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Welcome to Our Discovery Island, a six-level primary English series that engages children in 21st century learning. Inspire every one of your students to learn English! Don't miss out ... register at wwww.pearsonelt.com/ourdiscoveryisland for the launch release
Hi teachers, friends and ELT gurus the world over!
Welcome to my Our Discovery Island author blog! To get things started I would like to point you towards some very cool pedagody articles on the Our Discovery Island website. Today's post is focused on my own article there, called:
Here is a section of the article for your consideration and comment:
Fluency in language production occurs where ‘procedural knowledge’ through ‘automotization’ becomes ‘fast and without deliberation’ (DeKeyser, 1997). To achieve this automaticity, students need time on the practice court of language learning. This will go a long way towards guaranteeing their success in the L2. But what if they don’t enjoy certain key aspects of the practice? It’s obvious that if we are going to ‘remember’ things we need to practice remembering them, but what kind of practice will lead to students committing to more practice with the foundational aspects of language learning such as vocabulary? With children, this is surely where the traditional classroom ends and the ‘personal adventure’ which David Paul refers to in "How to Teach English to Children in Asia" (2003) begins.
This notion of 'personal adventure' is key for David Paul and also underpins the philosophy behind the Our Discovery Island.
Our Discovery Island uses an approach called W.A.R.M as our practical application of 21st Century Learning approaches:
The W.A.R.M approach was developed by Dr. David Nunan, the senior pedagogy advisor to Our Discovery Island - we'll hear more about that in future blog-posts.
Take a look at this clip from the O.D.I. online world and think about these concepts of how "personal adventure" and "W.A.R.M" fits into the design of these materials...
This is the opening to the Level 3 coursebook for Our Discovery Island. Again consider the importance of learning as an adventure.
Learners crash onto Space Island!
More posts in the next few weeks about parts of this article and connected to methods and materials to come. Love to hear your comments, feedback and questions - and then will follow up with a post with my own comments on these two examples of exemplary materials design for Young Learners.
Much love and respect to all the teachers out there.
It's a rainy chilly day in seoul today. Hope the weather is better where you are?
I am about to set off for Jeju Island off the south coast of Korea, to visit some amazing teachers - and the thought of amazing teachers brings memories of my recent visit to Indonesia flooding back. I was simply stunned by the energy and enthusiasm of Indonesian teachers and administrators. I offer evidence with the pictures below this post.
To teachers who attended - I'd love to know what things from the sessions affected, challenged or entertained you the most. Please do share!
Here are a few key points to trigger your memory:
I talked about and demonstrated a number of activities with timed pair-work, group-work and mingling stages to create 80%-20% classrooms where the teacher becomes the "guide on the side" rather than always being the "Sage on the stage". Think-Pair-Share = Think time for an individual + timed pairwork + sharing with new partners + mingling.
The 4 C's - Communication, collaboration, creativity & critical thinking
We had heaps of fun doing an activity where teachers in large groups had to create a song, dance or chant about one of the Our Discovery Islands... the performances were awesome... You can use these principles/strategies to create activities, to analyse and choose good materials and to motivate learners.