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Presentation on using global collaboration site ePals for language learning

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  • 1. A Flat World for Language LearnersMaryanne Burgos, Ph.D.

2. What do we want our language students to learn?
3. ESL Standards from TESOL
To use English to communicate in social settings
To use English to achieve academically in all content areas
To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways
4. Five Cs of Foreign Language Education
5. Quick Reference
Social language
Academic language
6. Optimal Language Learning Environments
What do you think makes for a good language learning environment?
7. Optimal Environments
1.Have opportunities to interact and negotiate meaning.
2.Interact in the target language with an authentic audience.
3.Are involved in authentic tasks.
Egbert, J &Hanson-Smith, E. CALL Environments
8. Can computers help?
9. Historical Development of CMC
10. Drill and Practice
11. Email
12. 13. Can new Internet tools provide an optimal environment?
14. What are some new Internet tools?
15. New Internet Tools
16. Tools are Not Methods
17. Project-Based Learningfor Language Learners
18. Websites for Global Collaboration
The Global Schoolhousehttp://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.html
Taking It Globalhttp://takingitglobal.org/
Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Educationhttp://www.k12science.org/collabprojs.html
19. What can ePals do for you?
Connect classrooms
Offer ready-to-use projects
Allow networking for teachers, students and parents
Provide safe environment
20. 1.Classroom Match
21. Negotiation of Meaning
Learning is essentially the result of interaction between learners and others.
22. Interaction
Learners must be involved in social interaction which is purposeful with a real audience that is actively involved with the learners.
23. Authentic Tasks
Authentic tasks are those having the same types of cognitive challenges as complicated real-world tasks do.
24. Designing a Project-Based Project
Connect with a classroom
Start with the goal
Design a plan for the project
Choose your tools
Create a schedule
Monitor progress
Assess the outcome
Evaluate the experience
25. 2.Projects
Participate inePal Projects
26. The Way We Arehttp://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=TheWayWeAre_overview
27. 3.Networking
Teacher forums
Student forums
Family Forums
Project Forums
Focus Area Forums
28. 4.Safe Environment
29. ePals as Optimal Language Learning Environment
Social language
Academic language
30. Enjoy a Flatter More ConnectedWorld