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Workshop: Making the most of Free Web Applications
22. April 2010 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 22 April 2010 – 4pm GMT (5pm London Time)
Hawaii 6am, Los Angeles 9am, New York 12pm, London 5pm, Paris 6pm, Dubai 8pm, New Delhi 9:30pm, Beijing midnight (Thu/Fri), Tokyo 1am (Fri), Sydney 2am (Fri)
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There is no doubt that we are living in the era of ICT and our students are so computer-literate that it is a shame to waste this tremendous potential to make use of their knowledge and interests to our and their advantage. We have argued endlessly about theories and concepts like the communicative use of language, CLIL, using authentic materials, extending learning beyond class time, motivating learners, collaborative learning, promoting autonomy and self-directed learning. The time has come to blend all these concepts into new, authentic and motivating tasks!
The advent of Web 2.0 and beyond has brought to light myriads of free web applications that we can use to enhance language learning, while at the same time engaging students through the use of the same technology they use every day, but of which WE may be ignorant or unskilled in using.
I will give you a user friendly overview of the use of search engines, blogs, wikis, voice and video recording tools and digital storytelling tools among others. I will show you how these applications can be used to improve vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking and writing. We will explore practical examples of class activities and projects using these tools and you will discover how students can also develop critical thinking skills, explore their creativity and have fun!
About Vicky Saumell
Vicky Saumell holds a degree in Translation and a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL. Co-author of Pearson’s Teacher Development Interactive: Preparation for the Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT). Author and tutor of New Learning Environments for the Master’s in ELT at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia. EFL Coordinator at Instituto San Francisco de Asís, Buenos Aires, Argentina.