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Pedro Vargas: a dream on learning a language online
English Learning online
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Pedro José Coelho Justo Vargas
12 January 2013
I often tell my students that they must sleep to start dreaming!
I’ve been sleeping on this and I’m ready to tell you that my dream as a language teacher is:
To find a way to get my students involved in active, self-compromised and meaningful learning of a language, using the best they can all the resources and instruments available. I use to say that a language school subject is not a subject is a tool in the pursuit of happiness!
Learning a language online
|I’m teaching English as a foreign language to Portuguese adult students at a public university. I’m also teaching English modular units to adults working already or looking for job opportunities. Al them occur in a traditional classroom context. I face a lack of feedback from all the online activities I propose to deepen and complement my students language acquisition, during and after the classes. I’ve no control over what they really train, when using all those links and exercises I leave in a blog.||Example:
When it comes to language practice, how to measure the effectiveness of the learning process by providing meaningful context and feedback?
The change I would like to see
|To find a way to get students involved and engaged in learning online through not just supplying the resources but also by giving them valuable feedback. Also make them feel the need for mastering the language to achieve other goals than not the language goal itself.||Example:
Enrolling students in a language learning community, where they get aware that a language is not a school subject, but an opportunity for success.
How I might go about bringing that change
|Cooperativism is in the root of language itself and of language acquisition. From the beginning of times your ability to communicate yourself is proportional to the ability of achieving your goals.
I’m eager to find online light platforms, multitasked, accessible through different devices that allow cooperative learning of a language
|There are already some communities such as Busuu or the recent Duolingo, that provide cooperative learning. I’m looking for how to integrate them, or others, in traditional classroom learning.