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Our Course A Model blended ESP course

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  1. Our Course A Model blended ESP course John Allan

  2. impetus • independent venture • provide the students with • more organization • variety • consistency in learning • apply Moodle to another situation

  3. Budget “Zero” developed at home in evenings Tech Support “Nil”

  4. Students • EFL learners in a foundations program

  5. Course • Students have 3 hours each day in this course that focuses on: • writing • safety vocabulary • technical vocabulary

  6. plus • students have 3 additional hours per day studying English grammar (none of this content is in Moodle)

  7. Modes • blended (the face-to-face classroom) • on-line used by students at home

  8. Topics (center region) • each week is broken down into topics • long rectangles in the center of the screen • topics have three sections • Technical • Safety • Writing

  9. Topics area activity types • Quizzes • Glossaries • PowerPoints • PDFs • Directories • Hyperlinks • Text documents

  10. PowerPoint Lectures

  11. activity directories

  12. worksheets

  13. polls

  14. glossaries

  15. quizzes

  16. Additional Features • Blocks along the side……

  17. Standard Blocks • Standard Blocks include …… • Calendar • Upcoming events • Search forums • Random Glossary Entry • RSS Feeds

  18. Random Glossary Entry Block • Student of the day • Random rotation • motivational tool • student has special responsibilities in the class

  19. Random Glossary Entry Block • a random single visual and text item that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s technical & safety vocabulary • Drawn from the course glossaries

  20. Random Glossary Entry Block • glossary creation block • students input their assigned terms to a Moodle glossary • great activity

  21. Calendar • a visual organizer for events • course • groups • user • institutional

  22. Upcoming Events • listing of the activities related to the class • builds consistency and trust in the course

  23. Remote RSS Feeds Block • RSS feed subscription… ”ESL worksheets” • extra tasks

  24. Remote RSS Feeds Block • BBCLearning - ESL/EFL dedicated current events site

  25. HTML blocks • HTML Blocks only • None from Moodle.org - Modules and plugins • Reason: no dedicated support and erratic upgrades

  26. Information poster • contact details about the instructor • yes, a phone number is a good idea but……

  27. Google Translate • Launches translation tool • used as a bridge for terms • alternative as some of the students could not afford mandatory digital translators

  28. Safety Word poster • a colourful visual that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s safety vocabulary • it can be printed to be used as a search and identify activity (Wordle.com)

  29. Technical Word poster • can be printed for classroom display • Wordle.com

  30. Another “Wordle” feature: • Visual of course participants

  31. Kharaama.com • a link to the sponsor’s website

  32. Esthetic collage display • animated sequence of student portraits • a result of a digital picture taking activity • Slide.com

  33. Internet Search • quick access to Google search • launchesa full Google search window

  34. Basic web link • a link to the sponsor’s website

  35. Job search skills • extension of basic job search skills • Interviewing • Resume • Cover letter • Web2.0 skills….. • registering • channels • RSS • uploading

  36. TeacherTube videos • TeacherTube the site - not the channel • targeted lessons • played within the block

  37. Visual thesaurus • creates word relationship diagrams

  38. ESLVideo Quizzes • nice resource of videos with a quick quiz • sometimes resources cannot be wedged in! • problem in block due to dimensions • embed as a separate ”weblink” in the topics section of the course

  39. Focused Pronunciation • Forvo for listening to discrete items and pronunciation

  40. Links to visual data • graphs through Swivel • create or read a graph

  41. Step by step procedures • sequencing for writing or speaking • eHow.com

  42. Quick access to presentations • Slideshare.com • sharing of presentations • “Tool Presentations”

  43. Animated screen tutorials • ScreenCast.com • provide required tutorials for computer based tasks

  44. Hot Potatoes Content • external Hot Potatoes Content

  45. Building an avatar • body attributes using nouns and adjectives

  46. Charting the weather • chart vocabulary (trends) • weather terms

  47. Visitor’s map • Clustrmap.com • Not very successful due to “closed” Moodle

  48. Personality & Description • www.41q.com • Your personality type: Warm-hearted, popular and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function.

  49. Polls • create polls for external community • Ask500people.com

  50. Blocks add • variety to this course • consistency/routines • visual appeal • Ease of location for ESL learners • seemingly unlimited potential