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High-profile Norway homosexual couple travel to Sochi - The Foreigner

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High-profile Norway homosexual couple travel to Sochi
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The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway.
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Definite and indefinite articles in English grammar

Definite & indefinite articles have very few forms (the & a/an), but their use and non-use is often difficult for learners of English. (Articles in English may seem very simple but they are very tricky for many #ESL / #EFL students.
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Connected Learners lecture at the University of Oslo

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Our aim was to help new teachers use technology in class and tell them to listen to what the students want! How can we use technology to learn and connect with others? Should teachers use Twitter and write on blogs!
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Students and Educators are CONNECTED Learners: What Device ...

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By Martin Walsh In this day and age, we are all dependent on technology and we want to be connected. With the availability of mobile gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and other devices, young people are becoming more ...
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TOEFL Essay Checklist | So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?

TOEFL Essay Checklist | So, You Think You Can Teach ESL? | pbl, connected learning, webtools, educative tools, education tools, learning by doing | Scoop.it
The TOEFL's writing exam was previously administered as a separate test. Now, the writing section is Section 4 of your TOEFL iBT. It is divided into two sections: Integrated Writing and Independent Writing.
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10 Ways to Encourage Student Participation

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Here are 10 ways to encourage student participation in your class:
 
1. Start small.  When you ask a question, have students first discuss it with their partner.  Then, have the partners pair up (groups of 4) and share.
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Oculus Rift Used in Empathy Experiments: Step into Someone’s Views

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We’ve seen people use the Oculus Rift tosimulate beheadings. BeAnotherLab used the virtual reality headset for something less morbid but no less interesting. The organization’s The Machine to be Anotherwas an “artistic investigation” in which the Rift was used to give participants first person views from actual people.


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Global language survey links English proficiency to economic and social development - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Global language survey links English proficiency to economic and social development - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment | pbl, connected learning, webtools, educative tools, education tools, learning by doing | Scoop.it
RT @icefmonitor: Global #language #survey links #English proficiency to #economic + social development http://t.co/G5avGIxxKi #esol #clil #…
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Remake Your Class Part 3: Exploring a Collaborative Learning Environment

Visit http://www.edutopia.org/remake for more tips and resources! Edutopia's three-part series follows a determined teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in San...
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Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age - Education Week News

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Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age Education Week News The authors pointed to a variety of obstacles standing in the way of teachers and administrators improving their proficiency with technology, including steady turnover in the...
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CLIL - a brief introduction

Presentation on what CLIL is-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/ . Make your own animated videos and animated presentations fo...
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ESL Podcast 967 – Feeling Embarrassed

Lois: Please don't embarrass me at the party tonight. Roger: Me, embarrass you? I'd never do that. Lois: You have, though, more than once. Roger: Name one. Lois: At the Johnsons' party, you danced on the table while ...
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Liar Liar | ESL Kids Games

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Liar Liar is a great ESL speaking activity for crime. Its a great game for introducing the topic of crime to teens and adults.

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Acquiring a foreign language improves when learning and teaching involves ... - Basque Research

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Grammar Issue – Ann

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Pondering Grammar with Students and Scott Thornbury - Ann Loseva As I was preparing to write this post I did more “research” than I ever have done. I was looking... (RT @malusciamarelli: @AnnLoseva Pondering Grammar with Students and Scott Thornbury.
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Connected Learners | Late Notice: Early Interview Today ...

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Written, edited, and designed by a team of 27 students at Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), with support from Ann, Connected Learners is a unique compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high ...
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Sharing real-world projects sharpens the literacy skills of connected ...

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by Brian Crosby. When students are connected (and this is especially valuable for second language learners), everything you do has the potential for being language intense. Opportunities arise that motivate your students to ...
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Linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language

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"Have you considered how easy it is for us Norwegians to learn English?" asks Jan Terje Faarlund, professor of linguistics at the University of Oslo. "Obviously there are many English words that resemble ours.
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We're Teaching Books That Don't Stack Up

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All too often it's English teachers who close down teen interest in reading.

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List, Lynnette Van Dyke, Shay Davidson
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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:36 PM

24 January 2014

 (This scooped article was orignally published in 2008)

 

Okay, Gulp!

 

I think I'll begin my comments with one of my favorite Dick Cavett quotes....

 

__________

It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.

__________

 

There, I said it. Literature teachers, we may just be a big part of the problem, well intended as we may be.

 

If you don't read the scooped article, or finish my brief comments, I'll include one paragragh from the article worthy of some open-minded collegial contemplation in a pending department meeting...

