Sunday, October 21, 2012


Starting the week of November 19 to 23, up to 5pm, I will receive your blogs.  If your draft  has  been checked, send it asap!! Don´t forget to add a comment to a friend´s blog!  



The Learner Blog

These are blogs that are either run by individual learners themselves or by small collaborative groups of learners. In ESL, learner blogs may be best suited for reading and writing classes. A common reading assignment can be followed by blog postings on the thoughts of each learner or group of learners. Furthermore, the act of constructing the blog may encourage the use of search engines and net surfing in English to find the appropriate sites to which links can be made.  This will empower the learner to direct the reader to sites of choice for further reading. Individually, blogs can be used as journals for writing practice, or as free-form templates for personal expression. The idea here is that students can get writing practice, develop a sense of ownership, and get experience with the practical, legal, and ethical issues of creating a hypertext document. In addition, whatever they write can instantly be read by anyone else and, due to the comment features of the software, further exchange of ideas is promoted. Tutors can even run a mega-blog of select topics of interest gleaned from student blogs so that the broader issues are brought into focus on a single website.

The Class Blog

This type of blog is the result of the collaborative effort of an entire class. The following are some possible uses:
  • In conversation-based classes it could be used like a free-form bulletin board for learners to post messages, images, and links related to classroom discussion topics. It could also be a space for them to post thoughts on a common theme assigned for homework.
  • With intermediate and advanced learners, class blogs might also useful for facilitating project-based language learning, where learners can be given the opportunity to develop research and writing skills by being asked to create an online resource for others.
  • Class blogs could also be used as a virtual space for an international classroom language exchange.  In this scenario, learners from different countries would have joint access and publishing rights to the blog. The entire exchange would then be transparent to all readers and could be followed and commented on by other learners, tutors, parents and friends.
  • For reading and writing classes, it might also involve the use of knowledge management software, like Userland's Manila, that allows for a great deal of threaded discussion behind the scenes. Much like a publishing group, individual learners can be given varying amounts of responsibility to publish material arising from postings on the discussion list. The results of this effort are what is seen on a website by the public at large.

ICT in Education

Chilldren using cellular phones in Rwanda with background of children playing
© UNESCO/Ian Redmond
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can contribute to universal access to education, equity in education, the delivery of quality learning and teaching, teachers’ professional development and more efficient education management, governance and administration.
UNESCO takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to promoting ICT in education. Access, inclusion and quality are among the main challenges they can address. The Organization’s Intersectoral Platform for ICT in education focuses on these issues through the joint work of three of its sectors: Communication & Information, Education and Science.

 Blogs are Useful in the Classrooms

The blogs provide the school children with various educational benefits. Students find the blogs to be highly motivating. This is the reason why all students enjoy working on the blogs and participating in them. A blog also provides the students with excellent opportunities for writing and reading.
Furthermore, the blogs have proved to be an effective forum for discussion and collaboration. Finally, they are regarded as a powerful tool for enabling mentoring or scaffolding learning.

How Blogs are Effective in Education

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Blogs tend to provide the students with 4 basic functions:


They provide the students and teachers with a space for developing their writing and other skills and provide an advantage with an immediate audience. The teachers have the facility of providing the students with instructional tips that can be benefitted by the students who can practice and take full advantage. Online mentoring also becomes quite easy through blogs. The students also have the privilege of participating in the different learning activities which can enhance their skills effectively and in an interesting way.

Classroom Management

The classroom blogs tend to serve as portals and foster the learner community. They are quite easy to develop and also can be updated efficiently. They could also be used as a tool to inform the students about the requirements of the class, post handouts, homework assignments, notices and also an answer board.


The class blog opens up plenty of opportunity for the students to discuss the various topics outside the classroom. With the help of such blogs, every student has the opportunity to share his/her views and opinions. The students also have excellent opportunities to reflect and react to each other’s blog posts. The teachers could also form a group of intellectuals for guiding the students and discussing different blog posts.

Student portfolios

The blogs tend to present, protect and organize the student’s work as a digital portfolio. The older entries can be archived too, making it easier to develop the skills and analyze the progress of the individual. The students also tend to produce better skills in writing as they realize that their efforts will be published.
Thus, education through blogs imparts much more motivation to the students and they find the digital way of learning quite intriguing compared to the boredom of classroom lectures.

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The objective of this Linguistic task is to help students improve their pronunciation and learn creative ways to reinforce language. The students were assigned  to work in groups with the following activities: 

1.Analyze information on tongue twister and multiple intellingence in this link. 

