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Some user-friendly concordance ideas

Some user-friendly concordance ideas | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Although corpora are now widely used in putting together ELT Dictionaries, and increasingly used in writing ELT materials, it is still rare, I think, for corpora, and especially for concordances to...
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Nice post on using corpora for ELT without being a corpus linguist or a tech whiz.

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Stanislav Okhvat's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:09 PM

A nice introduction to corpora and concordance tools and how they are useful in teaching languages and, by extension, translation.

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Phrasal verb games – Macmillan Dictionary

Phrasal verb games – Macmillan Dictionary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

Choose a phrasal verb synonym or antonym from three options for each (non-phrasal) verb.

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This is a decent game.  No context, so you have to juggle possible interpretations quickly, and the synonym/antonym variation keeps you on your toes.  

 

Intermediate learners and above given the lack of context - if you don't know, you can't really figure it out.

 

Immediate feedback on your answer, a time constraint, and a total score at the end, which you can share on Twitter or Facebook.

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Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Anne Merritt

Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Anne Merritt | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
To “get by” in a language it takes a vocabulary of about 120 basic words. Anne Merritt explains how to learn them.
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Some ideas for developing good study skills.  

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:22 AM

See also a research-based look at vocabulary acquisition from Paul Nation http://www.scoop.it/t/telt/p/3994725134/research-into-practice-vocabulary-nation-2011

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:23 AM

These could be good techniques for memorising lexis.... but honestly, how important is it to 'memorise' vocab ... shouldn't the stress on the 'application' of already acquired vocab???? 

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Learn English at GCFLearnFree.org

Learn English at GCFLearnFree.org | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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Choose activities presented in French, Spanish or German to learn vocabulary and work on reading and video activities.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Duolingo to Learn a New Langauge in the New Year

Free Technology for Teachers: Use Duolingo to Learn a New Langauge in the New Year | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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A recommendation for the free vocabulary learning system Duolingo, which also has a free iOS app, as a "supplement" to classroom activities.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 5, 2013 9:08 PM

Independent vocabulary learning practice.

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Strategies in vocabulary learning

Strategies in vocabulary learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
EFL teacher Dale Coulter shares strategies for learning and teaching vocabulary.
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A wide variety of techniques and ideas for working on vocabulary with EFL learners.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:47 PM

In addition to his ELT blog, check out Dale Coulter's views on Dogme for newly qualified teachers

http://chiasuanchong.com/2012/01/02/devils-advocate-vs-dale-coulter-on-dogme-and-newly-qualified-teachers/

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Voyant Tools: Reveal Your Texts

Voyant Tools: Reveal Your Texts | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

This is a very interesting tool for analysing text and word frequency in text. It enables you to create your own mini corpus and see how words are used in context.


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:54 PM

This tool allows you to easily export the concordance lines into a text file. Provided the text was either online or in a text file, it also makes identifying vocabulary words in texts easier. As a corpus tool on the web, I find the option of being able to upload multiple texts into the corpus one of the benefits of the site. But this tool is still in Beta mode, so there may still be some kinks with it that need worked out.

Bill.Rutter's curator insight, March 26, 2013 9:21 AM

text analysis - IELTS?

Lina Morgado's curator insight, April 25, 2013 12:33 AM

For research

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JustTheWord

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Just The Word collocations - helps you in writing English. Type a word and get collocations and associated expressions.


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Memrise: Vocabulary learning tool

Memrise: Vocabulary learning tool | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Martin Burrett of ICT Magic says:

"An amazing language learning site which helps learners of MFL remember words for over 200 languages by associating them with visual clues/mnemonics and score points by showing you remember the language in a variety of ways. You can listen to audio of the words you are learning. The site tracks your progress and analyses where you need improvement and it will adjust the words you are shown accordingly."

 

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A very nicely designed site which allows you to hear words, read definitions, and test yourself as you go.  Lots of languages, including EFL. In terms of acquisition, what's missing is context, but it looks like teachers can create their own courses, so contextual cues and sample sentences could be supplied that way.


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Online English Grammar Resources

Online English Grammar Resources | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Anthony Hughes has developed this popular grammar reference resource over 15 years. Useful for EFL learners and teachers alike.
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Sharing Technology: Flashcard Sites and Google Gadgets

Sharing Technology: Flashcard Sites and Google Gadgets | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Flashcard sites and Google Gadgets.


