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TESOL Methods Final Action Plan

Name:

Rosmery Ribera Ferrier

Country: Bolivia

1. Course Description
1. Course title: Blended Learning Debate
2. Course Goals: Get students to perform an informed debate.
3. Age/number of students: Teens and adults.
4. Linguistic level of students: Advanced
5. Number of class hours per week and duration of course: 7.5 hours a week.
6. Classroom set up: We have individual desks and a teacher’s desk with a
high stool.
7. Access to materials and technology: We are blessed to have fifty two
Techno Classrooms each equipped with a Lenovo desktop computer, a 55' LG
television used as a monitor, a digital surround system and we have Internet
access! They are called TechnoAulas.
8. Other important information about students or setting: Students have
access to computers and internet at home.

2. Issue or Challenge to be Resolved
Class issue or challenge to be resolved: Fluency is the big issue that I would
like to tackle. Even though my students are 5 months short to graduate, they
find it challenging to express their ideas fluently. According to my
experience, students perform better when they had time and to read about
what they have to talk; like any of us, we can only give an opinion if we had
read and had the time to be informed.
My goal is to help students to prepare themselves to debate about issues by
researching about the topic online so they can write their arguments. I will
set up an Edmodo class to provide them with links to relevant websites,
written materials and videos. Once they read and write, their arguments will
be first peer corrected and then I will make final corrections. Students will
later record their arguments online, and we will follow the same procedure as
with the written arguments using an online recording tool. Finally, they will
debate in the classroom.

Then. Students in each team need to decide who defends which point. How will you use it? Here students will record their arguments online. if the debate is about China’s one child policy. and the last one to assess pupils during the debate. I am fostering independent learners by giving students the chance of practicing peer correction. they need to be prepared for the rebuttal phase of the debate. a student from the same team or from the opposing team will make corrections on the pronunciation by leaving a note on the site’s cloud. First. both students and the teacher need to make ongoing adjustments in order to ensure students achievements. one to help them assess their classmates’ recordings. then the Pro team might want to defend various issues like: it is cheaper to raise only one child. so they will have to be aware of the cons as well. Innovation #2: The class will use an online recording website named VoiceThread. How will it help to solve your class issue? It is a fact that who reads. they will record their arguments. Innovation #3: Rubrics. The use of alternative assessment. written materials and videos. if students have the chance to read in advance and know their topics. How will it help to solve your class issue? By using VoiceThread and Edmodo. So.3. or that the child will have the undivided attention of the parents and so on. they will be able to have an informed opinion before the debate and they will as well be able to argue their points of view during the debate. knows. How will you use it? I will create three rubrics: one to guide students on their arguments writing process. For example. How will it help to solve your class issue? Given that this will be a blended type of debate. Innovations Innovation #1: The use of an Edmodo class to provide them with links to relevant websites. The alternative assessment will provide the information needed to adjust teaching and . and we will follow the same procedure as with the written arguments using an online recording tool. How will you use it? I will divide the class into two teams: One of the teams will be Pro and the second team will be Con. these will be first peer corrected and then I will make final corrections. At the same time. Once they research and write their arguments.

The first step is to write a proposition on the board. The next step is to present the students the Edmodo class containing the links and documents with the pertinent information about the proposition. for example: “The one child policy in China is wise”. Pupils must listen to ALL the arguments and choose one of the opposing team in order to correct the pronunciation by leaving a voice note with the word or words they will correct. A final correction will be made by the educator. 5. talkative and shy students into each group. 4. Third week: After having perfectly written arguments. Right after that the teacher needs to divide the teams taking into account that he or she should include both. my classroom will be turned into a “battlefield” of well informed arguments and rebuttals.learning while they are happening. By using a Blended Learning Debate. Terms at my institution last three weeks to teach and two extra days in order to test students and turn in grades. In order to write the arguments students must be guided by the rubric posted at Edmodo. The same procedure used at Edmodo will be used on this step. students are ready to record them on VoiceThread. After they have read. Students will be given a class code to enter the virtual classroom. Then. This will serve as the background images during the debate. Timeline for making the change. The class will be divided into two teams: the Pro Team and the Con Team. Day of the debate: A PowerPoint presentation with several images about the topic needs to be prepared by the teacher. Each student must present only ONE argument and give three reasons to defend his particular choice. Second week: Pupils must post their arguments on Edmodo and they must also read ALL the other postings. Here is the timeline: First week: Students should sign up to Edmodo and read all the information already posted by the instructor. The classroom will be set by arranging the desks . they must decide on what arguments to use in order to support either the Pro or Con position on the debate. they should choose one argument of the opposing team and do the peer-correction. Finally pupils will be introduced to the VoiceThread site. In this way the actual debate will be a success. Plan of action How: Description of change and Resources.

