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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.

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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.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:57 AM

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"

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Your font is showing: Student comes up with plan to save U.S. big bucks

Your font is showing: Student comes up with plan to save U.S. big bucks | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to talk about cutting costs in Washington. But few, if any, have ever come up with an idea as simple as the one recently proposed by 14-year-old student Suvir Mirchandani.
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This is an excellent example of inquiry-based learning.

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I Before E, Except After C | DailyWritingTips

I Before E, Except After C | DailyWritingTips | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
I’ve read that the spelling mnemonic “I before E except after C” is a useless rule “best forgotten.” I beg to differ.
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The “I before E” mnemonic in its entirety:

"I before E,

Except after C,
And when sounded as A
As in neighbor and weigh".

 

This mnemonic works (it's not perfect) and the list that is provided can help you ELL's understand when to apply it. Writing is still an activity that involves critical thinking...

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Language learning: what motivates us? | The Guardian

Language learning: what motivates us? | The Guardian | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science
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This is an interesting perspective on language learning, motivation and the cultural-social benefits of languages within your teaching and learning environment.  

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Benefits of Learning Languages Infographic | Kaplan Blog

Benefits of Learning Languages Infographic | Kaplan Blog | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Check out our infographic  for some of the most interesting benefits of learning languages! We had a lot of fun doing the research for this infographic, and we hope that you’ll learn some fun new facts from it.

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This is a good infographic to help promote language learners in you teaching and learning environment.

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Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction | Pitt Edu

Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction | Pitt Edu | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

This site contains hundreds of visual aids (illustrations) that can be used to support instructional tasks such as describing objects and people (i.e., teaching vocabulary) or describing entire events and situations (i.e., teaching grammar).

 

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Thank you to the illustrators and all the folks from the University of Pittsburgh for development of these excellent world language teaching resources.

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Survey: Foreign-language instruction and the use of technology

Survey: Foreign-language instruction and the use of technology | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
SmartBrief on EdTech recently polled readers about the state of foreign-language education in their schools and districts, asking if they feel students are
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This provides an interesting perspective and opinion on how different technology is being used in language learning environments. 

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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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Google Docs Adds-Ons For Students: These 5 Will Help You Write A Paper | MakeUseOf

Google Docs Adds-Ons For Students: These 5 Will Help You Write A Paper | MakeUseOf | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

Word-processing for students has long been the domain of Microsoft Word. The recent release of add-ons is making Google Docs an appealing free option. The five add-ons we are about to meet have the potential to become quick favorites for people working on research papers, essays, and collaborative projects. But, are they good enough to make Google Docs the go-to option?

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Yes, these options, in addition to Google + Hangouts make this the best choice for students and teachers! Don't forget that Zotero can be added as another option.

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Yes, these options, in addition to Google + Hangouts make this the best choice for students and teachers!

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What I've learned from 3 polyglots - dispelling 5 language learning myths | TEFLReflections

What I've learned from 3 polyglots - dispelling 5 language learning myths | TEFLReflections | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

"In this post, I'd like to first debunk some common misconceptions about language learning, which stop us from being effective learners. The most common excuses people make (based on Chris Lonsdale, Benny Lewis and my own teaching experience) for not being able to learn a language are listed below."

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This has many language learning aspects that need to be reviewed with the key feature being...NOT to be afraid of trying...

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Good review article with applications with English as an International Language.

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Rachael Grant's curator insight, March 31, 2014 12:09 PM

This article talks about how necessary it is for teachers to meet the needs of their students. Obviously, this is a tricky task since no two students are alike. This article basically states that by engaging students' passions and interests into the classroom they will be more motivated to learn. This article focuses mainly on students with language barriors but this concept applies to all students. I think that this could be a useful technique for myself and all teachers.

Alicia Grace Lawson O'Brien's curator insight, July 16, 2014 3:23 PM

“The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful,” 

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Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language TED-Ed | MindShift's Teachers Guide

Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language TED-Ed | MindShift's Teachers Guide | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it

TED-Ed offers dozens of fascinating videos about all kinds of subjects that draw students in. (To learn more about how to use videos in the classroom, check out MindShift’s Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Videos)

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These are outstanding resources to review and include in your 21st Century teaching and learning environments. Thank you goes to the folks at MindShift!

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Same, Different and Diverse: Understanding Children Who Are English Language Learners

Same, Different and Diverse: Understanding Children Who Are English Language Learners | 21st Century English Language Learners, Teachers and Administrators | Scoop.it
One third of the children enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start are Dual Language Learners (DLLs). They are a diverse group who have different languages, experiences, strengths, and gifts.
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This has a very good review of research completed and provided within the article. Down load the PDF that has been provided.

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