September 2005 - issue 9/05
Welcome to the September Newsletter.
A shortened & earlier version than usual as we're off on holiday
- at long last!
Dr Richard Kiely joins us with articles on the role of television
in the ELT classroom. He introduces the series:
'This is a series of three articles on the use of television as a
source of material and activities for the language classroom.
This article looks at some background issues, and presents a
methodological framework for using television material for
developing comprehension skills, analysing language forms in
interactions, and more widely, exploring televisual literacy -
the skills we use to identify TV genres, programme types, and
The next article illustrates the application of these principles
in the use of 3-minute extract from The Royle Family (a BBC
situation comedy programme) in a range of lessons over a two-year
period. (To appear in early October 2005)
The third article examines some research issues in the use of
television in the classroom. It sets out sample enquiries which
teachers can develop to understand the impact of television
material in their classes, and thus inform both cognitive and
socio-cultural perspectives on language learning. (To appear in
early November 2005)'
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1. THE SITE
3. TEACHING LINKS
4. DAYS OF THE MONTH
5. BOOK REVIEW
6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
7. PS - Internet/computer-related links
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1. THE SITE - ARTICLES
The role of television and televisual literacy in language
teaching and learning by Dr Richard Kiely
Technology has changed the life of the language teacher. It has
increased the range of resources which teachers can use; it has
facilitated display of these resources in ways which eases the
task of the teacher; and it has facilitated access to these
resources in a way which means that learning can take place
beyond the classroom.
Two areas of technology have received a lot of attention in the
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) methodological literature and
in the research which is gradually informing teaching practices.
First, the tape recorder has brought sound to the classroom for
nearly half a century: as a mainstay of audiolingual approaches,
audio recordings have become a TESOL institution, a companion to
any serious coursebook, and a focus of teaching skills in initial the computer is a more recent
development, and, although there are still many questions about
ways to harness its potential, is fast becoming an essential tool
of the trade. Television, a technology which combines sound and
visual information and presents language use in rich social and
cultural contexts, has not had the same impact as these
technologies. The aim of this article is to explore the potential
of television and set out a framework for using television
material in language learning and teaching.
In this article I use television to refer to clips, programmes
and other material made for television. Such material typically
includes advertisements, and programmes such as news, drama, game
shows and reality TV. Also included might be films, and home or
student made video material. The typical material is particularly
relevant to language teaching and learning as it builds on
knowledge of popular culture, and develops tele-visual literacy.
Film and amateur video also have particular qualities which make
them relevant to the language teaching task, and to a large
extent the same principles relating to use in the classroom
apply. In brief, television materials has three features:
* data for comprehension is presented visually and aurally;
* it is grounded in and reflects a contemporary social and
* comprehension is facilitated by television literacy from
another language context.
To view the article
Thanks to Richard.
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I'm developing a university course on listening strategies using
segments from movies and TV programs. My Thai learners are false
pre-intermediates to intermediates with severe listening
Our classrooms only have computers and projectors, so I've had to
iron out a lot of technical issues--converting DVDs to MPEG,
splitting the MPEG files into 3-4 minutes segments so I can copy
it to my flashdrive, etc.
There isn't much relevant material on the Net, so I'd be
interested in sharing insights, experiences, and ideas from
teachers who have used video in the EFL classroom. I'd especially
welcome an ongoing dialog with teachers who use videos
extensively in EFL teaching.
I'm facing issues such as whether to use English subtitling (the
program I use to rip DVDs allows inclusion of subtitles). My
instincts tells me not to, but there may be evidence that
subtitles benefit learners.
Also, I wonder whether to provide learners with a complete,
though annotated, transcript of the segment at some point later
in a lesson. Is there any significant benefit (after all, I'm not
teaching reading) or could it could be too much for them to
handle. My instincts tell me that I should because learners may
use it to study language that interests them on their own.
However, in real-life interactions, there are no transcripts, so
perhaps it would be wiser to get them used to relying on their
memories . . .
It is easy for me to see the potential benefits of using this
material for teaching English but difficult to anticipate
potential learner problems. One concern is that combining audio
and visual information could be a bit overwhelming for my
learners, so I plan to first play the video segment with the
sound off to sort of acculturate them to the actors, setting, and
action. But perhaps I'm wrong.
I know you're all as busy as I am, but I look forward to hearing
anything you have to say.
Costadina lets us know:
On Sept.12 there will be a fielded discussion on English 4
Sustainability, on the GISIG discussion list of IATEFL. The
speakers will be Prof. Graham Harper and John Eyles from E.O.N.
org. An organization that works in S.E.Asia, by teaching
sustainability to the people in English. Anyone interested in
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welcome to join and take part in the discussion. To join, go
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3. TEACHING LINKS
If you have visited a site that you think would be beneficial for
all or would like your site to appear here, please get in touch.
The Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities -
lots of links.
Technology Tips of the Month - From Deborah Healey and the
English Language Institute at the Oregon State University,
although I'm not sure if it is still active.
Whether textbooks are thrust upon us by those with little
expertise in the field, or we are fortunate enough to write our
own syllabuses for courses, no one book can meet all the wants
and needs of each classroom situation.
Thus, after fifteen years of continually looking through
supplementary material and textbooks, trying to remember where a
certain grammar explanation or activity was or find more suitable
ones, I decided (while unfortunately being unemployed, but
fortunately getting unemployment) to start a data-base. I
actually started it in 1995, then didn't work on it for over two
years while working on my Master's in ELT.
As you will see there are 71 books in the data-base. Please have
a look at this listing before you download because the FAST FIND
FILE (approx. 1.5 megas) will be of no use to you unless you have
the same books . In the FAST FIND FILE, the books are listed on
two sheets in EXCEL. The first sheet is titled 'Supplementary
Material' (e.g. resource packs, Keeping Talking, Discussions A-
Z), and the second sheet is titled 'Textbooks' (e.g. Headway (not
the brand new ones), Milestones, Cutting Edge). While browsing
it, you should keep in mind that I had no plans for publishing it
in any way. It was simply done for my own private use. In any
case, I do hope you will find it helpful and a time-saver.
Do- It- Yourself English Teaching Activities - Language Discovery
and Exploration Tools for English Teachers, Translators, and
4. DAYS OF THE MONTH
A few days to plan your lessons around in September
7th - Brazilian Independence Day
21st - International Day of Peace
26th - European Day of Languages
29th - Scotland Yard Anniversary
To see the list of Days
Wikipedia's excellent focus on days of the year:
Some holiday origins.
5. BOOK REVIEW
'Real English Grammar: Intermediate to Upper Intermediate' by
Hester Lott (Marshall Cavendish) is a relatively new grammar book
well worth recommending to your intermediate students.
To read the review
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6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
Due to the holidays, the Tip will reappear on 19th September.
Free weekly practical teaching tips by e-mail.
Recent Tips have included:
- You don't say! - an idea for developing the discoursal
function of intonation.
- The long tail - lesson ideas around a business-related
- The youth of today - lesson ideas for International Youth Day & also advanced conversation ideas.
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7. PS - Internet/computer-related links from SiteSkimmer.com
A few computer use rules of thumb:
- make copies of all-important files
- run scan disk & then defragment the hard drive
- use firewall software
- use a virus scan & update the files every week
- install security patches that software providers offer
- update your DirectX files regularly
- don't open attachments without scanning for viruses first
- don't respond to spam - just delete & forget
- don't send personal or bank information by email
- turn off your computer at night
The following links are taken from the Site Skimmer .com
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Dull Men's Club - 'A place in cyberspace where Dull Men can share
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