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PowerPro English: Analogizing

PowerPro English: Analogizing | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
PowerPro English supports intermediate and advanced English language learners, specifically professional and academic adults worldwide, who have limited time to study English but are motivated to improve their fluency, accuracy and appropriate use...
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IDroo Whiteboard for Skype

IDroo Whiteboard for Skype | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

This is a very useful free interactive whiteboard that works along side Skype for online teaching and tutoring.


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Phonetics: for Students of Modern Languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Phonetics: for Students of Modern Languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

A textbook on phonetics by Rodney Ball of the University of Southampton.  6 chapters giving overviews and exercises on the vocal tract, vowels, consonants, transcription, and an answer key. 

 

You can download the entire PDF without sound, or individual sections with sound files.  It's all free.

 

Aimed at students of French, Spanish and German, it also seems eminently suited to teachers of EFL, with examples in English.


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Flo-Joe for First Certificate, Certificate in Advanced English and Certificate of Proficiency in English

Flo-Joe for First Certificate, Certificate in Advanced English and Certificate of Proficiency in English | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
flo-joe: an online service for teachers and students preparing for cambridge first certificate in english (fce), certificate in advanced english (cae) and certificate of proficiency in english (cpe).
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The History of Valentine's Day - ESL Listening

The History of Valentine's Day - ESL Listening | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
English Listening Comprehension Activity for IELTS students and Intermediate English learners. Watch this short video about the history of Valentine's Day and then complete a multiple choice quiz.
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discoverlanguages.org

Discover Languages® is the national campaign developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to raise awareness about the cognitive, academic, social, cultural and economic benefits that language learning provides our nation’s students. Find out what the research shows about the benefits of language learning.
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Strategies in vocabulary learning

Strategies in vocabulary learning | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
Last week I published a post on vocabulary. I'd like to start out by thanking everyone for their great responses, I came away with a lot of ideas and lots to think about. In the post, I gave a run-...
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Engaging Learners through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources & Tips : Teacher Reboot Camp

Engaging Learners through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources & Tips : Teacher Reboot Camp
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"Learning with 'e's: A convenient untruth" - on learning styles myths with Steve Wheeler

"Learning with 'e's: A convenient untruth" - on learning styles myths with Steve Wheeler | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
An excellent piece from Steve Wheeler on learning styles myths: "...One of the biggest myths known to teacherdom is learning styles. Time and time again, the belief that students can be placed into specific categories such as activist or theorist, or that they are predominantly inclined toward one modal category of learning (e.g. visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) is inserted into professional conversations as if the theories are fact. And time and again, such beliefs are the justification for placing students into a specific style of learning so that a class can be 'managed' more effectively. Such categorisation of students is an absolute nonsense and the practice of doing so should be challenged strongly. It is lazy pedagogy, and the only reason I see that such beliefs persist, is that it is a convenient untruth which allows some teachers to stay within their comfort zones...."

Also on the same topic: http://www.scoop.it/t/business-and-economics-e-learning-and-blended-learning/p/1063080779/learning-styles-debunked-there-is-no-evidence-supporting-auditory-and-visual-learning-psychologists-say-association-for-psychological-science
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Students Reflect on Their Own Learning | Edudemic

Students Reflect on Their Own Learning | Edudemic | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

Reflection does not always have to be in written form. For some students, reflections can be oral, shared with peers or teachers. However, we need to capture those stories in our portfolios to make them objects of reflection. With the addition of multimedia technologies, these stories can be captured, in either audio or video formats.


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Visual Thesaurus - an extraordinary learning tool.

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Say you have a meaning in mind, like "happy." The VT helps you find related words, from "cheerful" to "euphoric." The best part is the VT works like your brain, not a paper-bound book. You'll want to explore just to see what might happen. You'll discover -- and learn -- naturally and intuitively. You'll find the right word, write more descriptively, free associate -- and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.
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Spanish language tips - by Caryna St. John - Helium

Spanish language tips - by Caryna St. John - Helium | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
Tips for Learning Spanish Having moved to a Central American country a little over a year ago, I know what it is like trying to learn a second lan..., Caryna St.
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What is the definition of content curation in 2012?

What is the definition of content curation in 2012? | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

Curated by Beth Kanter

http://www.bethkanter.org



I have been exploring Pinterest as a curation tool.  


