Saturday, 16 April 2016

A live CLIL chocotalk!

Good afternoon to all of you :)

On the 7th of April, at 19 Spanish time, some of my university peers and I went live on Youtube to carry out one of our group task. This task consisted of participating in a collaborative project called Chococharlas. This project fosters the participation, opinion and inclusion of the entire educative community by organizing online meetings on Youtube or similar video platforms. In these meeting, people discuss topics related to inclusive education, special needs, new methodologies and so forth while eating sweets. 

The first thing we had to do was assigning roles. One of us would be the speaker (the one who will talk in the live debate), other two members would be the ones in charge of disseminating and commenting the event in the social networks before and during the live, and the other two people would be the content curators, what is to say the ones who collect all that happened during this activity.

The roles in my group were the followings: 

@GMEstrellaa and @gonzaalo10 were the content curators.
@lainez_ortega and @cristinarisueno were the ones who disseminate the information.
- Finally, I (@celiagon92) was the speaker. 

Secondly, in order to prepare this task, each work group had to think of how CLIL can contribute to having happier bilingual learners.

The speakers of each group were: 
@rpeinadog@patimasie@nepeuspu@lolaberralraya, @Alvaro_Gope,@teacher_inma@GLHmaster and I).
We met on Google Hangouts, along with our teacher @mjgsm two hours earlier before the event to prepare the live. We went live at 19:00 pm and the chocotalk started. We talked about four main topics regarding CLIL methodology: 

  1. Advantages and disadvantages of CLIL: the main conclusions were the need of working cross-curricularly, despite the difficulty of it (specially in Secondary Education) and the possibility of solving this problem by working with projects in collaboration with the entire educative community.
  2. Social and emoional benefits of CLIL: Patricia remarked the importance of Krashen Theory based on language acquisition, that establishes the need of motivating students to learn. Besides, emotional intelligence plays and important role in education since we, as teachers, are working with humans, as Rubén highlighted.
  3. ICT in the CLIL classroom: we talked about some tools that can be used in the classroom, including video games. However, the main conclusion was that the most important aspects of ICT are the purpose they are used for and the students' learning process rather than the tools. Moreover, Inma added that using ICT is not time consuming but just the opposite.
  4. The last topic was relating to our e-projects: we described briefly each project in order to give ideas and examples of how ICT could be incorporate in the CLIL classroom. 

While the speakers were debating, our peers were disseminating the event on Twitter, sharing our comments and conclusions and giving their opinions. You can see a summary of our tweets and the entire process made with Storify here:

As a speaker, I was feeling terribly nervous at the beginning. Actually, I spent the whole live quite nervous. However, when the debate finished I realised how much I have enjoyed the experience. Sharing knowledge and opinions in a calm and friendly way with my peers while going on live was increadibly funny and enriching. Besides, being able of the work of the rest of my classmates and seeing the collaborative result at the end felt like a success. It was very intense and I would totally repeat the experience!

Finally, here you have our CLIL chocotalk. Enjoy :)

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