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Tiny Texts

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Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish

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This is a site that teachers can use with students, or a place where motivated students can access language resources for autonomous learning. Short texts with vocabulary lists and podcasts. In some cases there is also a video. Activities can either be short or extended. Wonderful resources for all the literacy skills. As the texts are short I feel students will be more inclined to dip into this site themselves. Certainly worth exploring. 

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Liliana Simon's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:35 AM

Excellent blog to work with vocabulary

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60in60 - 60in602012ISTE

60in60 - 60in602012ISTE | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great wiki here. 60 web tools being explained in 60 seconds or less, which is still in progress. This is a list of tools which you'll need to explore for yourself and there are also webinars and presentations to view. 

 

The tools cover a broad range of categories i.e. annotation, document sharing, canvases, digital storytelling, cloud storage, QR codes, voice recording tools etc, so ICTs that can be used for numerous purposes and a range of language levels. They are not specifically designed for language students but can be repurposed to suit depending on what you require.

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Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some sensible strategies here for using videos as a resource for language learning. I feel it's important to ensure that students know how to work effectively with video when learning autonomously. Encouraging active engagement and not passive viewing will enhance the learning process but these are strategies that need to be clarified during lesson time, whether that be in a classroom or online.

 

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6 Useful Free Audio Editing Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Useful Free Audio Editing Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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I find audio tools very useful for language learning whether they're for pronunciation practice, exam speech training, as a form of asynchronous communication etc.There are 6 tools to explore here.

   Primarily, I use Voxopop with my students for asynchronous group discussions, digital storytelling and to supply them with a digital space for speech practice in general. I analyse these recordings and refer back to them as a means of checking the student's progress. We also use Vocaroo for shorter tasks and the AudioNote App for speech-text activities. 

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Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast

Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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45 webtools here to explore in the form of an e-book The tools have been categorized under four literacy skills i.e. reading writing, speaking listening for ease of reference. It's a matter of filtering through and selecting what suits the personal needs of your students in a specific teaching / learning context.

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Across the Metaverse: Face-to-face immersion

Across the Metaverse: Face-to-face immersion | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting in an English Department distance learning committee meeting, where my chair, Rick Reagan, said something that really caught my attention: "Many students just have to realize that online learning is not an immersive experience like face-to-face learning is. It's mostly asynchronous and on your own."

What caught my attention was the idea that f2f is immersive; although subconsciously I recognized such, I never thought of it in those terms. What makes the f2f classroom immersive? It seems to me there are at least three things: real time interaction, spatial proximity and manipulation of objects with others in that space.

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However--and you know where I'm going with this, don't you!--we shouldn't settle with a lack of immersion for online students.


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Some interesting points here about immersive learning and how it compares to distance learning. As a distance learner and an educator who teaches English via Skype and Second Life, I feel it's important to make tools accessible to students that enable some form of synchronous communciation . This could be from their own personal learning environment e.g. Google Hangout or Facetime. I also encourage tools such as Google Drive where realtime collaborative work can be engaged in so that my one-to-one students still have a sense of belonging to a community of practice, even when the ties are artificially formed as opposed to joining up with special interest groups of their choice.

  I have found from personal experience, that distance learning groups tend to develop stronger links if both synchronous and asynchronous forms of communication and interaction are accessible and are put to use effectively.

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22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success

22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Here are more than 20 eLearning essentials we learned in 2012, and we need to reinforce and keep in mind this year.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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ESL Reading: learning resources for English language students & teachers

ESL Reading: learning resources for English language students & teachers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free graded reading materials for English language students & teachers. With learning activities
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English Language Teaching Resources

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English Language Teaching Resources, by Phil Chappell: Daily news from the International ELT Twitter community
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How to Twitter in 60 Seconds

How to Twitter in 60 Seconds | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:37 AM

Students, using Twitter will introduce you to this genre of writing; will teach you to be precise and economical with words; can be a valuable learning resource if you tap into the right groups; is authentic English; can be used for writing or speaking prompts; will enable you to join communties of interest etc. 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:50 AM

Very useful. Thanks!

 

Paul's curator insight, January 20, 2013 12:43 PM

great info graphic

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Penvirtual: Online Audio Tools: A Useful Platform for Language Learners

Penvirtual: Online Audio Tools: A Useful Platform for Language Learners | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Teachers what about using audio tools with your students for speaking and listening practice? This is just one example here i.e. Voxopop. I find it useful for archiving my students' progress; for pronunciation practice; oral exam practice and digital storytelling etc. As it's an asynchronous tool, students can dip into it at any time and I can analyse their recordings before the next lesson.

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 18, 2013 4:47 AM

Students, you can use this tool, Voxopop, for both listening and speaking practice. You will hear a variety of accents and differing levels of English language learners and of course native speakers. The language is authentic and the topics are very broad. Explore the talk groups. Unfortunately, mobile devices i.e. phones and tablets can't be used, but Macs and PCs aren't a problem, you just need Java.

