August 2002 - issue
Welcome to the August Newsletter
This month we have the usual
excellent selection of articles. Richard Cauldwell, an expert
in all things connected to speaking, listening & phonology,
joins us with an article that reassesses the procedures
we use when dealing with listening texts in the classroom.
Edna Aphek returns with news
of her projects; children teaching senior citizens &
children teaching other children. The lecture-based article
is printed in full below & the other is on the site.
And Michael Berman continues 'The Burden Basket' with parts
2 & 3.
There is also a lesson plan
based around inventions & an exhibition currently underway
in Birmingham, UK.
Hope you enjoy the Newsletter.
- A meeting of cultures
SITE - lesson plans & articles
10. PS -
BIT AT THE END
This week we are featuring
a couple of articles by Enda Aphek. Edna is based in Israel
& is interested in creating teaching & learning
links between children & between children & senior
In the first article - reprinted
below - she outlines her feelings about the technological
revolution we are going through & the Intergeneration
Programme she has set up.
A meeting between cultures:
An Intergeneration Program-Preserving Culture in a Technological
Environment by Edna Aphek (a lecture, given at the Eshnav
[Citizens for Responsible Use of the Internet] conference,
read the article
The second article from Edna
While a fierce scholarly debate
is going on in Israel between the followers of The Whole
Language method and the great believers in the phonetic
system as the panacea for all the illnesses connected with
reading acquisition, a group of fourth graders tutored another
group of first graders, in reading, in an intuitive manner
and not using or being aware of any specific method in particular.
They did it, though, with a lot of love, individual attention
and using the computer. Though the tutors worked with relatively
top students, some of whom were already readers, one could
draw conclusions from the described case study, which could
be applied to the advancing of the reading acquisition process
in general, and to other learning areas as well.
read the article
Interested in starting up
one of these projects in your own country? Edna can be contacted
2. THE SITE
Match the following dates with the 'inventions' below:
1952, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1964,
1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981
Bar codes on supermarket products
Compact discs on sale
Home kidney dialysis
The Pill goes on the market in the UK
First fare paying passenger in a jet airliner
Cars with airbags
The lesson plan on the site
this month is about inventions. The main text used in the
plan is from a Guardian article titled, 'TV dinner served
up as key invention'. It's about an exhibition in Birmingham
on the last 50 years' inventions. And then there's the list
of 50 inventions, one for each year.
see the plan
to see the two texts used, & the answers to the matching
'Grasping the nettle: The importance of perception work
in listening comprehension' is the title of an excellent
article by Richard Cauldwell. Here's what he says:
A common complaint from learners
on first visiting an English- speaking country is that their
listening skills cannot cope with fast spontaneous speech.
Four inadequacies in the teaching of listening lead to this
complaint: we rely too much on first language research findings;
we neglect perception; we give learners easy and enjoyable,
rather than challenging tasks; we use listening activities
to serve other language-learning goals. I propose four things:
that teachers themselves engage in classroom research in
second language listening; that teachers should be provided
with the skills of observing and explaining the features
of fast speech; that teachers should be prepared for students
to be challenged (even frustrated) in the early parts of
a listening lesson; that the post-listening phase should
be expanded to include aural and oral 'handling' of crucial
fast extracts from recordings to improve students' perception
read the article
Michael Berman continues the
article, 'Storytelling for the Classroom', the second &
third of four parts.
The Burden Basket
In the Native American tradition, the Burden Basket was
hung outside the Tipi as a reminder to guests to leave their
personal complaints or problems outside before entering.
The custom was honoured or the visitor was permanently barred
from returning again because entering another person's home
with a black cloud of worry or neediness was considered
to be very bad manners. Being in the present moment and
being willing to be a welcome guest requires strength of
character. If everyone considered the Sacred Space of others
before speaking or acting, balance would more easily be
maintained in all communal living conditions.
read the second part of the article
if you missed the first part
Thanks to Edna, Richard & Michael.
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This Richard Cauldwell's site
- the author of the article 'Grasping the nettle' above.
Here's what he says:
'Evidence from spontaneous
speech challenges beliefs such as 'Languages are either
stress-timed or syllable-timed' and 'We can find links between
vocal patterns and emotions'. Such beliefs result from asking
'How would this sentence sound, and be interpreted, if it
were to come out of the blue?' I prefer to ask 'Why did
she say that, in that way, at that moment, to them in that
context?'. [Context, in all senses, is all important.] Studying
spontaneous speech brings new insights on how speech works,
and for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.' Lots of
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