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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

TED talks: beyond coursebook accents | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Do you ever use TED talks in your classes? This nonprofit organisation, with the tagline ‘Ideas worth spreading’, is a great place to find interesting authentic audio.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Nice selection of different accents for awareness raising or teacher education

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:59 AM

Wonderful and inspiring talks.

Ramon Gomes's curator insight, November 22, 2014 7:29 PM

This is the best programme for talks ever!!!

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The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian

The case for language learning | Education | The Guardian | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Join the national debate on the importance of language learning and help us put languages back on the agenda. All content in this series is editorially independent and paid for by the British Academy.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:31 AM

Anglophones worry about not learning any languages, while non-anglophones struggle to learn English.

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How to Listen

How to Listen | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
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A comparison between the invention of radio and that of the Internet need not be a strained or superfical exercise. Parallels abound.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 30, 2014 4:57 AM

Food for thought in an era of multi-tasking and intuitive tools ...

Quran Coaching's curator insight, September 2, 2014 1:34 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Anne Merritt

Foreign languages: how to memorise vocabulary - Anne Merritt | Didactics of English | 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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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:21 AM

Some ideas for developing good study skills.  

Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:22 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 Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, April 14, 2013 6:23 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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525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Download 525 free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:24 AM

Lots of English audiobooks in mp3 format

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:30 PM

nice and free

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 1:04 AM

Great way to have fun and enhance listening skills.

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Glossary of Poetic Terms : The Poetry Foundation

Glossary of Poetic Terms : The Poetry Foundation | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
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.

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TEFL Matters: Are you a Good Language Learner?

TEFL Matters: Are you a Good Language Learner? | Didactics of English | Scoop.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


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:37 AM

Marisa Constantinides summarises findings of some older learner studies. 

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Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird

Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird | Didactics of English | Scoop.it

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.


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Steve Button's curator insight, February 25, 2015 1:53 PM

I haven't tried this, but it could be interesting. Any comments?

Stephanie Scarce's curator insight, March 28, 2015 1:42 PM

reading

Ruby Kupsho's curator insight, August 4, 2015 9:34 PM

Great supplement for ESL students!

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200 Free Documentaries Online

200 Free Documentaries Online | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
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Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. For more great films, please visit our complete collection of Free Movies Online.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 10, 2014 12:55 PM

All in English (OK, one's in French), selection heavily slanted to culture and the arts

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More Resources for Google Forms

More Resources for Google Forms | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, contributor Beth Still shared an introduction to Google Forms. In this article, we give you a curated list of other resources where you can find more about this digital tool, bot...

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Learning theories / Theories of Learning | Oxford Brookes Univ


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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

 

Creating “Collaborative Learning Communities”

“It is essential to view learning as a total community responsibility,” he says, and to expect no short cuts. Children need to be integrated, fully contributing members of the broader community, so they can feel useful and valued. (It is not just the children who need this, he adds; healthy communities also need children.)

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On a practical level, the most powerful lever for change, Abbott says, is people coming together to “rethink the role of community in the learning process,” agreeing how to divide up responsibilities among professional teachers and other community members, and then launching small pilot projects that are true to their new vision. These efforts will build on each other, he says, and large-scale change will follow.


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june holley's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:59 PM
Not just for people involved in education!
Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, April 11, 2014 1:32 PM

Educación y Sociedad

Bibiana Vargas's curator insight, April 13, 2014 4:05 PM

Overschooled and undereducated.  Love the statement. Thinking of borrowing it soon.

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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critica...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:46 AM

Nice justification of literature, liberal arts, pitched beautifully for anglophone teens, but just about right for undergrad second language speakers, IMO.

Eion_D's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:44 AM

Hopefully more engaging than the last post, John Green has created a series of Crash Course videos based around Literature. This is the first, it links in to our discussions about thinking critically, and why it's so important to be able to delve deeper. Finding meaning, creating an analysis of a text shouldn’t be a nightmare; it should give you the opportunity to view the world differently. So with that in mind, and having watched the video, I want you to sit down and have a think about the text Romeo & Juliet, before answering these two questions:

            Using the comments section, create for me, a list of the things you have learnt from the play. It's pretty simple, just a list of information, literary concepts, feelings or understandings you have gained from reading the play. Why? Because reflecting on what we've learnt from a text will help us move forward in understanding ourselves and how we can communicate those changes with others. By doing it together, with everyone's input, we can create a storyboard of our learned experiences as a group.

