Following on from our popular and well attended webinar series, LTSIG Fridays, between April and June of this year, we have moved to a monthly webinar, which will take place on Saturdays. These will not clash with the IATEFL webinars which usually take place once a month on that day. We hope you can join us as we continue to explore the possibilities and considerations of online or remote teaching. Further information about future webinars will added to this page and shared on our social media. Information about the latest webinar can be found at the top, while archive information and recordings can be found by scrolling down.
LTSIG MONTHLY ARCHIVE
We kicked off this series by looking at ‘Interactive storytelling games’ with Graham Stanley on 25 July.
Online interactive storytelling games are a great way to motivate language learners to speak and listen. They can also be easily adapted by the teacher to most levels and are suitable to play with a range of age groups. During this workshop, we will look at how best to approach online storytelling games with some examples and then discuss how teachers can best design their own games for their learners.
Here are the resources that Graham shared before and during the webinar:
- Role-Playing-Games and English Lessons by Elena Pereseada. Elena runs the RPG in ELT Facebook group, which consists of a lively bunch of teachers who meet every week to playtest and discuss RPGs for teaching and learning English.
- Lockdown learning – Role-play Games Online by James Egerton. James is an active member of the RPG in ELT group and has developed several games for language learning, including Saving the Princess (a prepositions quest)
- Hiking Adventure. Role-play games in the classroom by Mike Astbury
- Five Best Practices Teachers Can Learn from Dungeon Masters by Paul Darvasi.
Example interactive storytelling games:
- A fortnight to cross the valley. Watch part of the recording of the playtest of this game carried out in the weekly Webheads in Action weekly meeting. The playtest starts at 6:31. The discussion about the tool (Hex Kit) used and the game starts at minute 36:11.
- Get the Treasure and Escape the Island! Watch part of the recording of the playtest of this game carried out in a webinar give to the Association for the London branch of the Association for Language Learning (the game play starts at 9:31). The play test finishes at 42:52 and there is then a brief discussion about the game and if and how it could be adapted to suit lower level language learners.
- A quiet year in the valley. Watch part of the recording of the Quiet Year playtest conducted by the RPG in ELT Facebook group. At minute 44:29 we stop playing and discuss the game and if it would work with language learners.
A slightly edited YouTube recording of Graham’s session is available below:
Getting Students to Collaborate in Breakout Rooms in Remote Teaching
On 29 August, the LTSIG webmaster Phil Longwell presented a workshop on getting students to collaborate in breakout rooms. Scroll down for two ways to watch the recording.
Abstract: Drawing on theories of constructivism in online environments, as well as newer models, this webinar will take a look at best practice for teaching online using Blackboard Collaborate. This will be a practical workshop where participants are invited to discuss effective ways of using the platform, including exploiting the use of breakout groups.
Whilst no knowledge of Collaborate was necessary top attend this session, it would be useful if participants are already using or are going to use this platform in the future. The presenter drew on his recent experience of using the platform on an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course at the University of Sheffield, UK, but the principles and use of it could be transposed to other forms of online or remote language teaching. Collaborate is not designed for webinars with many attendees, so there were some technical difficulties to overcome.
There are two ways of watching the recording. Either the raw Collaborate recording of just the main room with all the chat box comments or an edited recording on YouTube. This is embedded below:
‘Speaking in and out of the Covid classroom through a blended learning approach’
On 31 October, Joe Dale presented for us on the topic of ‘Speaking in and out of the Covid classroom through a blended learning approach’. In this webinar, Joe Dale will showcase a variety of examples of good practice in asynchronous approaches to speaking in and out of the languages classroom. He will explore the different challenges involved and suggest ways in which teachers have dealt with the restrictions of practising speaking whilst remaining covid-secure. A recording can be watched below.
It included practical demonstrations of:
- Flipgrid to practise speaking and listening skills in a moderated environment asynchronously, offer video feedback remotely and show learning through whiteboard work and screen-recording
- Flippity.net to harness sentence builders from a Google Sheet
- QWIQR conversations for recording moderated dialogues remotely via a private link and audio feedback
Slides available here: https://is.gd/ltsigoct2020
‘Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactive Tasks for Distance Learning’ by Milica Vukadin
In this one hour webinar, Milica showed us various synchronous and asynchronous interactive tasks for distance learning. The tasks were presented according to lesson stages of TBI (Theme-Based Instruction). Only some stages of a TBI lesson were mentioned (warm-up, practice, assessment, and follow-up). Some digital tools were mentioned as an example, but the tools can be easily changed, and the participants can use the tools they select. Finally, Milica also shared some interesting ideas and examples of interactivity beyond the screen in the distance learning classroom (what can you do to engage students online without using digital tools).
Milica Vukadin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac. She is currently writing her Master thesis on the topic of environmental education in bilingual preschools, and she also attended an additional master’s course for English teaching methodology for young learners. She is currently working on multiple positions, one of them being the head of language studies at the B.Y.Mafit award-winning IELTS center in Nigeria, where she taught more than 2000 students so far. She has been teaching English and Psychology online on Preply for 6 years now, where she also conducts training for tutors on how to teach children. Milica also facilitates weekly English storytelling & project-based learning lessons at the Kutak za Kulturu in Novi Sad. She is a proud National Geographic Certified Educator, and she is very passionate about environmental education. Her other interests include interculturalism, distance learning, and using technologies in education.In her free time, she writes academic and semi-academic articles for her website Alice in Methodologyland and for British Council Teaching English. She also volunteers online for the Granny Cloud, where she has sessions with children from India.
‘Promoting and Maximising Interaction Digitally ’ by Rafael Webster
Abstract: How can we maximize students’ interaction digitally? This webinar focuses on providing an understanding of different types of interaction and how to promote it digitally and pedagogically oriented. Participants will also learn practical activities used with digital platforms in different phases of a lesson, which may engage students differently when talking to one another.
Bio: Rafael Webster has been an English Teacher for about 6 years and is currently part of the e-learning team at Cultura Inglesa SP. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and has presented his research projects at different conferences such as IATEFL and Braz-Tesol on the use of technology for pedagogical purposes.