#KELTChat on Linguistic Landscapes (Sunday November 2nd)

The next #KELTchat will be at 8 pm on Sunday November 2nd and the topic will be Linguistic Landscapes. More specifically, we will be talking about about Linguistic Landscapes and their implications and uses for English teaching. People from all around are welcome to participate and all are welcome. For this chat we are honoured to have Michael Chesnut and Sungwoo Kim as guest moderators.

chesnut linguistic landscapes

Photos by @MichaelChesnut2

What do we mean when we say, “Linguistic Landscapes?” Scott Thornbury, mentioner of #KELTchat, offers a nice introduction in this post. The post cites an ELT Journal article from Peter Sayer on Using the Linguistic Landscape as a Pedagogical Resource. And here is an article called “The Language Lessons Around Us: Undergraduate English Pedagogy and Linguistics Landscape Research” that is focused on research and experiences at a Korean university.

A central question for the chat will be:
How can various linguistic landscapes be used in language teaching? 

and some additional questions might include:

  • How can we get started using Linguistic Landscapes in (and out of) class?
  • What challenges might you expect using Linguistic Landscapes with students?
  • What ideas do you have for using Linguistic Landscapes with students?
  • How can we use the English in Korea’s multilingual Linguistic Landscape to help our students develop their language skills?
  • How can we use technology like Google Street View to explore Linguistic Landscapes beyond Korea?

Of course, other questions and points will emerge in the flow of the conversation. We are looking forward to chatting with you!

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Candid Lesson Planning: A Very Special #KELTchat Slowburn. Tuesday 2014.10.14, 10am – 10pm Seoul time.

How do you really plan lessons? This question and others will be discussed in the next #KELTchat Twitter chat on Tuesday 2014.10.14, from 10 am to 10 pm Seoul time.

This is a special Slowburn because the final hour will find us LIVE on ELT Live in a Google Hangout hosted by Jeff Lebow of WorldBridges.

Candid lesson plan CHALLENGE!
For this chat we have a (totally optional) challenge to get you started whenever you arrive from 10 am to 10 pm.
If you can, share a picture of a real lesson plan, or of your real planning process. We want to peek inside your notebook/computer/brain!
Why is this how you plan? How often do you do it? How long do you spend?
Why is planning this way useful for you?

In addition to the challenge, please feel free to add your own questions and issues with planning and prep.

Some other questions to consider might be:

  • Are there any limitations about your planning you’ve been thinking about?
  • Is there anything you’re thinking about trying out regarding planning?
  • How is you planning similar and different than when you first starting teaching?
  • Who sees your plans?
  • What is an essential aspect of your plans or something you need to do?
  • What is your favourite part of lesson prep? Least favourite?
  • How/when/why do you throw away your plans during teaching?
  • Do you keep plans? Do you come back to them later? Why?
  • What sites, ideas and resources are helpful for you as related to lesson prep?
  • Have you heard any good quotes that can be related to lesson prep?
  • What aspects of preparing for classes take the longest for you? Do you have strategies for streamlining the preparation process?