Pro student: I see what you mean. 7. the teacher will be assessing students using a rubric that will also be posted on Edmodo. Pupils need to listen to all the online recordings and correct the pronunciation of at least one of them. listening. again the student across the exposing pupil must take notes to build his or her rebuttal. All this means spending a lot of money. The main challenge I expect to encounter is the use of the new online education technology. there will be an overall improvement in the students’ English proficiency. and going out to the best places.facing each other in order to accommodate the opposing teams. Now we are ready for the debate! Debate procedure: First the Pro Team exposes all their arguments and the student facing the pupil speaking at that time. When the Pro team finishes. must take notes to talk during the rebuttal phase. Some students are not very savvy with computers or the internet. but an only child can not always be spoiled. In my opinion. and since they have plenty of quality time with him. Benefits. it is time for the Con Team to expose their arguments. writing. They also get to speak when they record their voices on VoiceThread and of course during the debate itself. . 6. Students need to read the provided materials in order to be informed. They need to write their arguments and peer-correct the arguments of other classmate. Finally the rebuttal phase starts. the latest technology gadgets. As you can see. he will turn out to be a good kid. vocabulary and even extended knowledge of another culture. I must respectfully disagree with you on that one. after all this guided and self practice. To my mind an only child is generally spoiled and wants the best clothing brands. that depends on how well parents educated the child. This might happen like this example: Con student: You just said that having one child saves the parents money. The benefits of the Blended Learning Debate will be several and they will include many of the skills: reading. Note: During the exposition of the arguments and the rebuttal phase. Challenges. speaking.

Nevertheless. I plan to thoroughly explain and show how to access and use both of the sites we will be using by making instructive videos and posting them on Edmodo. This practice will allow my pupils and me to see the improvement achieved with the use of our Blended Learning Debate. Assessment. . 3 The student understands most of the topic and can fluidly talk about his or her argument. 9. Solutions.8. To continue. 1 The student understands only a little of the topic and can not fluidly talk about his or her argument. I plan to use two main tools to assess my students’ degree of success of the change. Ribera Student Name: CATEGORY Understanding of Topic ________________________________________ 4 The students fully understand the topic and can fluidly talk about his or her argument. I will use rubrics for oral and writing assessment. I plan to use collaborative work through peercorrection as well as teacher correction and feedback. To begin with. 2 The student understands only some of the topic and can not fluidly talk about his or her argument. Class Debate : Blended Learning Debate Teacher Name: Ms. Other tool that I consider really useful is recording the debate. Another advantage is that later on I will be able to show new students how exciting it is to have this innovative kind of activity in the English classroom. if it becomes necessary to give personal guidance to some of my students that is not a burden at all.

Ribera Student Name: CATEGORY ________________________________________ 4 .Below St andards Score . Rebuttal The student listened carefully to his or her opponent. and sustains an mediocre rebuttal. facts or statistics. Persuasive Essay : Argumentative Debate Paragraph Teacher Name: Ms. The student listened to his or her opponent. facts or statistics. The student waits until his or her opponent stops talking in order to talk. took notes. took no notes. Respect for the other team members The student can present clearly most of his or her argument and support it with some logical examples. and sustains an excellent rebuttal. facts or statistics.Approaching Standards 1 . and sustains a bad rebuttal.Above St andards 3 . took just some notes. The student can not present clearly his or her argument and can not support it with logical examples. The student can present clearly most of his or her argument but only support it with few logical examples.Meets St andards 2 . The student always interrupts his or her opponent in order to talk. The student listened to his or her opponent. and sustains an good rebuttal. took just a few notes. facts or statistics. The student sometimes interrupts his or her opponent in order to talk. The student listened to his or her opponent. The student often interrupts his or her opponent in order to talk.Use of Facts/Statistics The student can present clearly his or her argument and support it with logical examples.

com/home#/group?id=7747539 Class Code: fk7mvd I have also created a VoiceThread account. spelling. spelling or punctuation errors A few grammatical spelling. Paragraph includes introductory sentence. or punctuation errors. One of these elements missing. Information clearly relates to the main topic. spelling or punctuation errors. and here is the link: . Many grammatical. or punctuation errors. Two of these elements missing. Here is the link to my class: https://www. Information clearly relates to the main topic. explanations or details. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.Evidence and Examples Sequencing Grammar & Spelling Transitions Information clearly relates to the main topic. Final remarks I have already created the Edmodo class. Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples. Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraph. Student sometimes uses connectors and conjunctions at the beginning and in the middle of sentences. Student rarely uses connectors and conjunctions at the beginning and in the middle of sentences. Almost no grammatical. No details and/or examples are given. and uploaded the documents and posted a link to a video. Student always uses connectors and conjunctions at the beginning and in the middle of sentences. Student does not use connectors and conjunctions at the beginning and in the middle of sentences. and concluding sentence. No grammatical.edmodo.

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