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Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers

Humanising Language Teaching Magazine for teachers and teacher trainers | TELT | Scoop.it
Humanising Language Teaching Magazine offers lesson plans, student exercises, articles by top EFL professionals, new TEFL publication
notices, and much more for teachers and educators of English as a Foreign Langauge. Produced in associated with Pilgrims Limited.
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Nice introduction to using corpora and corpus tools in language teaching, including ideas for providing written and oral feedback asynchronously using track changes and Jing.
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“A sophisticated and ingenious procedure” for language teaching and research

“A sophisticated and ingenious procedure” for language teaching and research | TELT | Scoop.it
Dictogloss is a teaching technique developed for teaching grammar which involves learners collaborating in groups to reconstruct in writing a text they have heard read aloud several times.
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Collaborative listening/writing task for second language learning
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Collaborative listening/writing task for second language learning
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Collaborative listening/writing task for second language learning
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The TEFLology Podcast

The TEFLology Podcast | TELT | Scoop.it
A Podcast about Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (by TEFLology Podcast)
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Covering interviews with important figures, methods, and aspects of history of (English) language teaching

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Simple ways to differentiate materials for mixed level classes

Simple ways to differentiate materials for mixed level classes | TELT | Scoop.it
I love this picture..they're all eggs, but just look at the variety. And it's the same in any class. Differentiation can be defined as: “….identifying and addressing the different needs, interests and abilities of all learners to give them the best possible chance of achieving their learning goals.” (Standards Unit, Improving differentiation in business education,…
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Lots of new teachers in our Masters programme looking for help with differentiation.

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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | TELT | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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Different formats and activities to encourage discussion in class

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 5, 10:15 AM

Are you tired of the same few students answering discussion questions?  Or having the class go completely silent when discussion time begins?  If yes, this article has a variety here to get students discussing.  I love how this article breaks it down the prep time from easy to difficult.  

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"15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day."

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CLIL & EAP: teaching history

Many educators have argued that the best way to learn something, anything, is through context. For ELT, this often means language through content. In fact, content-based instruction (CBI) is an app…
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English for Academic Purposes: EAP links

English for Academic Purposes: EAP links | TELT | Scoop.it

My top (online) EAP resources part 2 After writing my first post on some of the online English for Academic Purposes resources I use and since my next pre sessional EAP course (6th!

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Some good free resources here, good for CAPES oral practice for those that need it

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Free Sources of Language Teaching Research: Borg

Free Sources of Language Teaching Research: Borg | TELT | Scoop.it
Getting access to relevant literature is often a challenge for teachers. Here are some free sources I have found useful. Free on-line journals Asian EFL
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Nice list of open access resources to

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More ELT podcasts

More ELT podcasts | TELT | Scoop.it
In my previous review of podcasts I wrote "2014 was a great year for EFL podcasts with several sprouting up like veritable fungi". Well not only had I missed some, but also more soon sprouted up like...more fungi?
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More places to hear about all things EFL/ESL ...

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Great resources for authentic listening materials. 

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In New English

36 pages of news-related EFL materials.

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Very standardised format, but looks very easy to pick up and implement for busy teachers.

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Short Memoirs: 10 examples

Short Memoirs: 10 examples | TELT | Scoop.it
10 Amazing Examples of Short Memoir Writing: tetw: After Life by Joan Didion - In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Didion meditates on the fragility of life Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes by David Foster Wallace - I grew up inside vectors, lines...
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Open access to Didion, Sedaris, Zadie Smith

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Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL

Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL | TELT | Scoop.it
A total of 22 universities participated in the study, and 3,000 Listening and 3,300 Reading Proficiency Tests were administered. Approximately 50% were Spanish, 25% were French, and 10% were German tests. The remaining 15% consisted of Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

One of the most encouraging findings was the fact that graduating seniors were, on average, advanced in reading in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. The study, therefore, provides evidence that professional (advanced) competences are commonly acquired in reading, even as early as the third year, in the most commonly taught languages. For a profession that has gotten used to accepting the fact that in speaking, intermediate mid seems to be the threshold that is all but impossible to get beyond without a significant period abroad, this is good news indeed.


Listening proficiency, however, seems to be a different matter. For languages like Spanish and German, and even Russian, the mean difference in proficiency level is one sublevel lower than for reading. The mean in Spanish, for example, is intermediate low in reading and novice high in listening at the end of the second-year sequence. For languages like French and Portuguese, languages where the spoken language is very different from the written one, the difference is even larger, i.e., close to two sublevels.

