domenica 25 settembre 2011

FluenCi and why it will succeed abroad... and maybe here.

If you are worth your salt as an English teacher you know that our alphabet is a minefield of confusion for learners who are trying to use it to speak the language.  Many, who have roughly phonetic alphabets (1 symbol=1 sound), are disappointed to find that our alphabet is crammed with the wonders of English history and this crowds out their current study of pronunciation.

As teachers recognize that opportunity and do our creative best to make some space for them to work.

We separate the written from the spoken as quickly as possible.  We show that the letters very often act as a guide to probabilities, not absolutes.  We teach them new sounds and concepts showing them techniques and frameworks that are helpful in analyzing any spoken language.  That's what FluenCi will help us and them do as well.  I hope for it's success. I'm a fan. Check it out and get in touch with Digital Media Centre at DIT to use FluenCi.  I'll be doing it for my school.

FluenCi involves putting lots of cool technology and a seven step process which may well be the first step towards teaching the kind of fluency you hear between native speakers in conversation, dialogic fluency.  It's only been in research books and reality but never in the course books or digital sources.

I can't wait to try it out.


Everything that FluenCi can do can be done by a teacher.   Though, the teacher would have to have a fanatical interest in speech science and huge faith in their learners potential to believe that their work alone could fight the current of current practice of sidelining students pronunciation needs.  And a whole lot of time.  It could happen if schools had everything Gavin Dudeney prioritizes for schools: wifi, data projectors, training and support (see the last two minutes).

To be as good as FluenCi might become, a teacher might also have to be a native speaker of the learners' language ...and that's why I think this product will do best abroad with a strengthening group of teachers, who are connected via technology and the language, accessing research and sharing advances in technologies and media.  Where is this place?  It will be in Dublin if we can stop being embarrassed by optimism.  Let's connect here.  This is an amazing time to be a teacher.

-the end


The conference was hosted by the Ireland's English Language Support teachers' organisation called ELSTA.

PDFs of the presentation should be ready in a couple of weeks and I will post a link here when they are available on the ELSTA website.

Dermot Campbell presented at Drumcondra Education Centre on behalf of the DMC with Yi Wang and Marty Meinardi. 

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