British Council – Contextual Grammar Teaching – Activities for Making Grammar Meaningful to Your Students – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN OCTOBER
How do we develop a learning environment where the grammar is learned through exploration without burnout? Keep reading for example activities of thematic contextual grammar activities that develop the four language skills simultaneously.
Assessment represents a gray area for all teachers – we constantly fear that we haven’t fulfilled the learning objectives, and we ponder on the things we could have done differently. If we take a step back and think about it, we will conclude that we have to individualize the assessment and create a differentiated classroom.
British Council – Start Your Journey to 21st Century Education with Geo-Inquiry – FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK IN JULY 2019
21st century skills are not a new concept, although, at first glance, these skills sound otherworldly and virtually impossible to develop. Many teachers shiver at the very thought of implementing them in their classroom. Let’s warm-up together and start using them daily with these easy steps!
Can we really spin the globe and jump in into the unknown in our classroom? Or has the administrative part of our job won and silenced our creativity?
Developing 21st Century Skills Through Theme-Based Instruction and by Applying Multiple Intelligence Theory: Teacher Competencies (The research will be published in December 2019.)
The paper was presented at Professional Competences for Teaching in the 21st Centuryconference at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac.
The paper provides a methodological overview of the framework, which aims to establish the language of instruction from first to fourth grade, as well as to improve the current pedagogical practice in teaching foreign languages in general. During the planning of theme-based teaching units, in correlation with the content of other subjects, an innovative English teacher should aim to develop the 21st-century skills and try to select the resources for the class by applying Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Besides the proposal of the framework with concrete aims and principles, interactive methods for teaching, such as the use of digital technologies and project work, are presented in the paper as well.
21st Century skills are essential when it comes to education for sustainable development and lifelong learning. In this paper, they appear as the development of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory is the basis for the use of a variety of teaching resources. Such diverse means mentioned in the activities have application not only in learning the language but also in the development of hearing, gross and fine motor skills and acquiring knowledge from different fields. The aims of using Gardner’s theory and development of 21st-century skills are connected, represent an inseparable unity and complement each other.
The activities of theme-based teaching units are described and analyzed through the main principles of the framework. Each activity develops a certain skill of a young speaker of a foreign language, taking into account the integration with the rest of the curriculum, the development of communication and learning autonomy. The paper concludes that this versatile approach continues to influence the development of teachers almost as much as it affects the child’s development and development of language. Through innovative curricula, teachers indirectly and unobtrusively apply for a self-directed professional development program, precisely through improving the practice itself. The work motivates foreign language teachers to cooperate with colleagues from other areas to create a thematic based curriculum and integrate higher education.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Dveloping 21st Century Skills Through Theme-Based Instruction and by Applying Multiple Intelligence Theory: Teacher Competencies Professional Competences for Teaching in the 21st Century conference at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac.