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proposal accepted

July 21, 2010

My proposal was accepted for the Southeast TESOL Regional Conference in Miami, Florida on September 23-25.

The title of the presentation is Consumers and Producers: Video Use in Communications Class

The abstract I submitted is here:
Communication classes for academic purposes make several demands on teachers including finding suitable materials and engaging students in activities that challenge the students to use their developing abilities and reinforce that development. Video provides several possibilities for expanding student skills and learning opportunities as both consumers and producers.

This demonstration will explore the use of video for listening improvement, project work, and speaker feedback in an advanced ESL communication class. Most resources can be found on the Internet or as standard equipment on a PC such as Moviemaker or Mac’s iMovie. In addition, many online resources constantly update providing new materials and thus reducing the need for updated editions of textbooks as well as giving the teacher additional options and control over the choices. Furthermore, the applications are within the technical capabilities of any willing teacher or student.

Three resources will be discussed. The first part of this demonstration will explore sites for finding online videos for academic listening, downloading them, and, if necessary, converting them. After locating resources, we will discuss recording student presentations and making them available for student feedback without using YouTube. The final part of the demonstration will cover resources for student video projects and provide an approach for this communication-generating task.

Each part of the demonstration will be documented with materials available at an online site.

Now I will have to make the abstract real.

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