The future influences the present just as much as the past.
The 29th ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival on possible futures is now on the move. The main idea of the carnival is, in the same way that the past influences us now, the thought of tomorrow can shape how we are today. This is somewhat true for our own lives as it is true for the educational environments in which we find ourselves. In the media or at conferences the future of education is discussed, we conduct needs analysis with learners based on their current and future needs and we wonder in 30 years time what education will look like, how will it be in this globally connected environment. The posts represent future visions, perspectives and warnings of all kinds pertaining to English Language Education.
A carnival arrives @ beeoasis.com.
Last week in the blog carnival we traveled to Canada and then onto Turkey and Western Europe.We were delayed slightly by a bout of bronchitus at home. Our next travel destination is to Beeoasis.com and to the blog of Joey Poulshock in Japan.
Now let’s continue the journey…
JULY 31st: Is reading really that good?
Joey Poulshock explores an experience with an exceptional Japanese student ,which in turns unlocks the power of reading for learning a language.
In this post, Ewan Mcintosh explores non-linear alternatives to traditional education through transmedia. He explores the advantages of transmedia, its potential for learning but also the potential of education to shape a grammar that has not settled and completely defined itself yet. Enjoy your journey today into the fascinating world of transmedia.
JULY 17th: Lesson Plan: Galatea (Upper-Intermediate)
Digital Games seem to be one of the possible avenues for education. According to some neuroscientific research, games provide excellent mental stimulus and conditions for learning. For this leg of the journey we are going to venture not only to Portugal but also into the back to the future world of Interactive Fiction. If you have never met the term ‘Interactive Fiction! before then please visit the link here at another of Joe’s site the Swan Station for an introduction. Interactive Fiction has been around for many years but Joe has been pioneering in this area, exploring its use for education in TEFL and TESOL. The post Galatea on his blog ‘IF only’ describes a full lesson plan for Upper Intermediate using Interactive Fiction as the medium of learning.
JULY 14th: The 1-minute guide to the mobile classroom
Mobiles seem to be the tool of now but also their versatility and reduction in cost will make them one of the key classroom tools of the future. In this post Nicky Hockly looks at simple ways to introduce mobiles to the classroom. All the suggestions are practical and there are links to other posts and idea as well as more mobile exploitation ideas on her site the e-moderation station.
In Brad Patterson’s post he reflects on not just being a better teacher but essentially being a happier one. He goes onto to explore what we need to let go of. This has been inspired by Dana on Purpose Fairy in a post entitled “The 15 things you should give up in order to be happy”. Exchanging with Brad on Twitter last week he expressed the thought that this was a lifelong journey. If you wish to contribute to this journey there is also an opportunity for you to add to Brad’s list, helping him to get to 15 things you should let go of to become a better teacher, by leaving your ideas in the comments section at the end of the post.
So we have arrived at Merve’s Oflaz’s post. Here she describes the people of the “future” as students, teachers’ psychology and what might happen when you set students free. She gives a concrete example of this freedom in action.
JULY 3rd : Our latest destination: ‘G is for Grapple’
Our destination will be Tyson’s post ‘G is for Grapple’. In this piece Tyson addresses the reality of creating a curricula for a course when balancing this with the course book. He approaches the balancing questions of how to do this with honesty and from a variety of different angles and thoughts. Many of us will also have grappled with this issue. The question is, how does he resolve the grapple?
The other posts originating from Istanbul at the start of the carnival are below:
Paul Raine, an ELT educator currently teaching in Japan while undertaking his masters in Teaching English as a Foreign and Second Language, explores the dichotomy of the techno rich image portrayed of Japan, as opposed to the reality in educational environments. He explores the technological issues face by edıcators and learners that could impede the future of up-to-date use of computer technology and access to WEB 2.0.
David Petrie at TEFLGeek ponders the future of language schools from a business model perspective. A comparison of other modes of learning, as opposed to the traditional language school model are analyzed. This culminates in the big question of whether language schools realistically can survive in the current educational climate. This is a discussion also true for other physical based language environments faced with the globally connected world in which we live and work.
Lindsay McMahon touches on an area of language learning that starts from the perspective of culture rather than simply words or grammar, particularly for students living an English speaking host culture. This post highlights that we are not talking about a cultural checklist of what to do or not to do in the culture but something deeper. Many of the issues raised in this article could also be applied for those of us as teachers who work and live in different cultures. We too could learn from the ideas of culture being our own compass.
Teacher Marija reviews previous tools that had been recommended on this site for classroom use and then revisits the recommendations with interesting and surprising new twists. It also leaves us with the thought of what the future Teacher Marija might think of these.
This post explores some of the exciting findings coming from neuroscience today and early tentative implications for ELT. As brain scanning becomes more sophisticated there will be pioneering discoveries that might lead to major implications in the way that we conduct the education of the future. Sharon Turner looks at some of the findings so far and reviews some of the work of Janet Zadina, educator turned neuroscientist.
THE NEXT ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival…
David Deubelbeiss is hosting the next ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival — the 30th edition — on August 1st!
Here’s how he’s describing it:
The theme for this blog carnival is The Best Posts For Helping New Teachers. September is a start for many new teachers and we hope your blog submissions will help many new or even well honed teachers with ideas.
Submit the blog post URL on his Contact form including a note about it if you wish. The deadline for entries in by July 31st.