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1.Title: Teaching EFL through Online Collaborative Project

2. Description: Life is a matter of meetings and connections.Therefore, the work with online collaborative projects provides a great opportunity to meet new people and to be included in a virtual network  in which teachers and students connect to schools around the world to experience meaningful learning and share experiences.This training program aims to be a hands-on workshop on how to work with online collaborative projects and use Web communication tools for language teaching and learning.

3. Objectives

This course aims to guide you to the right way to implement,and integrate online collaborative projects in your teaching practice.

In the course of 15 sessions, participants will learn collaboratively and hands on to:

  • select,monitor,and implement an online collaborative project,
  • interact face-to-face, through e-mail and distribution lists,
  • reflect on ways of applying those tools to their teaching, either online or face to face,
  • become a multiplier of the Project-Based-Learning proposal,
  • learn how to deal with and use different and suitable tools to improve the teaching practice. 

4. Target audience: EFL teachers interested in improving their teaching practice .

5. Session content

Session 1- Introductions.Getting acquainted with Yahoo Groups, our blog and website. Pre-Course Survey.Key Concepts:Meaningful learning and Learning Styles. Participants will get acquainted with the Yahoo Groups platform, introduce themselves to the group and complete a survey about their expectations in relation to the training program.Two major concepts related to the work with online collaborative projects will be discussed 

Session 2 - Collaborative Learning.Project-Based Learning. 
Participants will discuss about two major concepts related to the work with online collaborative projects.

Session 3 - iEARN.Choosing a project/Searching partners.
Participants will be introduced to iEARN( International Education and Resource Network) with on overview of it.A project will be chosen and participants will get in contact with project facilitator in order to get a partner.

Session 4 -American Culture. Partners of the Americas.Introducing projects to students
Participants will explore keys featrures of the American Culture and compare it to the Brazilian one. lntroction to the American NGO Partners of the Americas.Participants will also discuss about the best way to introduce projects to the students.

Session 5- Technological tools for EFL(Listening/Speaking): Voice Mail,Podcasts,Bubbleshare,Video. 
Participants will have the opportunity to use different tools to enhance listening and speaking .

Session 6- Technological tools for EFL(Writing/Reading): Blogs,Websites.Planning project activities and timeline. 
Participants will have the opportunity to use different tools to enhance writing and reading.They will also plan the activities and dates to the implementation of the project.

Session 7- Implementing online collaborative projects- How to accesss .
Participants will discuss about the importance and find the best ways to access online collaborative projects.

Session 8- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 9- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 10- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 11- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 12- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 13- Implementing online collaborative projects .
Participants will report the progress of the implemention of an online collaborative project.

Session 14- Presenting results.
Participants will report the results of the implemention of an online collaborative project.A written report will be handed in.

Session 15 -  Wrap-up: conclusions and evaluation.Final Survey. 

To wrap up these 10 weeks, there will be the presentation of the results,an evaluation of the training program, and participants will answer to a final

There will be weekly recommended readings for discussion and reflection.

Moderators

Isabel Teixeira isabel73_97@hotmail.com

Almerinda Garibaldi almerbg@gmail.com

6. Communication tools to be used

Session Web page http://iearnprojects.tripod.com

Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eflcollaborativeprojects/

Blog http://iearnprojects.blogspot.com

Skype (Peer to peer voice service) http://www.skype.com/

Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com

Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/

EAPE- Brasília,2006