Developing and using online ESL (EAL) curriculum Amber McLeod, M.Ed., TESL, B.Sc. Joyce Martens, M.A. TESL/TEFL, Karen Rauser, M.A. TESOL, B.A. Ling WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST QUESTION ABOUT DEVELOPING AND TEACHING ONLINE ESL? Please write your question on the paper provided (write BIG!) The Journey Part 1 - Questions and Concerns Part 2 - The Process Part 3 - Challenges and Benefits Part 4 - Take-aways Part 1 - Questions and Concerns Let's take a look at our questions: o What is the role of the Teacher in online learning? o Based on what we know about the ways that ELL's acquire language, is online learning an effective tool for language learning? Part 2 - The Process STEP 1: Where do we start? STEP 2: Choosing an LMS STEP 3: Transformation STEP 1: Where do we start? Start with a reference point to keep you focused on meeting the objectives. CLB CEFR ACTFL Exam prep Benchmarks and Outcomes (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificates) STEP 2: Choosing an LMS LMS = Learning Management System Blackboard? Desire to Learn? Moodle? Blackboard: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r9/index.htm D2L: http://www.desire2learn.com/products/learning-suite/ TIPS: o know what support programs you need (java, flash) o have technical support!! Moodle- marking Blackboard- building course content Desire to Learn- inserting info STEP 3: Transformation Transform language learning concepts and techniques from the classroom to an online environment. o prior knowledge o teaching vs testing o repetition & practice STEP 3: Transformation eslcourses.ca Techniques available online: types of activities question types pronunciation practice instant feedback monitoring student progress • • • • • Other Web 2.0 Tools for ELL • • • • • • • • • Facebook Google docs e-clicker (available on the App store for a price!) Voice blogs (many LMS systems have these!) Skype Elluminate iPads iPhones http://nathanhall.posterous.com Part 3: Challenges & Benefits Challenges: f2f interaction - motivation • • cheating and control • technical issues- training and support • teachable moments • time consuming 20:1 (1 lesson =4 hours of online activity) Benefits • • • • • • millenium students support tool monitoring/grading autonomous learning instant feedback any place, any pace, any time Part 4: Take Aways • wave of online education is here • teacher's role is vital! • blended learning • provide technical training and support • step out and get your feet wet!