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The EFL SMARTblog: All Posts (by level)

The EFL SMARTblog: All Posts (by level) | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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The EFL SMARTblog, by David Mainwood, has plenty of links, games and quizzes and activities for those learning English. Both teachers and students can make use of this site which is aimed at a variety of levels and includes young learners. The activities are multimedia rich which should cover the needs of most learners.

 

Additionally he can be found here on Scoop.it curating other topics relating to language learning such as,' Reading News for IELTS'.

 

 

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Great reading strategies: ‘Anticipation Guides’ for developing comprehension

Great reading strategies: ‘Anticipation Guides’ for developing comprehension | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some useful templates here and practical tips provided by Adam Simpson which relate to reading strategies for language learners. I like the notion of using templates or frameworks to scaffold comprehension activities. You can of course create your own to suit your students' needs and language level.

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Some useful templates here and practical tips provided by Adam Simpson which relate to reading strategies for language learners. I like the notion of using templates or frameworks to scaffold comprehension activities. You can of course create your own to suit your students' needs and language level.

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Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc

Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great resources here from JISC.
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Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators

Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free creative writing tools used by teachers and students in 300,000+ K-12 classrooms worldwide. Works with any curriculum or device.
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Storybird is a great tool for any kind of creative writing work. It's very visual and has diverse formats. It can be used by all levels of language learners. Educators can create their own classes and assignments for individual or collaborative work. Plenty of published works for students to read and comment on. Seems to have an active community as well. 

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IATEFL 2015: Recent corpus tools for your students

IATEFL 2015: Recent corpus tools for your students | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Just Jane Templeton’s talk 1 illustrated corpus use by using the wordandphrase tool 2. (Lizzie Pinard has a write-up of the talk 3). I have described using this and other tools on this blog, and there i...

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I usually use the British National Corpus and Just the Word with my English language students but the tools mentioned in this post also look interesting. I think particularly for students' use, it's important to find corpus tools that are easy to use,  have a clear layout and that also display enough context so that students can make an informed choice about the correct option for their purpose. Additionally, I find it's worthwhile taking the time to show students how to use these tools for reference so that they carry out searches confidently and make also use of them for self-assement.

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ONLINE CHARTS | create and design your own charts and diagrams online

ONLINE CHARTS | create and design your own charts and diagrams online | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Create online graphs and charts. Choose from different chart types, like: line and bar charts, pie charts, scatter graphs, XY graph and pie charts.
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I find this tool particularly useful for my ELT exam students and for my Business English students. It's very easy to create diverse visualisations of figures and then have students analyse them and present their findings as mini-presentations. We often record these types of presentations and explore how the language and presentation method could be improved. My students seem to enjoy tasks like these where an opportunity to peer and self assess arises.  

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!

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Some very practical and useful tips here relating to digital storytelling. Despite this handbook being designed with a specific project in mind it provides a great template for use in other contexts. I like the way various media are explored further on in the book. 

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 19, 6:02 PM

A fantastic resource!

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 25, 12:31 PM

http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/09/18/handbook-of-digital-storytelling/

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2:10 AM

Always useful to have first-hand reference to enhance methodology... worth reading!

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Breaking News English - Easier News Lessons

Breaking News English - Easier News Lessons | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
English News Lessons in 7 levels with graded multi-level listening and variable scrolled-reading, and all-skills activities.
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The Breaking News English site was created by Sean Banville and has a host of diverse material that can be used with language students. There are activities to help improve literary and literacy skills. Certainly worth exploring.

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Mind Tools: Online Management, Leadership and Career Training

Mind Tools: Online Management, Leadership and Career Training | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Mind Tools teaches more than 900 skills that help you excel at work and in your life. Learn management, decision-making, time management, goal-setting, communication and more.
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This isn't designed for language students as such, but nevertheless there are many useful toolkits, multimodal resources and downloadable material that can be used / readapted for business English students. 

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How to Find Great OERs

How to Find Great OERs | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Finding OERs that suit your teaching / learning needs is not an easy task. I always end up readjusting something or creating material from scratch, particularly if it's really a niche language area that I'm working with. However, filtering out links that are appropriate to your line of teaching can be a real benefit despite the time it takes to do this. But in the long run I feel it's worth it. Plenty of resources here to sift through with attention given to CC licences.

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Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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An interesting resource here for English language teachers in relation to CPD. This volume is part of the British Council innovations series. Plenty to read!

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10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them.
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10 tools here for creating infographics. A useful way to visualise concepts. Get your students to demonstrate their understanding of diverse grammar points, or use it for character studies. Be creative! If you're gathering information from other sources to create your infographic make sure they're reliable and remember to cite them.

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Movenote

Movenote | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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To date I've been using Jing to provide my students with feedback but I've just discovered Movenote and think this has a lot of potential as well. It syncs with Google Drive and Gmail and has diverse sharing possibilities. As my online students all use Google Drive it's an effective tool for them as well to present their work. It's promoted as a tool to present documents but of course can be used for a variety of purposes. Very simple to use, it's free,  web-based and also available as an app.  Worth testing.

