Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource:

Welcome to the English Language Growth Resource: 

Project summary

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

  • Module 1: Staying motivated about your English. Module 1 introduces students to the importance of one’s motivation and beliefs and how these factors can have an impact on one’s learning.
  • Module 2: Using your English. Module 2 introduces students to opportunities where they might use their English more and how to cope in these situations. This module also alerts users to consider how much they are actually using English in their day-to-day lives and how this might be increased.
  • Module 3: Studying in English. This module covers strategies of value for academic learning, such as, social strategies (learning with groups, friends, etc), cognitive strategies (actual ways to expand knowledge) and metacognitive strategies (ways to organise one’s learning).
  • Module 4: What your lecturers expect of you. In Module 4 advice is provided about the expectations of lecturers. This information focuses in particular on the value of time commitment and exposure to the discipline area through extended reading.
  • Module 5: Strategies for you to try. Module 5 is the longest module and includes strategies for improving the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This module also includes a section on developing one’s vocabulary for better discipline understanding and information literacy.

Find the modules here

Reading
Writing, Grammar & Vocabulary
Listening and Speaking
Plagiarism and Referencing
Activities and Quizzes
Learning and Study skills

Edith Cowan University

University of Melbourne

Macquarie University

Deakin University

Fear keeps schools from social media

Fear keeps schools from social media

I have added the following presentation and the news report above to our wikidlinks page.
”The world has changed and the constant bad Facebook press and its role in cyber bullying have meant that schools are being asked for leadership on the issue and in reality they spend their time trying to catch up to the evolving technology,” said Denis Masseni, a multimedia lecturer at Monash University and director of digital business Sponsor-ed. See the slideshow here

“Continual, Collaborative, on the Job Learning”

Continual, Collaborative, on the Job Learning” New Post
 
Will RichardsonWhitewillrich45Just Posted: “Continual, Collaborative, on the Job Learning” http://bit.ly/KnxOT

According to Will Richards being literate in this new learning environment requires more than knowing how to read and write, it requires us to edit, publish, collaborate, create and connect in the process of building our own personal learning spaces’

 

I met yesterday with Andrew who is in my Recolo group to explore web 2.0 and its applications in learning and teaching. We are looking at how to apply web 2.0 to his Unit 2, VCE History which looks at the Cold War covering topics such as the Cuban Missile crisis, the Vietnam War and the Berlin Wall. The unit begins in Term 3 and we are working to look at how we can work web 2.0 and the portal into presentation and content.

 

We have thrown up a few ideas and will be meeting soon to finalize an approach that we would like to take. By next meeting I need to explore with Andrew the skills and strategies that the Humanities Domain require from this unit, which will give me a greater idea of how we can go about it. However I would like to see a blog to follow the processes and twitter as an information source.

 

PS Andrew introduced me to a site worth a look. www.ted.com

Face Book and social networking

There have been many concerns raised about Face Book and the privacy issue and I have posted articles of note to twitter. When I read most of these articles by social commentators I often think that they just don’t understand what it is to be a teenager anymore and recognise how important social networks are in establishing self esteem and identity and finding like minded people to share with. My mother worries about privacy but these kids say why.
My face book is private used to keep in touch with those who have touched me, both now and then. Within that I use privacy settings. I prefer to only allow friends onto my facebook, no friends of friends as I believe this reduces my risk. Follow the guidelines and common sense and you should be safe from nigerian scamsters.

A news feed about Face Book from the New York Times
The perils of Face Book
How to protect your privacy