CENTRAL OSTROBOTHNIA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES. The twin-course model: Meeting the needs of the intercultural learner. Esko Johnson Maija Rukajärvi-Saarela Central Ostrobothnia Unversity of Applied Sciences 2007. Our presentation.
Central Ostrobothnia Unversity of Applied Sciences2007
In new conditions/culture of learning: the student has to know, interact and learn in English
1 Beliefs: What beliefs did we have and share?
2 Concerns: What were our concerns for these courses and for our [Maija & Esko] joint work?
3 Surprises: What surprises, clashes or turns did we encounter?
4 Feasibility: How feasible and workable was our ‘model’? How can we improve it?
1. Supporting student growth (constructivist principle); avoiding the problem metaphor
2. Shift: teacher monologue > classroom dialogue
3. Shift: student monologue > dialogue & reflection
4. Shift: “copy-paste” procedures > in-depth study using multiple sources
5. Teaching students to learn to explain concepts, phenomena and contextual issues “in their own words” - clarity, logic, detail, dialogue
Extracts from Lisa’s reflective student report [3/2007]
What was new?
(….) I think presentation is an effective way to improve our confidence. When I do the presentation for the first time, I feel very nervous and I have omitted some important content during presenting. When I do the second time I feel more confident I know where I should stop and leave time for questions within the presentation, eye contact to my audience. I also have pay attention to my voice quality, volume, speed and fluency.”
“We do videotape all student presentations. We look at our tape at home and school, after viewing the tape we can find what we have done well and what shall be improved in next presentation. (….)”
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