November 27 #CdnELTchat: Fossilized Errors

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I have been learning how to speak Mandarin for the better part of twenty years, but I still can’t produce the fourth tone correctly. I automatically say the first tone instead of the fourth tone in conversation. I am aware that I do this, yet I can’t seem to correct this bad habit. Is this a fossilized error? Is there anything I can do to overcome this error? What is the best way for my teacher to help me overcome this error? On November 27th, a group of educators discussed these questions and more on #CdnELTchat.

Thank-you so much to the enthusiastic participants who contributed their ideas and shared resources during this chat.

Q1: What are fossilized errors? What are some examples of typical fossilized errors that your students make?
Click HERE to read A1 tweets.

Q2: What causes fossilized errors? How do we push students to move on from interlanguage and ensure that their errors don’t become fossilized?
Click HERE to read A2 tweets.

Q3: How can we identify which errors to correct, especially in larger classes?
Click HERE to read A3 tweets.

Q4: Is it possible to change fossilized errors? Is it worth the effort on the students’ part? How can we approach error correction in a way that helps students tackle fossilized errors?
Click HERE to read A4 tweets.

Q5: How does the concept of English as a Lingua Franca impact how we see fossilized errors?
Click HERE to read A5 tweets.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send  @StanzaSL, @EALStories, @Jennifermchow, or @LINCinstructor a tweet. Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat in December. Add your ideas HERE.

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#EALWeek Pictures

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GV Victoria hosted this regional event for the Vancouver Island Region on Nov 23, 2018. Professor Brian Leacock spoke about Emotional Intelligence, Academic Success, and Cultural Diversity.

Fraser Valley Region had a Meet & Greet with indigenous speaker Loraleigh Epp. Loraleigh is the Library Technician at the Abbotsford Ray and Millie Silver Community Aboriginal Library, and she will speak about the role of story, narrative, and oral tradition in expressing First Peoples perspectives, values, beliefs, and points of view in the classroom.

If you have more pictures from your region event that you would like to share, please contact socialmedia@bcteal.org

 

November 6 #CdnELTchat: Encouraging Learner Autonomy and Accountability

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What does it mean for learners to be autonomous and accountable? How do you teach students to take responsibility of their own learning? What roles does metacognition play in learner autonomy? These are some of the questions that a group of educators tackled on November 6th.  Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALStories) and Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) moderated a #CdnELTchat to explore this topic.

Thank-you so much to the enthusiastic participants who contributed their ideas and shared resources during this chat.

Q1: What does it mean for learners to be autonomous and accountable?

Click HERE to read A1 tweets.

Q2. What are some obstacles that stand in the way of learner autonomy and accountability?

Click HERE to read A2 tweets.

Q3: How do you teach students to be autonomous learners? i.e. to be accountable, to take responsibility, to self-assess, and self-monitor their own learning?

Click HERE to read A3 tweets.

Q4: How can we give feedback in a way that fosters learner autonomy and accountability?

Click HERE to read A4 tweets.

Q5: What role does metacognition play in learner autonomy? What activities do you use to help students develop metacognitive strategies?

Click HERE to read A5 tweets.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send  @StanzaSL, @EALStories, @Jennifermchow, or @LINCinstructor a tweet. Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat on November 27th. Add your ideas HERE.

 

October 23 #CdnELTchat: Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills

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Being able to use learning strategies and study skills can empower students to become independent learners. What learning strategies and study skills do English language learners need to support their language learning journey? Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALStories) and Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) moderated a #CdnELTchat to explore this topic.

Thank-you so much to the enthusiastic participants who contributed their ideas and shared resources during this chat.

Q1: Do you distinguish between skills and strategies? How? How do you define these terms? 
Click HERE to read A1 tweets.

Q2. Do you think learning strategies and study skills need to be explicitly taught to students? Why or why not?
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Q3: What learning strategies and study skills do you teach your students?
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Q4: What paper-based or digital tools or apps do you introduce to your students to help them study?
Click HERE to read A4 tweets.

Q5: How do you (or do you) teach the “soft skills” (people skills, emotional intelligence) necessary for success, like stress management, anxiety reduction, and time management?  Is there room for this in your program?
Click HERE to read A5 tweets.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send  @StanzaSL, @EALStories, @Jennifermchow, or @LINCinstructor a tweet.

Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat on November 6th. Add your ideas HERE.

October 9 #CdnELTchat: Content Curation

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With the increase of accessible information and resources online, what can educators and students do to curate content effectively?  Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALStories) and Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) moderated a #CdnELTchat on “Content Curation” to explore this topic.

Thank-you so much to the enthusiastic participants who chatted about the following questions and more:

Q1: What does content curation mean for you? How do you benefit from curation?
Click HERE to read A1 tweets.

Q2. What online tools do you use to curate resources?
Click HERE to read A2 tweets.

Q3: How do you organize your resources? By skill? By level? By competency? By topic? Click HERE to read A3 tweets.

Q4: How do you decide if a resource is worth keeping? With so many accessible online resources, are ELT books obsolete?
Click HERE to read A4 tweets.

Q5: Why should students learn how to curate resources? What skills do they need to do this?
Click HERE to read A5 tweets.

Q6: What are you curating now? What can you share that you want others to see or contribute to?
Click HERE to read A6 tweets.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.   

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send  @StanzaSL, @EALStories, @Jennifermchow, or @LINCinstructor a tweet.

Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat on October 23rd. Add your ideas HERE.

Upcoming Plenary for Interior Conference – October 27, 2018

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Developing Intercultural Capacity: What are Students Learning in Class? 

The demographics of our classrooms and campuses are rapidly changing. In the last decade, there has been a 119% increase in international student enrolment nationally. For 84% of institutions surveyed, “preparing internationally and interculturally competent students” is a top reason for internationalization efforts (UNIVCAN, 2014); yet, there does not appear to be much formal assessment or evidence of such outcomes beyond assumptions that structural diversity will simply result in intercultural learning. Kyra will share research findings from a BC study that explored students’ intercultural development and their perceptions of pedagogy and curriculum as influencers of their inter-cultural learning (Garson, 2017). The results demonstrate that merely inviting cultural diversity to our campuses may not result in substantive intercultural learning without intentional pedagogical and curricular considerations. Based on her research, Kyra will share strategies for planning and facilitating multi-cultural group work in ways that prepare students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively and reflectively with culturally diverse peers (Reid & Garson, 2016).

Dr Garson

Dr. Kyra Garson is a member of the Faculty of Student Development at Thompson Rivers University. She is also an inter-cultural trainer and researcher who has developed and delivered professional development programs to educational institutions across the Canada and internationally. Her research interests include intercultural and global learning in higher education; her study “Are We Graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Association for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011 she received the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Internationalization Award for her work supporting faculty in interculturalizing the curriculum and in 2017 was awarded the British Columbia Council for International Education’s Distinguished Leadership Award. 

Haven’t registered yet? You still can! Click here: https://www.bcteal.org/bcteal_event/2018-interior-conference-at-okanagan-college/