student feedback: my ESOL class

The students worked so hard sharing how they used different technologies in class and at home.

While the students were working in groups, cutting and gluing the icons and sharing how they used technologies gave me a chance to go around and talk to them individually. What was challenging about this was that I was so busy talking with the students that my notes were quite brief.

College and home use

Here one student talks about how what she uses at home and on the bus as well as in college.

Another student talks about how he practices reading and listening in English by using his mobile phone and playing games that are in English.

Here are the links to the educreation videos the students made. Please note that you will need to have an educreations log in to be able to view these.

DJ & YG – Two students interview each other about how they use different technologies at home and in class. They don’t explicitly talk about mobile technology.

YG – He says loves to use Facebook and Twitter, but he doesn’t use them in class because he comes to class to learn.

Hidal & B.I.G. Ali – Two students interview each other about what they use at home & in class. Hidal says she plays games in class but B.I.G says it is not good to play games in class. She asks why but he doesn’t answer.

Knga L – Kinga is a consolidating E1 student and she talks about what she uses in class and at home. L is a beginner student who only started class in February and this is the most I have ever hear her speak. Before they recorded this, Kinga wrote sentences down. It is really lovely to hear how Kinga is support L to make the recording.

Sham Tamseela – There were three students working together in this group. While the other 3 pairs were making their recordings this group were struggling to finalise their recording. B.I.G from the other group then joined them to interview all three students about how they use different technologies.

Impact of using mobile technologies

  • Two students told me they used their tablets at home to practice English games since we did the lesson in class on ESOL apps.
  • One student showed me the games he plays on his phone and explained that all the apps were in English and he thought playing these helped with his reading and listening skills

Barriers

They like the iPads to do specific tasks in class, but they miss the keyboard and don’t like the iPad to make things. One students talked about the keyboard being ‘soft and comfortable’ on the laptops and another student talked about how she liked to make posters using colourful images and borders in Word and she can’t do that on an iPad.

Evaluation

It was so useful having the ESOL tutor come to do a peer observation on this class as I was able to get a different perspective on the lesson

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