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End of week review

Review of week 2 by Claire

Hi everyone and thank you for all of your participation this week. It’s been an interesting week, discussing what learners need to know about language and how we research language - thank you for your website recommendations! Julia has shared a great list here. Thanks, Julia!

Abdalmonem highlighted how the way we say something can affect the meaning, and this is something we can help our learners with too. Check out his comment here, and if you can share how you help your learners with this, I’d love to hear them!

Franca also gave her view that the best thing to do is to focus on communication and understanding. Agree? Join the conversation here.

We’ve also looked at how we check understanding with our learners. Amina has given some helpful examples of concept-checking questions (CCQs) here and Inarotul talked about how she asks her primary learners to demonstrate meaning here, like the teacher did in the video.

We also talked about the importance of practice activities. Thank you to everyone who tried out Vocaroo and shared their recordings on this step. It was great to hear your voices!

I loved this conversation started by Hussein on spelling in English. Do you have any suggestions of rhymes and mnemonics to help learners remember English spelling? Add them here.

Finally, and also on the topic of memory, I wanted to mention a comment from Week 1: Patricia mentioned the importance of learning students’ names, and there are lots of good ideas for ways to learn names in the conversation. Also, Nadiah has shared how she motivates and makes her teenage learners feel safe in this comment from this week’s step on Checking Understanding, and this relates so much to our Week 1 topic of motivation. Thanks Nadiah!

Looking forward to more comments and conversations in Week 3!

Claire


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Coming up in Week 3

Next week focuses on using inclusive practices. You’ll discuss what diversity means to you and try out a classroom activity to value linguistic diversity. You’ll watch videos of teachers teaching and discussing how they differentiate the content, processes and products of their lessons to provide a suitable amount of challenge for their learners, and account for individual learner preferences and interests. The educators will also be recording another video to answer your questions about the course.

If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 3, where you’ll also find information about our next event with the educators.

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

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