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7 examples of great technology for English learners

7 examples of great technology for English learners | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning has changed in many ways over the past two decades. The use of technology to encourage and explore learning is not a new thing and there is now a lot of technology available to second language learners.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 19, 3:09 AM

Some useful examples.

Danielarv's curator insight, November 19, 3:19 PM
In this article you find 7 online tools which can help you to improve your English level. The first online tool is second life which offers learners the chance to connect and collaborate with classmates and teachers out of class. The second is Minecraft which is a commercial game that can motivate the students to learn through the game. The third is the digital art in which learners could draw, paint or manipulate a photograph and then describe to family, friends or classmates what they did and what their image means to them. If you want to know more about this, just give click on it.
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The Secret Weapon for Any English or Language Teacher’s Data Arsenal (EdSurge News)

The Secret Weapon for Any English or Language Teacher’s Data Arsenal (EdSurge News) | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
Data is such an integral part of education, and can be especially helpful to teachers with English Language Learners (ELL’s)—which in this day and age, really means any teacher, anywhere.
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Integration of digital technology into everyday English language teaching and testing. 
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12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom

12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

Advice from three ESL teachers on the things regular classroom teachers can do to help English language learners thrive in mainstream classrooms. [...]

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Why it’s hard to be a teacher of English language learners — by an ELL teacher

Why it’s hard to be a teacher of English language learners — by an ELL teacher | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

A companion piece to the post below this one.

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David Crystal presents at the 36th TESOL Greece International Conference

English Accents: Past-Present-Future” Sponsored by the British Council David Crystal reflects on what's happening to English accents in the UK and worldwide, ...
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Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English.

Spell Up. Speak to play and build up your English. | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

This is a great new game from Google which helps students develop their vocabulary through spelling and pronunciation. Using Chrome, students can actually speak to the computer and listen to the pronunciation of the words as they build a word tower. They can even listen to a speaking dictionary telling them what the words mean. This should get your students working autonomously to develop their own vocabulary and if they sign in they can track and share their results.


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Sayed Saber Ali's curator insight, July 20, 2014 8:35 PM

You need to use Google Chrome to enjoy this.

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Proud to have done some work on this for Google.

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Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – "Szoter"

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – "Szoter" | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
This post is the third (the first one was Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Phrase.It” and Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Padlet”) in a lengthy seri...

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Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Post It"

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Post It" | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
  This post is the seventh in a lengthy series where I will be sharing the Web 2.0 tools that I’m using with my Beginning English Language Learners, along with explaining how we’re using and s...

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Drew Johnson's curator insight, March 12, 2015 9:08 AM

How to use the web 2.0 tool post it. 

Kaylyn Jowers's curator insight, March 12, 2015 9:12 AM

Web 2.0 for English.

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This is an article explaining different web 2.0 tools, and helping people to use them.

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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want - planning for a d...

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Interesting questions to ask when planning lessons which help to create exciting lesson plans that focus on the needs of the students and to find ways to engage them all. 

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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, February 8, 2015 12:19 PM

Excellent guide to follow when planning our classes.

Robyn Jay's curator insight, August 4, 2015 9:47 PM

Jackie Gerstein shares nine questions that you might consider asking yourself as you design new units. Two are listed below. The infographic she designed, with nine questions is in the image above, and you can access a list of the nine questions as well as the infographic in her post.

* Will the learners get the chance to share their work with other learners with a more global audience?

* Will the learners find the learning activities engaging? interesting? relevant? useful?

Gerstein's questions help you focus on the learner.They may help you transform lessons in ways you had not envisioned.

Dalia Rodriguez's curator insight, February 17, 10:12 PM

This image provides questions to to ask yourself when you want to plan learning activities,. You want to ensure that the activities are age appropriate. 

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25 Pedagogy Ideas Teachers Found on Twitter


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A resource of ideas that teachers have found implemented in their classrooms. With useful links provided.  

