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PUNCTUATION nerds stopped by Obama slogan, 'Forward.' | Wall Street Journal

PUNCTUATION nerds stopped by Obama slogan, 'Forward.' | Wall Street Journal | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
The. Obama. Campaign. Slogan. Is. Causing. Grammarians. Whiplash. Even for some in the president's orbit, the final punctuation slams the brakes on a word supposed to convey momentum.
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Today is National Punctuation Day -this article might well interest B2 & above students.

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Krashen's theory on 2nd language acquisition | Learning

SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION SONIA ALBERTAZZI MILAGRO AZOFEIFA GABRIELA SERRANO Material created by Sonia Albertazzi, Milagro Azofeifa y Gabriela Serrano for ... (Krashen´s theory on second language acquisition....

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Where ideas come from & the fragmentary nature of creativity (David LYNCH)

Where ideas come from & the fragmentary nature of creativity (David LYNCH) | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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"How to throw bait in the river of ideation. - "As soon as we ask what creativity is, we invariably ponder the essential question of [...]"

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38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English

38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find the perfect word. [...] le mot juste. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent."

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The two French "esprit d'escalier" and "seigneur-terrasses" are part of this series  -didn't know the latter.

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Identifying TASKS| Teaching practice

Identifying TASKS|  Teaching practice | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

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How can you "integrate a task-based approach into a typical textbook" ? And first... What are tasks ? What do you work them out for ? What makes them different from activities ?

Among others, these points are plainly explained -many of them (including the article comments) may well help language teachers  -esp. beginners ;-) - clearly design their teaching practice...

 

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Don't Forget to Play!

Don't Forget to Play! | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, [...]

[...] Why Play ?

Play does so many positive things for us in terms of learning.

When we play :

We build skills like confidenceWe strengthen relations with othersWe develop creative skillsWe problem solve and tinkerWe learn to be flexible [...]"
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Me, Myself and I | NYTimes.com

Me, Myself and I | NYTimes.com | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"Is the vertical pronoun really such a capital idea? [...] Modern e-mail culture has shown that many English speakers feel perfectly comfortable dismissing all uses of capitalization — and even correct spelling, for that matter. But take this a step further: i suggest that You try, as an experiment, to capitalize those whom You address while leaving yourselves in the lowercase [...]"

 


Via Clara Giampietro
Monica MIRZA's insight:

 

Besides discovering the origins of the capitalized I, we're given quite an interesting point of view in there ;-)

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Clara Giampietro's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:21 AM

An interesting article on the use of the capitalised "I" in English

Monica MIRZA's comment, August 24, 2013 8:39 AM
Veramente interessante, grazie mille, Clara !
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 2, 2013 1:24 PM
Great article,thank you :)
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Présentation de la classe inversée | Flipped learning

Présentation de la classe inversée | Flipped learning | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Ce site a pour but d'expliquer le concept de classe inversée à tous les professeurs qui souhaitent avoir un réel impact auprès de leurs élèves.
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Le graphisme illustrant le concept de classe inversée sur la page d'accueil de ce site le présente en claire opposition à une classe dite "traditionnelle" : cet "All good VS all bad" peut irriter... il n'en demeure pas moins que le concept de "flipped classroom" ou "classe inversée" vaut qu'on s'y intéresse de plus près.

 

Au fil de bilans et analyses qui permettent d'en garder le meilleur, panacher l'ancien et le nouveau est plus bénéfique -et surtout plus réaliste !- qu'une vision toute noire ou toute blanche des classes.

Sans jeter aux orties l'intégralité de pratiques traditionnelles (et toutefois en constante progression et évolution) l'on pourra ainsi en découvrir de nouvelles, dont il faudra à leur tour... analyser bienfaits et obstacles pour en tirer des bilans constructifs.

 

Bref, dans la sphère éducative aussi, du noir, du blanc... et les gris innombrables qui viennent les nuancer ;o)

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Tongue Twisters | SPEAKING

Tongue Twisters | SPEAKING | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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On the LearnEnglish Kids page of the www.britishcouncil.org website.

The kids love this !

Besides, teens and adult learners also enjoy improving their pronunciation having fun ;o)

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Flipped Learning Journal | Flipped learning

Flipped Learning Journal | Flipped learning | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

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The Flipped Learning Journal is written by a group of collaborative flipped teachers who want a place where we can write and share about concrete, practical flipped classroom projects and pedagogies. We want you to leave here with actual ideas that have worked/are working in actual flipped classrooms."

