Saturday, September 22, 2007

standard for content area.

The standard I have decided to focus on is language arts K-4.

I am actually gong for my Masters in TESOL. Since I found no TESOL in the content area page, I figured Language arts would be the closest one, since we're dealing essentially with English language learning.

Currently I do not teach school children, but EL adults, in an ESL language course. I did teach Children EFL in Brazil for a little while. Most children in a continental-sized portuguese speaking country (as it is the case with most children in a continental-sized english speaking country) do not really take seriously the task of learning another language. I wonder if that is the case with children in multi-language East-coast. But being an au pair I had the opportunity to see first graders bringing home site words and little reading projects, which inspired my choice of K-4.

I think that at grades K-4, visual learning is actually not only something to consider when thinking about kids who are mainly visual learners. Every children at that age can greatly benefit from visual learning techiniques. Looking at objects and learning their names for instance, learning the sound of the letters and seeing the letters in the word and how their sound changes. Maybe that's the whole concept behind sight words.

As I browse through the resources webistes provided, a lot of uses for digital imagery seem to pop up and I am trying to figure out which ones are more linked with visual learning.

I believe young learners can benefit from digital imagery when the have a chance to complete sentences with words or phrases. I saw a website that talks about a Flash poetry tools - it looks like this is a program that allows students to match words provided by the program to form a small poem. I thought that was a great idea. I remember having my students doing that with pieces of paper in an EFL class.
This helps the students make up their own sentences as they can quickly visualize what is being done.

I have also used a similar technique to identify grammar and structure mistakes. A sentence is put up on the screen with a mistake in it - the stundents must identify the mistake and correct it.

Another idea I got from the web resources was the concept of digital story telling, which helps the students visualize the story they just read, organize the idea in their minds and present it in a way that makes sense to others, more immediately to the rest of the class.

With Inspiration visual learning can be aided as a way of simply showing the students how ideas link to each other, how words link to concrete objects, how concepts link to images.

There is a number of different things that can be done. The possibilities are just endless.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Langran said...

Yes, the possibilities are endless but you have described quite a few here! I agree that young English Language Learners really respond well to visual learning.

I'm glad to hear you are exploring the resources - feel free to share others on your website or blog as you come across them.