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Learner Language: Tools for Teachers | Tarone & Swierzbin, 2010

"Learner language is the constantly changing ability students have to communicate as they learn a new language. It provides an index of students progress, allowing teachers to determine how to best educate them. By analyzing examples of learner language, students develop skills to address it when they are teaching."


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Assessment and compentency skills applications, this is an interesting talk.

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Quite an interesting talk

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning | Mind/Shift

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning | Mind/Shift | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
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Remember that assessment is a feedback tool for the learner and the learning leader...for that moment in time. The assessment should not be the only indicator that progress toward the learning objectives is occurring, but rather a guide toward an expected outcome or goal. It is a false fallacy to only believe that standardized assessment (one- size-fits-all) can be used to determine all outcomes.

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6 Websites for Learning English Idioms | TESOL Blog

6 Websites for Learning English Idioms | TESOL Blog | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Elena Shvidko shares six online resources for adult English language learners to study English language idioms independently, or for teachers to use in class.
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These are good resources to use in your teaching and learning environments.

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages | Edutopia

Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages | Edutopia | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
World Languages community discussion group facilitator Don Doehla uses project-based learning to teach foreign language and meet state standards. He supplies three lessons as examples.
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Project-based learning has many applications within a language teaching and learning environment.

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5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading | TeachThought

5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading | TeachThought | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading by Paul France, NBCT, InspirED Teaching reading is an art filled with limiting factors: motivation, vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension are only a few of the comprehensive skills or...
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..."But the way to provide them the support them with this important struggle is by sticking to the basics, but building up the basics in a successful way". Consider checking out Colorin Colorado for additional resources for your teaching and learning environments.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | Edutopia

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | Edutopia | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
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...Transformational English language teachers and the 21st Century teaching and learning environments...

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MultiBrief: The 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning for ELLs: Critical Thinking

MultiBrief: The 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning for ELLs: Critical Thinking | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
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The key for they application of the "four C's"  with ELL's in functional manner is the teaching approach and the student learning objectives. Most ESL instructors have to follow a fairly strict, structured, pre-approved curriculum focused on Content-Based Learning. So the instructors can do the work and go home. 

 

The 21st Century ESL instructor would integrate and modify the content by using teaching approaches that integrate the 4C's for example; Project -Based Learning, Problem- Based Learning, Inquiry- based learning approaches. These approaches to language learning help to develop needed skills and applications of functional English inside the sheltered classroom and outside in the real world environment. 

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Create a Word Cloud Within Your Google Documents | FTFT

Create a Word Cloud Within Your Google Documents | FTFT | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

..."When you have a Google Document open, open the Add-ons menu and search for "tag cloud generator." The Tag Cloud Generator Add-on will create a word cloud in the right-hand margin of any of your Google Documents that contain more than one hundred words".

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This is a great tool to add on to any Word Document to use in academic writing assignments to help with vocabulary and grammar structures.

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MultiBrief: Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how

MultiBrief: Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

"Learning how to learn" is one of many goals educators have for their students. In fact, in a world where we cannot predict the jobs and work of the future, the act of learning, unlearning old ways of doing things and relearning new ways, is a 21st-century skill that is gaining increasing importance. The constantly changing landscape of technological advances in the workforce causes us to adapt ways of doing things on a seemingly daily basis.

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This an excellent summary of key 21st Century language teaching and learning strategies with metacognitive, cognitive and social /affective skills needed in authentic, self-directed lifelong learning. 

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers.
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"Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," said Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics and information sciences and technology. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger."


The research confirms many for what multilingual learners and the teachers already know within both structurally and functionally applications within the language learning and teaching environments.

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TESOL Connections - November 2014

TESOL Connections - November 2014 | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

ELT should be coupled with encouraging students to become interculturally competent communicating on a world stage; try these intercultural skill building activities.

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TESOL Connections are world class teaching and learning resources for your 21st Century learning environments.

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English Language Learners: Teacher Toolkit

English Language Learners: Teacher Toolkit | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

NEW Teacher Toolkit: Resources and Tips for English Language Learners. http://bit.ly/10oYj3c

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Review the new Teaching Channel's Teacher Toolkit and add to your resource library.

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Apps for English learners to boost your skills | ShareAmerica

Apps for English learners to boost your skills | ShareAmerica | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Whether you already speak English or are just starting out, you’ve probably got a powerful tool to help you reach the next level: the apps on your phone.
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These are excellent language resources to add to your teaching and learning environment.

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7 Essential Techniques to Increase Engagement and Enhance Online Learning Outcomes | EmergingEdTech

7 Essential Techniques to Increase Engagement and Enhance Online Learning Outcomes | EmergingEdTech | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
There are Many Elements That can be Fine-Tuned to Bring out the Best in Online and Hybrid Teaching and Learning. Don’t you love it when you read or watch
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The development of SALL (Self Access Language Learning) programs that are aligned with your student learning objectives will assist in the overall expected learning outcomes and engagement of the students by providing a bridge to your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.  