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The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier

The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A very useful Google Hangout guide here. I teach online via Skype but use Google Hangout and Facetime as Plan B and C if I have technical issues. Google Hangout has quite a few third party applications that are useful for collaborative work and I like being able to connect to Google Drive. The easy access to YouTube for educational purposes is also a plus point.

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The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great resource site here for language teachers. It covers topics such as pragmatics and speech acts, teaching online etc.CARLA provides plenty of resources as well as links to research articles and videos. Languages include English, Japanese and Spanish.

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Welcome | Doctors Speak Up

Welcome | Doctors Speak Up | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Although this site has been designed for medical graduates there are a lot of resources that can be used for medical English such as, videos and downloadable material. There are also a couple of sections on how to decode accents such as, Chinese and Indian. I found this very helpful for some of my business English students who engage in discussions with other non-native speakers of English from China and India.

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A Quick Start Guide to the iPhone Camera

A Quick Start Guide to the iPhone Camera | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The iPhone is still the most popular point-and-shoot camera on the planet, but many users still aren't away of all that the camera can do. Since our last beginner's guide, Apple has added many more features and made various enhancements to its camera app. With leaps in hardware and software, you'd be forgiven for no longer carrying a dedicated compact camera. If you're new or…

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If you're using iPhones in the classroom for educational purposes this is a useful guide to pass on to your students. 

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StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

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A useful tool here which provides several resources for creative writing. 

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Collaborative writing - Smarter collaboration - LibGuides at Linnéuniversitetet

Collaborative writing - Smarter collaboration - LibGuides at Linnéuniversitetet | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Three collaborative writing tools here to explore with your students. I've been using Google drive for a while with my language students and love being able to drop in and see how they are progressing with writing projects. 

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Type IPA phonetic symbols - online keyboard (all languages)

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One of my advanced English classes asked me recently if I could provide the phonetic spelling for specific words that they choose (particularly new vocabulary). This tool provides the phonetic symbols and you can copy and paste the result into a doc. Take note of the suggestions they give concerning the type of font that you should use when you copy and paste.

 

Useful links are also given, linking you to Richard Ishida and Westons Ruter's IPA phonetic symbols. These two sites are more detailed and illustrate the place of articulation.

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CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets

CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

CommonLit is a nonprofit organisation building an open-source, free collection of news, poetry, and stories to support literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking.


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These texts can be downloaded and are aimed at varying literacy levels. The topics are broad and can be used to promote critical thinking. In an ELT context they could be used to form the basis of discussions. The text worksheets also contain questions to encourage reflection and debate.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:27 AM

Interesting range of materials. 

Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 4:16 PM

Cool!  I'm an English teacher, and anything that helps to promote literacy and exposure to new and interesting texts gets an A in my book.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 5, 5:57 PM

Choose a theme - choose a discussion question - choose a text.

Open-source resources offering a great range for primary through to year 12 students.

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Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) context | EnglishAgenda | British Council

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Katy Davies and Laura Patsko speaking here in a series of short videos about teaching pronunciation in an ELF context. Their discussion provides some practical ideas relating to the adaption of certain coursebook activities to suit this context; how to make use of data from diagnostic pronunciation exercises; raising the students' awareness of their responsibility as a listener and speaker and exploiting the use of authentic material. Certainly worth listening to.

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Google Forms

If you need to create surveys and questionnaires then this is superb. Watch these videos, this is so useful for anyone who needs to create questionnaires, surveys or gather data. Google forms are all part of Google Docs and Google Drive so learning about
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Another useful set of training videos here from Russell Stannard explaining how to use Google Forms. A very practical tool that can be used for diverse purposes within ELT e.g. formative assessment; checking on student's comprehension of a specific language focus after a lesson or at the end of the week; needs analysis when commencing new courses; feedback or asking for topic / theme suggestions etc.

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Teaching 1 to 1 with Tablets

This is the presentation from my workshop on using tablet computers in a one to one context.

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Slides from Nik Peachey concerning iPad use in the context of one-to-one teaching. As well as providing some practical tips there are some useful links to tools that will enable students to practise diverse literacy skills.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 11, 2014 4:06 PM

Yet another superb collection of ideas, tools and apps for education

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:10 AM

Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore! 

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, February 6, 11:20 AM

Looks like an easy way to get started with tablets in classroom

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Designing Business English programmes 1

Designing Business English programmes 1 | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
As you all know, for the past several decades, English has grown into the primary language for international communication.
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Some useful tips and links here to help you design a Business English programme. It provides tips concerning  customising course content to suit students' needs. When I have new students I always commence with a needs analysis and of course assessing their present literacy skills. I think it's also important to keep asking for feedback in relation to content during the course i.e. whether it relates to their branch of work and can they identify with it. It's a constant process of adapting and shaping the design of the course but I feel the effort is worth it. Helps to keep motivation levels high.

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Business studies teacher resources organised by curriculum topic | Business Case Studies

Business studies teacher resources organised by curriculum topic | Business Case Studies | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Useful resources here for those of you teaching Business English. 

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