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Non-native accents: ELFpron activities

Non-native accents: ELFpron activities | TELT | Scoop.it
This is the second post about gems of resources uncovered in the Aladdin’s cave that is the BBC Learning English website. Check out our first post for suggestions on using the BBC’s “Better speaking” series.
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Activities and (BBC) resources for EFL/ESL work with non-native pronunciation

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TESOL France - Colloquium 14-16 Nov

TESOL France - Colloquium 14-16 Nov | TELT | Scoop.it
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) France is a non-profit organization of teachers of English in France
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Programme now online.

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The grammar lesson revisited: Babylonia, 2014 (2)

The grammar lesson revisited: Babylonia, 2014 (2) | TELT | Scoop.it

Grammar teaching for language learning (Rod Ellis)

Représentation de la grammaire (Jean-Claude Beacco)

Harmonising teaching and learning (David Newby)

 

 

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Open access to the latest issue, including articles by some heavy hitters, and an interesting download on TBLT for primary school EFL with links to resources.

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Hugh Dellar and The Lexical Approach

Hugh Dellar and The Lexical Approach | TELT | Scoop.it
Hugh Dellar is a blogger , a coursebook writer, a frequent conference speaker, a teacher trainer, and an EFL teacher. He’s perhaps best known for his promotion of the lexical approach. While I know...
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After Krashen and Hoey, SLA blogger Geoffrey Jordan takes on ELT blogger and materials writer Hugh Dellar on the theoretical underpinnings of the lexical approach (or lack thereof)

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Amanda Cynthia Lima's curator insight, September 20, 12:07 PM

Very intesting!  #madeinusabrasil

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English e-books: Graded readers

Adapted e-books, various authors, genres, levels

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Lots of titles available in a variety of formats.  Some language errors in the book descriptions but the actual texts I looked at seem OK.  Copyright?

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Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 12:56 AM

Great site for students

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Innovations in the continuous professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuous professional development of English language teachers | TELT | Scoop.it
You can download this publication in pdf format below.
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Free PDF on language teacher education in EFL

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SLA and SL teaching reading: Geoff Jordan

SLA and SL teaching reading: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

Grammar, CLT, intro to SLA titles with Jordan's annotations.

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Short list of good titles, graduate level.

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Overview of Collaborative Writing Tools: Nathan Hall

Overview of Collaborative Writing Tools: Nathan Hall | TELT | Scoop.it

Unhosted, hosted, single/multiple author options.

 

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From Dropbox to Google Drive via Wikispaces - pros and cons of each, short and sweet.

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The trouble with ELT Blogs: Geoff Jordan

The trouble with ELT Blogs: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

ELT blogs are part of an online philistine culture where complacency is encouraged and robust critical discussion is frowned on.

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Making sure "the nervous, tethered sheep who are presumed to make up the readership of the blogs are not upset" or “You don’t criticise me and I won’t criticise you”?  Geoff Jordan asks why ELT blogs don't engage with more important issues about language teaching and learning and adopt a more critical stance. 

 

Perhaps because they're written by practitioners and materials writers focusing on practical concerns?

 

Jordan's "interesting" questions include these two

• What is the current most widely-accepted explanation of SLA?
• In the multi-billion ELT industry, why do a tiny minority of people get rich while the vast majority of workers stay poor?

 

For me, the first is a question for academics/researchers, and the second is political.

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Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students

Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students | TELT | Scoop.it

1. Apart from textbooks, what do you use outside of class time to help you learn English?
Ted Talks, Good Morning pops (app). 
Sometimes novels or short stories or movie scripts/scenarios.
Watch TED Talks and speeches and EBS World News. Recently Freakonomics.
Radio, apps (Ipad), newspapers.
EBS programs. 

 

2. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school?
Smartphone apps and computer websites.
Websites-google to find English texts.
Apps-Podcast, TED, Umano, dictionaries.
Websites-Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal. 
Googling, dictionary apps, EBS program, NPR, podcasts.

 

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Nice account of a lesson based on ELTjam post about students' use of technology for autonomous learning.  Links to resources, lesson plan and student reactions.  (Bookmarking for a digital literacy class in September.)

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Experimental Practice Academy

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Exploring Experimental Practice in English language teaching

 

This is part of a series of interviews with fellow English language teaching professions to be published on this blog.

