Thursday, January 15, 2009
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: www.toeflibtprep.blogspot.com
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!!
Posted by Carla Raguseo at 7:06 AM