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Designer Lessons - EFL Lesson Plans

Designer Lessons - EFL Lesson Plans | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Designer Lessons is an EFL blog created by two English teachers, George Chilton and Neil McMillan, who share different lesson plans. With topics like ideal housemates, mobile technology, social media, freedom, happiness, among others, there are plenty of original lesson ideas you can adapt to suit your students' needs.


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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop.
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Sensible rubric and checklist here to implement when you are searching for educational apps for yourself and  your students. Unfortunately when we buy apps the evaluation takes place after we've already parted with our cash but at least we can save students or their parents from paying for a product that may not be suitable for their purposes.

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Approaches To Learner Autonomy In Language Learning

Approaches to Learner Autonomy in Language Learning Erin Lowry Senior English Language Fellow Centro Colombo Americano Armenia November 25, 2008
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Some very useful strategies for consideration here and certainly transferrable to other contexts. Definitely worth browsing through and reflecting on. 

 

As a private language teacher encouraging autonomy is a priority for me. If students are not willing to take responsibility for their own learning then at some stage their learning stagnates, motivation drops and the objectives they originally set for themselves become unrealistic. An unsatisfactory situation for both the teacher and student but one that is avoidable if certain strategies are put into place at the beginning and constantly reviewed and adjusted as required.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation Resources

Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation Resources | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A detailed guide here concerning video creation tools. In language teaching audio visual material is an effective means of practicing literacy skills within both a formal and informal learning context.

    I encourage my students to use these kinds of resources daily (if only for a few minutes), with the emphasis being on a particular skill e.g. listening for specific information; reusing parts of the dialogue to practice speaking skills; taking new vocabulary and using  it in another register e.g. fiction to academic or magazine style etc.

 

Why not have them create their own either as individuals or as a group as a means of demonstrating specific skills? The production doesn't have to involve high-tech equipment or hours of editing. It's about the content and use of language.

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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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As a teacher who instructs via Skpye, I'm interested in tools and digital spaces that enable collaborative work. This is a list of 27 tools pertaining to document sharing, whiteboards, digital spaces for synchronous collaboration, note taking, file sharing, discussion platforms for teachers, backchannelling. slideshare etc.

    I prefer tools that are multifunctional as it means not overloading my students with too many ICTs, so perhaps that's a point worth considering when you're exploring what is suitable for your teacing context. 

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Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com

Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some practical ideas here for both teachers and students. I also enjoy using TED videos. For those interested there is an App as well, so you can do a bit of takeaway learning.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Better Editing Options Added to Meograph's 4D Storytelling Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Better Editing Options Added to Meograph's 4D Storytelling Tools | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Google+: Setting Up a Class Using Hangouts (re-post from 11/12)

Ghetto Film School's Stosh Mintek demonstrates how easy it is to set up and host a class using Google+ Hangouts. To learn more about Ghetto Film School's pro...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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 I teach English via Skype but do use Google Hangout with those students who prefer it. It's certainly a viable alternative to Skype.

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Scott Thornbury on Repetition in English Language Teaching

Author Scott Thornbury talking about the use of Repetition in English language teaching. For more information see www.macmillanenglish.com/methodology.

Via Jo Gakonga, Christos Pasialis, Luiz Agrizi
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Some interesting points and useful tips here for teachers regarding recycling language and revisiting texts. Thornbury makes the observation that often in  texts books each unit covers a different topic which means that new language is being introduced and language from previous units is not being repeated or reviewed. This is where we as teachers can introduce other resouces that help bind all the topics and also use five minute activites to recapitulate on language that has already been introduced in order to revive it.

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Marta Braylan's curator insight, December 18, 2012 9:20 PM

Scott Thornbury on meaningful repetition.

Elena Manou's curator insight, March 23, 2013 2:22 AM

Reading- recycling

Stuart Schwartz's curator insight, October 27, 2013 11:48 AM

a tsunami of vocabulary

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Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary and thesaurus

Look up words in the Visuwords online graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find
their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn
how words associate.

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This tool is useful for vocabulary building. It produces amazing synaptic type patterns which link, definitions, collocations, synonyms etc of the word that you enter into the search box. 

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 19, 2013 4:34 AM

This tool is useful for vocabulary building. It produces amazing synaptic type patterns which link, definitions, collocations, synonyms etc of the word that you enter into the search box. 

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PicLits.com - Create a PicLit

PicLits.com - Create a PicLit | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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PicLits is useful as a resource for writing and speaking prompts. Explore the gallery or create your own. There are images with and without captions. Also helpful for those doing exams. Select a pair of images and practice using comparative adjectives to compare and contrast similarities and differences. 

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