English as a second language
It was only a matter of time before technology would find its way into mainstream education. Just as with any change, we can choose how we’re going to react to it. Will we fear the change? Reject it? Or try to take advantage of it? In introducing you to this module, we invite you to embrace change and meet every new challenge positively as a new opportunity to grow professionally.
Getting out of our comfort zone and making mistakes while learning something new is a great way to relate to students learning a second language. What better models can we be for our students when we react calmly to difficulties by seeking solutions through collaboration and innovation?
Technology can not only foster collaboration and innovation but also cooperation and communication. As you learn how to harness the potential of the various tools presented in this module, please remember that you are not alone.
Help is always just a click away.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”Albert Einstein
Source: FBIS Daily Report Ouvrir dans une nouvelle fenêtre: East Europe (4 April 1995), p. 45
The goal of the English as a Second Language Program is to develop three competencies that integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing. We are fortunate that in ESL all our competencies can be developed with the use of technology, whether in a physical classroom or online.
The internet is an inexhaustible source of authentic texts that can not only expose our students to English-speaking cultures around the world but that can also be used as prompts for discussions or writing. Every day sees new apps and programs that can be used to produce texts, track students’ understanding, and give meaningful feedback. So how are you supposed to get started?
This module shows you how to become more efficient when teaching ESL online. It will show you how to organize your online course, how to get your students ready to learn online, and how to adapt and plan content for your online lessons. You will also find examples of online activities to do with students as well as resources you can use. At first, you may want to experiment by carrying out isolated or decontextualized activities, but eventually you can expect to use online resources with confidence to ensure complete learning and evaluation situations (LESs).
By the end of this module you will have gained a better understanding of how to:
- Organize your online classroom
- Teach the ESL Program online
- Plan engaging content for online teaching
Using the link below, download the logbook designed to keep track of your learning and reflections. Use this document to write down your reflections and keep it as a ready reference for your distance teaching.
English as a second language in the “Languages” subject area
In day-to-day life as in learning, languages play a central role in both oral and written communication. By mastering one or more languages, children acquire new knowledge and become more open to the world. The “Languages” modules (French and English as a second language) present ways to teach and learn French and English as second languages online.