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Top 100 podcasts

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Page 2 | Don’t drown in the vast, virtual sea of free podcasts. Check out our roundup of some of the best podcasts available at your fingertips.
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Vocabulary learning: what the research says

Vocabulary learning: what the research says | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
I’ve just read Peter Yongqi Gu (2003)Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies Here are a few interesting points which emerge. All references can be found at th...
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How to learn more words so you can understand them, but also use them ...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 23, 2015 4:02 AM

Old-fashioned dictionary work, memorisation of translation pairs still have their place, research shows.  But other activities (and more research) are needed to go beyond word recognition to appropriate use.

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The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian

The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Join the national debate on the importance of language learning and help us put languages back on the agenda. All content in this series is editorially independent and paid for by the British Academy.
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Anglophones worry about not learning any languages, while non-anglophones struggle to learn English.

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Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Aaron Myers blogs about learning languages on the Every Day Language Learning, and has this blogroll offering a variety of perspectives on the same topic.

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Send your students to read how other people are tackling the task of learning a new language.

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Interesting blogs to look at for teacher training for teaching foreign languages

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Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées

Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Grâce à fleex, apprenez l’anglais avec les vidéos que vous aimez. A partir des séries TV et films stockés sur votre disque dur, fleex construit à la volée une vraie expérience éducative pour vous permettre d'améliorer votre pratique de la langue. A court d'idées ? Choisissez dans notre catalogue l’une des 1000+ vidéos que nous avons sélectionnées pour vous !

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Reportage ici

http://www.numerama.com/magazine/24361-fleex-apprendre-l-anglais-grace-aux-series-tv.html

 

avec 3 kilomètres de commentaires - l'apprentissage de l'anglais par les films en VO, sous-titrés, doublés, ça suscite de vives émotions ...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Videos for French learners of English.

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Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Anne Merritt

Learning a foreign language: five most common mistakes - Anne Merritt | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Learning a new foreign language is never easy – but it's a lot harder if you fall into these five common traps, says Anne Merritt.
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1. Not listening enough

2. Lack of curiosity

3. Rigid thinking

4. A single method

5. Fear

 

In my experience, "dealing with uncertainty" (#3) and "fear of bungling" (#5) are common among many university learners.

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Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles

Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Worldwide ranking of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 including a short blog description and a link to every language lover.
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Lingo Hut: Free online foreign language lessons

Lingo Hut: Free online foreign language lessons | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Free online foreign language lessons"

 

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Suspicious as usual, I checked out this site.  Not clear who is behind it, but it does seem to be completely free and the sound etc works fine.  I checked English for French beginners (leçon de Anglaise (sic)) - behaviourist approach with exercises for listening and repeating, matching phrases with their translation equivalents, and chances to test yourself.  Not my first choice for learning a language, but it may suit some.


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Collect and Curate Your Skills and Experiences Into a Personal Portfolio: Pathbrite

Collect and Curate Your Skills and Experiences Into a Personal Portfolio: Pathbrite | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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ePortfolios for teachers or learners?

 

Robin Good: Pathbrite is a new web service which allows you to collect, bring together and layout any kind of media content (from video clips, to images  and text) to create a visually compelling personal portfolio of skills and experiences.

 

In fact, Pathbrite can be used for any number of purposes that involve creating a good looking web presence in which one can easily bring together different types of content to create a "collection".

 

A music band video portfolio, a photographer book and list of achievements, a sport master illustrated hall of fame. 

 

From the official site: "Curate all your stuff to create beautiful portfolios.


Arrange and describe all your digital artifacts in a way that tells your whole story—tailored for any audience."

 

"Pathbrite ePortfolios are the best way to collect, track and showcase a lifetime of learning and achievements, and to get recommended pathways for continuous success."

 

Key traits: 

 

-> Aggregate everything about you in one place.

 

-> Import anything digital from any source, including a resume, documents, audio, video, recommendations. 


-> Publish and share your story on Pathbrite or with your selected social networks. 

 

-> Configure and personalize the layout of your portfolio.

 

Examples: https://beta.pathbrite.com/#!/public/Gallery/Collection%20of%20example%20portfolios ;

 

Try it out now: www.pathbrite.com 


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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 21, 2015 4:41 AM

15 minute audio with

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Stanford Language Center at Stanford University.

Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a non-profit organization seeking to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

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TEFL Matters: Are you a Good Language Learner?

