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Learning Technologies in EAP

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Wrapping up

Wrapping up

Well, that went quickly, didn’t it? Friday 8th December is officially the last day of the course and we make available the final unit, unit 8. Now, this isn’t really a full unit as such, rather it just wraps up the course, asks for feedback, gives you chance to complete the final reflective assignment and register for your course certificate. It also explains how to stay in touch with us and learning technology once the course is over. The whole thing can be done in less than an hour, so don’t worry if you haven’t got here yet and you’re thinking ‘How am I going to get the chance to finish another unit as well as cope with everything else that’s going on?’.

The final reflective assignment must be completed before 15th January to receive the course certificate.

However, if the assignment date is too soon for you given the current circumstances, please message us and we’ll do our best to try and arrange an extension.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course and we hope you have too. Engaging with you in the forums and the online tutorials/webinars has been great and we sincerely hope that some of the basic principles we’ve explored have been useful for both you and your centres in these days of unprecedented pedagogical upheaval. We hope you manage to have a restful break and we look forward to reading through your final reflections on the course.

Your corpora-tion is appreciated....

Your corpora-tion is appreciated….

…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 1st December at 10.00 (UK time).  And this is really our last proper unit in the sense that unit 8 – the final unit – is quite short and is just designed to wrap up the course with no new content. So we wanted to make it a good one and as our punning title suggests, it’s on the topic of corpus linguistics and the web tools that can be used to explore corpora for useful information about academic language and to help create classroom activities. It’s a big topic and for that reason this is another two-week unit.

Oh, just one thing to remind you about: even if you aren’t anywhere near unit 7, in the first topic we talk about the end-of-course group meeting we run for participants in the final weeks of the course, which are totally optional by the way. We put a link to a poll where you can let us know your availability. If you don’t think you are going to get to unit 7 anytime soon but would still like to attend, please go to this link and let us know your availability.  Don’t worry, you can still attend the meeting even if you are still working through the unit.

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Recent forum topics

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Unit 7: Discussion – using corpus tools in the EAP classroom

OK, we’re keen to hear what you have to say about these text tools. You ran a text through various ... Read More
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Unit 7: Feedback and comments

If you have any feedback or comments at the end of the seventh unit, we’d appreciate them. These can be ... Read More
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Unit 7: Course forum – reflection on teaching with corpus tools (optional)

OK, now you’ve hopefully had the chance to use these tools with students, we’d love to hear how it went ... Read More
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Unit 6: Discussion – how to use mobile phones in an EAP context

We’ll leave this discussion more open as we’re getting near the end of the course and you may want a ... Read More
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Unit 6: Sharing your experiences (optional)

Feel free to tell us whatever you want, but you can use the questions below to help guide your reflection: ... Read More

Recent forum comments

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Reply To: Unit 2 Discussion: Socrative and Quizlet in an EAP context

Which of the two tools do you think would be most useful to use with your students? Why? I would say both were ... Read More
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Reply To: Unit 6: Discussion – how to use mobile phones in an EAP context

I am generally against the mobile phone freedom in the classroom. I teach foundation students and it explains the fact ... Read More
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Reply To: Unit 3 Reflection: Using video with your students

To be fair, I am not a big proponent of video comprehension activities within the EAP or ESP classroom — ... Read More
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Reply To: Unit 5: Feedback and Comment

I share Catherine's hesitance about using cloud documents. I liked the guiding videos very much, they are all simple with ... Read More
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Reply To: Unit 7: Course forum – reflection on teaching with corpus tools (optional)

Describe what you and the students did in the lesson. To begin with, I asked this group of first-year students ... Read More

Course guides

A guide to Edpuzzle

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A guide to TED ED

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A guide to VideoAnt

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Frequently asked questions

How long is the course?

The course is 10 weeks’ long and the course modules are released on a Friday at 10.00 (UK time)

How many hours a week will I have to study?

We estimate around 3-4 hours a week. We understand that you have busy working lives and we don’t want to pile too much on top of that. We also hope that it integrates well with your teaching, so some of those hours are a natural part of what you do anyhow. 

What are the key dates on the course?

To help you organise your life around this course better, here are some of the key dates and tasks that need to be completed.   If you are unclear about any of them, don’t hesitate to contact us on: eltc.tel@sheffield.ac.uk.

Friday 24th November: Optional reflective assignment set.

Friday 8th December: Final unit released.

Friday 15th December: Official end of course.

Monday 12th January: deadline for optional reflective assignment.

Friday 19th January: removal of access to course (after this date, all participants who successfully complete the course will be given permanent access to a self-study version with all the guides, tips and tricks, etc.) 

 

Do I ever need to be online at a specific time?

Generally, no. The idea behind the course is that you can work through it at times in the week that are suitable for you, whether that’s early morning, evening or weekends. There are only two times during the course where you may need to be online at a specific time. Around three weeks into the course we give you the option of an online one-to-one chat with one of the tutors to discuss progress. Also at the end  of the course we run a webinar to sum up the course and share experiences. And both of those are optional anyhow, so it’s really your choice. 

What do I need to do to complete the course?

You need to complete all the modules and contribute reasonably to the course forums. At the end of the course there is a short final reflective assignment for you to complete but this is completely optional and you only need to do it  if you wish. If you do all these things, you will finish the course successfully and qualify for a certificate. There is no assessment/pass mark as such as we view this as a formative and developmental course.

Will I get a certificate at the end?

Yes, you will, issued by the ELTC, University of Sheffield. However, there are no credits attached to this course, it’s purely developmental. Please note though that to receive the certificate, you need to complete all the modules and contribute sometimes to the course forums.

Will I have access to the course after it has finished?

In some form, yes. Participants who complete the course and submit the assignment will be given permanent access to a self-study version of the course containing most of the content and will be able to access the course forum via a special group set up. 

I'm having technical problems on the site. What do I do?

If you are having any technical issues with the site or working through the course, please contact us on eltc.tel@sheffield.ac.uk and we’ll respond within 24 hours to deal with your problems. 

How do I access the course on my tablet or phone?

You should be able to access the website on either your phone or tablet just by going to the browser on your device and going to the site link. Most of the content should be visible and should fit well onto a mobile device.

How is my data used on this site?

This site stores your name and email address upon registration as well as any comments you make on individual posts or forums. Your personal data is not shared with any other individuals outside of the course tutors. Forum posts are visible only to the course tutors and other participants.

Your data is not shared with any third-party applications or companies.