Monday, June 16, 2014

my final challenge

Based on Scenario #1, I introduced Quizlet app first, and then added my humble opinion.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

powtoon! ---Tangram story of Lesson 5

Quizlet for lesson 5

Blogging - how can it be effectively used for teaching?

This is my idea about a paper, "Blogging in the Language Classroom: It Doesn't  Simply Happen" from volume 11 of TESL-EJ (March 2008)

This essay is about the educational usage of blogging in the EFL classroom and why blogging can be a useful educational tool. Since last March, I have been blogging and tagging. Through this experience, I could share my ideas with other classmates and my professor especially with the tool, Google+. There are so many blogs in the world, but if teachers create their own blog to communicate with their own students directly and have a special rapport with each student, it would be really great for some reasons.

First, within the limited class time, teachers can't have enough chances to build the more meaningful relationship with their students. Recently students don't enjoy speaking their ideas orally in front of others. Instead, they create their own chatting room in Kakao and enjoy exchanging the texts, which are much more comfortable to them. In this situation, blogging can be an effective tool to gather students' ideas. If teachers post a paddlet on their blog, students will pay more attention to the topic. As the writer of this essay says, "Blogs imply conversations". With this tool, teachers can open a much wider door to students.

Secondly, it's also because of the limited class time that teachers don't teach full contents and change them into smaller portion. Recently due to the development of technology, 'Flipped Classroom' is introduced in Korea and many teachers agree with the fundamental concept : teach students outside the classroom and let students do more educational activities in the classroom. Actually, I tried this for my students. I recorded my explanation with a screencast tool and asked my students to watch and study by themselves. And then, during the class, we can enjoy more activities which are designed for group work and are more interesting than boring lectures. When teachers do this, blogs can be effective tools for review because all the lectures teachers made are posted there. Therefore, students repeat the lecture video until they fully understand it. In conclusion, blog is an effective substitute for handouts. Good blogs offer lots of diverse information at any time and any place. 

Lastly, one of positive impact of blogs in the language class is offering students a real, authentic place to use the language as a communication tool. Whenever they participate in blogging, students naturally pick up the new language expressions, collaborate with others, have opportunity to reflect on the given topic, examine the task from different perspectives using a variety of resources, and can be more motivated by sharing ideas with other classmates. 

In conclusion, I strongly agree that  blogging can be an effective teaching tool. But it needs lots of teachers' effort : "it doesn't simply happen".  Over the traditional classrooms, building more learner-centered class is urgent and essential in this global, competitive world. I think blogging works well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's used for teaching grammar. Students seemed interested in it. Before my lecture in the classroom, I gave out a handout about this grammar and asked students to watch this video clip and fill out some blanks on my handout. Just like a flipped classroom, it worked and I succeeded in catching students' attention. The only problem is the sound. It was a little noisy. For the better result,I need to improve recording skills.

The handout for students is this :

Saturday, May 17, 2014

motivating questions

my opinion

Over the three weeks, I found some useful websites such as  Paddlet, Wordle, Photo fun, and graphic organizers. First, about Paddlet, it's a very interesting tool to share students' opinions. After making a paddlet page, make a QR code which directly links to the paddlet page, and then let students join and share their opinions on the paddlet page. I'm not sure if paddlet can work at smart phones. But students use it easily on their own computer.

Secondly, Wordle is also good. I think Wordle can be used effectively for teaching vocabulary. Usually students enjoy seeking hidden items. From a picture made with Wordle and looking very strange, students may feel interested in finding what words are there and where the given words are inside the Wordle picture.

Next, Photo fun is a good motivating tool. Before starting today's main lesson, show a fun photo and let the students talk about the picture in English. While students talk in English, they can be motivated naturally.

