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CristinaSkyBox: Writing Skills and Patterns

CristinaSkyBox: Writing Skills and Patterns | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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These are additional writing resources worth reviewing.

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Links to some great websites that encourage or prompt writing. 

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Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL | TechCrunch

Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL | TechCrunch | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. 


The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. 


For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the company plans to start charging $20 for it once more universities and companies accept it.

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...the winds of change ETS, the winds of change...

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Weird Coordinating Conjunctions: Yet, For, and So | QDT

Weird Coordinating Conjunctions: Yet, For, and So | QDT | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

A few episodes back, I was talking about starting sentences with coordinating conjunctions, and I mentioned that one way of remembering the coordinating conjunctions is the word FANBOYS, whose letters can stand for for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. 


However, I kept the focus on the conjunctions and, but, and or, because the other conjunctions are rather different from these three. Well, today, we’re going to look at exactly how different for, nor, yet, and so are. - See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/weird-coordinating-conjunctions-yet-for-and-so#sthash.BQaHST4u.dpuf

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This is a good review on coordinating conjunctions.

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Chart of wonderful words | WeAreTeachers

Chart of wonderful words | WeAreTeachers | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Love this chart of wonderful words.
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This is a good resource chart of emotional / vocabulary words to use in your 21st Century ESL writing environment.

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Effective Commuication | HMH Collections

Effective Commuication | HMH Collections | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

How to increase the most need learning skills for learners of all ages.

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This is an excellent short video on the 21st Century's most needed learning skills for work and school.

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10 Free Mobile Apps To Help You Learn English Faster | Hongkiat.com

10 Free Mobile Apps To Help You Learn English Faster | Hongkiat.com | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Learning a language is one of the most rewarding things you can do. There are a lot of ways you can learn or improve your skills in a particular language, from attending classes to teaching yourself through traditional methods such as reading and practice. But have you realized that you can also put that smartphone of yours to really good use for learning languages?

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Nice try, but my Asian students would rather "play" Facebook and Line.  Interest and motivation drops with all mobile games after the initial introduction. Teachers can include the blended learning within the "free play" with these mobile programs.  

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9 Listening Strategies that Develop Active Listeners | TESOL Connections

9 Listening Strategies that Develop Active Listeners | TESOL Connections | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

It’s not enough for students to merely listen to audio assignments. Students must use strategies that make them active, not passive, listeners. To understand the difference between active and passive listening, students need direct instruction on strategies that work (Vandergrift, 1999; Goh, 2008; Vandergrift & Tafaghodtari, 2010).

 

To accomplish this, teachers should use time in class to model effective strategies and evaluate students’ use of them. Students who use before-, during- and after-listening strategies develop skills that enable them to monitor their own metacognitive processes.

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The article provide excellent listening strategies to improve language learning within your teaching and learning environment.

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Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

What if your extracurricular activities weren’t just extra but a part of your academics too? New thinking on education intends to bring students’ interests into the classroom.


It’s called Connected Learning and promotes the idea that students will excel in school if what they are learning is relevant to their lives, experiences, and passions. This plan is spelled out in a new report, by Mimi Ito, the research director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California Irvine.

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"It’s called Connected Learning and promotes the idea that students will excel in school if what they are learning is relevant to their lives, experiences, and passions."

 

The first step is to communicate with the learners or develop a student needs analysis.

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Infographic: adverbs of frequency | Teach them English

Infographic: adverbs of frequency | Teach them English | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Today's infographic focuses on the popular grammar point of adverbs of frequency. It is split into two parts. Firstly, it focuses on the common teaching point of ‘indefinite time’ adverbs such as often, always and rarely. The second focus is on the much less taught, but equally important ‘definite time’ adverbs like annually, daily and monthly.

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This is a good infographic on adverbs of frequency. This also shows what font NOT to use in an infographic.

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Google Buys Visual Translation App Word Lens – Then Gives It Away For Free | MakeUseOf

Google Buys Visual Translation App Word Lens – Then Gives It Away For Free | MakeUseOf | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Google has always put a lot of work into their translation app, so much so that it has become a very effective and powerful app for getting yourself out of linguistic tangles. But now Google has gone one better by buying Word Lens, the visual translation app, and then giving it away for free for a limited time.

 
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Hurry a limited time free offer...I can't wait to try it out in Thailand.

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Integration of RMUTL English Core Courses & Pathways Program

Integration of RMUTL English Core Courses & Pathways Program
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This is the first positive step for the integration of the programs. All six campuses will be adopting the Pathways program. I hope to move forward with development of the RMUTL Testing Center.

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Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers | Phys.Org

Fluency outweighs pronunciation for understanding non-native English speakers | Phys.Org | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University.
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This an interesting study which applies common sense with functional fluency and English language assessment. 

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Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Edutopia

Doing it Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Edutopia | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

The truth is, and the research shows, students need multiple and various exposures to a word before they fully understand that word and can apply it. They need also to learn words in context, not stand alone lists that come and go each week. Of course the way we learn words in context, or implicitly, is by reading, then reading some more. (This is why every classroom should have a killer classroom library stocked full of high-interest, age appropriate books.)

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Based on the English level of learning adapting and modifying the suggested learning process has to take into account the socio-cultural  aspects of vocabulary learning. Many different approaches are listed but the key focus should be on integration and application of the vocabulary within the learning environment.

