumpy, but, little by little, the 2.0 attitude took over  and communicaction and collaboration started flowing.2012-11-23 11.32.30

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.

 

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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

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C is for content

User-generated content at the core of the Web 2.0, content for intercultural awareness and reflection, content across the curriculum, content that matters, the bare essentials of content, content as meaning…. as simple and as relevant as that!

Content for context: El inglés como lengua extranjera: perspectiva Intercultural y transversalidad

Content in the works…

APrIR Seminar “Teaching and learning together: 35 years and counting”‎ > ‎

Striving for Relevance – Content and Language Learning for secondary EFL students

This presentation aims at reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of teaching  English in  a secondary school setting and the importance of redefining learning goals, aiming at what students can do with and learn through the language rather than just how much they know about the language. The use of the web and other authentic resources to create learner-centered cross-curricular tasks and projects can help students find meaningful connections between English and other subjects as well as with their own needs and interests while preparing them to deal with real life situations in the foreign language.

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