Lastly Jeff introduced good graphic organizer websites. Most of them are pdf files , but some of them are interactive one. I prefer the interactive one because I can edit them putting some more details.
a graphic organizer

Graphic organizer for a pre-reading class

Monday, May 12, 2014

how to use Wordle in my class

With the Wordle file which I just uploaded, I made a worksheet. Before listening, let students write down a sentence in each blank using the words from the bottom wordlet graphic. With the help of given Korean meanings, I guess students can easily write sentences in each blank.

Time to Listen 1
󰁰 Time to Listen 1.(p.68) 주어진 뜻이 되도록 아래의 단어들을 사용하여, 영어로 써보세요.
Hojin calls Sarah. Sarah answers the phone.
Sarah: Hojin! _______________________________________? ________________________________
(어제 오후 어디 있었니?) (난 널 기다렸었어.)
Hojin: I know. I’m so sorry ___________________________________. (네 생일잔치를 놓쳤어. )
Sarah: Well, ____________________________________, but I _____________
(진짜 재밌었어. ) (네가 그리웠어)
Hojin: Did you? I missed you too.
Sarah: Why didn’t you come, then?
Hojin: _________________________________________________ my English test.
(~을 위해서 공부해야만 했어.)
Sarah: __________________________________________________ when I called you?
(왜 전화를 받지 않았어?)
Hojin: Um, ___________________________________________________because I had to study.
(엄마가 그것을 가져가셨어.)
Sarah: Really? But one of my friends told me she saw you at the movie theater.
Hojin: _______ wasn't ______.(그건 내가 아니야)
Sarah: Don't _______! She saw you. You were _______ a girl.
(거짓말 하지마) (~와 함께)
Hojin: OK. Yeah, _________________________. (난 네게 거짓말 했어)
I’m so sorry. I didn’t want to ______________________________________.
(네 감정을 다치게 하다.)
Sarah: Well, you did. I will never _______________________________ again!

(~에게 말을 걸다)

my first wordlet^^

Thursday, May 8, 2014


I'm not sure it's really useful for my usual classroom where notebooks and computers aren't set up well. Anyway I left one sample of this app. paddlet sample

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fun Quizes
How honest are you?
Breakup Quiz

10 signs to spot a liar

Lesson 4. How Honest Are You?
I think this video is a good warming-up for my students. The only problem is the language in this video is a little bit difficult.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The week 5 assignment

Through Feedly, I visited some websites which are related to my personal interests and hobbies : cooking, home decoration and movies. I think those sites are useful to develop my insights and skills in those areas. Actually they were fun to me because I'm interested in those topics. But a little disappointingly there were not many helpful sites which I can use for my lessons because these authentic materials are too difficult for my young students to follow and understand.

After exploring some sites again and again, I found these sites are educationally available for beginners and intermediate level learners.
First one is Dilbert Daily Strip.

Dilbert Daily Strip
Students love cartoons. Whenever we introduce a new textbook chapter, we can search some suitable cartoons which are related to the topic of the chapter. For instance, Lesson 3 of Sinsago texbook for the third graders of middle school is about first aid. I searched about medicine and I found two easy and fun cartoons. I will capture these cartoons ,copy them and paste them on my handout for my students. I think they will enjoy it.

Second, Celebrities on Hulu will be fun to my students.

In spite of the complexity of the contents and the language, if students like the celebrities, they are willing to struggle listening and show great interests and attention. By this, they can develop their language skills very much.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This week I searched Youtube site several times and I found an interesting video clip which is related to my lesson. I saved it with "" which I have been using whenever I'm in need to save a video clip. It's really easy to use. Just put "ss" between "www" and " " on the address.
For example, do it like this : "". Next, just choose file type and click "download" button. That's it. It's a piece of cake.

In my school, there's a special English classroom where each student can use their own ipad. For next semester, I'm supposed to use the room. By that time, I will practice more to create much better blog and as the result I want to build a system to let students visit my blog to do their given tasks. On the blog, I can put lots of educational posts and set links to useful grammar sites. How wonderful! I'm a beginner, but I'll try my best  to learn more new computer skills.

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