This is a proposal for a pilot project for classes of English Language Learners (ELLs) of mixed nationalities on residential or home-stay summer schools learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It includes a combination of in-class, online and possibly out of class activities where groups of ELLs collaborate to compose blog articles focusing on their respective cultures and daily lives, experiences at the summer school, and experiences in the country or region where they are studying. With this combination of classroom, online and out of class activities, the hope is to provide a framework for ELLs to develop their proficiency and competencies in English, improving their linguistic fluency and complexity while ensuring that their immediate language learning needs are met and that the subject matter and linguistic forms studied are meaningful and relevant to them.
Today I’m feeling poorly – Ahhhh, I hear you say. Well, thank you. 🙂
As a result, I missed out on being with my students this afternoon. [Insert more sympathy sounds here].
Anyway, I’m sure they were fully engaged, learning and teaching each other (thanks to the great bunch of people I work with. One of the tutors stepped in literally 10 mins before the class!) Continue reading