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Anxious dad awaits Arabic dyslexia test for daughter - The National

Anxious dad awaits Arabic dyslexia test for daughter - The National | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Dyslexia in children goes largely unnoticed in the UAE as no standardised Arabic tests are available. Those with the disorder have problems reading, spelling and recognising words.
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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014 by Sara Briggs The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms...


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Lexical gap fills – with a difference

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Asian ESP Journal

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We are an on-line English for Specific Purposes journal for linguists, academics, language teachers and language learners.
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Transparent teaching and learning: Capturing the why - @megormi

Transparent teaching and learning: Capturing the why - @megormi | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Tyler Hart caught my attention one day on Twitter by posting student-created math videos on his classroom Vimeo channel. I clicked the link and watched a f
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IATEFL

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Plenary session by Sugata Mitra.

The future of learning

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.

- See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-05/plenary-sugata-mitra#sthash.fHgP4F9y.dpuf

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IATEFL

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Plenary session:  David Graddol.  English and economic development 
The extraordinary growth in the learning of English around the world has largely been premised on the economic rationale that English will help make its speakers and those countries which invest in it richer. In this plenary I will critically explore the idea that English brings economic benefits. Is the economic rationale just disguising a new kind of linguistic imperialism? Or does it genuinely bring benefits to those investing in English? In this presentation I will explore critically the role English now plays in different sectors of the economy, especially the growing services economy, and the implications of this for educational policy. For example, is the current trend towards teaching English in primary schools a necessary consequence of economic globalisation? What target level of proficiency should be set at key stages in education? Is it necessary for everyone to learn English? Or to learn it to the same level? Using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to identify functional proficiency levels, I will discuss some recent global educational and employment trends. Drawing on my recent work in India, China and Brazil I will explore some of the shared issues that have arisen with regard to English language education in these emergent economies, as well as some of the key differences. Finally, I will address what I think is a key issue: does the economic rationalist argument for the massive push for English teaching around the world really make sense? Is it delivering the supposed economic benefits? And what are the potential social, cultural and other costs? - See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-02/plenary-session-david-graddol#sthash.LRGdUGKK.dpuf

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Can global issues provide authenticity and context in English teaching - IATEFL

Can global issues provide authenticity and context in English teaching - IATEFL | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it

Presenter:  Ken Wilson.  The use of English by non-native speakers to highlight global issues is increasing, often involving the clever use of social media. Should English teachers focus more on this wider use of English and pay less attention to native speaker socio-cultural aspects of the language? This talk will look at the arguments for and against and provide some practical classroom suggestions. - See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-04/can-global-issues-provide-authenticity-and-context-english-teaching#sthash.yrkxkS4t.dpuf

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eltjam @ IATEFL 2014 on what EdTech means for ELT

eltjam @ IATEFL 2014 on what EdTech means for ELT | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
We think it it’s decision time for the ELT industry: ELT is going to become part of EdTech whether we like it or not, and it’s up to us to decide what we do about it. Are we going to resist EdTech?...
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Are Doctors Diagnosing Too Many Kids with ADHD?

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Some boys may be labeled incorrectly with the condition, but undertreatment may be the bigger problem
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How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care) | Learn Languages Better

How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care) | Learn Languages Better | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
What is the role of good teaching? Why does learning sometimes happen on its own? Is there something children cannot learn independently? These were some...
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This 3 Minute Video Made Me Cry, And I Never Cry. Must See For Everyone.

This 3 Minute Video Made Me Cry, And I Never Cry.  Must See For Everyone. | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
This is really worthwhile to watch for everyone, and I hope that you SHARE it after watching. The message in this video is extremely powerful. If only more people acted this way, the world would be a much better place. Thanks for watching and please remember to SHARE.
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ELT - Ten Things I Hate About You

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Sometimes a title just hits the spot. Today, I woke up, inexplicably, at 02:30. Yesterday it was at 04:30. The day before it was 04:00. I feel like a character in a Stephen King novel - so much so ...
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Watch as 1000 years of European borders change

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2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.
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Information Overload? Here Are 10 Ways You - And Your Students - Can Deal With It - InformED

Information Overload? Here Are 10 Ways You - And Your Students - Can Deal With It - InformED | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it

Researchers tend to agree that it’s not the volume of information that is the problem; it’s our inability to organize and process it all without experiencing “information overload, or what neuroscientists like to call “cognitive overload. In recent years, technology strategists have even compared information overload to physical obesity, dubbing it “infobesity. Just as our eyes are sometimes larger than our stomachs, our interest can be significantly greater than our brain capacity.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 4:29 AM

Some great tips towards the end for information management and how to help students with this.

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"What Teachers Make," by TAYLOR MALI - YouTube

Performed at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005
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IH Journal - 31/03/2014 digital edition

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IATEFL

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Plenary session by Michael Hoey.  

Old approaches, new perspectives: the implications of a corpus linguistic theory for learning the English language

Two major figures in English Language Teaching are Michael Lewis and Stephen Krashen, but both have come under heavy criticism. I shall briefly describe the major claims of both as well as outlining some of the criticisms that have been levelled against them. I shall then seek to demonstrate that their claims are compatible with current corpus-linguistic research, which is itself supported by long-standing and robust psychological research. What corpus-linguistic and psychological studies in fact suggest is that we need a very different model of the way language is organised; Lexical Priming theory is an attempt to provide such a model of language. I shall describe the main claims of the theory and provide evidence for these claims. Finally, the talk will offer provisional evidence to support the view that Chinese has the same lexical properties as English. This is important because it suggests that my own work and that of Lewis and Krashen are as likely to be relevant to the learning and teaching of Chinese as they are to English. Perhaps more importantly, it also suggests that two apparently very different languages like Chinese and English are more alike in major ways than is usually assumed; this has important implications for the teaching of English, some of which will be discussed.

- See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-04/plenary-session-michael-hoey#sthash.tzwTFZWh.dpuf

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A guide to pseudo-science in English language teaching IATEFL

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Presenter:  Russell Mayne.  This talk will focus on aspects of English language teaching which have little or no scientific credibility. Practices such as neuro-linguistic programming, learning styles, multiples intelligences and brain gym will be examined. This talk will ask why, despite the evidence, these approaches/methods remain popular. It will also include a guide to spotting pseudo-science in education. - See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-02/guide-pseudo-science-english-language-teaching#sthash.Yj0qaeSC.dpuf

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Evidence Based EFL

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Dedicated to looking at language and language teaching from an evidence-base viewpoint.

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Adaptive Learning and ELT: 5 assumptions questioned

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Where are we going with Adaptive Learning and ELT?  I’m a little worried we might be mapping our path before we’ve seen it.  So here are 5 assumptions I’ve identified from our posts on the subject ...
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IATEFL 2014: The ELT World in Four Plenaries | Hancock McDonald ELT

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Leoxicon: Horizontal alternatives to vertical lists - vocab learning

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What is a foreign language worth?

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"The cost of assuming that foreign customers will learn your language, and never bothering to learn theirs, is certainly a lot greater than zero.  The world isn’t learning English as fast as some people think. One optimistic estimate is that half the world’s people might speak English by 2050. That leaves billions who will not, and billions of others who remain happier (and more willing to spend money) in their own language."


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Learn another language...it will expand your mental capacities and (according to this article in the Economist) fatten your wallet. 

The Crew's curator insight, March 19, 10:16 AM

As highlighted by this article, I strongly believe that learning a second language such as Arabic or Mandarin would be extremely beneficial to an adolescent. These languages are profitable to learn due to the fact that we are having increasing business dealings with China and the fact that there is a high demand for people who speak these languages and a short supply.- Hannah