Sunday 8th November 2015
My reflections on the webminar.
This is going to be my first reflection on the MOODLE MOOC webinars that I am doing. The choice for this webinar, which I did by watching a recorded video, as I was busy at school, is mainly due to the fact that as a teacher of English I have always searched for interesting videos and clips to use with my students of English. Ted talks are my favourite ones.
The webinar took place on 8th November and it was presented by Judy Wong.
I regularly receive updating from the section of TED lessons http://ed.ted.com/lessons and think that TED is really great and teachers are working on talks to bring them into the lessons to make the learning environment engaging and more interesting.
The webinar started with the presentation of Judy Wong who is not only a teacher but also a performing artist and a writer.
I liked the slide presenting her with these words:
"We are teachers as well as students and our students are our teachers"
Links to TED and web pages related to TED
Ideas from the presenter when using TED talks.
These are mainly based on the presenter who seems to be a caring teacher and someone who teaches by loving what she does:
- think about your students ( adults/children? what are their interests?)
- think about the theme of the lesson
- think about the objective of the lesson ( grammar? speaking?)
For language learners there are plenty of lessons with also Grammar videos where students can also have fun too.
TED talks are good for Listening:
- main ideas
- supporting details
TED talks and READING SKILLS:
Transcripts can also be used to focus on the language/words. Videos have transcripts which can help the students while they are watching the videos.
When reading the transcripts we can work on many levels:
- key ideas
- find interferences
- key grammar points
- compare spoken language and written language
Ted talks can be used in writing for many interesting activities, these are the ideas presented in the webinar:
- talking as prompt
- talking to research further
- setting up argumentative essays or debates
If you do not have access to internet, you can use transcripts for activities like reading, speaking skills and identifying grammar points.
I agree with what the speaker has said who uses the videos by thinking deeply about what she wants to do in class. I would also add that TED offers great videos and interesting topics that can help us develop better lessons.
This is Judy's Blog:
The presentation she made can be retrieved from :
You can learn more from her if you are on Linkedin:
I also checked with Google and found these interesting suggestions shared by teachers:
Some people who wrote about TED Talks and English language learning
and now the next reflection on ..........................