Monday, 23 June 2008

ICT teaching

Read this interesting document about ICT in Education Faculties.

Are Faculties of Education meeting the professional development needs of future and practising teachers?

Integrating ICT in teacher training: a challenging balance


CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning

CLIL fosters teaching English through a non-linguistic area.

CLIL compendium is an interesting web about CLIL:

Isabel Pérez's web is one of the best webs about CLIL, with a lot of ideas and resources:

Here you can find lots of interesting DU:

And I strongly recommend the following one:

Read the following document about CLIL:

Using languages to learn and learning to use languages
by David Marsh

Have a look at Macmillan Publisher's web about CLIL

The following video can be considered as a good example of how we could take advantage of a lot of multimedia material already created to learn English through a non-linguistic area, eg. science:

Check all the ppt presentations of the speeches in Palma, May 2008, in the WEIB site. The Conselleria d'Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears offered a course on CLIL to teachers starting CLIL projects in the following school year.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Steve Jobs' speech

Listen to Steve Jobs' speech. He is one of the founders of Apple.
I love the last words of his speech.
To be a good teacher you have to believe in what you do, and how you do it.
Do you agree?

Sunday, 8 June 2008

New tools

Don't be afraid!
We all feel the same when faced with new tools.

The same video with subtitles.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008


The classroom of the future has got up-to-date technology.

Apart from that, I think it's funny the way the classroom is organised. Listen to the video and try to find the points related to traditional pedagogy that this classroom should have.
Are our classrooms being built following these guidelines?

Monday, 2 June 2008

Do you teach or Do you educate?

What do you think? Do teachers teach or educate?
What do you want to do?

Technology or Methodology?

What is role of ICT in Primary lessons?

By the way, have you understood the video although you don't know Portuguese?
Of course, you have!
So, in all the other videos in English, please use all your communicative competence to understand the general meaning, as you have done in this video.

Education Today and Tomorrow

Which kind of teacher do you want to be?
Which kind of school do you want to work for?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

We don't need no education

Do you think that these kinds of feelings towards education would appear if teachers had another way of teaching?

Now, look at the title. Is it correct?
In fact, it isn't correct. You cannot use "no" with a verb in negative.
It should say: "We don't need any education".
Remember that in English two negatives are positive, just like in Maths. So, therefore, grammatically, the title means that we need education.
It is a common mistake among uneducated people. Using this pattern, they are laughing at the people who talk like this.