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2011-2 Course

Course 2011-12 Avanzado 2 (OLD)

For Michelle’s students at their state-run language school: on this blog, you need to read this Page plus the ReadMe post on the Front Page and the Page called List of Projects (OPs) to browse your options.

If you are one of my 2011-2012 Avanzado 2 students, you will already know that our course requires you share your knowledge and skills in teamwork and in class. For the first 3 months, you need to get a few episodes of a TV series you like, and get into the habit of watching at least one episode a week, two or three times. Episodes usually last 20 minutes, so plan your learning week taking this into account. It’s a very important exercise. A LISTENING A DAY KEEPS YOUR ENGLISH IN SHAPE! (You can use your textbook and podcasts to pick listening activities for the rest of the days.)

You’ll be putting together 1 or 2 Oral Presentations (OPs) this year:

  • The first is scheduled for December, when your OP team will present a description of your 2-month individual and team work based on watching an episode of a TV series, along with a collection of Language We Learned (Useful Language) while watching that episode. (Book a date in November.) You should not use written texts (scripts), because the point of this exercise is you get used to understanding people speaking, while developing your skill to work out what you don’t understand by noticing context and fishing words and using your life knowledge. If you read (scripts, subtitles) you won’t be doing just this. And “this” requires a great deal of hours practice. If you insist in reading scripts, please, watch the episode 6 times before you do any reading, and notice how you actually understand and learn more and more as you watch and watch!
  • The second OP can be individual or best, in a group, too. This 2012 OP will be based on a novel or documentary you agree to pick. Check this List of Projects (OPs).

Projects involve…

  • English, please! You should speak English all the time, whether you are working in class or elsewhere. Don’t waste your chances to practice your English! Learn to listen to other people’s English and practice your communicative strategies!
  • Picking What U Like: It’s vital you pick a project you feel like working on!
  • Teamwork. TEAM=Together Everyone Achieves More. 3 – 6 people will pick a same Project, exchange emails and think and talk in different occassions about what to do — both traditional and creative work are welcome. You can use the TP Forums (public) or the TP eCampus forums (private) to communicate. Apart from that, we will devote some lessons for teams to flock up and get going!
  • Preparation. You need to inform me as soon as you can about your Project, which includes the title of your OP, the list of activities, who will present each, time you need, and info on whichever materials and equipment you may produce or you will need. Remember that if you are going to produce materials in English for your OP you should be sending me your final versions in good time so that I can check them and you, agree to my corrections. Then we will make the copies!
  • Participation. Our course is interactive, and everybody should be bringing in part of their learning worlds.
  • Your OP. To present your work in class, you can use a maximum of 60 minutes (4 people) and a minimum of 15 minutes (3 members). This can be not counting potential discussions you might want to facilitate or feedback from teacher and peers.
  • Video recording. Projects can be video recorded and published on our YouTube Channel. Example 1. Example 2. Example 3 (with corrections).
  • Audio recording. Projects can be audio recorded and published with comments on mistakes. Example.
    Check out more examples of both at the Reproduction List of Avanzado 2 EOI Getafe!

More Examples

Some ideas and examples for your OP & Project

In your OP

  • you could describe your Project: what you did, what you learned from working on it about language (the 4 skills, language awareness and LoM, communicative strategies), teamwork skills (getting organized), culture…
  • you could design a series of activities to exploit one or several of the materials in the Project Pack, or which you added to the Project Pack.

Projects should involve the use of…

  • audio and/or audiovisual materials – the Net also counts!
  • reading materials
  • a notebook, to jot down Useful Language and work on your List of Mistakes (LoM)
  • a folder to collect teamwork discussions, lists of resources, charts

and they should also involve you selecting or designing some sort of materials to use in class (that we can later publish on TP or your School’s website)

Tips / Some advice…

  • Brainstorm before making decisions.
  • Try to integrate, combine ideas instead of picking some and discarting others
  • Be creative, expand your horizons! This doesn’t mean you cannot do classical activities. You can. But you can also improve them, and make them more creative.
  • Share your knowledge, skills and resources, but also try to learn something new!

Ideas for your OP / designing activities

You speaking:
Tell us about the work
Tell us about its author
Tell us about the times

Design a Listening Activity:
Using a gapped transcript of part of the audio/audiovisual
With 3,4-multiple choice questions
With questions to the Plenary, for discussion

Design a Reading Comprehension activity
Cloze tests, multiple choice exercises…

Design Reading Aloud activities

Design Communicative activities

Create Materials:
Design a Power Point presentation and then turn it into a video so we can watch it in class!
Shoot a video: showing pics and telling us about them, with you showing or explaining things, with you wearing costumes dramatizing a scene…
Make up games, or online games (check out examples)
Create a blog and prepare some online activities

Design Discussions:
Pick statements or scenes that people can read out or watch for a subsequent discussion
in small groups (first?)
then at Plenary

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