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 9, 2014 9:18 PM

This issue of the UKED magazine has one article that you should check out. They surveyed teachers and asked ideas they had found on Twitter and implemented in their classroom. The top 25 are shared in this article, and many include a link to additional resources. There are many that you will know, but there are a few that were new to me (at least, the acronyms the used were). Below is a list of five of the ideas, which they refer to as pedagogies. Check out the link to see a larger version of the image above as well as additional information on each.(And this article starts on page 19 in the magazine.)

* FiSH feedback (which stands for Friendly, Informative, Specific and Honest feedback)

* DIRT feedback (which stands for Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time)

* Virtual Global Exchanges

* Takeaway Homework

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Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software

Transcribe - online transcription and dictation software | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
Transcribe saves thousands of hours every month in transcription time for journalists, lawyers and students all over the world.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 2, 2014 3:50 AM

Useful tool for transcribing audio recordings from research or listening materials.

Jose Pietri's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:17 AM

Compare to Dragon, etc. Test for use in creating training guides, etc.

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Kiddle - a Visual Search Engine for Kids

Kiddle - a Visual Search Engine for Kids | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
Kiddle - search engine for kids with illustrated results and safe search.

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A kid friendly search engine complete with pictures. This would be great for young learners and ELLs. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 27, 2014 4:37 PM

Check out this new search engine called Kiddle. It is a visual search engine designed for children. What makes it different?

1. Most search results provide a large thumbnail. This image will help children differentiate some results.

2. The font size. Kiddle uses a large size of Ariel, a font that helps with readability.

3. Sites are filtered and are family friendly.

4. Kiddle is privacy oriented. No data is collected and logs are deleted after 24 hours.

If you work with young students, or have young children at home this search engine is worth checking out.

Nathalie Mercken's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:00 AM

ajouter votre aperçu ...

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British Council Webinar: Learner Autonomy – Tools and Tips

British Council Webinar: Learner Autonomy – Tools and Tips | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
Today I had the pleasure of doing a webinar for the British Council TeachingEnglish folk, the topic and title of which was: Learner Autonomy - Tools and Tips. A whopping 97 people participated! (I mention this because it properly surprised me...!
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Excellent presentation on developing learner autonomy with practical examples and based on evidence.  
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Being a Teenager is Hard Enough Without Having to Learn English as a Second Language | VICE | United States

For immigrants who come to America as children and teenagers, adapting to a new language can make middle and high school feel like hell.
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Chin shares her powerful story of what it was like not to have a voice when she immigrated to the USA. This could be used for teacher professional development to show the importance of "knowing your students". 
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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

Learning English in a public setting can be a daunting experience. Apps can help kids break past some of the hang-ups that come with learning something new in front of a classroom.

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International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching

International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

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Quick link to the online journal index. 

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 27, 2015 2:39 AM

Some ten years of issues of this online journal (one PDF with 5-10 articles per year). Plugged by Stephen Krashen on Tea wtih BVP

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:45 AM

I have followed these TESOL resources for years and have a great slide share on

"The Natural Approach" 

http://www.slideshare.net/AjaanRobCMU/the-natual-approach-teaching-methodology-presentation

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Engaging English Language Learners In Academic Conversations

Engaging English Language Learners In Academic Conversations | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
In this new series, created in partnership with Oakland Unified School District, we visit three classrooms where ELLs are engaged in academic conversations.
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Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – "Padlet"

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – "Padlet" | Second language teaching | Scoop.it
This post is the second post (the first one was Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “Phrase.It”) in a lengthy series where I will be sharing the Web 2.0 tools that I’m using wit...

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:45 AM

I always appreciate when educators share their experiences with useful Web 2.0 tools.  This article presents some familiar and also some new tools to use for ESL.

JIM BUIa's curator insight, March 12, 2015 8:51 AM

Great way of understanding web 2.0 tools for beginners. Two thumbs up

Angel Bolton's curator insight, March 12, 2015 8:51 AM

List of Web 2.0 tools.

