Webquests: The Four Skills


Listening

Introduction 

These past few weeks, we have studied about how to teach the four skills, today we are going to reinforce that knowledge.


Task

The student will  visit several english teaching sites and resources so they can learn more about how to teach listening, reading, speaking and writing.


Process

  1. The task will be divided in four parts, students will visit reliable sources and they will answer a worksheet.

Reading

  1. Read the definitions about skimming and scanning and understand the difference between both reading techniques.
  2. Read the post “Example of pre-reading activities” and learn more about the importance of pre-reading activities and identify the ones that can be useful to you in your teaching.
  3. Read the blog post Why to Activate your ESL Students’ Background Schema and learn what background schema is, why it is important to activate and activities to activate it.

 Listening

  1. Read the blog post called  Pre-listening activities and learn more about the importance of pre-listening activities
  2. Read the blog post called a framework for planning listening skills lessons and learn more about the while-listening and post-listening stage

Speaking

  1. Watch the video called  Techniques and learn more about the topic from experts.
  2. Watch the video called activities and learn more about the experts have to say about the topic

Writing

  1. Read the document “Presentation, Practice and Production” and learn more about this framework used to teach writing.


Evaluation

The student’s knowledge will be measured by the ability of the student to answer the following worksheet.


Conclusion

If the students makes this learning a meaningful one, he or she would be able to pass future evaluations successfully.

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Teaching Methodology: Classroom Management


Classroom management refers to the wide variety of skills and techniques that teachers use to keep students organized, orderly, focused, attentive, on task, and academically productive during a class.

To learn more let’s start by listening to the advice given by an experienced teacher, you can watch the video and activate the closed captions.

Now that you have listened to the teacher, please answer those questions

  1. How does the teacher establish rules?
  2. How consistent is the teacher when enforcing classroom rules?
  3. What happens if you don’t manage the little things in the classroom? What little things did the teacher manage?
  4. Why did the teacher was having management issues?
  5. What’s your opinions about giving incentives?
  6. What do you like about David Rixon’s teaching performance?
  7. What rules would you enforce in your classroom?

Class size refers to the number of students in a given course or classroom, specifically  the number of students being taught by individual teachers in a course or classroom or

Now you are going to read an article called “Teaching Large Classes” and think about these questions

  1. What are the challenges of teaching large classes?
  2. What are the advantages of teaching large classes

Classroom Lay Out:  The layout of your classroom can have a serious impact on the way you teach and the way your students learn.

Watch this video and think about the different types of seating arrangements and their pros and cons

For additional ideas check here 


Teaching Style: No two teachers will teach in the same way, just as no two students learn something in the same way. A teacher’s teaching style is based on their educational philosophy, their classroom’s demographic, what subject area (or areas) they teach, and the school’s mission statement.

For the next task , think that you are some sort of Nostradamus and predict what type of teacher you will be.

whats-your-teaching-style


Rapport a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well.

Watch this video and think how the teacher keeps an environment of respect and rapport


Classroom discipline is defined as a teacher’s routine for rewarding, punishing, and maintaining desired behaviors. A teacher cannot begin to teach without an acceptable level of classroom discipline

Watch this video and think of discipline strategies that you woudl like to implement and those that you can’t do in the context of the costarican education