May 12, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

The highlight of week 3 has been starting to create my own course in Instreamia. Obsessed with doing things the hard way, I am not only creating a course to teach English to my Chinese students, I am also creating a course to teach Chinese to myself and my peers. I must admit, there have…

May 2, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

This week’s tasks included watching/listening to an interview with Ed Dixon, Lecturer in German Language and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania and the Technology Director in the Penn Language Centre. What I learnt from the interview: The widespread access of computers and the internet is fueling an unprecedented growth in distance learning and blended classrooms in…

May 1, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

  My new interest: Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Second Language! I would like to attend one of these conferences after the summer. However, as a student of Chinese, rather than a teacher, I am not sure how easy that will be. But they do say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

May 1, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

One of our tasks this week was to take an unorganized list of 21 tasks language learners might do and: A.       Identify whether each is an input or an output (or both i/e) B.       Place them in order, from most effective to least effective. C.       Create at least 5 more activities, and add them to…

May 1, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

One of this week’s main task was to read Tomasz P. Synlaski’s article on Inputs and Outputs Here are my thoughts on some of the comments Szynlaski makes about Input and Output and why we need it: Szynlaski says that foreign language is best taught without analyzing grammar principles. I disagree. Grammar is a fundamental…

April 28, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

One of this week’s main task was to read Fredericka Stoller’s piece on Content Based Instruction and Tomasz P. Synlaski’s article on Inputs and Outputs Here are my thoughts on Fredericka Stoller’s work: Stoller’s eight teaching practices above are the basis for a well-structured language lesson. I was first exposed to most of these ideas…

April 25, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PivT4ygVVA?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Analysing an Interview with Gretchen Jones LTMOOC Week 2 tasks begin with an interview with the Academic Director of Foreign Languages and Asian studies at the University of Maryland University College. The Academic Director talks about teaching Japanese online, as well as how best to deal with teaching Japanese script. Here are some of…

April 22, 2013 karinawp No comments exist

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIh4jJlvF44?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Learning Journey So I am on an LTMOOC. It’s sounds like I am sitting in a car, or on some kind of journey. Well, I guess in many ways I have indeed clambered aboard an educational vehicle, whose raison d’etre is the blended learning of world languages. But what is Blended Learning? Here…