I live and work in Japan (formerly in South Korea) as an English teacher. I'm blogging here because I want to reflect on and share the things I have learned about teaching and learning over the years. I look forward to your feedback!
Tonight’s #KELTchat topic is L1 Use in the Language Classroom. Often our workplaces dictate whether or now L1 use is appropriate in the classroom. Many places ban it entirely. Is this beneficial to the students?
During the chat, we can discuss the benefits and drawbacks of L1 use in the language classroom and share strategies for how, when, how much we allow our learners to use their first language. Some things to think about include:
1) What are your beliefs about L1 use in the classroom? Does it depend on age? Ability level?
2) Does your workplace have rules about L1 use? Do you agree with them?
3) What strategies do you use for enforcing your language policy in your classroom?
As always, we would be happy if you would join us for this discussion and add your own questions or tips. If you’re new to Twitter chatting and aren’t sure quite how it works, check out this handy guide. If you have no idea what #KELTChat is, have a look here or here. You can also contact us through Twitter (@breathyvowel, @JosetteLB, @michaelegriffin, @alexswalsh, @annehendler) or on our Facebook page.
Hi, all you #KELTchatters. It’s time for our next #KELTchat (with apologies for the irregularity during these summer months) – This Sunday, August 12 at 9pm (an hour late to accommodate those late-working summer campers among us!).
So check out the poll and vote for the topic you’d most like to chat about. Have a great week and see you on Sunday!
Several teachers expressed curiosity and questions about using social networks, but do not currently use them in class. @breathyvowel wondered how it would work to use Kakao talk to share sentence ideas or short pieces of writing in class. @AnneHendler saw the benefit of Kakao talk for speaking practice – using recorded voice notes (an idea she got from a KOTESOL presentation by @languagebubble). @vickyloras told of teachers who collaborate with their students on Facebook. She explained that the teacher posts homework on Facebook and students correct each other’s paragraphs, participate in discussions, and gain information through polls.
Drawbacks of using social networks with students.
Several drawbacks were discussed, including privacy, time spent in front of the computer, how to ensure the students are actually doing the work, how to assess the work – for quality, quantity, or improvement? It was mentioned that students already spend a lot of time in front of the computer and this could be a more productive use of that time. The concern was also raised that students can get off topic and use the forum for non-class-related items.
Platforms for social networks in class.
Facebook and Twitter were noted for their popularity with students for other purposes – students might be more interested in interacting online with a program they already know how to use.
Edmodo was mentioned: a site similar to Facebook but used specifically for classes. http://www.edmodo.com/ – check out the ‘about’ video.
@ThalesDream introduced us to Schoology – a site similar to Edmodo that is Ecertified for student safety and security. https://www.schoology.com/home.php Which can attach or embed video and audio files as well as using a dropbox for file sharing and integration with Google Docs.
Participants determined that online discussion can be better for shy students – putting everyone on a level playing field. Some students are more likely to participate online than face-to-face.
@ThalesDream:But in my opinion, all of these online options are only supplementary. What happens in the classroom has priority. #KELTchat