Task 1.8 Chat

Aim: To attend an online chat and to meet tutor and course colleagues in real time

Time: 60 minutes

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We are going to run our first online chat during this first week of our course. I have set up a poll to see what time is best for you all. Please click on this [link] and let me know when you can make it. The times shown should reflect your local times, please select all times you can do it and I will go with the most popular slot.

The chatlog for our chats will always be available for everyone to read after the event, in the Chat Room.

In preparation for the chat, please can you do the following:

1. Go to the Chat Room  and have a look around, to see how the chat works. It is important to check that the chatroom works from the computer you will use for the real chat, well in advance of the chat day, so we have time to sort out any access issues you may have.

2. Some of you may have some experience of using chat on online courses, or in your personal and/or professional life, while others will have less experience – this is all well and good. Before our chat, take a few minutes to reflect on how you use/have used chat and any difficulties/advantages etc that you have come across – you might want to note them down, as we will refer to them in the chat itself.

3. Make sure that you bring your identity mindmap with you to the chat.

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Not available to participants before they join the chat will be these extended questions about their Identity Mindmaps and working guidelines:

  1. What rules and expectations do you have in your classroom? Do you go through a similar process to Task 1.4 to establish at least some of them? How can you overcome language problems if this is a beginner language course with no common language?
  2. How do the dimensions of your identity that you chose as important differ from the dimensions other people use to make judgements about you?
  3. Do you think that you and your students differ markedly on the individualism/collectivism scale? What implications may this have?
  4. Did anybody hear somebody challenge a stereotype that you once bought into? If so, what?
  5. How did it feel to be able to stand up and challenge your stereotype?
  6. (There is usually some laughter when somebody shares common stereotype such as “I may be Arab, but I am not a terrorist” or “I may be a teacher, but I do have a social life.”) I heard several moments of laughter. What was that about?
  7. Where do stereotypes come from?
  8. How can we eliminate them?

Task 1. 1 Introduce yourself
Task 1.2 Welcome to my classroom
Task 1.3 Making email contact
Task 1.4 Working guidelines
Task 1.5 Learning Culture
Task 1.6 My identity
Task 1.7 Dimensions
Task 1.8 Chat