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Y’all know we love TED talks. Short, watchable snippets of useful information, thought provoking questions, personal stories, inspiration, and learning. While I always take something away from every TED talk that I watch, some stick with me more than others. That said, most don’t come with a specific list of takeaways meant to help you …
"Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers."
Teaching materials intended for young native speakers, which can be used for reading and writing work with young EFL learners. Includes text, PDF, powerpoint and interactive whiteboard (Notebook) files.
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Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, has a new book coming out in early October, The Circle, a novel about 'a young woman who goes to work at an omnipotent technology company and gets sucked into a corporate culture...
This looks neat, but I'm struggling to see an application for language learners - maybe to check written work? The generator gives the names of English tense/aspect combinations and one decontextualised example for each. Maybe the link to more information about each verb form will be more helpful.
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Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.
The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. This provides you with a quick overview of various translations of your search term. On the right hand side, you see example sentences from other sources to give you an idea of how your search term has been translated in context.
Compared to traditional online dictionaries, Linguee contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences. Linguee shows translations for expressions such as "strong evidence", "strong relationship" or "strong opinion", and even for rare expressions or specific technical terms.
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Shona Whyte's insight:
All in English (OK, one's in French), selection heavily slanted to culture and the arts
Are you ready to play The Great Language Game? This online game 'challenges you to distinguish between some eighty or so languages [see a list here] based on their sound alone. In each game you're allowed three mistakes, which are kept for you to study at the end.
I believe storytelling is a very powerful teaching resource for young learners. They feel comfortable with it, and when they read or listen to a story they stop caring about “understanding every single word" of 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
Shona Whyte's insight:
Marisa Constantinides summarises findings of some older learner studies.
Learn how to read poems and poetry with the Learning Lab's annotated poems, discussion questions, poetics essays and teaching resources. Find new children's authors. Take a literature themed tour of Chicago or Washington DC.
From the introduction to this learning resource on writing for EAP students:
"If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between "essays" and "reports", and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.
Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.
Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.