            Pick a character from the play (this exercise may help, if you're struggling to build the above list). Choose the character you thought you would most hate. Tell me why you thought they would be loathsome. And then as clearly and concisely as you can, explain why you were surprised that you didn't hate them at all. What experiences changed your mind? Were they persuasive speakers? Did their actions redeem themselves in your eyes? What emotion, or lived experience caused you to empathise with them, despite how much you wanted to hate them?

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Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free

Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
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.

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Susan's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:18 AM

How good is your ear for picking out the language being spoken?  Give this game a try! #foreignlanguages

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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 | Didactics of English | Scoop.it

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:06 AM

A recommendation for the free vocabulary learning system Duolingo, which also has a free iOS app, as a "supplement" to classroom activities.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:08 AM

Independent vocabulary learning practice.

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Babel:the language magazine


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 1, 2013 1:23 AM

Interesting information about language and limguistics for the lay reader.  Good for advanced students and teachers.

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BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive

BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Archive of online and downloadable quizzes from BBC Learning English

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:19 AM

Useful as a filler or for quick finishers.

jillyfrees's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:09 AM

Ooh - this looks really handy. The trick is to cherry pick the right one for the right teaching moment! I've clipped it to Evernote and will try to remember to pick one out each time I'm looking for a quick activity in class or to add to the class blog as a student-directed review activity.

English@Holme's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:25 PM

Hundreds of quizzes on loads of different themes - something for everyone!

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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critica...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:46 AM

Nice justification of literature, liberal arts, pitched beautifully for anglophone teens, but just about right for undergrad second language speakers, IMO.

Eion_D's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:44 AM

Hopefully more engaging than the last post, John Green has created a series of Crash Course videos based around Literature. This is the first, it links in to our discussions about thinking critically, and why it's so important to be able to delve deeper. Finding meaning, creating an analysis of a text shouldn’t be a nightmare; it should give you the opportunity to view the world differently. So with that in mind, and having watched the video, I want you to sit down and have a think about the text Romeo & Juliet, before answering these two questions:

            Using the comments section, create for me, a list of the things you have learnt from the play. It's pretty simple, just a list of information, literary concepts, feelings or understandings you have gained from reading the play. Why? Because reflecting on what we've learnt from a text will help us move forward in understanding ourselves and how we can communicate those changes with others. By doing it together, with everyone's input, we can create a storyboard of our learned experiences as a group.

            Pick a character from the play (this exercise may help, if you're struggling to build the above list). Choose the character you thought you would most hate. Tell me why you thought they would be loathsome. And then as clearly and concisely as you can, explain why you were surprised that you didn't hate them at all. What experiences changed your mind? Were they persuasive speakers? Did their actions redeem themselves in your eyes? What emotion, or lived experience caused you to empathise with them, despite how much you wanted to hate them?

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History of English (combined)

History of English (combined) | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
Free learning from The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/english-language --- A look at the history of the English lan...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:31 AM

10 minutes on how English developed.

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English Resources: primaryresources.co.uk

English Resources: primaryresources.co.uk | Didactics of English | Scoop.it

"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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Eisa Muhammad's curator insight, September 24, 2014 6:45 AM

Good links and greatly helpful

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Thinking Critically | Learning Commons [Video]

Thinking Critically | Learning Commons [Video] | Didactics of English | Scoop.it

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 


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The In-Class Flip - YouTube

 

Have you been unsuccessful in flipping your classroom? The In-Class Flip offers an alternative method for using the "flipped" concept that avoids the complications of home access and student accountability. This video shows you how to do it.


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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, April 20, 2014 12:07 PM

Pour ceux qui pensent que leurs élèves ne feront pas le travail de visionnage de videos à la maison, une autre possibilité s'offre à vous : former un îlot avec des ordinateurs pour que les élèves consultent la vidéo et d'autres ateliers où les élèves feront d'autres activités : rebrassage de vocabulaire, anticipation du point de grammaire dans un texte par exemple.

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50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED

50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) - InformED | Didactics of English | Scoop.it

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.

So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher.


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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Didactics of English | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:28 AM

Evaluating information is a critical life skill. Without sufficient practice, our students will not internalize this skill, and will not remember it from lesson to lesson. Talk to you librarian today about integrating the process of evaluating information into your research projects and lesson plans today!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 1:18 PM

Interesting article showing what school  librarians teach every day, if they get the chance...

liz deskins's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:09 AM

Something m ost librarians already do; but good to remind us about it!