TEFL Matters: Are you a Good Language Learner? | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Good Language Learners …Can work well with others in the class/group/teamWill not feel pressure or anxious about learning a foreign languageNever feel  shy or inhibited about using L2Look for every available opportunity to use the target language in and out of class
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Marisa Constantinides summarises findings of some older learner studies. 

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn?

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:24 PM

Interesting starting point for discussion of second language acquisition for course on learning strategies or general teacher education 

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10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Aaron G Myers says: "I would like to share ten free resources that I have used or newly discovered that will help you learn nearly any language that you  wish to learn.  I don’t see any of these as a silver bullet or as capable in and of themselves in taking you to fluency in your target language.  I don’t really believe in silver bullets!  They can all be a part of building an overall personal language learning program that will lead to success."

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Nice selection, including places to interact with native speakers as well as lists of resources.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:59 AM

Places to send your learners for more practice

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A nice selection of 10 free online resources that cover a vast range of languages in total. The programmes include the ability to chat with native speakers, submit your work to be checked by native speakers, online language games, flashcards, and more!

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5 Rules for Real Language Learning

5 Rules for Real Language Learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Aaron Knight: Aaron Knight is the creator of Year of English, a free daily email course for English learners who want to become fluent in
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Knight says: "It takes hundreds of hours to become fluent in a foreign language" and concludes that an "addiction" to target language activities is a viable alternative to living in the target culture.  He has some good language learning strategies in this short post.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 5, 2013 11:51 PM

Advice for learners.

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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

LISTENING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.esl-lab.com

Multiple choice comprehension questions on graded audio recordings of scripted dialogues, plus vocabulary and grammar exercises.

 

http://listenaminute.com

60 second recordings of scripted monologues, with gap-fill, spelling, and discussion exercises.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Huge range of listening (audio, video) and pronunciation (transcription) resources with learning activities.

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/media/spelling-challenge-v2/

Oxford dictionaries spelling challenge: type each word you hear to see how well you can spell

 

http://www.cdlponline.org

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

 

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

 

http://tinytexts.wordpress.com

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

 

http://www.eslradioandtv.com/

Scripted audio and video clips with optional captions and comprehension questions.

 

http://www.lyricstraining.com/

Fill in the blanks as you listen to and watch music videos.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/video/blog/

The US Public Broadcasting Service features a daily video news report with transcript and discussion questions.

 

EXTENSIVE LISTENING

 

http://www.webofstories.com/

Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

 

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

 

http://audioliterate.com/

Streaming and downloadable free audiobooks

 

http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

Fairy stories and classic books to listen to and read online or via podcast.

 

http://www.chockadoc.com/nostradamus-2012/

Over one thousand full-length documentaries in English on a variety of topics.

 

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.

 

 

Live audio/video chat

http://www.practicespeakingaforeignlanguage.com

http://www.twinvox.com

https://www.verbling.com (chat with native speakers)

http://livemocha.com: Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).

 

 

 

PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION

 

http://www.cambridge.org/other_files/Flash_apps/Pronunciation/

The phonemic chart plus sounds, stress and intonation exercises.  

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

The Sounds of American English: articulatory phonetics of vowels and consonants with animation, video and transcription

 

 

 

 

 

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My second year English majors found more listening than speaking activities, but some daring individuals tried out a number of free live audio/video chat sites designed for language learning.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:42 AM

What university students in France choose to work on for a complementary self-study assignment in an introductory class on phonetics for pronunciation skills.

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22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012 | The Everyday Language Learner

Aaron G Myers presents an annotated list of posts language learning bloggers which he found inspirational in 2012.

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During a week of phonetics orals for EFL students at my university, it's nice to see more ideas to help learners get out there and make progress ...

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10 Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Aaron Myers of the Everyday Language Learner website thinks language learners need to take time to to reflect on the learning process by reading others' accounts of learning new languages, using Abraham Lincoln's remark about making sure the saw is sharp before trying to fell a tree.  He offers links to blogs by learners, including polyglots and linguistics students.

 

The Everyday Language Learner site also has lots of links and resources for language learners.


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Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing

Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

An example of the second language acquisition concept of "noticing," where learners see a gap between their own interlanguage and the target language, or come to understand a new target language feature.

 

This university learner also talks about her learning strategies for translation between two foreign languages, and how they developed over time.

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