Rosanna Miiller Salas

Reflections about online education…


November 2015

Some considerations about how to assess a second language learner

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One the most important factors in the process of second language acquisition is to model correct language, and be aware of the student’s background. Their story and where they are coming from socially and academically. Teaching the whole class about cultures and allowing the student to express themselves to the class helps everyone to learn and feel like a community. Peer buddies are exceptional for new students and especially new students who are Second Language Learners. They make it welcoming and help to ease the student into the classroom culture.
I think that formal testing should wait at least a week or two in order to save the student’s self-esteem and make them more comfortable as well as getting more accurate results. It is important to do formal and informal testing in order to get a more accurate portrayal of the student’s skills and level of proficiency.
It is important to reach students in any way possible, so using materials, visuals, technology, and at times gestures is essential in lessons with Second Language Learners, and for that matter, and students. Another best practice is to have leveled questions to allow for student success and a gradual increase in skills.
Culture studies are extremely helpful in the exploration of self and other classmates. Students benefit from learning about other cultures and gain a tolerance and understanding of their peers through fun and expressive projects.

ILT Master Final Reflection

4-up on 12-1-14 at 9.00 PM (compiled)My participation in the ILT program helps me to achieve my professional goal of acquiring technological skills in the eLearning field. I learned how to work effectively with emerging technology and identify which are appropriate for different educational needs and settings. I became proficient designing and facilitating online instruction experiences.

I created web based instructional products focused on providing meaningful learner experiences taking into consideration students’ diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and needs. I developed a critical instructional designer perspective that helps me to evaluate and recognize adequate products and resources in response to the actual demands of learners and instructors.

The intensive interactive nature of each course created collaborative communities with other professionals in the area. I feel the deep transformation this program is still having on my professional performance. I participated in the production of digital material with pedagogical purposes. I also co-developed team projects working in a collaborative approach. These kind of digital interactions expanded my professional knowledge exponentially.

The biggest takeaway of this experience is how to continue learning and advancing in eLearning instruction. I am confident that I have become competent in the foundational technological and designer skills and knowledge required to evaluate and effectively implement emerging technologies. We are living in a world that is constantly changing and transforming. To adopt an iterative professional approach is key to success in our dynamic society.

I hope to find professional opportunities where I can apply the knowledge acquired during this process. My path will continue since there is always something new to learn. My aspiration is to become a relevant reference in the bilingual eLearning field and to build significant relationships with others who share my passion for learning and equitable education.

How can teachers assist students to share their cultural heritage?

IMG_0001We live in a global society, which means that we are constantly interacting with cultural diversity. Teachers must be prepared to understand the role of culture in the classroom. How can teachers assist students to share their cultural heritage?
According to Brown effective educators must possess the multicultural knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that appropriately respond to issues of student diversity and cross-cultural acceptance and validation. In order to develop the cross-cultural cognizance and cultural diversity sensitivity they must have the experience to objectivity scrutinize the foundations of their own cultural frames of reference and share their implicit and explicit life perspectives. The educators that raise self-awareness about their frames of reference are prepared to integrate and interact with the diverse students cultures.
The cultural puzzle is a powerful strategy to raise students and teachers self-awareness and at the same time reinforce acknowledgement, acceptance and respect of the culture of others. When you write and share an autobiography you can understand some beliefs and values that are important for the author. In comparison, Cultural Puzzles show the conscious and subconscious cultures of self in a graphic form that open the opportunity to share and observe cultural heritage with the purpose of increasing cultural diverse knowledge, authenticating multicultural tolerance, and increasing cross-cultural communication. This facilitates transforming the classroom into a cohesive community.
One idea from the Brown article that impacts my thinking about culture in the classroom is that developing self-examination activities, such as the Cultural puzzle, can help to explore the influence of the majority culture on my concepts of self as a member of the dominant or non-dominant culture.

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