CPE course
Writing&Speaking with Ashley!
10th lesson. Speaking.
Lesson timelines:

0:08 - Intro to the lesson and lesson plan
1:04 - Breakout room task
1:29 - Breakout room practice
41:23 - Ashley's feedback
42:10 - Useful tools for teaching
43:30 - Flipgrid.com tool for the lessons
45:57 - Jamboard google tool for the lessons
50:30 - Ashley's Corrections
52:15 - Students' feedback on the course
Computer literacy
1. Are you familiar with these common online terms? Try to define or explain them with your partner(s).
  • Noob (n)
  • To DM (verb, but also a noun)
  • To bump (v)
  • To troll (v)
  • To lurk (v) a lurker (n)
  • NSFW (acronym)
  • TL; DR (acronym)
2. Do you feel the pressure to be on top of your game when it comes to technology?
Pre-COVID, I felt that I just needed to be a good teacher. Now, I feel that, without decent tech skills, my teaching skills would not be appreciated.
Do you feel the same pressure to be tech-savvy?

3. Technology is developing constantly and rapidly.
Are you concerned about falling behind as the years go by?
Do you try to keep up with the latest trends (e.g. Tiktok, Clubhouse)?

4. Gamification (turning all learning into a 'game') is popular in teaching these days (think of kahoot, amongst others).
Do you think this has any drawbacks?

5. Many children and teenagers these days are obsessed with gaming.
Is there any educational value or can people acquire transferable skills in playing video games?

6. Tech tools are a must for online teachers.
What 3 resources (websites, tools, channels) do you swear by for your job?

(and beyond)

7. Some people say that our devices are listening to us and feeding us advertising based on the private conversations we have offline.
Do you think this is true or does it reek of conspiracy theory?

8. Has your computer ever been hacked, cards cloned or the like?
Do you worry about digital security breaches (e.g. compromised passwords, identity theft)?

9. Some people are deeply concerned about this new trend called 'deep fakes'. (see video for an explanation and example)
Why do you think people are concerned?

10. In the early 00s, when video cameras weren't as popular as they are today, catfishing was extremely common. Do you think it is possible to still get catfished in 2021 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catfishing)?

11. Have you ever accessed the dark web?
Do you think people who use it ever have 'healthy' motives?

12. Digital detox retreats are all the rage in North America (you go to a natural spot, hand in all your devices for two weeks, and live at one with nature and the people in your group).
How do you think you would cope? Would something like this interest you?
Great language
I look at what can be useful and think about what could be beneficial.

I always feel that I fall behind and can't catch up. I have no time for this! My kids can help me though.

It is responding somehow to your request.

I'm trying to overcome this problem of mine. No matter how uncomfortable you are, you should do this.

It's a problem for old-school teachers.

I think I can add two more points to your comment on gamification.

It can be shocking how much google knows about us.
She can teach me do something on computer = to do something on the/a (article)

It's difficult to catch up with all that issues = those (concordance)

Come on, don't say! = don't say that! (expression)

He believed me, finally! = in the end! (will make video of this tricky point)

We discussed it with my children = (if your husband is involved) We discussed it with our children / (if only you) I discussed it with my children (Russian type

How uncomfortable you are in Tiktok or in Clubhouse = on Tiktok / Clubhouse (preposition)

You have to understand where [the] society is going [to] = where society is going / heading (no article)

If it wasn't for this boy, I wouldn't have known = If it hadn't been for this boy (grammar)

I made a screenshot of it = took (collocation)

He lost even his job = he even lost his job (position of adverb – only, just and even are tricky for Russians)