eMindSet ESL Workshops

The best way to improve your #CommunicationSkills

Why not traditional classes?

The world has changed. A lot. And all institutions need update to new modes and models in order to cope with these events. Yes, also "education" needs to be re-thought. Traditional roles have been modified in the last decades, as a consequence of globalization and the development of new technologies, specially regarding media. All information is reachable now, with a simple click. Yet not everyone can have access to accurate ways of processing that info and making it useful. We need to access more than info. We need a full experience.

"If it's not relevant, your brain will discard the information. If it matters to you...You will make it yours!"

Putting language in context.

The theory of Communicative Action (Jürgen Habermas, 1981) understands language as the foundational component of society. It is a point of view shared by many thinkers and researchers, in many different ways, all around the world. Language is basic for human development and society. And societies - whether large or minimal - are its place, its habitat. Therefore, nobody can learn a new language in an isolated process, in front of a machine or a book: We need relationships to develop our communication needs, we need backup and feedback from our fellow...we need the frame and the scaffolding for our #LanguageDevelopment. In "Action".

"We needed a new approach for language learning, and we found the most ancient approach was the right one: As children, in our playroom, or as youngsters on the streets, as adults in a new job...Learning a new language goes beyond grammars and rules, it is a social experience!"

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WorkShop Model Advantages

In its simplest form, the workshop model has four basic parts: opening, mini-lesson, work time, and debriefing.

The opening is an opportunity to share the day’s learning targets and set the stage for the day.

During the mini-lesson the teacher provides direct instruction for the whole class.

During the work time, students get to dig in and practice the learning. This is the most important part of the workshop and therefore must be the longest part of the period. Gives students the bulk of the class to work, practice, or apply what has been taught during the mini-lesson.

The debriefing occurs at the end of the workshop and gives students an opportunity to be metacognitive as they synthesize, reflect on, and name what they have learned for the day.

When there is intentional planning with student work minutes in mind, combined with a teacher by their side conferring and giving targeted feedback, students can’t help but expand their knowledge and increase their skills. This means they can tackle any kind of text with confidence and have the wherewithal to know what they need to do to construct meaning. If we do our jobs well, by listening to teach instead of talking to teach, students should be just as exhausted as teachers at the end of the day—and just as brilliant.

(Source: Education World®)

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For further information, contact Profs. Christer Edman or Veronica Rebora.