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Virtual World Technology: Virtual Career Fairs

Virtual World Technology: Virtual Career Fairs | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it

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This site allows language learners to improve their language skills through a virtual world to simulate a job application. The area that concerms me at this point in my learning with virtual worlds and GBL is the design of the game and the appropriateness of the learning tool for second language learners. When I participated in UOIT's "Learning Tools" EDUC 5104G course, it covered "accessibility, reusability, ineractivity, graphics, reduction of cognitive load, adaptability, pedagogical value, evaluation and instruction wrap". The most engaging and motivating part of that course was actually designing and evaluating learning object based instructional tools. Regardless, if the learning tool is a "virtual world technology" or any other GBL the evaluator needs to look at: 1) How is the GBL is structurally designed? (drop down menus, highlighted hovers, clearly labelled sections, open ended tasks, assessment aligned with learning goals, integration of media types-audio, video, text, etc) 2) How does the GBL engage the learner? (personalized voice/text, invites interaction, feedback to the learner, choices of task and selection, authentic, etc) 3) How does the learner interact with the GBL? (does the learner control the pace/ direction of the task, interactivity) 4) How is the GBL user friendly? (glossary, on line support, demo, tutorials, age/level appropriate material) If designers and evaluators used the above items in the form of metric-likert, then they could access the possible effectiveness of such virtual worlds especially to assist language learners.
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English Language Learning Tips - Job Interviews in English

English Language Learning Tips - Job Interviews in English | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
In this video you learn skills to prepare for a job interview in English. The content is useful for all exams.
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I am always curious about a promotional add that gives advice to the viewer in English when such advice is directed at non-English folks who are trying to learn the language. When you watch the entire video clip you realize that it is a promotional ad encourages the reader/viewer to register for Cambridge English courses. Their advice is valid and useful, however, it is also a marketing tactic. Perhaps if it was combined with video chats, such as. http://allthingsd.com/20131001/new-spin-on-video-chats-brings-more-to-the-party/?mod=tweet , then the language learner would receive feedback.
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Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2013

Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2013 | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Top 25 Language Learning Blogs 2013
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This blog compliments the seminar article on Blogs: Learning through using and reusing authentic materials. SJulian Coppens, Mercedes Rico, Enrique J Agudo Research-publishing. net 01/2012; In proceeding of: Call: Using, Learning, Knowing, EUROCALL Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012. Proceedings. Job seekers can rehearse various languages prior to applying to the job market. By viewing the language structure of the blogs the participant is able to see connections and format.
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Learn ESL: Essential Phrases for Job Interviews

For ESL students, one of the best ways to prepare for job interviews is by knowing essential phrases related to your skills and qualifications. Watch this Ab...
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The video has the elements of visuals, audio and written language text incorporated into a two minute segment. The applicant can repeat phrases and rehearse the "essential phrases" prior to heading into an interview. It does lack collaboration, feedback and self-reflection. Thus neglecting elements of motivation and engagement. If the learner is engaged then they are more likely to be successful. Thomas Kerr article on finding a voice using Wimba Voice Board. http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/wellington12/2012/images/custom/kerr,_thomas_-_finding_a.pdf , indicates that the positive use of Wimba Voice improves pronunciation of Spanish. Incorporating Wimba Voice with the Learn ESL series of videos would assist the applicant as they continued to prepare for the job interview.
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Lee - English Teachers' Barriers to the Use of Computer-assisted Language Learning (TESL/TEFL)

The reasons for using Computer-assisted Language Learning include: (a) experiential learning, (b) motivation, (c) enhance student achievement, (d) authentic materials for study, (e) greater interaction, (f) individualization, (g) independence from...
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Language learners who struggle to demonstrate their knowledge in an interview due to language barriers between themselves and their interviewer feel that they have three strikes against them before the interview even begins. In Lee's article the pros out weigh the cons. However, all the pros are competency indicators of success, while the cons seem to be operationalized excuses. If an employer focuses on moving beyond the barriers, than the job applicant has a better chance to demonstrate their skills and competencies. It is interesting to note that all of Lee's references are pre 1999. I wonder if Lee relooked at the benefits and barriers of CALL over the past decade if there would be any differences. This could be very beneficial to employers and new potential language learning employees.
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Software Tool Gives Voice to Recruits

