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I have attached two lesson plans.  My apologies for the delay.  I have been sick lately.  I feel better now.  I am looking forward for your comments.

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  1. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    Lesson Plan1
      English as a Second Language (ESL)

    Topic:                         Writing a Short Article in English Using a Web Blogger
    Audience:                  High School
    Time required:         One 50 min. period

    Objectives:

    -          Students will learn how to write a short, interesting article on a subject that interests them, using correct English grammar and punctuation.

    Development & Methods:

    1.     First of all, go around the class and ask each student what their interests or hobbies are. They'll tell you things like "watching TV", "playing computer games", "reading books".
    2.    After the excitement level is up a bit (they like talking about their hobbies) then introduce to them the world of 'blogging'. Explain that people write 'blogs' or online diaries, to write about their lives, their hobbies, their interests, travelling, etc. Then show them a couple of example blogs on the internet.  If you don't have a blog yourself, choose a blog to show them that looks fun, cheerful and has lots of nice photographs.
    3.    Then explain that they will be writing their own blog. Tell them about things other people write about on blogs and then show them the blog template you have already set up on Blogger.com  When you set up the blog, choose one of the very colorful templates, as that seems to make them even more excited when it looks like a fun website.
    4.    You can also set them up in pairs or teams if they don't want to write a blog post alone and you have a large class. I do our blog for 70 students, so some write blog posts alone, some are working in pairs or teams. But, all of them have come up with very interesting blog posts and fabulous photos.
    5.    You should have about 20 to 30 minutes left in the class, so tell them to start writing a short blog post about one of their interests or hobbies, their family, or travelling. Pretty much anything they want to do. Also, explain to them that they can e-mail photographs to you and you will also put up their photographs on the website.
    6.    Then give them the last few minutes of the class to start writing.
    7.    Walk around the class, while they're writing, and check on the subject they're writing about, give suggestions for improvements, or correct grammar and spelling.
    8.    At the end of the class, ask them to type up the blog post they're writing and to e-mail it to you along with photographs. Make sure you give them a deadline to complete the blog post though or you will end up with some students who keep telling you "coming soon" but it never arrives!
    9.    Once you receive the blog posts, start posting them on the blog.
     

    Summary & Assessment:

    -          Participation in class
    -          Student's ability to write a short blog post with good English grammar and spelling
    -          Ability to work in pairs (with small classes) or as a team member if needed.

    Materials Needed:

    • Whiteboard markers,
    • A classroom with a computer for each student
    • Access to the Internet
    • Each student must have an e-mail address (it is a requirement by a blogger service software; otherwise a weblog cannot be created)

    Standards:

    ELP 9.4.8        Organize ideas in a basic sequence and express with spoken and written sentences and paragraphs.
    ELP 9.4.9        Use detailed verbs, nouns, and modifiers with moderately developed syntax in writing.

    1 adapted from: Flabetoo.  Writing a Short Article in English Using a BlogWeblogs http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1120967/a_fun_free_eflesl_lesson_plan_writing.html?cat=15.  Accessed on:  11/7/08

  2. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    Lesson Plan1
      English as a Second Language (ESL)

    Topic:                         Writing in an ESL course   
    Audience:                  High School
    Time required:         2 50 min. period

    Objectives:

    1.     The students will learn how to create an individual website.
    2.    The students will use individual websites for instant online publishing of their written contributions (written work may comprise essays, summaries, description of learning experience, etc.)The students read other students' contributions.
    3.    The students will write their responses to peers' written work in the 'comments' sections of the weblogs.
    4.    The students will share individual opinions on published written work in a follow up class discussion.

    Development & Methods:

    1.     Use a free service available online http://www.blogger.com. This service is reliable and easy to use.
    2.    Prior to class, set up a teacher's weblog. It will help the teacher to go over the stages and see possible pitfalls such as inapplicable username (that already exists) or password, which must be at least 6 characters long.
    3.    Prior to the online session, explain the steps of setting up a weblog in detail: 1) create an account, 2) name your weblog, 3) choose a template. Write down the major steps on the board. It will save the time online - students will know exactly what to do, particularly if they encounter unfamiliar vocabulary.
    4.    During class, suggest that students think of appropriate username and password.
    5.    During the Internet session, have all students open the http://www.blogger.com site and start setting up individual websites.
    6.    As soon as students completed the task of creating their weblogs, give them the first assignment. A writing assignment is the best task for the start. It might be any task that is relevant to learners, such as writing a summary of the text they have read, or sharing experience of participating in the sport event, or describing their plans for the coming weekend, etc.  A useful tip: creative writing is more enjoyable than a routine activity, but it should not interfere with the course curriculum and be a sheer waste of classroom time.
    7.    Follow up stage offline is a class discussion of the experience of setting up weblogs and writing activity. Brainstorm learners' feedback on the first web blogging activity: difficulties, likes, dislikes, needs, future plans, etc.
    8.    Another online session might be devoted to reading peers' written entries and writing comments in the appropriate columns of individual weblogs. Writing comments on peers' written work is a must which allows learners to collaborate and highlights the notion of writing for the audience.

    Summary & Assessment:

    Learners' written errors can be divided into 'interlingual errors', i.e. errors that occur between English and the mother tongue, and 'intralingual errors', i.e. those that occur within the language being learned.

    Materials Needed:

    • A classroom with a computer for each student
    • Access to the Internet
    • Each student must have an e-mail address (it is a requirement by a blogger service software; otherwise a weblog cannot be created)
    • Individual earphones in each computer (for online listening assignments)

    Standards:

    ELP 9.4.8        Organize ideas in a basic sequence and express with spoken and written sentences and paragraphs.
    ELP 9.4.9        Use detailed verbs, nouns, and modifiers with moderately developed syntax in writing.

     

     

     

     1 adapted from: Kavaliauskien?, galina.  Weblogs in language teaching and learning.  Teaching English with Technology, A Journal for Teachers of English.  ISSN 1642-1027.  Vol. 7, Issue 1 (February 2007)  http://www.iatefl.org.pl/call/j_lesson27.htm ; Accessed on:  11/7/08
     

  3. Unknown User (aruby)

    Wow, this is awesome!