I did a search on "curator" and found this visual, but wondered whether it really encapsulates the definition today?    The visual is inspired by Rohit's thoughts on curation from 2011:


The Five Models of Content Curation

http://www.rohitbhargava.com/2011/03/the-5-models-of-content-curation.html   



Here is how Rohit's thinking has evolved on content curation - a post from 2010 for Robin Good, plus a link back to his 2009 post.



http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-why-is-the-content-curator-the-key-emerging-online-editorial-role-of-the-future/



One thing I discovered (by subjective observation) is that many users are not really curating. They are aggregating lots of images.


There is a "repin" button - like the Twitter RT button. There seems to be a lot of user behavior that people just repin the visuals into collections but do not provide context or conversation. The interface design does automatically document where the original image/visual was found.



I did find one collection that was from educator that was looking at curation tools and even here I noticed some entries not well citied or contextualized.


http://pinterest.com/web20education/curation-web20education-by-http-xeeme-com-ecurator/
 



This has made me feel strongly that my focus of my talk for the socialmedia for nonprofits conference in NYC in two weeks should be on the practice of curation.





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Robin Good's comment, January 19, 2012 5:31 AM
Right on... I see you are awakening to the real issue ! :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, January 19, 2012 10:55 AM
@Robin Good - yes and that is going to the angle of the talk I'm doing in NYC with you skyping in - and for the video I will make as a make up when we skype next week! http://www.bethkanter.org/curation-practice/
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Translate text into phonetic script

Translate text into phonetic script | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

I always believe that the best sites and web tools are the simplest, and this is certainly the case with Phonetizer. It's a really easy to use tool that takes and text and adds the phonetic spelling below it.


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Ivan Barrachina Beltrán's curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:28 AM

Now I'm the king of the swingers
Oh, the jungle VIP
I've reached the top and had to stop
And that's what's botherin' me
I wanna be a man, mancub yeah
And stroll right into town
I wanna be just like the other men
I'm tired of monkeyin' around!

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Listening: theory and practice in modern foreign language competence | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Listening: theory and practice in modern foreign language competence | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

Listening: theory and practice in modern foreign language competence

Author: Larry Vandergrift
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Second language (L2) listening comprehension is a complex process, crucial in the development of second language competence. Listeners use both bottom-up processers (linguistic knowledge) and top-down processes (prior knowledge) to comprehend. Knowing the context of a listening text and the purpose for listening greatly reduces the burden of comprehension. Teachers can help students develop sound strategies for comprehension through a process approach to teaching L2 listening. This will help students learn how to listen and develop the metacognitive knowledge and strategies crucial to success in listening comprehension.

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FCE Speaking: Practice tests and tips for students preparing for the First Certificate Speaking test.

FCE Speaking: Practice tests and tips for students preparing for the First Certificate Speaking test. | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
Tips for English students working towards the FCE Speaking Test.
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How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning

How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

Mark Twain had a famous saying : “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Personalized learning isn’t a new idea, but it seems school systems always perform poor in this demand. Hopefully digital learning could help facilitate this goal if we care to work it out.


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5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 – 10 using apps and mobile devices

5 ideas for teaching numbers 1 – 10 using apps and mobile devices | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

"Here are five ideas for teaching numbers 1-10 using apps and mobile devices. The activities are aimed at young learners of English as a foriegn/additional language but could be adapted to other contexts."


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MindConnex - Learning Made Easy

MindConnex - Learning Made Easy | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
MindConnex Learning offers an easier way to learn and teach using rich, contemporary multimedia designed to engage all the senses and create empowering, relevant and personalized learning experiences.

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Positive side effects of aiming for multi-linguism! (does this word exist? :-)? )

NYT article on the benefits that one can gain from foreign language learning .
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Twitter for Professional Development (in about five minutes; a how-to)

The Washington Post wrote that Twitter is an outstanding source of professional development. Read the store here: http://wapo.st/yqla74 This video will show ...
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Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology

Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective...
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Wording - bab.la

Wording - bab.la | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it

This is a great site to help you with prepositions and sentence structure. Just type in the beginning of the sentence and it will offer you options for the next word in the sentence.


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English Attack! - Everything you need to know about badges

English Attack! - Everything you need to know about badges | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
RT @EnglishAttack: Merit badges; schedule of upcoming week's free video-based lessons.
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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | Learning Languages made funky | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.
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