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Enhance K-12 English Foreign Language Skills with Moodle

This post (like a Smore Newsletter I will share) aims at giving teachers of English as Foreign Language confidence in their Moodle abilities. I hope it can whet their appetite for Moodle. No less important, I hope my colleagues can be helped to help their pupils use Moodle. Using Moodle can be done effectively as part and parcel of our teaching strategies.

The post may also serve to give people elsewhere a glimpse into what is being done in K-12 English Foreign Language in Israel. Perhaps it sparks an interest in doing something similar that can cater to K-12 in other places.

As I have shared on ElearningWorld (https://www.elearningworld.org/author/eduardo/), The English Inspectorate and The Ministry of Education Technology Division believe that using Moodle for English as Foreign Language can enhance K-12 English Foreign Language Skills. Accordingly, Moodle English digital courses for pupils (“Dig into Digital“) have been developed and are available for teachers to use free of charge. These courses enable digital learning alongside classroom learning.

Much time, thought, effort, collaboration, and money have been invested in this national project. The courses are structured according to the curriculum and allow both teachers and pupils to access excellent, ready-made content from anywhere, at any time, and at the appropriate pace. Moodle has been chosen as the right venue for these courses. As a Moodle enthusiast, I am glad I am taking an active role in this.

Teaching with Moodle English Digital courses: The Challenge

How can the path of thousands of teachers in Israel’s K-12 system towards an enjoyable use of Moodle be smoothed?

This challenge has been (and still is and will be) met in several ways:

The Ministry of Education Moodle Platform houses all the English Digital courses for pupils (“Dig into Digital”). Accordingly, it is best to learn Moodle on a Ministry of Education Moodle course (and on the current Moodle version used by the Ministry of Education). If teachers can enroll on a Ministry of Education How to use Moodle-kind of workshop, then that is great. However, teachers can also learn Moodle on other Moodle platforms, and then apply what they have learned in their own courses. Learning to customize Moodle Courses adds much indeed.

Happy Moodling!

Image: EFL Classroom https://openclipart.org/detail/292544/efl-classroom by j4p4n – uploaded on December 26, 2017, 10:48 am

Eduardo Lina

Eduardo Lina

Born in Argentina, Eduardo has been living and working in Israel since 1979 - and he loves to use Moodle! Married to Susy, with two daughters: Gabriela and Maia, and three granddaughters (Sol, Dor, and Eliana), Eduardo is teaching English at school. Having completed with HRDNZ both MoodleBites for Teachers and the six MEC courses, Eduardo is a Moodle Certified Educator. He is a Certified Israel Ministry of Education Teachers’ teacher. He has developed and facilitated several Israel Ministry of Education's Spanish and English as a Foreign Language online workshops.

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