Introduction

The main aim of this course is to provide information to secondary English teachers about the multiple internet and ICT resources available nowadays and how they can support their teaching practice. Internet is changing our everyday practice. On the one hand, it has become a huge bank of materials and information of all sorts. These materials facilitate our class preparation: there is always something for all levels, with diverse contents, interactive, multimedia, in different formats (html, Flash, pdf…). We can download programs to use with our students or to create our own materials, we can get high quality texts, images or sound files to prepare our classes. There are institutional and commercial materials, but also materials prepared by experienced fellow teachers.

But above all, the biggest change that the internet is bringing to our lives is a new way to approach our teaching. We can now make our teaching significative by making our students read or hear real English, and even more important than that, to use the language they are learning to communicate with other people around the world. We can use the internet to add extra values such as respect for other cultures or learning form others.

Something we must not forget, either, is that our students are addicted to the ICT and the internet. Most of them could not live without their mobile phone with a camera, mp3 player or internet connection. Why shouldn't we take advantage of that and suggest activities that are closer to their interests but also meet ours?

Objectives

  • Evaluate the didactic possibilities of different ICT resources suitable for teaching and learning English.
  • Use these ICT resources effectively in the daily professional activity.
  • Promote the use of the ICT in the classroom.
  • Concretise some of the newly acquired concepts in the creation of their own curricular project for the English language.

Structure

The course is divided into 6 modules, with 5 practices and some exercises each, and a final project. It is estimated that it will take 45 hours - 6 hours per module, and 9 for the project.

When planning the course, it seemed quite obvious that classifying the teaching resources according to the four skills would make it easier to introduce them in our teaching practice, since most teachers use the internet as a complement of their textbook. Thus, the first four modules deal with vocabulary, grammar, written and oral comprehension and production. As the preferences of a 12-year-old are not the same as those of a Batxillerat student, nor is their level of English, the resources are classified with the users in mind, that is, there are practices with activities for students with adaptació curricular, 1st cycle of ESO, 2nd cycle and Batxillerat.

Finally, in the second part of the course, we will explore new methodologies for the EFL classroom: webquests and project work (module 5), and show tools and resources intended to make life easier for the teacher (module 6).

The modules are the following:

  • Mòdul 1: Vocabulary
  • Mòdul 2: Grammar
  • Mòdul 3: Reading and writing
  • Mòdul 4: Listening and speaking
  • Mòdul 5: Cooperative work
  • Mòdul 6: Teacher's resources

 
Course map
 
 
 
M1
Vocabulary
M2
Grammar
M3
Reading & writing
M4
Listening & speaking
M5
Cooperative work
M6
Teachers
Adaptació
Primer cicle d'ESO
Segon cicle d'ESO
Batxillerat
Others

 

 

Each module consists of 5 practices and some exercises which must be sent to the tutor on the date due.

One of the exercises must be done before the practices are started; it is intended to reflect on our teaching process, our expectations and previous knowledge on the subject.

The other exercises are to be done once the practices have been finished, and they're meant to reflect on and consolidate what has been learnt in the module.

We would recommend that you do these exercises with your students and the final project in mind, so that at the end of the course you have some materials ready to put into practice in your own classes.

Technical requeriments

These course materials are best viewed with the updated versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox (both available in the DVDweb → Eines or XTEC → Atenció a l'usuari → Eines).

This course requires a basic knowledge of Windows. The student teachers must know how to create folders, copy files, copy and paste, install programs, surf the net or send an e-mail. They should also take advantage of bookmarks (favoritos in IExplorer or adreces d'interès in Mozilla) so as to save interesting URLs for future use.

Some of the practices will require an XTEC username and password. If you do not have one, or do not remember your password, go to Atenció a l'usuari