Published on Dec 15, 2014We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes—one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of “Mystery Classroom” was all it took for these students to discover the potential of Translator to break down language barriers and bring people together.
'The italk library is a set of online video resources in English, Australian Aboriginal dialects and other languages. These stories are aimed at adult learners and cover topics such as money, language learning, mental health, health and disability, the law, and workplace health and safety. These resources could be used in adult literacy, vocational training and community education contexts.' - from NZ Literacy Portal
In the movie The Life of Brian (1979), Reg, played by John Cleese, asks fellow members of the People’s Front of Judea: … apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation…
Overview A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention: “Key to the classroom… make it interesting”. “Really?” I thought. “After all these years of innovation and quality teaching frameworks, are we still trying to work out how to engage students?”
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Seminar: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 14:00 to 15:00, Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology.
Access to and affordability of digital technology for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians is an ongoing concern. This talk reports on new research on the access and use of mobile and internet services by people experiencing homelessness and engages with key issues of digital exclusion in the context of a society-wide shift in connectivity and the reform of a wide range of public and commercial services around these changes.
Eslflow's guide to ESL lesson plans, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, games and activities for English as a Second (or Foreign) Language for teachers and students
TALC library's insight:
'This website provides lesson plans, worksheets and activities centred around business and everyday English. Resources are arranged by topic and level (elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate). Some IELTS exercises are provided. There is a section on cross-cultural communication, socialising and small talk in business contexts. These resources are recommended browsing for tutors teaching literacy and English language skills in all contexts (including vocational education).' -- from NZ Literacy Portal
Immigration is a political hot potato. On the day the OECD published its latest annual survey of global migration, Swiss voters rejected a referendum to reduce annual migration numbers. A few days earlier…
Indigenous Australian practices, honed over thousands of years, weave science with storytelling. In this Indigenous science series, we look at different aspects of First Australians' traditional life and…
Join Tanya Hosch and Tim Gartrell for the launch of this great little book about cross-cultural leadership which brings together perspectives from a diversity of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous authors, all with first-hand knowledge of what happens when 'black' and 'white' Australians come together to try and work on change. Lost Conversations tells personal stories and proposes new ways of working together - not new ‘fixes’, programs or money - as the critical missing element in how to make progr
This literature review examines youth centres and other programs which offer holistic or integrated youth services in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia, and considers supportive policy frameworks.
OPENING GATES' CHECKBOOK: What does the Gates Foundation believe will improve outcomes for low-income post-secondary students? It's willing to spend $20 million to find out. Announced today are seven finalists for the Next Generation Courseware Challenge, nearly all of whom feature some combination
Human tutors — teachers who work closely with students, one on one — are unrivaled in their ability to promote deep and lasting learning. Education researchers have known this for more than 30 years, but until recently they haven’t paid much attention to one important reason why tutoring is so effective: the management of emotion. …