Resource: “Say G’Day to Homestay”

July 27, 2011

G'Day to HomestayIDP is an Australian organization specializing in international education services for Australia. One of those resources is a homestay guide called Say G’Day to Homestay. It is for Australia-bound international students who will be living with a local family.  This is a brilliant guide. It answers questions about everyday life in Australia that foreigners may not know such as:

  • How do I get to school?
  • What will I eat?
  • How do I dispose of household waste?

It also offers tips on laundry, lights, heating, using the telephone, home security, smoking and pets.

These are topics that locals take for granted because they seem second nature to us. The same issues confound and confuse the foreigner who may have no idea of what is expected or appropriate.

This guide is specifically for students going to Australia. If you’re not in Australia, go check it out anyway. Then ask yourself how you can provide a similar guide to your international students that will help them understand the same issues in your local area.

Here’s the link to the guide: http://www.idp.com/PDF/Say%20Gday%20to%20Homestay.pdf

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The 21st century book report: How to make a digital book trailer using free technology

July 26, 2011

Here’s a great article about how to make a book trailer. The idea behind it is to get kids revved up about reading by having them make a book trailer using Photo Story 3 (free software). The idea can easily be transferred to young adults or even adults who are into technology, but not really into reading. The beauty of it is that they reader becomes the creator of the book trailer. As they create, so they become involved and invested in the processes of reading and comprehension.

They’ll need to read the book in order to choose images that properly represent the book.

This is a 21st century form of a book report. It doesn’t have to just be for a book. You can make a book trailer using Photo Story 3 for short stories, too.

The beauty of it is that it can be used for children building their reading skills, teens who need to read more and second and foreign language students of all ages. Apparently the software doesn’t handle all foreign languages very well, so you may want to check it out before using it in your class.

What a great way to get readers engaged with the material they are reading in a modern, creative way.

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Free social media workshop for language educators and literacy practitioners

July 21, 2011

Calling all language teachers, literacy practitioners, trainers and facilitators!

August 8 to 12

Online conference for language teachers and literacy practitioners.

Presenters will share their knowledge of tools such as:

  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Voki
  • VoiceThread
  • Posterous
  • Skype
  • Digital Storytelling.

I’m giving a session on how to use online portfolios for evaluation and assessment.

This conference is entirely online, so you can tune in from anywhere, providing you have a high speed internet connection and speakers. The best part is that it is completely and 100% FREE. This event is entirely sponsored by the Language Resource Acquisition Centre at San Diego State University. It’s language educators and trainers sharing what they know, how they learned the tools and how you can, too.

Register here: http://larc.sdsu.edu/social-media-workshop/

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Exceptional Webinars Made Easy: Book Preview

July 20, 2011

Many of you know me as a language teacher and literacy advocate, with a love of leadership and all things tech.

Over the past several months, I’ve been working on a book manuscript to help non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses learn how to develop, produce and deliver webinars for both promotion and training purposes. The result is Exceptional Webinars Made Easy. It is a step-by-step manual that guides you through the development of a webinar. It is currently available as a Kindle e-book and will be published as a paperback by the end of the year.

This preview includes the Table of Contents (to show you what is in the rest of the book), the Introduction, and a few pages from the end of the book.

Thanks to everyone who has given me some great feedback on the book! If you’re so inclined, I’d be grateful for a positive review on Amazon.com

View this document on Scribd

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Resource: Developing EAL services: A guide for communities

July 19, 2011

Prairie Global Management has written this 17-page guide on how to develop services for English as an Additional Language (EAL, also referred to as ESL). The guide covers topics such as:

  • How to start a language program in your community
  • Overcoming the challenges small communities face
  • Criteria for provincial funding
  • How to place and assess students
  • Using Volunteers in EAL delivery
  • and more…

Download your copy of this free resource from: http://www2.immigratemanitoba.com/asset_library/en/resources/pdf/EALguide0208.pdf

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E-learning Principles: Five Free, Downloadable Resources

July 18, 2011

Here are five excellent downloadable resources that clearly outline basic e-learning principles in clear, easy-to-understand language:

Six principles of effective e-learning by Ruth Clark (Free 10-page .pdf from the eLearning Guild)

E-Learning: A Guidebook of Principles, Procedures and Practices by Som Naidu, Ph.D. (a free 100-page .pdf book published by the Commonwealth of Learning)

Efficiency in e-Learning: Proven Instructional Methods for Faster, Better, Online Learning by Frank Nguyen and Ruth Colvin Clark (Free 8-page downloadable .pdf from the e-Learning Guild)

E-learning Tools and Resources: Putting Principles into Practice by Wendy Chambers (A 41-page .pdf. I’ll put in plug for Wendy here. She’s a personal friend of mine and I can tell you, she really knows her stuff.)

Back to Basics: Using Adult Learning Principles to Create E-Learning Success by Steven R. Aragon (a 10-page .pdf. Note: This document opens in a separate window.)

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A developmental model of intercultural sensitivity

July 18, 2011

Milton Bennett has a superb paper (available free in .pdf format) called “A developmental model of intercultural sensitivity“.

He talks about the various stages of intercultural sensitivity as being denial, defense against difference, minimizing difference, accepting difference, adapting to difference and finally, integrating difference. The report contains a description of each stage, as well as activity suggestions to help learners, regardless of their age, to progress from one stage to the next.

This is a brilliant piece of work, clearly explained in simple words — in 14 pages.

Check out Bennett’s paper here: http://www.library.wisc.edu/EDVRC/docs/public/pdfs/SEEDReadings/intCulSens.pdf

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