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ELT - Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation | BBC Learning English

ELT - Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation | BBC  Learning English | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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The articles are a bit shorter than those at Breaking News English and they offer audio recordings and vocabulary lists.

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ANGLAIS Seconde - thèmes d'étude | Lycées Généraux & Technologiques

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L'ART DE VIVRE ENSEMBLE

- Mémoire : héritages & ruptures

- Sentiment d'appartenance : singularités & solidarités

- Visions d'avenir : créations & adaptations

                         DGESCO - Juin 2011

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Funky Phrasals | Improving LEXIS

Funky Phrasals | Improving LEXIS | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Phrasal verbs and funky music
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Part of the Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation page, the 'Funky phrasals' page provides ELT teachers with various listening files in a varied series of topics :

- Childhood ;           - Health ;

- School days ;        - Party ;

- New home ;          - Dating ;

- Clothes ;                - Holidays ;

- Careers ;                - Travel.

From 'BBC Learning English'

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Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:38 AM

Great! One may also check BBCLearning English- Phrasals verbs in context + audio: 4 series of very brainfriendly downloadable sho... | @scoopit http://sco.lt/8LHIlF which is complementary.


I think contexualising  grammar, vocab learning with audio or video is the best, brainfriendly way to learn a language. I am surprised that so few publishers do it.

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 2, 2013 1:38 PM
GREAT!!!!
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Improve Your Pronunciation in English | reallifebh.com

Improve Your Pronunciation in English | reallifebh.com | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Do you have a hard time pronouncing certain sounds in English? Do you believe that it’s nearly impossible to improve your accent?  Well, I´m here to tell you that you can drastically improve your pronunciation in a short amount of time.
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A series of sites and tips to help you practise  -and improve !-  your pronunciation.

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Study proves classroom design really does matter | Stanford University MANCHESTER

Study proves classroom design really does matter | Stanford University MANCHESTER | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Of course it does :)

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Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning | EDUTOPIA

Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning | EDUTOPIA | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"[...] Just like selecting targeted power standards, you should also select 21st century skills to grade and assess. My top 3 are collaboration, presentation and critical thinking, but of course technology literacy is always a popular one. Just remember that you must teach what you intend to assess.[...]"

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Changing Education Paradigms (Ken ROBINSON | ANIMATION

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert [...]"

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In the excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk I blogged there :  http://0z.fr/NJZg7 last year, he asked whether schools kill creativity and suggested a few bright answers...

It was issued in the site Teachers' Lounge for it's likely to interest colleagues, but I think it might also be of some interest to students. Besides, Ken Robinson's speech is so articulate and clear that it'll have the students feel as good at understanding a native speker... as I did myself :-D

The animation above corresponds to another of his talks. It deals with changing education paradigms and is quite shorter : hope you'll enjoy it !

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Stanford Study Shows How Humor Activates Child’s Brain | CBS San Francisco

Stanford Study Shows How Humor Activates Child’s Brain | CBS San Francisco | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
For the very first time, Stanford researchers have begun to understand specifically how humor activates different areas in a child’s brain.
Monica MIRZA's insight:

The article is likely to suit French High Schools SMS sections, B1-B2 and above levels, but it may be used in other classes too..

It also includes an interesting video (02'48") that may train students to oral/viewing comprehension.

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Humour makes an acceptable manner of putting oneself in the clear : teachers may well "use" it to provide students an honourable way of finding a way out of stressful situations, esp. contentious ones... before the whole class. But of course, it mustn't be confused with sarcasm, or irony  -for fear it might hurt or humiliate, then.

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Technology is Changing how Students learn, Teachers say | NYTimes

Technology is Changing how Students learn, Teachers say | NYTimes | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

“I’m an entertainer. I have to do a song and dance to capture their attention,” said Hope Molina-Porter, 37, an English teacher at Troy High School in Fullerton, Calif., who has taught for 14 years. She teaches accelerated students, but has noted a marked decline in the depth and analysis of their written work.

She said she did not want to shrink from the challenge of engaging them, nor did other teachers interviewed, but she also worried that technology was causing a deeper shift in how students learned. She also wondered if teachers were adding to the problem by adjusting their lessons to accommodate shorter attention spans.

“Are we contributing to this?” Ms. Molina-Porter said.

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BAC : Myths & Heroes | The Super Bowl

BAC : Myths & Heroes | The Super Bowl | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Myth: The Super Bowl is watched by over a billion people every year.

This myth seems to get spread around by the media every year around Super Bowl time, as well as by fans themselves. For this amount of people to watch the Super Bowl, about one out of every seven people on the planet would have to tune in. This would be particularly remarkable considering only about one out of every seven people on the planet have access to the Super Bowl broadcast [...]"

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Sports provide French high school students with loads of resources as for the BAC 'Myths & Heroes' issue since many famous sportsmen & women are likely to embody heroic models. Other related resources to be scooped soon :-)

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6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning

6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"There seems to be a perception that online gaming has a detrimental impact on children’s development. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are countless–and complex–reasons for this, but it also makes sense at the basic benefits of game-based learning. [...] education and online gaming certainly aren’t enemies [and ...] playing online games may be something which can enhance a child’s learning and development."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Games are like computers : tools. Let's use/play them to turn them into great assets  -and not damaging instruments ;-) Hence the necessity of teaching learners how to remain their tools' masters.

