Matthew Overstreet has taught English in China, Saudi Arabia and United States. He is currently a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, and a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in the US. He is particularly interested in combining American-style composition theory and practice—focused on student writing, and informed by English literature—with ESL instruction.
Teaching Multimedia Composing in PowerPoint via a “Workshop Model”
Though we all use Microsoft PowerPoint, few know that it can be used to combine text, sound, images and video to create engaging, stand-alone multimedia presentations. In this workshop, the speaker will present an assignment sequence in which students create multimedia presentations in groups using PowerPoint. The sequence was originally taught with native English speakers in a professional writing course at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. Because of the unique ability of multimedia composing to engage multiple skills (writing, speaking and design)—and the fact that many students already have PowerPoint—the speaker will suggest it could also be used in the Russian ESL classroom. After a discussion of the lesson plan, and some hands-on work with PowerPoint, participants will brainstorm possible ESL applications.
To get the most out of this activity, participants are asked to bring a laptop computer with Microsoft Office installed. Free online versions of Microsoft products can be accessed at https://products.office.com/en/office-online.
Anna Volchanskaya got a BA degree from Moscow State Linguistic University and her MPhil degree in Education from the University of Cambridge, Homerton College. She also received her CLIL and Art History training at the University of Utrecht and Free University of Berlin. Currently she is a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow. Her MPhil thesis was dedicated to the issue of representing other cultures in ESP classrooms. Her particular interest is interaction between ESL teaching and instruction in art history, visual culture and intercultural communication, as well as the potentials this interaction opens for a more profound and conscious language learning.
Integrating Arts and Humanities subjects into language training
Man, to use the words of anthropologist Clifford Geertz, is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun. And language is the needle, the bobbin and the shuttle we all use on a daily basis to weave the intricate tapestry of culture we live in. The question is how does one approach the ‘weaving’ task in a second language classroom?
In this workshop, the speaker will talk about her experience of teaching content and language integrated courses within the Joint BA Programme at NES and HSE. “Intercultural Communication” and “Visual Culture: Concepts, Contexts, Practices” courses were designed for intermediate and advanced students of English respectively. These courses share the same grounding principles, such as the framing structure of the 4C’s of CLIL: Content, Communication, Cognition and Culture. And yet, they are characterized by remarkable and telling differences in approaches to task design and teaching methodology. The workshop will address concrete instruments and classroom practices that have shaped these courses, and will also reflect on the results that have been achieved in the past 3 years.