Week3

Week 3 Tasks

1.    Task 1 – Listening Treasure Hunt
2.    Task 2 – Listening Review
3.    Task 3 – Listening Math
4.    Task 4 – Listening List – Going Beyond with your Listening Math
5.    Further Explorations – Here are more Listening Resources
a.    Help Desk
b.     Week 3 Benchmarks – Have I finished?

WEEK 3 – TASK 1 and Task 2 – Listening Treasure Hunt and Listening Review

As other participants told, it was very short time for the Task 1. But, I’ve already passed through the most of the tools, as I was reading the posts of the participants that have already finished the task, but at that moment didn’t have enough free time to spend half an hour to finish Task 1, because I have 2 little kids who make systematic interruption of my work (“Mum, please I need this and that…” all the time…).
Out of that “peeking” and my own research when I finally got some time, here is the result.

Wordia is a site that enables students to find the right word. It is a free  source, which is important when you lack with materials, and also, there is a science section which provides us with some expert words. As I teach psychology, it could be important and helpful to make connection between subjects. Here, in Serbia, during the school year, we have to make several such lessons, where is obvious connection and correlation between different subjects, where we choose some topic and analyze it from different corners. That is the way to make the fusion of the knowledge, which is important, because in the school we have artificially divided and classified knowledge represented through the school subjects.
Using Wordia, I could make psychology lessons on English, and such lessons, based on psychology, could be used on the English lessons, because we have English as a second language.
Smories is an interesting site which can provide lots of information based on analyzing non-verbal communication – the way the people (in this case – kids) behave during verbal conversation, making breaks in pronunciation, mimicry, gesture, etc. It is useful when teaching about communication, and listening as well as looking to the kids while telling their stories, could be used an introductory or final segment of a lesson.
TED is a site full of ideas worth of spreading, indeed! I found several speeches (talks) that could be used as a video material during the psychology lesson. One should list all of them, during his spear time, and note ones of interest for the subject he teaches.
10000words contains several tools for audio recording that can be downloaded and used to motivate students during the lesson. I’ve already downloaded Audacity, the audio-tool I’ve heard about few months ago, but didn’t dare to work with it. Thank you for encouraging me!

Week 3 – Task 3 – Listening Math

My idea for a lesson plan would be:

  MY STORY – NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
DIGITAL RESOURCES http://smories.com

http://wordia.com/

computer with internet connection and projector

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CLASS LEVEL High school students – 16 years old

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TIME FRAME one 45 minutes class, but using some activities of the previous and the next one _________________________________
LESSON GOAL By the end of this lesson, students will have
•    understood the connection between emotions and their facial expression
•    understood how some parts of the face and body behave while person has particular emotion
•    enhanced their digital literacy using several tools  (PP Presentations, Listen and Write Site)
•    enriched their translating capabilities.

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STEPS Couple of students, during the class before this, gets the direction to prepare Power Point Presentation about unconscious facial expression connected with different moods. In the first part of the lesson (approximately 10 minutes) students listen to this presentation and record some important moments. The presentation contains only text.
In the main part, students listen to several stories told by children selected on the bases of their facial expression (with obvious mimicry, and gestures that has to represent adequate emotions). (Smories.com). The task is to recognize and to note rules of nonverbal expression depending on the emotions. During this activity, students record (take a note of) different emotions, giving them adequate names, both on Serbian and English language.
In the last part of lesson, students try to act and to simulate some emotions without speech or any other verbal expression, using only nonverbal expression, and the rest of the class has to guess what emotion is it about.
As a result, another couple of students has to make another Power Point Presentation, which will represent some emotions through their nonverbal expression. This presentation contains both text and photos of students acting some specific emotion. Furthermore, this presentation, in contrast to the first one, is on English language, and could be used during the next English lesson or uploaded on the school blog. This activity is to be done with the help of Wordia.com.

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ISSUES TO CONSIDER
  • The teacher has to check the internet connection and the projector.
  • The teacher must make sure that the students take some notes about different emotions they are introduced to.
  • The teacher could ask some extra help in translating, from the English teacher who will use the final PP Presentation about the emotions ______________________________

 

Week 3 – Task 4 – Listening List – Going Beyond with your Listening Math

This is the list, according to the Listening Math: 2 (Smories) + 10 (Wordia) = 12!!

1. TED is very interesting for using in the class; Pupils could either listen it at home and make the review of what they’ve heard (of course, considering on the school subject), or they could listen the part of it during the lesson, as the motivating factor;

2. SMORIES is a cute site for exploring, both for the high school students , and for little children, if they understand anything of English;

3. Time 10 questions is useful for learning English both for students and for educators, too;

4. Time 10 questions is useful for analyzing nonverbal communication of the speakers considering on what they are talking about and what emotion dominates while speaking, according to my psychological view;

5. Wordia is good for practicing English;

6. Wordia is interesting for one more thing – it contains games, and the games are very popular in young population, they like when learning is connected with fun;

7. Wordia is good for one more reason – you can follow the video in course to revive the language;

8. Wickey Daily English Activities offers a lots of practice language – good both for students and for teachers;

9. Backbone – it has tutorials about how to use particular word, depending on the situation! I think it needs Winamp!

10. Listen and Write – one can learn (or check your knowledge) about how to pronounce (by listening) and how to write (by watching) the text. One can repeat again and againt the same segment untill it is corect!

11. Moviesegment is a great place to practice one’s English, too! I could offer it to my students whose level of English is not too high, but I am sure I’ll be using all of these marvelous web-places for learning English to improve it. I must admit, I already see the improvement, because I use English these days a lot, and I have to think on English to complete all these assignments, and that is the best way for learning foreign language!

12. 10000 words is so important if you want to record, edit and publish audio material. I’ll add Audacity which is easy and free to download, and so easy to use if you want to record your voice. I use lap-top and have no equipment for recording (microphone and head-set), but what I’ve recorded was perfect, with no extra-sounds that come from the back!

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