Email and chat (Dudeney & Hockly)
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Email & ChatNeny IsharyantiEmailBenefitsSimple and familiarTeachers -- Mailing lists, discussion groupsStudents exposure to target language in real situationBasic Email SkillsCommunication skillsDiscourse NetiquetteWriting review
Basic Email Skills (cont)Technical skillsEmail account managementPrivacy and protectionInquire their technical skill level first!
Some Ideas for Learning ActivitiesCourse management Communication and discussion Course mailing listAssignment submissionCollaborative writing toolData collection projectsKeypal projects
Lets try! Data Collection Project: Endangered AnimalsTheme: endangered species, ecologyAim: to find out about endangered speciesLearners: junior high school, adult, intermediate or high levelTime frame: 2-3 lessons @ 60-90 minutesProcedure:Lesson 1Teacher (T) provides the pair with one website about endangered animalsThe pair visits the website, read the information, find a contact email of the website, and write a series of questions to emailThe pair writes an email containing the questions,The email draft can be checked by another pair or the teacher before being sentThe pair send the email to the organization in the websiteLesson 2After receiving a reply email from the organization, the pair prepare a written or oral presentation to share what they have found about the endangered animalsThe pair present their findingsLesson 3Follow up activities such as publishing the findings for the public through blog, wiki, or podcast or through postersChatTypes of Chat -- platformsText chatAudio or voice chatPublic chatPrivate chatTypes of Chat educational basedFree topic chatsCollaborative, task-oriented chatsInformative or academic chatsPractice chatsWhy using chat in language learning?Some questions to ponder before deciding to use chat in language learning:Does using text or voice chat with learners improve their English?What kind of English should learners use in chat?What technical skills do teachers and learners need to be able to use chat?What benefits does the use of chat bring to the classroom?Is it better to use text or voice chat with learners?
Does using text or voice chat with learners improve their English?Opportunities for negotiating meaningDiscourse familiarizationImproving fluency
What kind of English should learners use in chat?Standard written English conventions, pleaseBut, worth teaching:Common abbreviations are OKNetiquettesTurn-taking conventions
What technical skills do teachers and learners need to be able to use chat?Installation of chat platforms and usageTyping skillsConnection?What benefits does the use of chat bring to the classroom?Novelty factorConnecting learners and teachersIs it better to use text or voice chat with learners? -- AdvantagesTextFamiliarityNoveltyCollaborative learningNon-threatening & easy to useChat transcripts can be used later for language analysis
VoiceFamiliarityNoveltyCollaborative learningreal oral practice of languageInternet connection is getting faster, making it easier to do voice chat
Is it better to use text or voice chat with learners? Disadvantages TextChaotic (overlapping turns, disjointed topic delay)Unclear improvementsNeed for teaching chat speak?Difficult to identify errors vs. typos vs. non-standard chat speakWeak typistsVoiceSuitable for very small groups onlyNeed reliable internet connectionRecording chat may be difficult and need other softwareHow to Structure a Text or Voice Chat LessonObjective(s)Contact with other learners/cultures, and the motivation that this bringsreal communication with a real purposeUse of a new medium in the classroomA chance to practice written and/or spoken EnglishHow to Structure a Text or Voice Chat Lesson (cont)Groupings the classIndividual computers pair workSome computers group workOne computer entire class turn taking
How to Structure a Text or Voice Chat Lesson (cont)StagesAn introductory/warmer phasePersonal detailsSkill checkNetiquetteOther introductionThe main content of the chatThe task(s) worksheet to complete A closing stageSummaryLesson learntCaveats for ChatTry the software outTwo classes? Initial contact via email or blogSet a clear taskSet a clear purpose/objective and tell the learnersOnly for small groups!Record the chatPrepare a contingency plan
Lets try!Objectives: to ask about personal detailsLevel: beginner to intermediateTime: 1 meeting @ 90 minutes
ProceduresIntroduction/WarmerAsk students how they greet and introduce themselves in real lifeInform students the structure of an introductionElicit from students some questions and answers to greet and introduce themselves to othersEstablish netiquettes with the students
Task 1Ask students to create questions for personal details and what is the unusual habit that a person hasAsk students to make a pairAsk them to open facebook chatStudents chat with their partner enacting the greeting and introduction
Task 2Ask students to make a group of 4Ask them to open facebook chat and create a chat room for the group membersStudents chat with their group mates enacting the greeting and introduction
ClosingAsk the students to present their findings about their pair/matesDiscuss the difficulties they encounter during the chat