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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I’ve been a teacher of English as a Second language for around 15 years and through that time become familiar with many of the teaching methodologies (and technologies) that the profession has adopted and promoted. My interest in ICT came about initially when, like many of my colleagues, I seemed to be battling with the distracting presence of the internet and mobile devices in my classrooms! My moment of catharsis came when one of my students, who had been ill for some weeks at home, submitted a portfolio of work by email as an end-of-term assignment in lieu of class work. Reading through her work, I was struck by the fact that she had not just achieved the class goals, but actually exceeded them, and far from being an “in lieu” option, technology really ought to be present with us, the group, and part of any sensible course which had to do with training ESL students to interact with the world.
Over the past few years I’ve been able to work with students and colleagues on projects which utilized ICT for ESL course objectives, and time and again I’ve seen people from all walks of life grab hold of everything from Interactive Whiteboards to Web 2.0 to express themselves in creative and innovative ways. Each time my colleagues and I run a course, we see great ideas, and we’re inspired to innovate ourselves.
At the moment, I’m creating a Moodle-based course on university essay proofreading and editing skills which I hope to eventually put online. The goal is to enable Japanese students who haven’t had any experience of writing for overseas study programs to develop the necessary skills to integrate into science and engineering courses without the need to do one or more semesters’ worth of English Prep. Courses before they get going on their course of choice abroad.
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