Crossing Borders: Digital Cultural Exchange for Preservice Teachers NECC 2004

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Crossing Borders: Digital Cultural Exchange for Preservice Teachers NECC 2004 </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Presenters Karen Jogan Albright College, Reading PA Michele Mislevy Albright College, Reading PA Ana Heredia Universidad de Tarapac, Arica Chile Gladys Aguilera Universidad de Tarapac, Arica Chile </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Overview What? Cultural and bilingual exchange (Spanish English) Why? To advance proficiency in target language and culture How? Through collaboration and technology For whom? Preservice teachers </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Outline Digital exchange as best practice Establishing institutional collaboration Addressing standards Examining contexts of instruction Defining project objectives four models for cross-cultural exchange Challenges and possible solutions Discussion </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Defining a best practice in preservice teacher education Provide authentic context for learning target language and target culture Allow for collaborative learning Incorporate technology in the instructional model </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Defining culture What is culture? some definitions </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> Defining culture Culture isbelieving that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those websand the analysis of [culture] to be an interpretive one in search of meaning. Clifford Geertz </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> Defining culture How can we engage students in interactive discussion of culture? How can students view another cultural perspective? How can we help students interpret the web of another culture? </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Defining culture Establish cross cultural connections Connect with a colleague abroad Connect students with peers abroad Locate a colleague abroad through http://www.iecc.org http://www.iecc.org </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> Addressing standards National and international organizations ISTE ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages TESOL Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Ministry of Education abroad </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> Selecting appropriate technology Consider lowest common denominators E-mail PowerPoint sound digital images streaming video Blogs </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> Selecting appropriate technology Advantages of asynchronous dialogue Learner centered Self-paced No time zone problems Requires limited tech skill </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> Examining contexts of instruction: in Arica, Chile in Reading, Pennsylvania </li> <li> Slide 14 </li> <li> Examining contexts of instruction Preservice teachers Similar age Similar educational background Similar interests Similar motivational level </li> <li> Slide 15 </li> <li> Examining contexts of instruction Roles of coordinators in US and in Chile </li> <li> Slide 16 </li> <li> Defining project objectives Cross-cultural competence Communicative competence Interactive strategies Critical thinking and analysis of authentic texts Collaborative strategies to support peer correction </li> <li> Slide 17 </li> <li> Defining project objectives: cross-cultural e-mail Advantages of e-mail Promotes active collaboration Authentic, meaningful context Immediate and efficient culture is dialogically created through language in discourse </li> <li> Slide 18 </li> <li> Defining project objectives: cross-cultural e-mail Project design Time frame Topics Process Coaching in dialog journal strategies Assessment </li> <li> Slide 19 </li> <li> Defining project objectives: cross-cultural PowerPoint Collaborative research projects On site team research Dialog and discussion Comparison and contrast Creative final project </li> <li> Slide 20 </li> <li> Defining project objectives: cross-cultural PowerPoint Possible topics: Compare Independence Day activities Compare daily activities in school Compare a supermarket Interview an individual in a specific career Describe a local monument and its significance </li> <li> Slide 21 </li> <li> Cross cultural PowerPoint -- examples </li> <li> Slide 22 </li> <li> Slide 23 </li> <li> [Click on picture to view project] </li> <li> Slide 24 </li> <li> Cross cultural PowerPoint -- examples [Click on picture to view project] </li> <li> Slide 25 </li> <li> Culture Modules Designing materials for teachers of English as a Foreign Language abroad </li> <li> Slide 26 </li> <li> Culture Modules Topic selection Design process storyboarding identifying and capturing digital artifacts Creating cultural module </li> <li> Slide 27 </li> <li> Culture Modules some examples [Click on picture to view project] </li> <li> Slide 28 </li> <li> Culture Modules some examples [Click on picture to view project] </li> <li> Slide 29 </li> <li> Developing cultural insights Post-questions: What did you learn about this topic in your own culture? What did you learn about cultural perspectives from your peers abroad? </li> <li> Slide 30 </li> <li> Collaborative research projects Topic choice Digital exchange for research project </li> <li> Slide 31 </li> <li> Collaborative research projects Sample topics: How can feedback on EFL essays improve writing skills? What strategies can be used to measure improvement in EFL listening? Compare education systems in USA and in Chile </li> <li> Slide 32 </li> <li> Collaborative Research Projects some examples </li> <li> Slide 33 </li> <li> Slide 34 </li> <li> Suggestions for Future Implementation Establish alternate lines of communication Assign peer/partner after training period Promote flexibility in topic choice Teach for improved coherence </li> <li> Slide 35 </li> <li> Drawing conclusions Cross cultural collaboration Promotes interactive dialog Builds empathy and critical thinking skills Employs a constructivist, learner-centered approach Empowers through technology </li> <li> Slide 36 </li> <li> Your turn Questions? Comments? Ideas for exchange? </li> <li> Slide 37 </li> <li> Contact Information Karen Jogan kjogan@alb.edu Michele Mislevy mmislevy@alb.edu Ana Heredia aheredia@uta.cl Gladys Aguilera gaguiler@uta.cl </li> </ul>