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The case for translation in foreign language instruction

The case for translation in foreign language instruction | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
Introduction This article was inspired by www.frenchteacher.net Steve Smith’s very informative and insightful post ‘What is the point of translation” ( in which he clearly outlines the pros cons of...

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Well-researched article.

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EFL LINKS - Ebooks- Audio Books

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I haven't tested them all but looks like a good collection of links.

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Literature & Language Lessons

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TED-ED Lessons related to language and literature: something for everyone

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Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog) Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons The Guardian (blog) This is particularly interesting when there are learners who have languages other than English as their mother tongue as it allows comparison with a number of...

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BBC - Radio 4 The Listening Project - Home

BBC - Radio 4 The Listening Project - Home | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
The Listening Project is a BBC Radio initiative, in partnership with the British Library, to capture the nation in conversation. Listen to conversations from across the country, record and share your conversation.

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Fantastic resource!

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 31, 2013 5:05 AM

More listening opportunities.

Marie Dossogne's comment, April 2, 2013 8:58 AM
surely for advanced esl students but great source for listenings!!!
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great source for listenings for advanced students

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Macmillan Online Conference 2012 recordings now available

Macmillan Online Conference 2012 recordings now available | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Did you miss out?

If you missed out on The Macmillan Online Conference 2012 don't worry!

You can watch the recorded sessions from each day now by clicking on this link:

 


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English Timeline

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Explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.

 

Nicola: Beautifully presented!

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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.

 

Nicola: This is an amazing resource. It gets it's data from a corpus and produces great results. 


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Visitors Handbook - Olympics | LearnEnglish | British Council

Nicola: This is nicely presented and has some interesting information & activities in it, even if you're not in the UK.

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The Elephant in the Room: Extensive Reading in ELT/EAP

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Sharon Turner teaches EAP at Sabanci University in Turkey and has many ideas about "enticing" learners into reading longer, more demanding texts as well as reading for pleasure.


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VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

VocabGrabber lets you automatically create lists of vocabulary from any text.

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Learning a language? Sleep on it and you'll get the grammar - PsyPost

Learning a language? Sleep on it and you'll get the grammar - PsyPost | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
In 2006, former US president George Bush supported his embattled defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the words: “But I’m the decider, and I decide what ...
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Fascinating article. Another effective learning strategy. I've had a feeling about this for a long time. I sometimes dream how to solve classroom management issues or come up with good activity ideas when I'm asleep. 

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Infographic: Quirky facts about English

Infographic: Quirky facts about English | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
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Bit of fun

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What do you know?

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Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching — University of Southampton — FutureLearn

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching — University of Southampton — FutureLearn | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.
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Knowble - Newspaper articles at different levels

Knowble - Newspaper articles at different levels | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for students to improve their reading comprehension skills and learn new vocabulary in context while reading newspaper articles about different topics:

- World

- Business

- Sport

- Science

- Entertainment

There are some vocabulary exercises students can do after reading it.


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L is for Language

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At Easter it’s our custom (more out of nostalgia than out of any sense of religiosity, it has to be said) to listen to the Lebanese singer Fayrouz singing traditional Easter songs from that region....
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Good references and assessment to remind us of some fundamental principles.

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EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly

EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it
Look up multiple words quickly. Simply copy and paste a list with any delimeter. Definitions/synonyms are immediately available for viewing, emailing, or downloading.

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I tried a quick random list of words and the definitions seemed pretty good but not for lower level learners. I couldn't find any information about which dictionary they have used. 

 

It's quick, though, so could be useful in class for instant results and to use for word games. 

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7 reasons to learn a foreign language

7 reasons to learn a foreign language | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Nicola: Great inforgraphic to remind us why we learn a language. Good motivational resource for the classroom wall or to get learners thinking about why they are learning English.

 

 

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Teach Learn "Tech" book

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A student created content coursebook for EFL and ESL teachers to teach English...

 

Nicola: Great for 2 reasons - 

1. It has useful content which is well presented.

2. It shows what teaching should be - learner-centred, learner-driven.

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Eltpics Portal

Eltpics Portal | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Nicola: This is the ELTpics website. There are lesson plans and ideas for using the pictures and lots of great discussion.

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List of Scholarships | Information

List of Scholarships | Information | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Nicola: If you are a teacher who has limited access to professional development, why not try for an IATEFL conference scholarship? Don't sit there thinking you've got no chance. Give it a try and see how it goes!

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Survival Kit for Teaching Kids : Teacher Reboot Camp

Survival Kit for Teaching Kids : Teacher Reboot Camp | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Nicola: Great bank of ideas for teaching YLs!

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Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice

Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice | LearningTeachingTeachingLearning | Scoop.it

Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. We end up with rote and boring classrooms. Rote and boring curriculum. Much of today’s standardized testing rigorously tests the basement, further anchoring the focus of learning at the bottom steps, which is not beneficial for our students.


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