 

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""Butchering." That's what one of my former students, a young man who loves creative writing but rarely gets to do any at school, called English class. He was referring to the endless picking apart of linguistic details that loses teens in a haze of "So what?" The reading quizzes that turn, say, "Hamlet" into a Q&A on facts, symbols and themes. The thesis-driven essay assignments that require students to write about a novel they can't muster any passion for ("The Scarlet Letter" is high on teens' list of most dreaded). I'll never forget what one parent, bemoaning his daughter's aversion to great books after she took AP English Literature, wrote to me: "What I've seen teachers do is take living, breathing works of art and transform them into dessicated lab specimens fit for dissection."

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(awkward pause)

 

 

 

Yes, we do need to sow the seeds of the next crop of English majors. But, we ought to consider it even more important, since the numbers are so lopsided, to remember that as many as 90% of our students "ain't gonna major in English" and perhaps as many as 50% of our students "ain't gonna read a single piece of fiction" after they are no longer required to do so.

 

I know.

 

I don't particularly want to hear it either.  But "facts is facts." And, if there is any truth in the contentions made in this article that in too many cases we may be killing what we believe we are nourishing we may want to revisit even our own personal favorite lessons.

 

I am not proposing that we "dumb down" but rather that we give some thought to how we might "relevance up" what we do in our literary reading instruction. Anyone who can't imagine how to "relevance up" say a play like Cyrano deBergerac, must surely have forgotten what it felt like to have acne or the intensity of the forces of physical attractivenss at a time in one's life when "inner beauty" is just something that teens' parents say is really important while correcting their children's posture.

 

Yes, of course! That's it. Our students don't particularly want to hear what they don't want to hear either. But, we're the grown ups in the room aren't we? 

 

Of course if taken as a blanket condemnation of how we teach literary reading, then it is a harsh and unfair implication to suggest that none of us do manage to successfully engage the vast majority of our students. But, if we are willing to listen and hear what we may not really want to hear, we may give some readjusted attention to the complaints of those who are brave or annoyed enough to express those complaints. And, if we really do want to hear what we really don't want to hear, then we might also spend significant time listening to the eerie silience of those who "lay low" only pretending to care or to those silent ones who don't even bother to pretend to care while wondering why the clock moves so slowly.

 

We can sometimes too easily explain away the complaints and disengaged silence by believing that "they're just lazy, they spend too much time on facebook, they just don't care, that they just want less challenging work." There certainly are those. But a surprising number of the disengaged don't want less; they want "something" more.

 

It was not too long ago that the battle cry was, "No Child Left Behind!" But, I would propose that perhaps an equally important concern is that when we finish with them, that they do not ride off "into the real world" happy to be finally free to leave some of their teachers behind.

 

Teach to their hearts and their minds will follow.

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Google Lit Trips is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, a 501c3 tax-exempt educational nonprofit

 

Shay Davidson's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:47 PM

Interesting. I'm quite sure people could argue all day about the books kids are forced to read in high school. I only wish that good teachers had a choice in the books they wanted to present to students--and I'd get to pick the good teachers out!

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Collaborative Learning| Peoplefluent

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The correlation between sharing, learning, and performance is significant. Learn how establishing a collaborative learning environment can boost productivity and results.
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Norwegian Dud - Slate Magazine (blog)

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In what the English-language Norwegian news source the Local describes as a display of “total ignorance,” the White House's appointee for the next U.S.
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TOEFL Speaking Tasks and Questions 2013 ~ TOEFL Review - Tips on How to Pass the Exam

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TOEFL Speaking Tasks and Questions 2013

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TOEFL Preparation kit Volume 4

TOEFL Preparation kit Volume 4 | pbl, connected learning, webtools, educative tools, education tools, learning by doing | Scoop.it
Free TOEFL tests online for you to practice. These tests were designed for people who is preparing for the TOEFL test ETS TOEFL Preparation kit Volume 3 (reading and structure)

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Connie Baques 's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:49 AM

Check out TOEFL Preparation kit Volume 5 as well!

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The Flatmates from BBC Learning English

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The playlist for all the videos in the English language learning soap opera, The Flatmates

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Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, March 8, 2013 7:40 AM

 

About a hundred short BBC's one minute subtitled videos about student life

( relationships, friendship, crushes, exams, daily life ect...)

Warmly recommended.

 

The Flatmates  (les colocataires) une excellente et motivante série de la BBC

une centaine de très courtes videos (1 minute) avec sous-titres...

Sujet: "Flatmates" suit la vie de plusieurs étudiants.

Relations, parents, examen, amitiés, amour, rendez-vous

 

Darcie Hammer's curator insight, April 23, 2014 3:28 PM

video

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University lectures / TOEFL® listening

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50 lectures with questions and their answers http://t.co/Vcm9cPPeqi
#toefl #listening

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