Software Tool Gives Voice to Recruits | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
“Software by HarQen Inc. enables automated phone screening of applicants, but the technology takes getting used to.”
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As one reviewer wrote, "this is one more step in removing the human from human resources" the pre-recorded phone interview does allow the applicant to rehearse the questions before recording answers. This is extremely beneficial if the candidate is EFL. Once the recruiter acknowledges the candidate, the employee than decides if the candidate should come in for a face to face interview. Perhaps there should be a middle step of having the recruiter and candidate participate in a video conference call using the expertise as described in Codreanu's article using VISU.
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How social media can help you land a job

How social media can help you land a job | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
“If you're only use sites like Facebook and Twitter to check in with friends, employment experts say you're missing out on a golden opportunity.”
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Orly and Robyn did a great job highlighting Blattner and Lomickas' research on face booking and the social generation. Such posts remained meaningful since there participants had an authentic audience. There was also an increase in collaboration, self confidence and enthusiasm. However when job hunting and self promoting are competitive in nature. This can be intimidating and can either lead to outcomes that are career enhancing or career limiting. Using social media to learn about the process, qualifications and networks is a valuable way to prepare for the job application process and interview.
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10 Technology Job Interview Tips For Students And New Grads ...

10 Technology Job Interview Tips For Students And New Grads ... | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
“ 10 Technology Job Interview Tips For Students And New Grads | Tips and advice to help college and university students and new grads find internships, student jobs and entry level jobs.”
Via Eric Kramer
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These are great suggestions for individuals who understand the social context of a potential company or employer. The challenge in this blog is assisting language learners with the tools that are required to prepare for a job interview. When one grasps the challenges and struggles that language learners have who are applying for a job where their interaction with clients or costumers are in a different language it is not a level playing field, as described in this article: DOI: 10.1108/00220411311295351 This highlights how refugees learn to engage in a "complex and multimodal information landscapes" which are barriers to learning. Employers and companies who truly believe that they have equitable hiring practices need to implement practices that contain visual and social sources.
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Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital e-Portfolio ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital e-Portfolio ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
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Is the product of an e-portfolio more important than the process of self reflection during the creation of the e-portfolio? A potential employee may not even look at the e-portfolio, but the learning that the language learner has acquired has been authentic. Regardless of the mode of capturing the data : Evernote, googlesite, voice thread, weebly, mahara or cell phones based on Wang, Chen, and Fangs' research on integrating cell phones in EFL classrooms, the applicant is engaged in a practical task that will increase their chances of being the successful applicant.
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How Social Media Will Help Your Job Search

How Social Media Will Help Your Job Search | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Modern day job hunting has changed completely, long gone are the days when everyone was pouring over the job section in the local newspaper. There are many new ways that you can both research a company and contact potential employers.
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Unfortunately this article reference overlooks Laura, Thava and Emily work with "Blogs: Learning through using and reusing authentic materials. SJulian Coppens, Mercedes Rico, Enrique J Agudo Research-publishing. net 01/2012; In proceeding of: Call: Using, Learning, Knowing, EUROCALL Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012, Proceeding. Such a tool could allow participants to keep their ongoing reflections and professional learnings. These authentic learnings would be engaging, and motivating for the job seeker as well as the job employer. Blogs are an example of sharing good practice and continued professional development. The above reference simply highlights twitter and Facebook. Both are excellent tools to learn with, however adding blogs enriches the experience. By overlaying audio clips with the blog the participants will further practice pronunciation and comprehension.
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Now Facebook Lets You Add 'Professional Skills' On Your Profile: Copies LinkedIn? [UPDATED]

Now Facebook Lets You Add 'Professional Skills' On Your Profile: Copies LinkedIn? [UPDATED] | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a job using Facebook ? There's a good news for you! Now Facebook allows you to add skills you have in your profile. Thereby you can attract employers. Market yourself using Facebook.
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It appears that the promotional new feature that Facebook has launched is premature and still has bugs to work through. Once such bugs are worked out this feature will be extremely beneficial to language users who will be able to highlight their professional skills. This is extremely useful considering 84% of employers who look at social media do so before contacting an applicant for an interview. Language learners will have full control over which professional skills will be included on Facebook.
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Teaching Pragmatics to English as Another Language (EAL) Learners for the Workplace: The Interview - NorQuest College | Edmonton, Alberta

