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How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom

How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom | English Language Teaching | Scoop.it
  PinterestVirtual Reality in the Classroom – Part 2 *This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* Virtual Reality has the power to transform the future of learning. By giving students an interactive, three-dimensional learning environment, we have the potential to reach learners in ways previously never conceived. For a closer …

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 1, 2016 5:44 AM

Some really nice suggestions.

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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

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In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator.
Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens.


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Com.it's curator insight, November 10, 2016 3:21 AM
Cuestionemos y cuidemos la credibilidad de nuestra información. Hoy en día es muy común compartir, sin antes verificar. Y verificar tus fuentes e informaciones es uno de los pilares básicos de un periodismo de calidad. 
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Carolina Velásquez's curator insight, November 14, 2016 2:54 PM
It is an interesting book since help teachers to be aware on how digital media is important through tasks and information. The use of this kind of books are useful  because enable teachers to use authentic material combined with several skills to develop student's critical thinking.
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London Tour

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Students are taken on a virtual tour of London's most popular landmarks. After a brief introduction, the presentation shows and describes 10 notable sights of England's capital city.

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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language | English Language Teaching | Scoop.it
Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of…...

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holbel mendez's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:01 AM

Here we can find  50 of the best links for teaching a new language.

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What's new in English language teaching? | British Council

What's new in English language teaching? | British Council | English Language Teaching | Scoop.it
Rachael Roberts looks at the latest trends ahead of the ELTons Awards for innovation in English language teaching resources, live-streamed on 4 June 2015.

This is an article about new trends in English language teaching (ELT) resources, but none of the trends that follow are, strictly speaking, new.

Take, for example, the idea of spaced repetition, which is a buzzword at the moment. Back in 1885 (I told you it wasn’t a new idea), Hermann Ebbinghaus carried out an experiment designed to measure how quickly we forget. He discovered that, unless new information is reinforced, we quickly forget what we have learned. In the 1930s, other researchers followed this up by looking at how often we need to reinforce new information, and found that spacing out repetition – revising the information every two days, then every four, then every eight, and so on – was most effective.

So, we’ve known about spaced repetition for quite a while, but it has been difficult to implement, as it involves keeping track of an awful lot of words. However, this is something that a language-learning computer programme or app can do brilliantly. And so we’re starting to see more and more language-learning apps which use the principles of spaced repetition, such as Lingopolis or Olive Green – two nominees for the ELTons awards this year.

Another way in which digitalisation is affecting ELT resources is in the way it's connecting learners with the outside world. Students nowadays have access to an incredible amount of English-language material online. But while this is clearly beneficial, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Students don’t always know where to go for the most appropriate material. For teachers, the amount of time needed to find, select and prepare materials can be off-putting.

As a result, more and more sites that adapt materials for students are appearing. Easier English Wiki, for example, provides students (and teachers) with free materials based on articles from New Internationalist magazine. Newsmart is an app that uses daily, up-to-date content from the Wall Street Journal to teach language and develop reading and listening skills.

More traditional learning materials are also following this trend by joining up with outside companies. Unlock is a new series from Cambridge University Press, which uses content from Discovery Education. Pearson’s Speakout series, a previous ELTon award winner, has partnered up with the BBC.

Another effect of our increasingly online world is the growth in more specialised ELT materials. While publishers continue to produce large, globally oriented courses, there is more and more scope for niche, local products written for specific groups of learners. Dr Chris Lima’s EAP Shakespeare materials, nominated for the Macmillan Award for New Talent in Writing, is one such example.

Teachers are starting to create materials in ways that would have been impossible some years ago. Nearly every student now carries a powerful mini-computer, video camera and audio recorder in their pocket (otherwise known as a mobile phone) and teachers are finding new ways to use this technology in the classroom for learning English.

Web tools and unprecedented access to authentic materials online mean that teachers can create courses tailored to the specific needs and interests of their students.