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This Infographic Shows Which Languages Are The Hardest For English-Speakers To Learn

This Infographic Shows Which Languages Are The Hardest For English-Speakers To Learn | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Want to learn a new language? Choose your level.
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This provides and interesting language learning perspective.

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5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role | Edutopia

5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's Role | Edutopia | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
PBL changes a teacher's traditional role through framing the learning, helping students develop ideas, consulting as they revise, and encouraging feedback, reflection, and authentic presentations.
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For deeper language learning to occur, project-based learning is one of the most effective teaching approaches used within a learning environment.

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Innovation in English Language Teacher Education | BBC

Innovation in English Language Teacher Education | BBC | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
The collection of papers in this publication reflects the diverse backgrounds, contexts and perspectives assembled at the conference.
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These papers provide classroom action research with current applications within your teaching and learning environments.

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A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation | TeachThought

A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation | TeachThought | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation
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Although the framework can be applied to any teaching and learning environment, it has specific applications for dynamic language learning.

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Gabriela Acosta's curator insight, March 9, 1:54 PM

If students begin to use this it will provide them a lot of motivation. It;s a great guide and should definitely be used.

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Mind/Shift

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Mind/Shift | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
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Always try to be inclusive using a "Learning Centered Approach" within your 21st Century teaching and learning environments. 

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Duolingo For Schools Opened Today, It's Free and Here's How It Works | Larry Ferlazzo's / WD

Duolingo For Schools Opened Today, It's Free and Here's How It Works | Larry Ferlazzo's / WD | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Larry posted earlier this week (see Duolingo Takes Next Step To Conquer Language Learning World & Lets Teachers Create Virtual Classrooms), the super-popular Duolingo language-learning app unveiled its free Duolingo For Schools feature today.

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I highly recommend using the free Duolingo for schools as a integrated language game for your ESL teaching and learning environments.

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Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language | Mind/Shift

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language | Mind/Shift | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

English professor Anne Curzan makes an unusual request of her students at the University of Michigan — she asks students to teach her two new slang words. While some might cringe at the use of YOLO or hangry in an academic setting, Curzan, who is also a language historian, appreciates the creativity in the words that make their way into the vernacular, and ultimately, the dictionary.


In this TED video, she explains the role of dictionary editors and how they view language, including slang:

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English slang and euphemisms are to be included in the 21st Century's dynamic ESL teaching and learning environments.

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Common mistakes – present perfect | Engames.eu

Common mistakes – present perfect | Engames.eu | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Students make a lot of mistakes in present perfect tense. I have tried to collect the most typical ones and I have put them into a mind map and tried to explain the rules there. Moreover, I have added...
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This site provides great English language learning games for all levels of learning.

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How to better serve English-language learners | TribTalk

How to better serve English-language learners | TribTalk | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
The assessment system used to assess language proficiency in Texas schools has many strong points, but there's room for improvement.
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A functional, objective assessment plan is a form of authentic mastering of predetermined skills with benefits that out weight the negative connotation associated with standardized tests.   

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How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn't mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their...
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These are great insights for functional applications within language learning which can be applied in your teaching and learning environments.

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Natalia Aleynikova's curator insight, November 6, 2014 11:37 PM

Learning #languages is an essential part of a modern lifestyle. Even if you are not a #linguist, knowing a foreign language can become a real asset for your #business and career. Professional language learners give you some advice how to make the learning process easier and much more effective.

Ivo Nový's curator insight, November 22, 2014 12:42 AM

One of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. So, don't worry about making mistakes. Native speakers are like doting parents: any attempt from you to communicate in their language is objective proof that you are a gifted genius. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you.

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New Battery Technology Recharges in Two Minutes, Lasts Twenty Years

New Battery Technology Recharges in Two Minutes, Lasts Twenty Years | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
There's a new battery technology on the horizon, and there's a good chance it's going to change the way you use your devices -- soon.  By replacing the graphite anode in lithium-ion batteries with titanium dioxide nanotubes, researchers at Nanyang Technical University of Singapore have been able to dramatically improve the charge time and durability…
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This new nano battery technology will change the world!

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5 Reasons to Love the WSQ (Watch-Summarize-Question) Method

5 Reasons to Love the WSQ (Watch-Summarize-Question) Method | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
In the course (an entry level course in Emerging Information Technologies) that I am currently teaching at The College of Westchester, I have been using th
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This teaching approach vs. method can be very effective with your ELL"s for deeper learning. It can be modified to include metacognitive learning strategies within the writing component.

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