Resources are a tool that all ESL TEFL TESOL teachers use on a daily basis to improve the language learning environment, motivate students, or aid in student understanding. Resources can be basic materials like worksheets, presentation materials (PowerPoints, etc.) or even online learning via the web. Deciding what resources to incorporate into your school or classroom for TESL TEFL TESOL requires some consideration.
When deciding on any resource, it is best to look at the usability of ESL TEFL TESOL resources. We cannot always follow what we like. Will the teachers easily understand the material? Also, do you have clear instructions for the required preparation and incorporation? Sometimes what seems like a great resource can be inappropriate for the teachers who will be using it.
Resources should help spark creativity in both teachers and students. The best resources will encourage teachers to broaden the horizons of students. Additionally, students will be encouraged to explore and expand their learning experience. Resources can be a great way to spark creativity in a class.
Finally, the age of the students must also be taken into account when choosing resources. Should we make sure to choose resources based on the physical, psychological and cognitive characteristics of the students? In other words, will the resources really appeal to students based on their age? For example, A&E can be a great source for literary texts, but it may be more appropriate to watch PBS Kids. Always keep the age of the students in mind when selecting resources.
When it comes to online educational resources, there are many other considerations. The following is from Becta ICT Advice for Teachers (ictadvice.org.uk/index.php)
How to evaluate and review websites
The effectiveness of online educational resources is highly dependent on the context in which they are used. However, there are also some basic criteria that must be met. Here are some important questions to ask yourself when evaluating educational resources online.
Does the resource have authority? Is it produced by an authorized source? Will you support students with different learning styles? How do you use the media to serve people with auditory, visual, kinesthetic or other preferences? Does it have links or does it refer to the appropriate stages of the National Curriculum or the examining body? Does the content make its educational purpose explicit? Is the content accurate, up-to-date, reasonably complete, objective, and relevant to the student, and does it use appropriate vocabulary? Is the interface intuitive, with well-organized material and clear navigation? Is the content significantly interactive, engaging the learner with key content or concepts and not simply creating virtual versions of activities that can take place easily and to better effect without computers (for example, rolling dice or simulating magnetic attraction)? Does the resource provide support and feedback? Does the resource enhance collaborative learning by encouraging students to discuss problems, share information and ideas, and reach group agreement? Is the resource technically stable?
Your school may have an Internet Safety Policy that suggests some criteria for the evaluation of Internet material. For advice on developing such policies, see the DfES Superhighway Safety website.
InclusionOnline resources must be flexible and adaptable to allow students with a wide range of needs to use them. For example, some resources can be configured for different visual requirements or reading ages. The most effectively designed content generally understands the full range of potential users. For more information, see Becta’s Inclusion and SEN area.
Select sites for teaching and learning
Below is a suggested structure for reviewing web resources. It is quite rigorous, but it will probably be necessary for the sites that will be included in the curriculum planning.
- Initial Review: Use the links above to select sites with your learning objectives or educational purpose (learning the curriculum or key skills like communication) in mind. Take a look at what the site offers in terms of content, structure, and support for teaching and learning. Compile a short annotated list of sites.
- 2. Student Peer Review / Experienced Student Review: Ask pairs of students already familiar with the content of the curriculum to review the sites and complete the assessment sheet. Alternatively, gather a variety of perspectives by asking subject matter experts or ICT experts to review the resources.
- 3. Action Research Review: Once the resource is in use, conduct an action research in your classroom to assess its effectiveness.
There are many resources for teachers to choose from and it is always suggested to locate an ESL TEFL TESOL teacher resource directory (totalsl.com/resource.php) based on a variety of school subjects such as ESL / EFL, language arts, literature. , science, mathematics, history, health, art, etc.
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