Teaching Pragmatics to English as Another Language (EAL) Learners for the Workplace: The Interview - NorQuest College | Edmonton, Alberta | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
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Finally an article to help employees understand cross-cultural differences of candidates applying for jobs. The study emphasized the power of mock interviews and providing ongoing feedback between video taped interviews. Future research could follow up on the successful results of this study to see if there is carry over of skills to performing the job once hired. Can successful job applicants transfer new knowledge to performing the job that they've been hired to do?
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Easy English Lessons - Job Interviewing Tips for English Learners

Easy English Lessons - Job Interviewing Tips for English Learners | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
http://www.EnglishCafe.com - EnglishCafe presents "Easy English Lessons for Global Professionals." The focus on this video is to better prepare beginning and...
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This audio track embedded over a PowerPoint allows language learners to prepare for an English interview. The challenge is if someone is seeking direction to master an English language interview the advice should be in their native language with English subtitles or text that matches the voice. The narrated powerpoint would be enhanced if there were visuals that supported the voice over. However it does give an over voice of the does and don'ts in an interview.
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The role of the electronic portfolio in enhancing Information and Communication Technology and English language skills: the voices of six Malaysian undergraduates

The role of the electronic portfolio in enhancing Information and Communication Technology and English language skills: the voices of six Malaysian undergraduates | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
(2012). The role of the electronic portfolio in enhancing Information and Communication Technology and English language skills: the voices of six Malaysian undergraduates. Computer Assisted Language Learning: Vol.
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The success of this electronic device as developing language skills relates to the authenticity of the task. University students participated in the study to not only learn the language, but achieve success in securing a potential future job. The motivation, the problem solving inquiry task, and the differentiated outcome, all relate to intentional purpose of the task. The study focused only on the voices of six Malaysian undergraduates; however, I would predict similar results in other cultures because it contains the variables of adult learning.
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How to Teach Your ESL Students Job Application Skills: The Job Hunt

How to Teach Your ESL Students Job Application Skills: The Job Hunt | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
If you teach elementary ESL, you may not have much motivation to teach your students about looking for a job, but if your class is made up of high school students, college students or adult
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The article has highlighted words that are hyperlinked to definitions and further resources. This allows the applicant to search for further information on resumes, cover letters and interviews. The challenge with this advice is it is only in English. It is invented for a teacher of ESL students. However if the language learner uses "Lingo", thttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/duolingo-learn-languages.../id570060128? , for translating and record keeping, than such assistive technology software will benefit the learner. Unfortunately there is not a feedback mechanism to check for understanding.
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Video Interviewing Software on the Best Video Recruiting Platform

Video Interviewing Software on the Best Video Recruiting Platform | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Vidcruiter is a leading video interview software provider that allows companies to automate their complete hiring process while making better hiring decisions.
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Language learners are able to practice and refine their skills prior to utilizing vidcruiter.com. This app allows an applicant to record specific employment answers to interview questions. The recorded interview is filed and accessed by potential employers. The language learner can repeat practice sessions prior to a final recording. If the applicant does not like their first or second attempt, they can continue to record until they are satisfied with their presentation skills and answers. If they incorporate Bewell's recommendation of video conferencing (Picardo, 2010, p.7) into their practice of the language , then their experience with vidcruiter.com will be even more successful. Picardo, (2010). Technology in Modern Foreign Languages. http://www.boxoftricks.net/2010/02/technology-in-modern-foreign-languages-a-practitioners-perspective/
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37 Ideas to Grow Your Job Search Network Right Now | JobMob

37 Ideas to Grow Your Job Search Network Right Now | JobMob | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
“How to start growing your job search network today.”
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These 37 practical ideas to improve your chances in successfully acquiring a job are beneficial for language learners. If such information can be translated, then the language learner can easily apply the advice to their personal situation. There is new research that has just been published this last August 2013 that looks at 3D talking heads mobile app. URL:http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/89878990/3d-talking-head-mobile-app-conceptual-framework-english-pronunciation-learning-among-non-native-speakers Perhaps if the 37 practical ideas could be combined with the talking head app the language learner would have the best of both worlds.
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Interview with the Creator of Lingo – a New Language Learning App for iPad