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Spaced repetition: Never forget vocabulary ever again

Spaced repetition: Never forget vocabulary ever again | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Brendan Lewis, self-described "technomad" (technology enabled globetrotter) aka Benny the Irish polyglot, explains on his blog Fluent in 3 months how he uses the free flashcard programme Anki (http://ankisrs.net/) to learn vocabulary.

 

The post has attracted a lot of comments with readers' accounts of their own language learning experiences and sometimes passionate testimonials and criticisms of this language learning method.

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The 6 Best Techniques for Learning Vocabulary

The 6 Best Techniques for Learning Vocabulary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Vocabulary is one of the pillars of language learning and especially significant for the advanced learner. Once you are familiar with the basic structures of your target language, you'll want to start saying and understanding more words!
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Online language tutor Kerstin has these tips for memorising vocabulary.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:16 AM

I'm not convinced that these are the very "best" techniques that there are for memorising vocabulary... but I suppose these could be alternatives 

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Red word game – Macmillan Dictionary

Red word game – Macmillan Dictionary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

Choose from three levels of frequency (3 stars = very common) for each word you are shown to test your intuition about how common the word is.  

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A few months ago I would have said this wasn't particularly useful for language learners (no audio, no context, just words flashing up on the screen) but my undergraduate EFL students like this kind of exercise - immediate feedback, countdown, final score - and at intermediate levels they should know most of the words, so there is some activation of vocabulary knowledge.

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Academic Word List: vocabulary exercises for EFL/ESL learners

Academic Word List: vocabulary exercises for EFL/ESL learners | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Vocabulary Exercises for the AWL

 

This site now contains 285 gap-fill exercises to review and recycle the general word families contained within the AWL. These exercises can be found on each Sublist page. Gap-fill exercises are an excellent way to recycle vocabulary through different contexts and can be used to broaden the student's understanding of the range of meaning of vocabulary. The online format of the exercises allows students to get immediate feedback on their answers. Students can work throughfive different exercises for each word family in the AWL. Many of these exercises include different derivations (parts of speech) for the given word. Students are encouraged to complete the exercises for a given level before proceeding to the next level.

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COURS PARTICULIERS's curator insight, February 17, 2013 12:27 AM

Anglais : exercices pour revoir et apprendre du vocabulaire

Miguel Ángel García's comment, February 17, 2013 1:21 AM
IT is a really good site to learn vocabulary. Different levels!
Ellen Johnston's curator insight, March 6, 6:14 PM

http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm

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Compleat Lexical Tutor

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A complete website for learning and learning about English words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:57 AM

As recommended by vocabulary researcher Paul Nation.

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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 8:51 PM

Advice for learners.

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Quizlet

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Using Quizlet for learning vocabulary.
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ESL teacher Sandy Millin's guide to the resource for English learners.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:31 AM

ESL teacher Sandy Millin explains how to use Quizlet for studying English vocabulary.  This page has embedded audio with oral explanations of how Quizlet works, and the guide includes different parts on different ways to use the site.

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ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web

ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Professor Word is a useful browser plugin to help you develop your vocabulary. It enables you to click on words in a text on any webpage and get a definition. It also shows related words. Good tool for vocabulary building.

 


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Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 3:09 AM
contact the developers!
Maria Valdes's comment, October 15, 2012 4:11 AM
It does work with Mac, I've just checked. It might be a problem of the browser, not the app.
Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 4:21 AM
it works fine for me as well!
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Solvemall.com - crosswords online

Solvemall.com - crosswords online | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey: Great collection of online crossword puzzles to help improve your English. Lots of different levels from beginner with pictures to more advanced.

 

Shona Whyte: Nice new site, probably hard for all but upper intermediate and advanced learners, but worth a try if you're looking for new ways to work on vocabulary and spelling.


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1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue)

1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue) | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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This "trilingual index of expressions with equivalent meanings" lets you look up idioms by category, see them in a sentence, hear the sentence spoken aloud, and work on interactive exercises to test your knowledge.

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Watch videos and Learn how to speak English - EnglishCentral.com

"Learn English online with more than 2000 videos, courses, Speak English, and get instant feedback of your pronunciation!"
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English Vocabulary for Beginners - Simple Word and Picture Quizzes

English Vocabulary for Beginners - Simple Word and Picture Quizzes | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Learn and practise English words on a variety of topics with our free ESL picture vocabulary quizzes and word matching exercises.
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