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Writing I is a text designed to assist the writer who is at an A2-B2 English proficiency level to develop a unified, coherent, and cohesive body paragraph. I have taught English language learning writers throughout the undergraduate program in English language teaching, spending most of my time assessing paragraph development. Although this is a first-semester propaedeutic course, this text is meant to serve as a reminder to learners throughout the entire BA in English language teaching who are attempting to write an essay for academic purposes (i.e., according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association – APA).
Teacher informal learning proves to be a powerful means for professional development. The professional development opportunities of those teaching English as a second language in different countries are often particularly limited, causing many of them to resort to informal learning actions. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to describe how ideas, materials, and social interactions form a professional learning network (PLN)’ through online, informal pedagogical dialogues among English language educators as it relates to professional learning. Five participants took part in the study with data being collected from an online survey, a content analysis of their public interactions, and an in-depth interview focused on their PLN structure and changes. The findings indicated that professional knowledge, skills sets, and overall dispositions emerge in unique ways based on how ideas, technologies, and personal contacts interrelate with each other over time and that an individual’s PLN provides unanticipated benefits when sharing publicly online.
Teacher professional development opportunities in Mexico are currently lacking. The traditional approaches of professional development such as workshops and conferences are commonplace but do little to bridge the gap between abstract concepts about teaching and learning and the practicalities teachers face in the classroom. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to describe how ideas, materials, and social interactions form a PLN through online, informal pedagogical dialogues among English language educators as it relates to professional learning. The five participants of this study were selected from a total of 10 based on their willingness to complete an informed consent form, complete an initial online survey, interact with other professionals publicly online, and participate in a final interview. The online survey contained demographic information about each case and included both open and closed items; a content analysis was done on public interactions that tool place online; and a final in-depth interview used open questions to inquire about how respective PLNs changed over time. All data was coded, categorized, and placed into themes based on the ideational, material, and social aspects of each PLN. The findings show that professional knowledge, skills sets, and overall dispositions emerge in unique ways based on how ideas, technologies, and personal contacts interrelate with each other over time and that an individual’s PLN provides unanticipated benefits when sharing publicly online.
Educators benefit from reflecting on an educational philosophy, type of communication used in class, and form of information delivery collectively when contemplating the appropriate web tools, or information and communication technologies (ICTs) to be used. Thus, ICTs link the material (i.e., tool, object, etc.) to a theoretical, communicative, and deliverable trilogy in such a way that facilitates the learning process based on the learners’ needs, interests, and learning preferences. What follows is a rationale for using the learning platform Canvas (n.d.), within a trilogical network of conceptualizations that evolve around teaching English for academic purposes, specifically a course in applied linguistics.
This book contains a collection of essays on educational leadership. Topics include the role of the instructional leader, leading learning communities, leadership interviews, and much more!
This book is a collection of 16 different essays covering various topics related to the field of education.
The following collection of stories for English learners is designed to create authentic learning situations and experiences of natural English “in the wild”. Each story is written by a different author who uses the language slightly differently, just like in real life. All authors are native speakers or highly skilled English teachers from all over the world including the United States, Ireland, England, Tunisia, Brazil, Morocco and Mexico. Each story is presented in three parts: first, there is the story itself, followed by a section explaining difficult or unusual vocabulary, and last but not least, a section with questions designed to help improve comprehension training.
Transparency in assessing learners is the precursor for discussing how assessments lead to improved teaching and learning events. It begins a dialogue that connects the complexities of your local school's context to the federal mandates that set standards that apply to all schools. By opening up the classroom experience and showing how formative assessments are being implemented throughout an entire school, educators can provide practical solutions in determining the relevance and meaning of standards at a local level.
The dictogloss procedure was originally designed as a means for teaching and learning grammar. The procedure as originally conceived can be summarized as follows: (a) a text is read twice to learners at normal speed, (b) learners take notes as the text is being read, (c) in small groups, learners attempt to reconstruct the text, (d) each group produces its own version of the original text as each tries to capture both the essence of the text and the generation of correct grammar, and (e) students compare and analyze the different texts (Wajnryb, 1990). This technique seeks to provide a cooperative learning experience for the learner as opposed to a more traditional approach often associated with oral dictation; that is, a technique more reliant on a behaviorist relation between teacher as stimulus and learner behaviors as responses (Jacobs, 2003).