Thursday, January 15, 2009

Carla Raguseo

Hello everybody!

My name is Carla Raguseo from Rosario, Argentina. ( you can find info about my city in Mariel's post) I am an EFL teacher and Computer Lab coordinator at ARICANA Binational Center

I've taught TOEFL ibt courses since 2007. Teaching my students how to improve their academic writing skills at this level has been really challenging. Luckily, the new TOEFL exam focuses on realistic tasks: Independent essays and Integrated writing in which students have to summarize and synthesize information from a lecture and a reading passage on the same topic. I've used web tools like blogs and wikis to brainstorm new topics and to showcase and share their productions with the class.

Here's a link to our class blog:

These are photos from my 2007 regular TOEFL class:
BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games.

I've also designed a Blended TOEFL iBT course. Students discuss new topics on the class forum and send their essays by mail and I correct them electronically during the week.

BubbleShare: Share photos - Find great Clip Art Images.

There's still a lot explore and improve in this area. I feel writing has always been a dull and rather neglected area in ELT. I think that with the advent of the Web 2.0 writing can be treated as just another meaningful skill in the communicative language class.

I look forward to learning and discussing views on this fascinating topic with all of you!!

1 comment:

Mariel said...

Hi, Carla!

Great to see you here.

I've been taking a look at some of your links, and I must confess your achievements never cease to amaze me. How do you manage to find the time, I keep wondering.

The Audio Tour of Rosario at
was simply fantastic.

We are so lucky to have YOU in Rosario.