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by Mar Novelli - Thursday, 11 May 2017, 3:52 PM
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classroom management
by Dora Melchiorre - Sunday, 30 April 2017, 8:02 AM

Since I'm the only Italian primary school teacher I think I have to explain a couple of things about how the English classes are organized.In Italy, there are  two kinds of English teachers, also in the same school: a teacher called "specialista" who teaches only English in at least seven classes, and a  teacher called "specializzata" who teaches  only in one class but also other disciplines (almost all in my case).I work as " specilalizzata" in a 2nd  of a public Primary School.In both situation English doesn't have lot time: only one hour a week in the first grade, two hours a week in the second grade and three hours a week in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I'm glad to be a " specializzata" and have only one class because I can teach English for several hours, usually in the first and second grade at least half an hour a day.In these classes I always use the English language for the vocabulary that concerns the class: to do roll call, to distribute the worksheets ("take one and pass on!", ) as I learnt from Susan!) , to read and so on. So the learn a lot of word during the day.In the second time of the day we play in English: from very easy play like bingo, to more difficolut like "Guess who I'm". Some times we sing and dance (they love so much!) and we mime persons, animals, or thing or city in group or all together. At the moment I have also created a small English library with books with simple stories and great illustrations. My kids love the books of Meg and Mog, maybe because they also know the cartoons that we sometimes look together on the LIM. As usual in Italy, I follow my students for five years: in third to fifth classes, we are able to work on more complex activities because their language level is better and this allows them to express their creativity more. We also used drama activities as a starting point to stage a small language performance on Oz's Wizard's story: we've built everything together and the kids have a lot of fun. Parents really enjoyed it and I almost seemed like a good teacher. Shock, I know I have so much to learn



Re: classroom management
by Cristina Gazcón - Sunday, 30 April 2017, 10:34 AM

Hi Dorame!

Thanks for sharing your experience! For me it´s always very "nourishing" to know about other teacher´s environments, in different countries and cultures.

You say you know you have to learn a lot. Thanks god, I feel the same. You are a very young woman. I´m almost 60!...and yet think I can be a better teacher every day, one who still has time to make meaningful contributions to education in the institutions where I work. 

Hope to meet U at the webminar 2day!


C.



Re: classroom management
by Susan Price de Hillyard - Monday, 1 May 2017, 10:39 AM



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Re: classroom management
by Dora Melchiorre - Monday, 1 May 2017, 10:53 AM
thanks Cristina, we all will improve as teacher, I'm sure. I'm not so young: I'm 50!!! smile Hugs


Re: classroom management
by Dora Melchiorre - Monday, 1 May 2017, 10:58 AM
Thanks Susan I'm sure I'm a good teacher but I know that I can improve! I love this course !


Re: classroom management
by Susan Price de Hillyard - Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:06 AM
Thank you! 

I'm very proud of it, actually and want to reach more teachers around the world!

Susan H 



 
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by Cristina Gazcón - Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 7:19 PM
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by Noelia Kusznir - Saturday, 22 April 2017, 12:10 PM
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Introduction
by Noelia Kusznir - Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:15 AM
Hello everybody! My name is Noelia Kusznir. I´m 38 years old. I was born in Chaco- Argentina where I still live with my family. I´ve worked as a teacher of English since 2006 but I consider myself a learner. I felt in love with the English language many years ago and that feeling never stops.

At the moment I´m working in two different schools. At the end of the school year, all the teachers prepare a big celebration in which children present different plays which are awesome. That´s why I would love to learn techniques, strategies and anything that would help me get the most from students when acting. I think that through drama learners can not only improve their speaking skills and language in general but also they learn how to express emotions and improve their self- esteem, among many other things.

 I love travelling, practising sports and learning new things. Thus,I am so happy to start this couse with you all.

Warm regards,

                     Noelia

 
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by Noelia Kusznir - Saturday, 22 April 2017, 11:57 AM
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by Nuriya Moosajee - Saturday, 22 April 2017, 12:36 AM
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by Gobinda puri - Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:19 PM
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Drama experience
by Anita Gregoriades - Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 6:17 PM

I have never attended drama classes - in the strict sense of the word - as some of my fellow participants may have done. Nonetheless, I have always believed that drama is a powerful tool in the ELT classroom.Besides the obvious role playing activities my ss perform in class (ready made script found in ELT textbooks) I created speaking lessons leading up to role playing activities  (see an example of a speaking lesson I created on prezi     https://prezi.com/ukqx7dvms2as/wanted-wife/?webgl=0). I have also experimented with Asher's TPR (Total Physical Response method) to teach English to young learners as it enables stress free language learning conditions - with a quite few adaptations as seen in the videohttps://www.facebook.com/1715216685433958/videos/1883898871899071/ . I have also used some of Ladousse's role playing/simulation games such as picture role/plays where ss identify with different people seen on photographs, write/create their own biography and interview each other in their newly assigned identities. Students really loved these drama activities because simply... it didn't feel like having a lesson but I believe that the learning outcome was enormous as far as language building is concerned.




Re: Drama experience
by Susan Hillyard - Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 7:45 PM

Anita, 

It looks like you are really interested....

I'm afraid I could not open your Prezi but yes, TPR is great, if limited, especially for young learners. many teachers ask me if TPR is the same as Drama and i always say that TPR is one tiny aspect of Drama and Drama goes much further. 

And you are right.....Sts, esp Teens who sometimes are the hardest to motivate, don't even notice they are learning or that the time is passing so fast in what used to be boring language class!

Thanks,

Susan H 



Re: Drama experience
by Anita Gregoriades - Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:31 AM
Hi Susan,


This was one of my very first attempts in using Prezi.

If you have the time try again the link : https://prezi.com/ukqx7dvms2as/wanted-wife/?webgl=0

I hope it works this time around smile



Re: Drama experience
by Susan Hillyard - Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:24 AM
Got it!

Shocked at Craterman!

Loved the Venn Diagram!

I bet that got them talking!!!!

Super....well done.

Did you video the role plays?

Would love to see the results!

Susan H 



 
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by Nuriya Moosajee - Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 1:03 PM
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