jueves, 31 de mayo de 2012

Let´s speak English!

For the last four months, the training course LEARNING AND TEACHING ENGLISH CELEBRATIONS" has been running at the Teacher Training Center of Córdoba.

This training activity is aimed at primary and secondary school English teachers in Córdoba as well as at teachers of other subjects with a B1 level of English  (see the six levels established by the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The course, beginning in February and ending in June, has enjoyed a high level of demand and participation. The participating teachers have found it to be a wonderful opportunity to develop their teaching practice. Getting to know different cultural aspects of English speaking countries through the English language has been a very positive experience. 

At the same time the course entails the updated use of new technologies and, in particular, of one of the most important resources of the web 2.0: BLOGS.
The speakers, participants and myself, as the responsible teacher trainer of this course, were asked to write entries in the course´s blog and to upload the materials and  presentations created during the course, as well as to comment on good classroom practices. This blog  will be made public as soon as the course finishes.

To share these didactic resources we have used online documents in Google docs, Slideshare presentations, Youtube videos, Picassa web albums, etc...

As the main goal of this training activity has been to promote linguistic competence in English through the knowledge of popular customs, traditions and celebrations of the English-speaking world, the course has been taught entirely in English by native speakers.

The speakers were Neda Milenova, a translator and teacher trainer, and Thomas Walter Steele, a language assistant. While Neda is a native British speaker,  Thomas is American. So, not only have we enjoyed the chance of listening to both accents, but we have also shared one common objective: to be trained in dealing with activities and methodological resources with the aim of bringing these celebrations to our students, as well as designing assessment strategies for them.

As part of every session of the course, attendees have given talks in English, presenting the materials and resources that they have prepared to teach these topics to their students.  

This is the list of topics we have dealt with so far:

21st March: Easter in Britain.
16th May: Traditional scottish dances. Sports in Britain.

You can get all the information about this course HERE

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