Creativity, Mind and Emotions: Enhancing Multi-literacy Skills in the ELT Class

Abstract

A multiliterate approach goes beyond writing and speaking skills, and include non-linguistic representations and ways of communicating that may be extended beyond standard abilities. This presentation aims at sharing with the audience a different perspective from traditional strategies, by combining TBI (Task-Based Instruction) activities- based on the language required to perform specific tasks- together with a genuine interest on the students´ aptitudes and skills, thus opening the door to creativity, emotions and content in our classroom. 

Bio

Rita Aldorino, MA in Education from the University of Kansas, USA, is a fulltime EFL instructor at high school, and a Phonetics, Discourse, Didactics and English Literature instructor at college level in Jujuy, Argentina.  Twice a Fulbright recipient, Rita taught Spanish and ESL at high school and at university in the USA. Her perception of teaching and learning  lies on the idea that each individual brings a unique contribution to the process, and it is the instructor´s expertise that can make a difference in the students’ learning experience.

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Abstract

Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) builds upon the widely accepted model of “cognitive architecture” (Atkinson and Richard Shiffrin, 1968). It describes how information is processed, considering the amount of information that working memory can hold at one time. Since working memory has a limited capacity, overloading it should be avoided to facilitate information processing that results in learning. In this presentation a preliminary analysis of the data collected will be reported and pedagogical implications of the findings will be discussed.

Bios

María Paz González holds an EFL Teaching Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics in English from UNINI, México. She teaches English in high schools and in a tertiary institute. She is member of the research group Cuestiones del Lenguaje, (UNMdP) and has participated in several research studies.

Susana Tuero holds an EFL Teaching Degree, (UCMdP), a Master’s Degree and a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics –English, from Michigan State University, USA. She is member of the research group Cuestiones del Lenguaje (UNMdP) and has directed and co-directed several studies. Her areas of interest are: cognitive processes, writing in EFL, and the acquisition and development of vocabulary

Daiana Vázquez holds an EFL Teaching Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, a Master’s Degree in TESOL, and a Diploma in Neuroscience and Education. She is part of the teaching team of the subject ‘Process of Writing II‘ at the Profesorado de Inglés, UNMdP. She also teaches ESP courses and general English in high schools. She is member of the research group Cuestiones del Lenguaje and has presented at national and international conferences.

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