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Instructor: Natzyelly Gonzalez
Students: Jessica Morones
Site visited: www.englishbaby.com Name of the forum: President Barack H Obama
“What an interesting topic!!! Personally, I really enjoy talking about the best president of the United States Barack Obama. I consider that in his speech he was trying to show how he really is. Additionally, I also consider that he was trying to change what people around the world think about the American country. He is a leader… and of course he is a clear example of honesty and respect. President Obama is really trying to fix the international relationships the USA had in the past…”
Personally, I chose this forum because I really enjoy reading about U.S. president Obama. Additionally, I wanted to know how this man has become so popular that has influenced English learners to use language (trying to do the best to post a comment about this man).
Analysis of the written discourse
It is important to start mentioning that the people who wrote comments about president Obama´s administration, have a very good level of English, however I could notice some spelling mistakes such as “Especialy”. In addition, I could
also find that the language used is nonstandard, in other words, it is very informal. The EnglishBaby web page is a very good tool that can be used as a way to practice the language in real life, however, we as teachers need to be really careful with how our students use the language in this kind of platforms. Even thought I consider that we can integrate this web site (www.englishbaby.com) into our classrooms, I also think that there are some disadvantages that we as teachers will find. The following are some advantages and disadvantages we can see about the employ of this sites: Advantages • • Students have the chance to publish what they think about a certain topic. It is a way of international communication: on these types of sites because students can write comments or read what other English speakers from different parts of the world have written. • • This web site is very good for advanced learners. Teachers can use the information in this web page to help students become critical thinkers and analyze what other English user write to notice the mistakes or see how the structure sentences. • Students can learn about other cultures (a cultural window is open).
Disadvantage • It would be very difficult for teachers to use this type of web sites if the level they are teaching is low because most of the type, the topics are very specific. • In almost every case, most of the comments are very informal; as a result, students could start writing non-standarly. • There is not enough time to write comments when students are in the classroom.
What is Web 2.0?
The term Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site gives its users the free choice to interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators (prosumer) of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users (consumer) are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them.
The Use of Web 2.0 in Language Teaching
In my opinion and according to my experience as teacher, I consider that Web 2.0 is an excellent tool that supports teachers during the teaching process. We can bring reality into the classroom. A clear example of Web 2.0 is www.youtube.com which is a web page that allows teachers to download anytime of video which we can adapt as part of our daily lessons. Additionally, students learn differently, in other words they have different learning styles; using Web 2.0 can help teachers to cover their students’ needs. Definitely, Web 2.0 is changing the language teaching process.
Useful Web Sites for Teaching Languages
CNN web page delivers the most popular and new news from around the world. This web site can easily work as a very good tool for teachers. I consider that information from this page could help teachers of advanced level (especially adults) because as they have a clearer understanding of the language, they get interested in knowing about other cultures or what is happening in the world. The following are examples of the type of material provided on this page and the ways I might use them to support and improve my lessons:
Videos: this tool would be very good to help students develop listening skills.
News (articles): I could use an article to have my students to read, get the main idea of the text, or look for specific information. In some cases, I might be necessary to change some words that I consider that mu students might find difficult to understand.
The weather: it could help me when I teach the weather, so my students can see real information.
This web page is an excellent source for teachers of children because it provides many activities that we can download and adapt to our classes. In this site we can find activities about the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Additionally, we can have access to games and some other activities.
Examples of activities I might use:
Listen to a story: we can use this activity to help kids develop listening skills and measure understanding.
Make: this activity would be very useful in my class because my student can have fun crating and making things in English.