CELTA sessions, January

Something of personal value: a Star Trek keyring (plus USB stick!)

One of the things we looked at in our sessions this week was an "image plus text" project, with the above picture being one that one of you took during the session. Here's a further example which we have been doing with people learning Spanish at IH Barcelona.

And here's a similar idea, suggested on Nik Peachey's blog.

That latter idea I picked up this morning via something else I mentioned in our session, an RSS feed, which comes to me via my Bloglines news aggregator.

One of the things I didn't mention was an excellent book on drawing pictures for your classroom, 1000+ Pictures for Teachers to Copy. Highly recommended!

You'll find a lot more ideas on images on the blog you are reading now.

A single digital image… plus text!


Things that matter to me…

In the CELTA session we had this morning I suggested a project using a digital camera — and the image above is one that one of you took.

What I would suggest is passing the camera round from pair to pair and getting the learners to take the pictures, and then writing about each other's objects (which will lead to more interaction than if they just write about their own object…). In our session, we didn't have time to produce the texts, but basically the text would involve writing about why the object photographed means a lot to your partner.

Incidentally, among the pictures taken this morning there were some lovely pictures of the photos of your kids which some of you had in your wallets. I chose not to publish them, and picked the one above, because — on the grounds of privacy issues — I'm always very reluctant to publish images of children (and would never do so of my young learners without written, signed parental permission).

The original idea came from techlearning.com and we've used it with people learning Spanish at IH Barcelona, publishing the text and images on our En mi bolsillo blog.

From sessions August 9

One of the photos Aitziber (I think) took, as an example of project work. The project suggested was producing a "picture plus accompanying text…"

A couple of things from today's sessions on our CELTA courses

This was the BBC article on the Yangtze river dolphin, which I suggested as the basis for a webquest. It comes from the BBC's Words in the News section, a great one to suggest to your learners as their default start page — so that they get some reading and listening practice every time they log on to the web.

The link to the Dfilm animations that you created didn't actually reach me. If anyone likes to provide them…

In a separate post, Dan tells us about yesterday on the course, which he did as an example of podcasting.

And for any of you that feel you really don't know that much about technology, I think I mentioned the Technology 101 section here on this blog, with some of the basic things that it is useful to know.

Day 6 on the CELTA course

Celta course trainee Dan Arp tells us a little about Day 6 on the course which, among other things included looking at various language analysis issues:


At times it can be hard to take all the information on board, Dan tells us, but he sees what his tutor Gerard is doing as being "planting seeds to cultivate over the course of [our] teaching careers".

Footnote: We produced the audio as part of a demonstration of podcasting in the session on technology on Day 7 of the course.