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Trace Effects Teachers Manual | American English

Trace Effects Teachers Manual | American English | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
This Trace Effects manual provides information on teaching using online games and gives ideas for extending beyond the game using easy, interactive tasks.
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Yea!!! integrated teachers manual to link and bridge active learning. Now, if we can have access to a LMS to review learning progression and feedback...similar to usalearns.org would be excellent!

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Recent study sheds new light on second language learning in adulthood

Recent study sheds new light on second language learning in adulthood | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that assimilation of L2 vowels to L1 phonemes governs language learning in adulthood; researchers urge development of novel methods of second language teaching.
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Interesting research on L1 to L2 with adult learners. 

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Weird Plurals - Latin and Greek Origins, Irregular Plural Noun Forms

Weird Plurals - Latin and Greek Origins, Irregular Plural Noun Forms | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Not all English nouns can be made plural by adding an -s or -es to the end of the word. Check out this chart for some irregular plural nouns! What other irregular plural English nouns do you know?

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This is an excellent infographic to add to your ESL teaching and learning environment.

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Mind/Shift

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Mind/Shift | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.
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I have stopped using lectures for years now. Active listening and authentic learning is the only way I teach Thai English language learners along with metacognitive learning strategies. 

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8 Unique Free Resources Students Can Use to Improve Their Writing Skills | EmergingEdTech

8 Unique Free Resources Students Can Use to Improve Their Writing Skills | EmergingEdTech | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Any tool that is going to help you improve your writing skills is a good idea. After all, you cannot make a wheel without tools, so why not use them when you write?

 

While tools like onelook.com and other straightforward resources are often suggested on sites and articles across the web, we were looking for some more unique offerings. While you may have come across some of these resources before, we hope we’ve offered some that you may not have considered before.

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These are good start on writing resources worth reviewing.

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13 Experts Share ESL Learning Advice + Over 70 Online Resources

13 Experts Share ESL Learning Advice + Over 70 Online Resources | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

In an effort to make the English language learning process easier and faster for international ESL students, we’ve asked some of the best and most active English as a Second Language teachers and bloggers out there to answer three questions about learning languages. Many of the experts that we contacted were happy to share their advice and teaching experience to help language students avoid very common and easily avoidable pitfalls of learning a new language.


Also, our team did deep research online to find some of the best resources to help you learn the English language more easily.


The online resources section, located after the expert Q&As, includes free resources for English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling exercises, great resources on reading and writing in English, a list of websites that have collections of English slang and idioms, ESL practice worksheets, ESL podcasts, and ESL YouTube channels. Enjoy!

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These are good ESL teaching and learning resources for your learning environment. 

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Digital Dialects language learning games

Digital Dialects language learning games | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Language learning games - free to use and fun online games for learning 60 languages, including Chinese, English/ESL French, German, Japanese, Spanish and more. Games for learning phrases, numbers, spelling, verb conjugation, vocabulary and alphabets. Suitable for independent learners, schools, as a homework resource and for language school use.
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This is a good, basic level language learning games resource site.

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research | TeachThought

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | TeachThought | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research

 

Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been created, and we’ve found some new discoveries, too.


Many of our original 100 are still going strong, but we’ve updated where necessary and added some of our new favorites, too. Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.

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These are excellent research resources. Don't forget about topic bots (Google alerts) Be sure to add two more to the list: copernic.com (copernic agent) and zotero.org...You're welcome!

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | TED Ed

How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | TED Ed | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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The is a great video for an up-to-date review of the socio-cultural view of language acquisition. 

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A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it.Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around language learning is being tested: the use of avatars to practice speaking.

 

Alongside traditional methods, like listening, repeating, and digital flashcards, created by companies like Rosetta Stone,  Livemocha, and AccelaStudy, a few tech companies have leveraged the idea that becoming someone else helps to learn a foreign language, especially when speaking it.

 

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There are many new and improved computer language immersing programs available and very expensive to access or to use as an supplement to language learning environments.

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Using topical grammar to enhance language learning | Multibriefs

Using topical grammar to enhance language learning | Multibriefs | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

The various subskills of grammar, listening, reading, writing and cultural awareness all work together in the language acquisition process. Grammar is especially important to ensure communication, but the material presented should be meaningful and relevant to the learners' daily lives.

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I use this technique of topical grammar within my courses.  I also include learning strategies  integrated with blended English language learning within the environment. 

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The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back | The Atlantic

The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back | The Atlantic | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

A spate of research about the contingent academic workforce  indicates that Cerasoli’s circumstances are not exceptional.

 

This month, a report by the American Association of University Professors showed that adjuncts now constitute 76.4 percent of U.S. faculty across all institutional types, from liberal-arts colleges to research universities to community colleges.

 

A study released by the U.S. House of Representatives in January reveals that the majority of these adjuncts live below the poverty line.

 

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I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

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I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education have they paid for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 28, 11:57 PM

I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 28, 11:57 PM

I get to look forward to all this when I finish my PhD?  Why?

 

It all comes down to greedy administrators, the ignorance of students and parents about what kind of education are they paying for and the  lazy, cowardice of the accreditation and rating agencies...Whom can change this situation virtually overnight for ALL educational stakeholders.  Sad...Very sad.

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | MindShift

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | MindShift | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. "Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture".

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"Spurred by technological advances, “civilization is on the cusp of a metamorphosis,” he says, that will lead either to societal collapse and chaos, or to a resurgence of liberty, community, and ethics".As Abbott sees it, the need for reflection has never been greater...

 

This article touches on many topics defining the 21st Century pathway of teaching and learning..."eyes and minds wide open"

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This article touches on many topics defining the 21st century pathway of teaching and learning..."eyes and minds wide open"