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Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

  • 1.  Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 14 days ago
    Good morning colleagues,
    I have been teaching an in-person 150 Hour TEFL Certificate course, with 30 hours of in-person ESL practicum/observing/student teaching at local ESL settings. With COVID, most of my students have moved back home and I've moved this class online. I want to encourage them to practice social distancing, so even if they can find ESL classes to join in-person in their home towns to observe and continue their prac hours, I will recommend they search online instead.

    I'm trying to help them find new practicum sites and would appreciate any help in identifying ideas.
    1. If you teach ESL online in a class setting, would you be able to allow my students to contact you and request to observe your classes online?
    2. Can you recommend any other ESL teachers who teach online whom I could contact to ask about having my students observe in their online classes?
    3. Do you know of any exceptional YouTube videos of ESL classrooms that you can recommend? (An example of what I mean is "Laura's Phrasal Verbs" - a video of her teaching this subject to her ESL class... incredible.)
    4. (I've never taught ESL online) - What free platforms can I recommend to my advanced TEFL students so they can log on and begin teaching/tutoring ESL to learners? (My students are not teachers, yet - so I am not asking for how they can start a classroom of their own). I am looking for a free service where ESL students can request tutoring from a TEFL person. Ideas?

    Thank you so much for any ideas.

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    Erin Hillis, PhD
    Director of International Programs, PDSO
    Rhodes College
    Memphis, TN
    United States
    hillise@rhodes.edu
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  • 2.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi Erin,

    This situation has certainly impacted practicum in unique ways! I was fortunate with our current practicum because the intensive English program where my student teachers were placed moved all learning online and my TESOLers were able to move into the virtual spaces with their cooperating teachers. They're teaching in break out rooms and offering as much tech and other support as they can to their CT.

    Here are some videos of classroom teaching that your students could watch for reflection/observation. I would love to see what other classroom video resources people would recommend.

    A full set from Minnesota Literacy Council - mostly adult education, literacy or beginner levels, located here.
    More adult education from New American Horizons - work with adult immigrant and refugee-background students, located here.
    K-12 US-based classrooms on the American English YouTube channel - from Playlists, scroll down to ELT Methods, located here.
    There's also Rachel's English made for learners. Your students could reflect on her approach, explanations, etc., located here.
    In another MyTESOL thread, someone shared this one from Colorín Colorado, located here.

    Cheers,
    Rai

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    Raichle Farrelly, PhD
    Past-Chair, RCIS
    Director, TESOL Programs
    University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, CO, USA
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  • 3.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 9 days ago
    Here's a link to a 20 minute video with many ideas for teaching in virtual worlds.  Your students could watch it and evaluate how and why this approach might be effective or ineffective.  I would be very interested to hear their thoughts.






  • 4.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 11 days ago
    Rai has some great suggestions. Thanks, Rai!  These aren't in a typical classroom setting, but for observation purposes you might have your students take a look at a couple of the series of videos by Jennifer Lebedev.  One of them "Learn English with Jennifer: Lessons for Beginners" is essentially a one-on-one tutorial.  Another, "Basic English with JenniferESL" has a teacher working with two students. Each of these series has about 65 brief video lessons, ranging from 5-20 minutes in length.  Because the class is so small - 1 or 2 students, you don't see the range and challenge of working with a larger group. But your students could focus on the instructional aspects and teacher-student interaction.  The URL is: https://www.youtube.com/user/JenniferESL

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    Joe McVeigh
    Member, Board of Directors, TESOL International Association 2018-2021
    Middlebury, VT
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  • 5.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 9 days ago
    Here's a link to a 20 minute video with many ideas for teaching in virtual worlds.  Your students could watch it and evaluate how and why this approach might be effective or ineffective.  I would be very interested to hear their thoughts.






  • 6.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 8 days ago
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    Hi all!

    Full disclosure, I recently published a book called Video in Teacher Learning (Corwin), which has a lot of ways to use video artifacts for teacher development--and recently, for my institution, excerpted some of these freely-available video resources into this guidance doc for doing virtual fieldwork, attached.  Hope it is of use!


    Best,
    Laura



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    Laura Baecher
    Hunter College, City University of New York
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  • 7.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 7 days ago
    I loved Laura's list of sites with videos of classrooms to virtually observe. Thanks for sharing those, Laura. -- In case anyone didn't notice, Laura's terrific suggestions were in an attached file. To download, go back to her original post of March 29th. Then click on either the "View Attached" link at the top of her message or the name of the attachment at the bottom. There is no preview, you need to save the attachment to your own computer in order to view it.

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    Joe McVeigh
    Member, Board of Directors, TESOL International Association 2018-2021
    Middlebury, VT
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  • 8.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 8 days ago

    Thanks for sharing those two YouTube playlists, Joe. The Basic English series is a growing collection of lessons I film with two high beginner (now becoming low intermediate) students from Brazil. I focus mainly on grammar through conversation. We've done some speaking games and oral reading activities that could be replicated in a traditional or virtual classroom. 

    By the way, a lot of the tips and activities I'm sharing now on my ELT blog are for online teachers. In a recent post, I described the games I've played at mass live streams (200+). If teacher trainees want to observe online teaching in this kind of setting, they're welcome to join a public live stream of mine on Hallo. I'm in my third month on this platform, and I still struggle at times with "classroom management" and tech issues. Comments and questions can fly by at an incredible speed, multiple requests to join me on camera have to be handled diplomatically, and inevitably various tech glitches pop up to test my ability to keep things going. Viewers include other teachers and tutors, so I'm fine with trainees observing and evaluating my performance. My schedule on Hallo is posted on my profile page. 

    It may be interesting for trainees to observe how my speaking rate and style change a bit depending on who and where I'm teaching. A recent YouTube lesson on vocabulary is a good example of my scripted speech. It's different from the unscripted speaking I do in the Basic English series or the more advanced live streams I offer on Hallo.

    Hope some of this helps. Best wishes to all!



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    Jennifer Lebedev
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  • 9.  RE: Online Practicum Sites? Ideas, Suggestions, Please

    Posted 7 days ago

    Thank you both, Jennifer and Joe!

    Erin

     

    Erin Hillis, PhD

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    Director of International Programs, PDSO

    Rhodes College

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