Interview with the Creator of Lingo – a New Language Learning App for iPad | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Tom Humphrey, an ex-student at Eton College, has recently launched a new iPad app called “Lingo – Tangible Translation”, designed to help students learning languages"
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We have come a long way since "Pimsleur Language" Tapes http://www.pimsleur.com/The-Pimsleur-Method where a language learner is claimed to become proficient after listening to 30 minutes lessons of repeating phrases. As long as the listener scores 80% or more before advancing to the next level. Lingo brings the tool into the 21st century. This is more than an on-line dictionary translator. It enables the learner to file, rearrange, make notes, organize and create language. I find it interesting that the developers are from Cambodia. Lingo had a 1000 hits in the first week of its launch. The language learner can cut and paste a job posting requirement into lingo and click translate into another language. This translation gives the reader an idea of what the employer is looking for. They can type in their response in their own language and click translate back into the original language. This allows the learner to practice, rehearse and prepare for an actual interview. The added dictionary meaning is an extra bonus for the language learner. I just wish the experiences were more authentic.
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InterviewStream First to Adopt WebRTC Technology, Transforming Live Video Interviews with HD Quality and Sound

InterviewStream First to Adopt WebRTC Technology, Transforming Live Video Interviews with HD Quality and Sound | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
“ (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 -- Pioneering video interview provider is first to adapt technology that enhances live video connection and security for candidates in any location.”
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This technology reminds me of videoconferencing article by Codreanu (the Plurisemiotic Study.....) The quality of the technology seems to more advanced than VISU. The candidate would likely be more successful if they were aware of webcam utilization (score 0-4). I am curious about the success rate of language learner applicants.
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How Employers Use Social Media To Screen Applicants [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Employers Use Social Media To Screen Applicants [INFOGRAPHIC] | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
We all know recruiters use social media to screen candidates on a daily basis. But how are they doing this?
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This is excellent awareness for job applicants. Language learners need to realize that employers who look at social media sites of potential employees indicate that 84% have researched the candidate on a social media site (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) prior to inviting the candidate in for a job interview. It is also valuable for job applicants to know that almost 70% of employers have rejected a candidate based on social media content. Therefore, a language learner's chances of receiving a job interview are higher if such social sites reflect the professional image of the candidate.
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LinkedIn lets users apply for jobs on mobile, no resume required

LinkedIn lets users apply for jobs on mobile, no resume required | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
Members of the professional social network can now skip the extra paperwork and apply for positions from their smartphones. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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LinkedIn has 238 million members registered. The company is currently designing a trial implementation feature for English users to apply for jobs on mobile devices with no resume required. Hopefully their goal is to "iron out the bugs" before translating it to other languages to level the playing field for all job searchers regardless of language.
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The Mobile Secret to Recruiting Passive Job Seekers

The Mobile Secret to Recruiting Passive Job Seekers | Advice for language learners who are Interviewing for a job | Scoop.it
You want to hear a secret? Many employed people are spending a significant portion of each day at work researching additional job opportunities. A recent Adler Group study revealed that 83 …
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Using a mobile device can be extremely helpful for an individual seeking a job. Such individuals are considered “passive job seekers”. For language learners the process can be confusing; however, advice in the article gives helpful hints to companies to make it as easy and accessible as possible in posting such positions. As smartphone usage continues to expand, the game rules of job searching and mobile recruitment become blurry. If language learners incorporate the suggestions from Dominic McGladdery in his article, Mobile phones in the MFL classroom. (Picardo, 2010, p.29) of practicing voice recording, video recording, sending files, downloading and using the web, then such learners’ confidence and skill level will increase. This will make the job search playing field more equitable for all seeking leadership positions. Picardo, (2010). Technology in Modern Foreign Languages. http://www.boxoftricks.net/2010/02/technology-in-modern-foreign-languages-a-practitioners-perspective/
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