But not all the latest trends rely on technology. A very noticeable trend is towards more creativity in the classroom. This probably started with Ken Robinson’s talk, How schools kill creativity. Viewed millions of times, it has definitely brought creativity back to the forefront of teaching and materials design. There are other signs too, such as the setting up of The C Group: a group of ELT teachers and materials writers dedicated to encouraging creativity in the classroom.

Quite a number of the nominees for this year’s ELTons reflect this creativity. For example, Mytera’s Fortress and the Atama-ii set of graded readers, both of which draw on fantasy role-playing games. Or Creative English, which uses soap-opera scenarios, and ARM Cubes, which encourages learners to interact with language by working with audio and video.

Creativity is often about seeing things from a new perspective. This brings us to my final trend: 21st-century skills. Some people might say this isn’t new either, as people have been talking about 21st-century skills since the start of the century. However, I think the idea is still developing, not least because not everyone entirely agrees about what we mean by 21st-century skills. Generally, it is used to refer to skills that are felt to be of particular importance in today’s world. For example, critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.

But weren’t these skills always important, you may ask? Yes, of course, but in a world where people are unlikely to stay in the same job for life, and interpreting and using information is becoming more important than memorising it, the emphasis on these sorts of skills needs to be greater.

With this in mind, we are seeing ever more materials that teach these kinds of skills as well as the language. Oxford Discover is one such series, based on the 'four Cs' (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity). Another example is the Macmillan Life Skills series, which treats broader soft skills such as raising self-awareness, and influencing and managing others.

While none of these five trends may be exactly new, they are tremendously exciting. ELT resource creators are not just producing the same old stuff year on year. Teachers and their students have a lot to look forward to.

Join Rachael Roberts on 4 June 2015 to find out who will be the winners of the prestigious ELTons Awards. Rachael will be live-blogging throughout the ceremony.

Join the discussion on Twitter at #ELTons2015.

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Creativity in English Language Teaching

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The theme of the 4th ELT Malta Conference this year was creativity. Here are some of the ideas that emerged.   Creativity is for everyone "Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and...

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Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat's curator insight, November 3, 2015 7:20 AM

"......creativity isn’t just Shakespeare and Einstein and Mozart. It’s everyday people. Teachers and students. That’s us."

An excellent post by JJ Wilson summarising the theme at this year's ELT Malta conference.
Let's hear it for creativity.

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Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work? | English Language Teaching | Scoop.it
The students spend much of the school day working on self-paced computerized lessons that generate data on their progress. The teachers keep a close eye on this data and use it to develop small-group activities that make the material come to life — such as working at the virtual reality stations — or to identify the students who failed to master the lessons on their own and pull them out for extra tutoring.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 8, 2016 8:07 AM

Interesting article about an experimental school.

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Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation

Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.


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Karen Johnson's comment, May 9, 2013 3:57 PM
Sorry the link disappeared, I picked this one up instead http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/sites/ec/files/D057_Blended%20learning_FINAL_WEB%20ONLY_v2.pdf
Mel A Az's comment, May 9, 2013 9:59 PM
TQ!
Daniluke Sky Walker's curator insight, August 14, 2013 12:04 PM

I love this Topic!

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Blended learning in English Language Teaching: ...

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Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts.

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Richard Lawrence's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:09 PM

It looks like there's a lot of research needed into blended learning and language learning specifically. 

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Ideas and Freebies for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language | Teaching News

Ideas and Freebies for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language | Teaching News | English Language Teaching | Scoop.it

Take a look at this popular resource site that contains an enormous collection of ideas, activities and games that support the teaching of English as a foreign language.


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Karine Melo's curator insight, August 5, 2013 4:45 PM

Uau! I love fresh ideas!

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Mobile Pedagogy for English Language Teaching: A Guide for Teachers


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Lucy Haagen's curator insight, November 4, 2015 2:27 AM

Great variety of practical suggestions grounded in good theory