Check Your Knowledge Questionnaire




1. Say to which visual resource the following definitions belong to.

  • Cards with pictures, words or even sentences on them used as an aid in a language classroom. flashcards
  • A technological system which consists of a multimedia computer connected to the Internet and a video projector that projects the computer screen on a big board or a wall. Interactive whiteboard
  • Actual objects, real objects with a purpose outside the classroom to prompt interaction or to present new vocabulary. Realia
  • A supplement to course books which also help to create a cultural island in the classroom. Posters and/or wallcharts

2. Explain with your own words what jigsaw viewing consists on.


Half the class sit with their backs to the screen while the other half tells them what is happening while the video is being shown.



3. Write down 2 advantages that teachers and students can obtain from technologies nowdays.


4. True or False. Explain why.

  • Audiolingualism comes from the Army Method. True 
  • The Direct Method uses Personal Computers as an essential tool for learning languages. False 
  • Translation of sentences from English to Spanish is one of the usual activities within labs. False

5. Fill in the gaps.

There are several ways of using the Web in language teaching. Basically the main uses of the Web can be summarised in the following way:

1. Source of any authentic materials and content information. One of the wonders of the Internet is that everybody has access to the information that only a few decades ago was a privilege for those who could afford to travel or were part of a special group. Newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasting, information about all sorts of subjects, etc. are now available easily and at a cheap price. Some of the activities we can find inside this group are the folowing: treasure hunts (activities where students have to find answers to specific questions on web pages provided by the teacher) and WebQuests
(where students have to use the resources selected which should follow the model: introduction, task, process, evaluation and conclusion)

2. Source of specific language materials : these are tutorials, reference sites or any activities already prepared by other English teachers or institutions that can serve the linguistic objectives without much change. In this group we can find: grammar and vocabulary content pages (they include tutorials and quizzes),dictionaries (or any other referential language tools such as, spell checkers, glossaries…) and meaningful contextualized language activities (that use authentic material with a linuistic aim: treasure hunts, web-based projects… )

6. Explain the differences between synchronous and asynchronous tools.


Synchronous tools are communicative and collaborative tools that are used in real time. For example: chats and voice and video conferencing.

Asynchronous tools are not used in real time and contributions can be added at any time. For example: emails, forums…



7. Given the situations below say which of the Audio-Visual resources given would you use and explain how would you use them. Do not forget to explain why have you chosen them. 


Imagine you are a teacher in the first year of Secondary Education (12-13 year old students). You are in an English class and you have to explain them the 1st conditional.

Imagine you are a teacher in second year of “Bachiller” (17-18 year old students). You are in an English class and you are about to teach them some pronunciation symbols and accents.


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