April MEC online clinic

25-Apr-2008

The MEC training team, Steph and Sarah, write:

On the 24th April we held our 9th online Macmillan English Campus clinic. The title of the clinic was Setting up a class blog to use with MEC resources.

Ann Foreman

The clinic was written and presented by Ann Foreman, a teacher trainer and ICT coordinator for the British Council, Bilbao. Ann also has her own blog called Encouraging Learner Autonomy where you’ll find all sorts of great ideas about how to use technology in the classroom.

Click here to see the clinic presentation. To move to the next slide, left click with your mouse. To go back to a previous slide right click with your mouse and then click on rewind.

Ann demonstrated an example class blog posting related to the theme of Identity, a syllabus item from the Macmillan English Campus Inside Out Advanced course.

Tip for using a class blog

·         If you are working in an IT suite you can ask your learners to blog during the lesson. Otherwise, blogging is a fun way for learners to do their homework. You can check what they’ve written at home and give feedback in the next lesson or even as a comment on the blog. If you have an interactive whiteboard or a computer and a data projector in your classroom, you can review the postings together in class. It’s a great way to compare ideas and correct errors.

·         If you’re using MEC for a distance learning course, a class blog is a great way for students to submit written homework and keep in touch with their teacher.

·         Using topics from MEC courses is a great way to provide your learners with inspiration for their blog postings. Another useful resource might be Web Projects, as they cover a wide range of topics and levels, exposing learners to authentic language and encouraging them to study independently. Learners could complete a Web Project and then each write a posting on their findings or their opinions on the subject.

Do you have any ideas for using MEC resources with class blogs? Have you made a blog with your class and would like to share your experience with us? We’d be delighted to hear from you either by email or as a comment on this posting. Get blogging!

Our thanks to Ann and everyone who participated in the clinic. The participants were:

·         Monica Vlad – EQUALS EuroEd, Romania

·         Anna Rolinska – AKCENT International House,

·         Travis Rout – British  

·         Neil McLaren – British

·         James Glanville – British

·         Suzanne Mordue – British

·         Astrid krake – VHS Munich, Germany

·         Katia Lotte – FL&C, France

·         James Frith –

·         Roberto Murakami –

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and comments. If you are interested in attending the next MEC clinic you can contact us by leaving a comment or emailing s.milligan@macmillan.com

Comments(1)

  • Hi!
    I like your blog and would like to invite you, to join ‘Teachers Planet’
    http://teachersplanet.ning.com

    It is an online community for teachers of all levels and curriculum areas.Your visit to the network will provide an opportunity for you to share your expertise with our teachers.At teachers planet you can start your own groups, start/participate in a discussion/ forum, add videos, music, RSS feeds, start blogs and do many more things.

    Thank you for your time and consideration

    Posted by Tanu Interactive Whiteboards Fan on April 28th 2008

Leave a Comment