2. Select a tongue twister in English Tongue Twisters. 1st collection, by Mr. Twister (2012)

3. Print your tongue twister and have your mini-class (with all resources you may think are necessary to engage your classmates) 

4.Be creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tongue Twister Exercise

Spoken English Exercise Objective

The objective of this spoken English exercise is to habituate our tongues to pronounce difficult and same sounding words easily. For example the difference in sounds of "sa" and "sha" in "same" and "shame". It helps in getting our mouths properly stretched while speaking words.

Spoken English Exercise Requirement
  • Get some good tongue twisters.(You may just search Google for tongue twisters).
  • I have provided some of them below.
  • Make sure that you pronounce the twisters slowly. Once comfortable, then you may speed up.
  • Practice them for a good command on the language and pronunciation 
  • If possible, then make sure that some one good in English listens to the pronunciation. 

Some Popular Tongue Twisters for Spoken English Enhancement
  • She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
  • Purple, paper, people.
    Purple, people, paper
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
    Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
    If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,
    Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • Benny bought a bit of butter but the butter was so bitter so she bought a better butter to make the bitter butter better. 
  • Which witch wished which wicked wish? 
  • If you understand say,"understand".
    If you don't understand say,"don't understand".
    But if you say don't understand even if you understand,How will i understand that you understands?Understand? 


The purpose of this course  is to give intermediate to advanced students the tools, tips and techniques to speak English clearly and accurately. The variety of activities, authentic audios, students´presentations make learning innovative, fun and close to reality that they  will  handle in  elementary and high school settings in Ecuador. This year we are using Focus on Pronunciation Nbr. 3, from Pearson, Longman, as well as several interactive links.

During the first two weeks, the students review the different sounds. They are assigned to groups and  have their presentations. During this process, we review and correct pronunciation errors.

"s" sound, a big issue for hispanic students.

/t/ and /d/ sound.

voiced and voiceless /th/

As a Second language instructor, I always advise my students that they must identify specific pronunciation features that cause problems for learners. Make learners aware of the prosodic features, stress, intonation, rhytm and the most important issue make the students and the class a safe setting to target mistakes and learn from them.

This is a very important sound for Spanish-speaking students.

Pronunciation can be one of the most difficult parts of a language for bilingual students to master and one of the least favorite topics for teachers to address in a classroom. I´m a great believer that all learners can do well in learning the pronunciation of a foreign language, if the teacher and learner participate together in the total learning process, then success can be achieved.

Pronunciation must be viewed as more  than correct production of phonemes: it must be viewed as imporant as teaching Grammar, Speaking or Writing.  The learner must also become part of the learning process, actively involved in their own learning.

I try to integrate the content of this course with real students´cases of Ecuadorian school settings and make my students produce mini real-classes focusing in improving these pronunciation errors.  My role is to act  as a 'speech coach', rather than as a mere checker of pronunciation.

Este año  la clase de Linguistica está dirigida a fortalecer la práctica de la pronunciación en los alumnos de Quinto Año y las habilidades que deben manejar como futuros docentes. Existe una gran variedad de actividades  en clase,  ejercicios de repetición, presentaciones y material interactivo que los ayuda  a construir su propio conocimiento. Mi rol como docente es de apoyo, de asesor, y busco en mis alumnos esfuerzo, trabajo creativo y análisis crítico..
(Thanks to my students for their photos).-

2011 LET´S SING TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!


Ms. Glenda´s ESL teaching Blog.: OPEN HOUSE 2012 FIFTH COURSE



English area meeting.

Charlas para cambios de los silabos por el Senescyt

Seminars for ESL teachers 2012


2011 MURDER IN A MANSION 1st Course


(excellent poster donated by a student´s husband)

The story of the murder of a rich businessman. June 22, 1952 was David Travi´s sixtieth birthday. he had dinner at this house with his wife Amanda, his daughter, Barbara, his business partner, George Smith and his assistant Claudia Myers. The next morning when Amanda Travid went to her husband´s bedroom she found him in bed...........dead...

Liutenant Jackson arrived at about 9:00am. He was a tall man with a big mustache. He talked to Mrs. Travis....come into the library with me, pls....What did your husband do after dinner last night?...Mrs Travis said...when we finished dinner Davis said he was tired, and he went to bed................

Another liuterant Jackon taking notes ......

Claudia...the assistant....she said....I was in love with him and he said he was in love with me...He said he wanted to leave his wife Amanda and marry me...I was stupid. I believe him.......................

Who killed Mr Travis????????????????

THANKS TO ALL MY STUDENTS. Great groups and creativity in their performance. Excellent speaking abilities being First Course students.

LEARNING LANGUAGE THROUGH COMMUNICATIVE ACTIVITIES AND TASK BASED APPROACH. Lots of peering interaction, problem solving tasks, Motivation, solving tasks!!

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