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How Technology Is Changing Media

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An in-depth look at how BuzzFeed is leadingthe industry’s trends in social, mobile, and video.

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The History of English in 10 Minutes

A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. I compiled the videos into a film to make it a little easier to watch them all. While I d...
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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | English Language | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:24 PM

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 4, 2014 7:11 PM

I prefer the gerund transforming. It suggests an ongoing process rather than an end which nouns suggest. The rest makes sense.

 

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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

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“ The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education”
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 17, 2014 5:40 PM

I think it's one of the most dangerous phrases in any industry. It stops conversation immediately. It closes the door on possibilities. It states quite clearly that creativity is forbidden and that even thoughtful consideration of the status quo is treading on dangerous ground. It indicates that mindless obedience to What Is is far more important than even the tiniest step in the direction of change.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 17, 2014 7:20 PM

There is a corollary phrase which is equally as dangerous. We have to change. Both suggest binaries which need to be dissolved. Change is always happening. The key is that we need to ask, "Is this the change we want?" This question suggests a conversation rather than heavy-handed, top-down measures. The latter is about doing it the same way we always have and pretending a handful of people hold the key to successful change. Do they?

 

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Multicultural London English

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The speaker displays many of the features of a British accent known widely as Multicultural London English (MLE), such as producing vowels in e.g. FACE and PRICE as monophthongs, not dropping /h/ sounds (/h/-dropping is common in London accent Cockney) and pronouncing voiced dental fricatives in e.g. the as a [d]. There are glottal stops, which are less common in Afro-Caribbean or African English accents, and /l/-vocalisation. The speaker also has a more syllable-timed speech rhythm; instead of pronouncing the phrase from all walks of life as /frəm ɔːl wɔːks əv laɪf/ it sounds more like [frɒm ɔː wɔːks ɒv lɐːf], with a full vowel in each syllable.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 30, 2014 4:53 AM

Jane Setter on forensic phonetic analysis of MLE

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Innovations in the continuous professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuous professional development of English language teachers | English Language | Scoop.it
“ You can download this publication in pdf format below.”
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:43 AM

Free PDF on language teacher education in EFL

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España: objetivo de primer nivel en el aprendizaje de inglés - Expansión.com

España: objetivo de primer nivel en el aprendizaje de inglés - Expansión.com | English Language | Scoop.it
Expansión.com España: objetivo de primer nivel en el aprendizaje de inglés Expansión.com Cambridge English Language Assessment, el departamento de Evaluación de Inglés de la Universidad de Cambridge y el principal certifcador en lengua inglesa en...
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Curso gratis de inglés online "Exploring English: language and ...

Curso gratis de inglés online "Exploring English: language and ... | English Language | Scoop.it
Curso gratis de inglés online "Exploring English: language and culture". El British Council ofrece un curso gratuito de inglés sobre la lengua y la cultura británica. El curso dura 6 semanas, con dos horas semanales de clase ...
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Portable Apps: A tech toolkit in your pocket

Portable Apps: A tech toolkit in your pocket | English Language | Scoop.it
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Note: This is for people who want or need to use shared Windows-based computers at work like I do. I personally use a Mac, but I am forced in some situations to work on Windows in my classroom.

 

My favourite portable appsVLC:Audacity: CamStudio: Lightscreen: Foxit Reader: PDFTK Builder: Gimp:Peazip: NVU / KompoZer: VirtualDub: Open Office:Jarte: .Artha: .Mnemosyne: Google Chrome / Firefox: Skype: Tweetdeck: Cook Timer:


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 15, 2014 5:04 AM

Nice list of programmes/apps/tools for language teachers.

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AMERICAN HISTORY: The New World | From Columbus to Spanish & English Colonists

AMERICAN HISTORY: The New World | From Columbus to Spanish & English Colonists DRAMATIC FOOTAGE SUPPLIED BY THE AMERICAN MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY, CONTEMPORAR...
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Studying English at a Language School

Join me as I go to a top language school in London and see what it's like to study English there. I'll show you classes, and talk to students from around the world about their experience. Whether...
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English e-books: Graded readers

Adapted e-books, various authors, genres, levels


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 5, 2014 2:42 AM

Lots of titles available in a variety of formats.  Some language errors in the book descriptions but the actual texts I looked at seem OK.  Copyright?

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:56 AM

Great site for students

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A Century of Campus Planning: Past, Present, and Future —complimentary download from 'Planning for Higher Education'

A Century of Campus Planning: Past, Present, and Future —complimentary download from 'Planning for Higher Education' | English Language | Scoop.it
- - This article was previously published in Facilities Manager magazine as part of APPA's 100th anniversary celebration. - It is shared here [pdf], for those who are not SCUP members, only through Sunday, August 24. - Share your memories of the last 50 years of higher education planning on SCUP's 50th anniversary page."For most of its history, higher education in America was an experience that only the elite could enjoy. As a result, throughout the 19th century, higher education institutions became increasingly steeped in tradition and resistant to change. Things stayed about the same until World War II, which forced colleges and universities to face some huge challenges. For example, in 1944 the G.I. Bill enabled more than two million returning veterans to enter the higher education system.'Higher education became more accessible and was no longer entirely the domain of the elite or the upper echelon,' says Persis C. Rickes, president and principal with Rickes Associates, a higher education planning firm in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 'Instead, it became the golden ticket to achieving the American Dream.' The nation’s higher education system was greatly challenged by this surge of students—in response, many institutions expanded facilities quickly, cheaply, and with minimal planning. ...Going forward, most experts agree the pace of change will accelerate dramatically. Financial challenges, both capital and operational, will be the key drivers of facility planning in the future.'Alternatives to the traditional higher education pipeline, such as badges and "unbundling," will lead to a reconceptualization of what it means to obtain a degree,' notes Rickes. 'While the residential collegiate experience will remain viable for some institutions, many others will be challenged to explore ways to reposition themselves in order to remain competitive, doing more with less.'”
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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, August 18, 2014 9:29 AM
MILESTONES IN CAMPUS AND FACILITIES PLANNING

1860s: Morrill Act of 1862 (Land-Grant School Act)

1890s: Columbian Exposition (showed America how beautiful and functional a planned campus can be)

1940s: World War II and the G.I. Bill

1940s–1950s: Colorado and California create space guidelines in an attempt to control and optimize campus space

1950s: Creation of the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE)

1950s: Brown vs. Board of Education eliminated segregated educational institutions

1960s: Richard P. Dober published his landmark book, Campus Planning

1960s: Higher Education Act of 1964 (created more access to higher education)

1970s–present: Widespread use of cars on campus (traffic and parking have enormous impacts on the campus environment)

1990s–present: Widespread adoption of the Internet and distance learning

Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:34 AM

This article provides a bird's eye view of factors have impacted college and university planning over the past century.

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Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers | English Language | Scoop.it
“ How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.”
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Uni Q&A Part 1 | English Literature

Includes advice on picking your university and what to expect when you get there. INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/readingbukowski TWITTER: https://twitter.co...
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English Literature Undergraduate Open Day talk 2014

Dr Kate Rumbold introduces the undergraduate English Literature degree courses at the University of Birmingham undergraduate open day 2014. http://www.birmin...
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History and English at Oxford University

Want to know more about studying at Oxford University? Watch this short film to hear tutors and students talk about this undergraduate degree. For more infor...
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English Language Learning Tips - Vocabulary

English language learning tips from Cambridge English Language Assessment. In this clip learn skills to build vocabulary, content useful for all exams. This ...
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That´s a good advice, I used to write my notes in a notebook, but now I prefer to write down my notes electronically.

 

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