As part of the International House one to one course we have to choose a research topic for a certain area of one to one teaching and investigate it.
I chose computer and email.
It’s not hard to understand why, I love technology and gadgets, and it tied nicely into my student blogs series that I’ve been running.
My presentation is on Friday so I though I’d put it up here before hand and ask you guys:
Is there anything you would add in? How do you use computer and Email with one to ones?
Here is my Current structure.
Why you SHOULDN’T use computers and Email in teaching or one to one?
- Novelty factor
- Where a non tech solution is better
- If students need to be taught IT skills first.
- If students have no interest in IT
Why Should you use computers and email in teaching?
- For people who use computers a lot, it is very relevant and realistic.
- Bring extra students or people into the classroom.
- Extend the learning environment beyond the classroom.
- A wealth of authentic material
- Cheap resources online
- Paperless and environmentally friendly.
- Providing a record of class work or an online portfolio
What are some types of activities you can do?
Relevant and realistic activities using computers
- Writing activities on computers, such as emails, letters, memos, reports, and meeting minutes
- Research projects in English.
- Emailing in homework or material to use in next class
Providing a record or online portfolio
- Blog to provide a record of work and assignments for the student. Also allows teacher and students to ask each other questions during the week.
- Using a wiki to provide a series of self-study homework tasks for students to complete.
- Record audio or video of student completing task. [can be either practice for speech/exam or record of progress] (thanks Gareth)
Extend the classroom:
- Teacher sends an interesting article/video/ to the student along with comprehension questions to answer before the lesson.
- Speaking task using fotobabble/vocaroo/etc
- Using Google Docs to reformulate students writings and leave annotated notes for the student to look at. [Thanks Christina]
Bringing other students into the classroom.
- Using Skype to interview another student
- Connecting students with other students via Email/social networks/Skype to practice their English together.
- Using Skype to carry out distant lessons [Thanks Noreen and Christina]
Cheap resources online
- Using corpora or dictionaries to research collocations and definitions of words.
- Using free/cheap online activities such as Quizlets, English Addicts, esolcourses
- Authentic up to date texts based on students own interest and needs from websites.
Smartphones [thanks Noreen]
- Dictionaries [learner and bilingual dictionaries such as Oxford advance learners dictionary]
- Flashcard apps such as British council/voxy/Anki
Over to you! What would you add? What resources do you use (particularly with one to ones)?
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