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Games can be helpful if you know how to "play" with them and the benefits for children in the process-learning.
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What if... | 'Know' - 'Do' : do they have to clash ??

What if...  | 'Know' - 'Do' : do they have to clash ?? | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Monica MIRZA's insight:

Stumbled upon a graph the conclusions of which are relevant on the whole, but the reason why it struck me is the way the question is presented to its viewers...

As for me asking "What if we had a culture of 'do' AS WELL AS a culture of 'know' in our schools ?" would be much more appropriate.

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Why I oppose Common Core standards: Ravitch

Why I oppose Common Core standards: Ravitch | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
The leading voice in the movement against corporate-based school reform believes in national standards but has come out against the Common Core.
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The Common Core Standards stuff makes me think of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFRL] :

            why ?

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"Using technology to encourage speaking & reflection" webinar - June 06, 2013 | Russell Stannard

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FLIPPED CLASSROOM - CLASSE INVERSEE | An INFOGRAPHIC introduction

FLIPPED CLASSROOM - CLASSE INVERSEE | An INFOGRAPHIC introduction | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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A plain and detailed infographic that helps you figure it out.

 

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Marylin Alvarez's comment, April 16, 2013 9:57 AM
great thanks =)
Susan Kelly's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:56 PM

What is the flipped foreign language classroom like? Who's tried it?

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How to learn ! | PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

How to learn ! | PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"A paper published in  Psychological Science in the Public Interest has evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions."

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excellent. Thanks
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Having learners check information | MEDIA LITERACY

Having learners check information  | MEDIA LITERACY | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Welcome to snopes.com, the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.  -  The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation"

Monica MIRZA's insight:

Learning a foreign language nowadays means also searching the Internet for information and facts. As a result of using the ICT, pupils or students are now able to pick these up rather fast... sometimes too fast !

Media literacy is part of a teacher's daily task, no matter how reduced this part might be compared with TEFL itself. As a surfer ought to check a piece of information accuracy before he forwards the email including it... a learner ought to check some  pieces of information accuracy when gathering them online for his own work. As well as www.hoaxbuster.com www.snopes.com is an interesting tool for both of them :o)

 

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How Online Learning Is Like Babysitting | Edudemic

How Online Learning Is Like Babysitting | Edudemic | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
It's no secret that online learning is time-consuming and very tough for many students. It's actually not unlike babysitting a three year old!
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Relevant :-)

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How George Orwell might explain school reform | The Washington Post

How George Orwell might explain school reform | The Washington Post | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
School reform through George Orwell's world view ? It's a scary view. Take a look
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Humour... and a little self-mockery too :o)

Humour... and a little self-mockery too  :o) | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Wow  :-D

Heck, I  wonder  how  she  can  see  Pinocchio's  nose  grow  longer ?!?

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Structures des systèmes éducatifs européens 2012-2013 | Educasources

Structures des systèmes éducatifs européens 2012-2013 | Educasources | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Des graphiques qui permettent de comparer de manière synthétique la structure des différents systèmes éducatifs européens, de l'enseignement pré-élémentaire à l'enseignement supérieur.
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(15/01/2013)

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Faire entrer l'Ecole dans l'ère du numérique | education.gouv.fr

Faire entrer l'Ecole dans l'ère du numérique | education.gouv.fr | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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Monica MIRZA's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:04 AM

"Pour faire entrer l'École dans l'ère du numérique, le ministère de l'éducation nationale poursuit la mise en place de sa stratégie en proposant de nouveaux services et outils innovants, mis, dès à présent, à la disposition des élèves et de l'ensemble de la communauté éducative."

Cette mise à disposition est un projet

intéressant.

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Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature: An Overview | ELT

Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature: An Overview | ELT | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Monica MIRZA's insight:

Onlist S. Bonfils (a colleague) has just reminded us of "Things fall apart" as its Nigerian author -Chinua Achebe- has died (the novel's considered the archetype of the African novel in English) .

Should you plan to deal with the novel, its author and/or dwell in the African literature domain... let me suggest you ' www.postcolonialweb.org ', a website I discovered a while ago. It covers"Contemporary postcolonial and postimperial literature in English" and contains loads of relevant analyses and information to help you study them with your students.

Hope it'll be of some use :-)

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Spectra | msnbc visual newsreader

Spectra | msnbc visual newsreader | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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As graphic as newsmap, yet different -more dynamic- this visual presentation might attract visual learners... and graphism fans as well :-)

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Choking on the Common Core Standards

Choking on the Common Core Standards | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Many things that are commonplace activities for adults — driving, voting, and paying taxes, for example — are not appropriate for children.
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"[...] commercial publishers are racing to produce materials aligned with them, school districts are re-writing their curricula, testing companies are creating new tests to measure students competence[...]"

 

Got it.

This is part of what reminds me of the CEFRL (see previous post on Diane Ravitch's opposing the Commo Core Standards....

Sigh :'(

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