CELTA & DELTA at International House Buenos Aires

CELTA & DELTA at International House

On Friday 8th July 2011, Bruce Thompson and Neil McMahon presented the CELTA and DELTA options available at International House Buenos Aires.  Here are the slides from that presentation, which explain what a CELTA would give to teachers already teaching locally and who have a profesorado, and then how the DELTA Modules will build on those qualifications and the range of experience a teacher has in order to take them to the top of their profession.

Please email info@ih-buenosaires.com if you have further questions or comments about either of these courses.

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2.0 Web or not 2.0 Web – the teaching kids with technology question

Neil McMahon – neil@ih-buenosaires.com

Part Two – Lots more practical examples and links to the websites…

Friday May 13th 2011 I presented a workshop with this title at the ABS Young Learners Conference in Buenos Aires. Below are the slides and links I used in the presentation for those of you that were there and for those of you that weren’t too.

During the session we thought about further ways of exploiting these links – if you have any please share them with us here by commenting at the end of the blog post. We’d love to hear what you thought of the talk too!

2.0 Web or not 2.0 Web

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2.0 Web or not 2.0 Web – the teaching kids with technology question

Neil McMahon – neil@ih-buenosaires.com

Part One – A little bit of theory and a practical example…

Friday May 13th 2011 I presented a workshop with this title at the ABS Young Learners Conference in Buenos Aires. Below are the slides and links I used in the presentation for those of you that were there and for those of you that weren’t too.

During the session we thought about further ways of exploiting these links – if you have any please share them with us here by commenting at the end of the blog post. We’d love to hear what you thought of the talk too!

Abstract
2.0 web or not 2.0 web addresses the question of whether it’s worth all the hassle, extra work and learning that jumping on the technology bandwagon inevitably entails. Will our kids learners really be motivated and challenged by using the gadgets they’re obsessed with outside class inside the classroom as well (not to mention for homework)? During the session we’ll be looking at an array of applications and activities that provide this motivation and challenge for the students, while keeping the extra work for the teacher to a minimum. Come and join us for a practical, fun session full of ideas to get your kids weaving their English learning webs.

First of all we discussed the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 – what can we do now that we couldn’t do before?
Well now it’s a two-way process – so let’s get our kids involved in that process – let’s get them communicating!

Wordle.net

We can use Wordle for:

Lesson reviews,  Vocab lists,  Personal profiles,  Story summaries,   Unit revision posters,  Find the English words,  Word soups,  Graphic organisers,  Make your own
We used Wordle as an intro to the session to show the power of simple ideas that can be used time and time again. It’s also a good example of how to combat the issues that teachers face when dealing with technology that sometimes discourage us from using it with our young learners.

Issues? What issues…

To overcome these issues we need a change of attitude – let’s go on a PICNIC – Problem In Chair, Not In Computer!

  • Don’t be afraid, you’ve been to this session or read this blog now so you have the confidence to begin
  • You want your students to be risk takers, so you should be too!
  • Train yourself and ask for help. Coming to this session is a good start. Use Twitter to find out more. Read some blogs to get you going. Try, try and try again.
  • Ideas will come once you start using. Trial and error. Share and share alike (check out the comments section below and add your own)
  • Short term pain, long term gain. Share and share alike. Repeat to fade.
  • Be safe, keep in control. Ask parents to help. Communicate. Use safe sites…
  • Grade the task not the text. Control the surf. Use the suggestions below…

So in Part Two of this blog post (coming soon) we’ll look at more ideas like Wordle that will help you to start using technology with your kids to learn and enjoy English.

Looking forward to your comments and suggestions for favourite websites to use with young learners!

Neil McMahon, Buenos Aires, 16/5/11

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Motivating your students: A 10-step guide – By Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar Motivating your students article

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DOS Conference – Filmed sessions

Filmed sessions from the recent DOS Conference online:

External sessions can be accessed either through the banner on our homepage or by clicking http://www.ihworld.com/video/category.asp?c=5.

Internal sessions can be accessed by clicking http://www.ihworld.com/an/video/category.asp?c=6. Please remember that you will need your username and password to view the internal sessions.

We are working on adding the powerpoint sessions to the video pages, however in the meantime you can access the powerpoints at http://www.ihworld.com/an/conferences/dos2011/presentations.asp.

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My experience in Copiapó, Chile (by Rob Clements)

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Dear Kate,

How are you? I hope you are well.
I was in touch with you last year after I did my CELTA Course at International House Belgrano asking for advice on job opportunities etc. before I decided to take a 7 month contract in Chile and I remember you asked me to give you an update on how it all went because it might be useful for future CELTA students to read about.
Anyway I finished my contract just before Christmas in Copiapo and it was a fantastic experience! I really enjoyed my job, teaching for a small institute called Capital London. My students were great and I managed to gain invaluable experience both from a teaching and administrative perspective.
I was also able to improve my Spanish and travel around different parts of Chile; it really is a fantastic country!
The highlight of the 7 months though had to be the unfolding of one of the biggest news stories of the year right on my doorstep – the rescue of the 32 miners! I just felt so lucky to be there for such an important moment in Chilean history. From being in a mining town where there were only another 4 or 5 ‘gringos’ living there, suddenly we had journalists from all over the world, it was very surreal! I ended up going down to the main plaza (where they had set up a big screen) to watch the rescue of the last few miners.  Continue reading

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‘My First Classes (Post-CELTA) by Anne Delessio

My First Classes (Post-CELTA)  (don’t feel obligated to read!  but I thought I’d share a bit about the experience…..sorry it is so long!)
It started out simple enough – a friend sent me a text message, explaining he was sick and asked if I would cover his classes, Tuesday and Thursday.  I’d have to leave home around 2:30ish and return about 9:30.  Ok.  Sounds like a good opportunity and I said yes.  Wanting to know a bit more (i.e. level, age groups, how many classes, etc.), I gave him a call.  Unfortunately, the reception wasn’t so great – I asked him to explain a bit more, and his response was something like, “es una pavada, no te preocupes, tienen todas las fotocopias alli, los libros, hay un grupo de chicos de 12 anos, y despues unos màs grandes, y no tenès que preparar nada – es fàcil!”  Ok.  It wasn’t exactly a detailed response, but it sounded doable!

I did not, of course, quite believe my friend about “no tenès que preparar nada.”  But what to prepare?  12 yr olds?  Well, the basics…a ball.  On second thought, two balls, just in case.  Some notecards with different verbs, tenses, and negative/positive/questions.  A few pictures.  Ok – I felt more prepared, though still a bit nervous! Continue reading

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Task of the month – What’s on the menu? (By Neil Mc Mahon)

Living in Buenos Aires, there’s nothing I enjoy more at the end of a long week of teaching than going out at the weekend for a meal.  Eating out is one of the favourite pastimes of all Porteños and you’ll often see restaurant after restaurant choc-full of people even on week nights, let alone weekends.  While it’s easy enough to find somewhere to eat, the local tendency towards quantity over quality can mean it’s difficult to find that special place which lures you back again and again.

The same can also be said for that long week of teaching too.  It’s easy enough to find tasks and activities to fill up time in the classroom, but it can often be difficult to hit upon those classic activities that we happily return to over and over.  And, funnily enough, the ingredients that make a restaurant successful are very similar to those that make successful learning activities in the classroom. Continue reading

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