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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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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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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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"Maya Angelou : a titan who lived as though there were no tomorrow" | the Guardian

"Maya Angelou : a titan who lived as though there were no tomorrow" | the Guardian | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Gary Younge: America has not just lost a talented Renaissance woman and a gifted raconteur– it has lost a connection to its recent past
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A few quotes from the 15 reminded in the US Guardian online article (May 19, 2014) :>> http://bit.ly/1kZ0jGg

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- "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."

- "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

- "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

- "I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

- "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

- "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud."

- "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

- "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

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Randall Jarrell's Children's Books (Katherine Rundell)

Randall Jarrell's Children's  Books (Katherine Rundell) | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

 

 

"Randall Jarrell once wrote, “one of the most obvious facts about grownups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.” The Animal Family is proof that he had not forgotten."

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"[...] For those who know him as a hardboiled reviewer, a kind of Philip Marlowe of literary criticism, it would seem an anomaly that he wrote five books for children. For those who know his poetry, though, it might not be surprising at all. [...]"

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BBC Jeremy Paxman & David CRYSTAL - The truth of the Apostrophe | English - Punctuation

"BBC Newsnight feature with Jeremy Paxman and Professor David Crystal on the least understood English punctuation mark - the apostrophe. [...]"

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You might also be as interested in >> http://bit.ly/18GrL1b

as I was in the article numerous comments...

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FREE Printables - MakeBeliefsComix.com | ELT - EFL - ESL

FREE Printables - MakeBeliefsComix.com | ELT - EFL - ESL | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
More than 350 FREE printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com ! Print out a blank printable and write in your response. Organized by theme, great for the classroom.
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"The printables encourage writing and thinking in a quick and fun way. A student's efforts to complete the printable can then become the first step in writing longer essays, poems or stories on the same subject. The printables also can be used with students enrolled in literacy and English-As-Second Language (ESL, ESOL) programs and provide an educational resource for teaching language arts."

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Ten quotations to make you think | EnglishAgenda | British Council

Ten quotations to make you think | EnglishAgenda | British Council | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Monica MIRZA's insight:

"Teachers often quote the words of wise folk to support their ideas and opinions, usually from within the world of education. It can be useful for teachers to go outside their specialised world for words of wisdom that can genuinely make them think about how they teach. [...]"

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Voxalead

Voxalead | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
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"Voxalead app allows you to search the latest TV news and radio programs. It gives a fast access to the topics you're interested in.

Thanks to Exalead's exlusive technology, you can search directly through programs' transcription.
Dozens of videos are added hourly !" (from Exalead)

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One more search tool -relevant.

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No Learning Without Feeling | English - NYTimes

No Learning Without Feeling | English - NYTimes | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it
Agreement on how American schoolchildren should read and write is much easier to arrive at than agreement on what they should read and write.
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"[...] Put another way, emotion is the English teacher’s entry point for literary exploration and for the development of the high-level skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted in 45 states. Unfortunately, the authors of the standards are not particularly interested in emotional risk taking but rather in the avoidance of political risk. It is a rather bloodless effort.  [...]"

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How the English language is, like, changing

How the English language is, like, changing | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"British children say 'like' five times more than their grandparents according to a 20-year language study, while 'love' is all around us.[...] The word ‘love’ is used more than six times as often as ‘hate’, while ‘save’ is used with ‘money’ twice as often as the word ‘spend’."

Monica MIRZA's insight:

Not to be outdone, as for "like", French youths also use it much more often than the older English speaking Froggies used to ;o)

I had never really pondered the matter, but to me such a  'likemania' might have been determined by an increasing listening to American English sounds on air, more than to British English ones  -mind you, nothing scientifically grounded here, only a mere personal feeling...

Not to mention the (unconscious ? but likely !) influence of FBook's successful takeover bid on the word.

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Guide to Grammar & Writing | ESL - EFL

Guide to Grammar & Writing | ESL - EFL | EFL-ESL, ELT, Education | Language - Learning - Teaching - Educating | Scoop.it

"The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to... "

Monica MIRZA's insight:

This site helps EFL learners improve by working on 6 levels :

- Word & Sentence        - Paragraph level

- Essay & Research       - Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices

- Peripherals & PPoints  - Grammar Poll, Guestbook, Awards

Each of the above mentioned include various specific categories you can scroll down : like "Building your Vocabulary" in the 'Essay & Research Level" for example... some parts are really worth a visit, give 'em a try :o)

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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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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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