Cultura Study Group

A blog for CI Uberlandia teachers. This is a space where we can share material from TTCs, tutorials and interesting sites we can use in class.

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LINKS for working with grammar:

Want something different to teach grammar? Have a look at the following links:

Online articles on the topic:

STUDY GUIDE (“Teaching Grammar” by Diane Larsen-Freeman)

“Teaching grammar means enabling language students to use linguistic forms accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately.”

1. In the Three-Dimensional Grammar Framework, which dimensions must concern us? (p. 252)
2. Think of a grammar topic. Try to identify the three dimensions involved. Which dimension would offer the biggest challenge to our students?
3. Which are the 3 insights she mentions about the Learning Process? (p.255)
4. When talking about the Teaching Process, she mentions some noticing techniques such as enhancing the input, consciousness-raising task, the garden path and input processing. Can you describe them? (p. 257)
5. What activities does she suggest when the focus is on FORM? (p. 258, 259)
6. If the focus is on MEANING, what are the suggestions? (p. 260)
7. What are relevant practice activities when the challenge is the USE of a structure? (p. 260, 261)
8. What problem does she point out with the way the PASSIVE VOICE is taught? (p.261, 262)
9. What´s the difference between a deductive approach and an inductive approach to dealing with grammar? (p. 264)
10. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Teachers should concentrate on teaching reasons, not rules.” “ Reasons are meaning based and use based”. (p. 265)
NEW TOPIC: "Teaching Grammar"

This Friday,18th May, we have our group discussion about the article "Teaching Grammar" written by Diane Larsen-Freeman. Have you already read it?

Have a look at this suggested link, it integrates grammar with listening, reading and writing.

The mini-conference was a way of sharing the outcome of our discussions. It´s also the product of our reflexions brought into practice. Congratulations to all presenters! Thank you for sharing your work.

For more listening resources look at the "Learning with Computers" BLOG.
This is a summary of the text "Skills and Strategies for Proficient Listening" by Pat Wilcox Peterson presented during our Mini-conference on Listening.

Topic: Listening
Date: 11/05/07
Time: 15:00 - 16:30

The mini-conference is being promoted by the study group in order to share the outcome of our last meeting with the rest of the staff.

Great News! Camila Sousa and I are taking part in a Yahoo community called "Learning with Computers" and look what we´re discussing this week , LISTENING. I´ve included an extract of an e-mail message written by a teacher called Gladys where she suggests various links to deal with Listening. Have a look!

Remember this month we've agreed to discuss "TEACHING LISTENING WITH COMPUTERS"? This being the first week, it's devoted to "RECOMMENDED SITES". Here goes my shortlist:

ELLO - "ELLLO stands for English Language Listening Lab Online. It is a collection of over 1,000 listening activites that students can view free via the internet. Most listening activites come with a downloadable MP3 audio file, transcipt and interactive quiz. ELLLO offers a variety of listening activities that each target a specific listening skill, need or interest."

ComAudio Online - "You can listen to many different kinds of audio items and read the texts at the same time. To find the meaning of a word, you can click on it and then click the Find button. ... You also have the option of doing a ... CLOZE. You have three chances to get it right. If your answer is wrong, you will see this immediately. However, if your answer is correct, please wait while the full text is being processed."

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Looots of quizzes in English for General Purposes, and English for Academic Purposes, Videos and a lot more! (classified by level and topic) (also by Randall: http://www.dailyesl .com/ - which integrates listening into lesson plans!)

British Council - LearnEnglish - Stories for Kids - Ideal for younger learners, here you can listen to (and read) short (and longer) stories in simple English. Great fun!

CNN Stories Archive - Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. Your can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story.Enough to get started, I'd say!