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Listening and reading benchmark study to be published December 2015

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EFLshorts

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Short stories for EFL learners by Scott Lauder and Walter McGregor
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A number of simplified stories for EFL learners, in short installments for easy reading.

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Second Languages Matter! Best Practices Day 2016

Twitter Tips from Second Language Educators
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Tips via Twitter for language educators
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Tips via Twitter for language educators
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Tips via Twitter for language educators
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Research Bites: Reading, Pronunciation, and the Phonological Loop

Summary and reaction to “Phonology in Second Language Reading: Not an Optional Extra”, Walter (2008)
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Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
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Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
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Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
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Dictionaries versus online corpus in EFL

Dictionaries versus online corpus in EFL | TELT | Scoop.it
Blog post written by Natalia Jacobsen based on an article in the journal ReCALL The use of corpora for second language learning and teaching has been gaini
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Corpus tools harder to use but more effective

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Pre/while/post listening tasks: Nik Peachey

Pre/while/post listening tasks: Nik Peachey | TELT | Scoop.it
In this article I intend to outline a framework that can be used to design a listening lesson that will develop your students' listening skills and look at some of the issues involved.
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 8, 11:05 AM

Having specific objectives for pre/while/post listening will help students better understand what they are listening to in another language.  This article gives specific examples of how to activate better listening at these three stages.

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Upcoming webinars for ELT educators | Jan - Feb 2016

Upcoming webinars for ELT educators | Jan - Feb 2016 | TELT | Scoop.it

I wove a wrap for you with some webinars, using disparate threads I found across the net. I realise it's a bit late in the month but as they say better later than never.

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Tracking L2 acquisition in immigrant secondary school pupils: Michael Evans

Tracking L2 acquisition in immigrant secondary school pupils: Michael Evans | TELT | Scoop.it

Two case studies:

22 recently-arrived migrant pupils

Language data: 2 open ended writing tasks, 30 minutes, some prompts were provided, 1 year interval

What was analysed? Formal features (word count, spelling mistakes, connectives, tenses, complex sentences.)

70 interviews, 30 min approx

Analyses of the 3 longest turns

Study of conjecture in the language of EAL pupils + Direct/indirect speech

 

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All about writing activities

All about writing activities | TELT | Scoop.it

This week has been all about writing activities, with a webinar for British Council Teaching English, and the publication of my ebook for English Language Teacher 2 Writer, on How to Write Writing Activities.

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Links to resources and ideas for teaching writing in EFL

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Language teacher's handbook: Steve Smith, 2015

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85 page Word document for secondary school MFL teachers in the UK, very practical advice

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The return of translation: opportunities and pitfalls

The return of translation: opportunities and pitfalls | TELT | Scoop.it

For most of the 20th century, there was a deep-rooted tradition in the ELT, which dates back to the Direct Method, that L1 in the classroom should be avoided at all costs. Although there were some alternative methods, such as Community Language learning (aka ‘counsel-learning’) and Dodson’s Bilingual Method, which made use of the learners’ L1 and used translation, most ELT methods of the last century were clearly ‘target-language’ only and some even went as far as to take a clearly anti-L1 stance in order to avoid interference.

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Quick history of the place of L1 in EFL teaching methodologies, and some ideas for using translation in class if you are so moved

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Five tips to encourage spontaneous talk

Five tips to encourage spontaneous talk | TELT | Scoop.it

1. Teach masses of vocabulary,

2. Involve students in lots of oral interaction

3. Expose learners to lots of comprehensible aural input

4. Model to students creative ways to put a message across

5. Ask them to practise digitally-mediated interactional writing independently

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Going beyond the parrot stage

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Preparing teachers to teach pronunciation: Burri, 2015

Preparing teachers to teach pronunciation: Burri, 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
Burri, M. (2015). ‘My perspective changed dramatically’: A case for preparing L2 instructors to teach pronunciation. English Australia Journal, vol 32.1, pp. 19-37. Access the article to read onlin...
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Participate in discussion of this account of research into EFL teachers' attitudes to the teaching of pronunciation.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, November 10, 2015 9:48 PM

I am one of the teachers who runs away from teaching pronunciation classes, and I was never properly taught how to teach it.  The research article is just that, but definitely go to the last paragraph before the summary.  That information hit home for the reason I will try to infuse more pronunciation practice in my lessons.