sábado, 30 de julio de 2011

Multiliteracy in ELT

One of my best friends, Verónica, who is also my yoga teacher, has this motto: ‘The only permanent thing is change’. When we think of the changes brought about by the development of technology, from individual to global scale, especially at the beginning of the 21st century, it does not become surprising to find out how the traditional concept of literacy which meant the ability to read and write has developed into a broader and richer concept of multiliteracy. But what does being multiliterate mean? What is the implication of this concept in education and more specifically in ELT? Let’s have a look together!

miércoles, 27 de julio de 2011

My learning metaphor

Have you seen the image of the wave at the top of my first post? Do you know why I have chosen it to illustrate my blog? Simply because it represents my metaphor for learning. Most of us have at some time or another studied about metaphors at school in Language or Literature classes. But if we stop to think for a moment, we can discover that many of us use metaphors to express how we feel about something. For me, learning is like riding inside a magnificent blue wave, what professional surfers call tube riding. What does this metaphor express for me? That learning means movement, like the sea that is in constant movement, because movement means changing and evolving, and learning always leaves a change in us, in the way we perceive the world and also ourselves. And it is a joyful ride, a pleasant journey, a lifelong process, and something that refreshes or renews me. That's how I feel about it. But there's more in this metaphor. It is like riding into a beautiful blue tunnel of water with the sun shining through all along the way, so it is a tunnel that is not closed but open to receiving light from outside; in fact, you can see the sun at the end of the tunnel if you observe a surfer riding inside a wave. Also, the surfer has to be attentive to keep balance and adapt to the way the water moves, so as to enjoy the ride for as long as he can. So being open and flexible are positive attitudes that will surely help us as we learn.
Now, what does learning mean in the 21st century? Well, if you want to know what I think, I invite you to read my next post. Meanwhile, enjoy your learning ride!
And enjoy this wonderful video of tube riding. I hope you like it.

miércoles, 13 de julio de 2011

Five reasons why I'd like to try EFL blogging

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb

Before I mention my five reasons, why blog in the first place? Well, let's see...

All right, now it's time to tell you why I'd like to try EFL blogging:

1) To enrich my classes providing students  not only with language practice, homework or reinforcement of what was learnt but also with extension activities, project work, links to interesting material, so as to motivate them to go on learning English, learning through English, and having fun, too!
2) To promote higher order thinking skills, so as to help them to construct and create new knowledge; also, to help them think critically.
3) To give students the chance to find their unique voice; I think this will in turn help them raise their self-esteem and feel proud of their achievements.  
4) To enhance communication and rapport with and among students. In my opinion, a student who feels understood and listened to, will be in a better mood for learning and cooperating with his peers.
5) To help them become more autonomous in learning, and in connection with this, to help them discover their learning styles and develop and integrate them, so that they can learn better.

I guess I've mentioned more than five in this list, but I'm sure there are many more, don't you think?