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Strategies to Support English-Language Learners

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Strategies to Support English-Language Learners | Edutopia http://t.co/xUy9aS4mcd #ellchat #elemchat
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Enhancing Vocabulary and Comprehension for English Language Learners

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Supporting English Language Learners in NZ

This explores the ESOL resources that are available to support teachers in NZ. This presentation has been developed by Dan Haddock and Janis Maidment who work …

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All the MOE developed resources and  support material available for teachers of ELL's in New Zealand Schools 

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Worldwide Country Comparison

Worldwide Country Comparison | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

"MyLifeElsewhere allows you to compare your home country with different countries around the world. Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were born somewhere else?"


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This tool would be useful to use at the start of the school year to help teachers and students to understand diverse students and their families a little better. Also has an etiquette section to understand some of the dos and don'ts of other cultures.  

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HG Académie de Rennes's curator insight, January 31, 2015 1:56 AM

Un site d'une grande simplicité d'utilisation bien qu'en anglais. Le principe est de choisir deux pays dans un menu déroulant pour en comparer les principaux indicateurs de développement sous la forme de petites infographies très pédagogiques.
La comparaison est évidemment un processus de raisonnement à mettre en place pour situer et caractériser en géographie. On songera ainsi à l'utilisation d'un tel outil dans le cadre de l'étude des inégalités de développement en classe de 5e et de Seconde, mais aussi pour une mise en perspective sur les Territoires dans la mondialisation en classe de 4e afin de caractériser un PMA, un pays émergent, un pays développé (cf. exemple réalisé pour l'illustration).

Dernière information sur ce site, les statistiques utilisées proviennent des bases de données open source de la CIA américaine.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, February 7, 2015 7:51 PM

After studying this comparison tool and using it to find the best of the best and worst of the worst, I picked out some highlights I'd like to share. Monaco is clearly the place to be born, earn, and live. When compared to the USA, the infant mortality rate is 71% less, the life expectancy is 10 years longer @ 84, and you'll earn 62% more money, no doubt because you have ten more years in which to do so. I believe the stats may be skewed a bit in this country comparison as the very rich live there and they have access to the best medical care, and probably don't have very many infants with them when they make the move from elsewhere, hence the low infant mortality rate. Austria is not a bad second choice as you are 33% less likely to be unemployed. On a sobering note, the life expectancy if you live in Namibia is only 52! Yikes, I'm already 53... It's far worse however in Swaziland. The life expectancy is sadly only 50.5 years and you are 44 times more likely to have AIDS than if you lived here. 26.5% of the population has AIDS! Be thankful for where you live and stop complaining, it's far worse on average in nearly all other countries.

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Did you know that with 1/30th the territory of the United States, Norway still has over 25% more coastline?  I didn't either until I compared Norway to the United States using My Life Elsewhere.  This site is designed allow United States students to imagine how their lives might be different if they were born in a different part of the world.  Students would probably die 21 years earlier if they were born in Liberia and 11 times more likely to have died in infancy.   Students would be 43.8% less likely to grow up and be unemployed and have 36.3% less babies if they were born in Taiwan.  This side-by-side format is a great way to help students help make these statistics real and meaningful.  One major drawback: this site only allows users to compare a country to the United States.  If you prefer to have students compare, say Cuba to the United Arab Emirates, I would recommend that you try If It Where My Home. 


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Using the webcam to develop pronunciation

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of.  So here are a few tips and examples to help you use your webcam to help with your students’ pronunciation.


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A great idea to support ELLs pronunciation in the classroom by using webcam. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:23 AM

This is my latest post for the EnglishUp Teachers' Blog. This one is about using the webcam to help develop pronunciation when teaching online.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:11 PM

Reinforcing the visual intelligence realm -- with particular applicability for higher ed  EL pedagogy

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7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry

7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry | Second language teaching | Scoop.it

There are so many great ways to promote your school online these days! Check 7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited.


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These 7 tools could be used to promote your school to prospective International parents as well as a way to communicate with diverse parents. 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:20 AM

Though this was written for the higher ed peeps, some really good ideas for ALL schools! I would add - BRANDING!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 1, 2014 10:30 AM

Great tips!