lunes, 21 de junio de 2010

Looking Back
If you ever, ever, ever see this, please let me know. I've spent almost 9 hours trying to track this glogster; only God knows where it was and how it came to be posted. I guess He pities me somehow and posted it Himself ha, ha! Just one piece of advice: I would zoom in to read the whole page of the books. But if you want some fun, just click on the page and see what happens. Typically Normus, you know!

4 comentarios:

  1. I SAW it Normis. Jejeje Very good example of non communicative lessons. And to make it more illustrative it is a bit hard to read jaja

    Love it!

  2. Excellent glog Normis!

    You have become an expert on Glogters!Congrats!

    And who says old books are not practical anymore? Of course some of them should stay in our shelves but others are very useful at the time of drilling, drilling and drilling!

    I would like to read the pages but they come and go very quickly.

    See you on Friday!



  3. Thanks to both of you! Did you expect something normaL in my first glogster? No way! These are the kinds of exercises I was taught with when I was at primary/secondary school. To make matters worse, books would be used for decades, so that the book one of your aunts or uncles used twenty years before your time would be the one you would use in class as well. Crazy, isn't it? So different from nowadays, when the book your brother/sister used only last year becomes almost outdated. If you can get a close look, you will see that the exercises are mainly drills, or charts to make sentences. No thinking at all, just join and jot down. We were not even asked to produce orally, beyond one or two sentences each. Pairwork was almost unthinkable- that would promote disruption, or lack of concentration in the class(?). Silence was a golden rule. How I managed to learn some English in that environment is a miracle indeed. But, well, we sometimes find these kinds of exercises in present-day books, don't we? I am working with Challenges 1 (a book used for early-teens) and I can tell you that you can still come across a table like the ones in the glogster to practise present simple. Old methods, new books. They just need a little bit of make up, don't you think so?
    I'll try to make a clone of that glogster so that you can read the pages without having to stand on your head, I promise.

  4. That guy with a moustache made me laugh, Norma! And then I went on laughing, I think it was at the thought of having to teach with the books you've "reviewed"! But then I stopped laughing (and almost started crying) when I thought of how many teachers today use new books (conceived within communicative methodologies)as if they were still working in the pre-communicative age...

    Know what I mean? ;-)
    Looking forward to reading your next entry.