Thanks to everyone who commented, read, Tweeted and ReTweeted my experiment post. I really got a lot out of it and I hope you did too. I think it cemented my belief that:
1)A good blog should be about the readers/commenters.
2)No matter where we live we all face similar teacher issues.
3)Thanks to the net we are all on a similar wavelength.
4)Peer feedback,comments and just ‘informal conversation’ is VERY useful.It may be because it’s more honest or 2 way or varied but it REALLY covers a lot, far more than most school organised TD I have experienced.
My action plan for next term
I definitely feel more confident about using listening in the class via a mobile device so I will start with the BBC and do it at the start and then work from there.
We will use videos, analyse the interactions and recreate them but tailored for my student’s job.I will also offer an alternative choice every week.
I will also try short texts chosen by my student from a selection of sites/topics I advise.
I will find out more about her L1 interactions and model L2 role plays on them.
I will persevere with recording my student and replaying the recordings for analysis but starting with her reading a text aloud for pron.
Focus on important cultural issues that arise from input.
For present and past tenses, I will do L1/L2 text comparisons to draw out, cement and then rework tense concepts and differences.
I will try using a blog to keep track of listenings and videos and for revision purposes.
What I found useful about this method
People disagreed with my doubts about using the BBC and reaffirmed my faith in it as a source of listening.
Different people giving and discussing ideas/comments with examples.
Useful links and lesson ideas and structures (ello/bbc).
Post listening/reading activity ideas.
I got ideas from real teachers who have tackled these problems.
There were far more ideas than I’d get in a workshop.
I feel this experiment has shown how valuable peer-to-peer discussion and reflection are and there is no reason why schools could not initiate such activities on a regular basis. Something as easy as a room with different tables with each discussing a different issue or each group taking turns asking for/diving ideas. The key, of course, would probably be keeping it voluntary and informal so having drinks, snacks or just doing it in the staffroom may work. In that way it is more like a desk buddy asking for help that is enlarged to involve the whole staffroom.
Please comment with your own ideas.