 

The interviewees are drawn from a variety of teaching contexts, in different countries and working with different kinds of learners. What they have in common is having experimented in some way with their teaching practice.

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This looks interesting for teacher education/professional development: interviews with practitioners from the ELT blogosphere.

 

I'm looking for resources to help trainee and newly qualified EFL teachers in French secondary schools get the most out of teaching placements and action research opportunities.  So examples of independent professional development in other contexts are worth bookmarking for me.

 

Mike Harrison writes here http://www.mikejharrison.com/

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L'inspection de Monsieur le Prof

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Il est regrettable à mes yeux qu’à l’issue des formations auxquelles j’ai pu assister, on ne construise pas de séquence sous l’œil d’un formateur ou inspecteur afin d’avoir un « cours-étalon » sur lequel se baser.
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An EFL teacher's reaction to an inspection of a lesson in his French high school.  Refreshingly open, entertainingly attuned to the absurdities of The System, and puts the finger on a number of specific points language teacher education needs to address.

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TESOL France 2014 - thoughts, poster, handout and links

TESOL France 2014 - thoughts, poster, handout and links | TELT | Scoop.it
TESOL France 2014 flew by again over the weekend (14-16 November). This year I presented a poster on using PirateBox in class. I felt there was quite a strong interest in this and pleased that some...
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@muranava on this year's TESOL France conference, with links to talks by Stephen Krashen ("click-bait assertions") and Carole Read ("harmless enough")

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Minimal pairs - 'ELF priorities'

Minimal pairs - 'ELF priorities' | TELT | Scoop.it
It can be hard to know what to focus on when it comes to pronunciation, especially if you have a group for a short time or there's a wide range of needs. One of the great things about adopting an E...
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Lots of ideas for working on minimal pairs, with links to resources and explanations.

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Murielle Godement's curator insight, November 11, 1:26 PM

Des pistes pour travailler la prononciation à adapter au primaire.

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Get involved with a fun accents project!

Get involved with a fun accents project! | TELT | Scoop.it
All you need to do is record yourself saying “This is how I say potato and I come from…” and post it to this website. The idea of the project is to map the different ways ‘potato’ is pronounced across the world, and it comes from the legendary David...
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ELT pics: ideas for teachers

ELT pics: ideas for teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

Ways to use pictures for language teaching and learning

 

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I have a communication class starting this week - this looks a nice place for warm-up ideas

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Second language teaching methods: Geoff Jordan's picks

Second language teaching methods: Geoff Jordan's picks | TELT | Scoop.it

Geoffrey Jordan explains why the silent method, suggestopedia, and community language learning should be consigned to the history books, recommends multiple intelligences get the same treatment, and comes out in favour of task-based learning combined with a genuinely learner-centred approach (process syllabus).  

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Cogently and entertainingly argued as usual, with links to further resources.

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How to Listen

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

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

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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The #flashmobELT Movement

The #flashmobELT Movement | TELT | Scoop.it
What makes an ELT movement launch? Two teachers in different time zones and a Facebook chat. This was my random idea during our chat ten minutes before the lessons began this Thursday morning. It t...
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Nice idea for exchanging teaching activities AND sharing feedback. (In my experience with teacher education, we spend too much time on planning and not enough considering implementation.) Plus a link to a corkboard site like Wallwisher I hadn't seen before - lino

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Legal images: Chris Wilson

Legal images: Chris Wilson | TELT | Scoop.it
When you are creating your own materials (or simply supplementing a Coursebook) it can be really useful to use an image to enhance the material or create and activity for students.
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Perennial problem when working online - some good alternatives to Morguefile, my regular solution - unsplash and gratisography

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ELT blogging: Geoff Jordan interviewed by Mike Griffin

ELT blogging: Geoff Jordan interviewed by Mike Griffin | TELT | Scoop.it

"... writing a blog helps to sort your ideas out, not just to let off steam. Back with the issue, all writing requires you to take care with sentence construction, coherence and cohesion, all that stuff. Writing  an academic paper takes a lot of work and by comparison, writing a blog post is a walk in the park ..."

 

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Mike Griffin visits the house of the big wolf to talk about the pros and cons of the ELT blogosphere, and graduate study in applied linguistics

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Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism

Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism | TELT | Scoop.it
Stuff  teacher trainers tell novice teachers:
'Always check your instructions for tasks and activities.'
'Check that everyone understands the vocabulary you are presenting,'
'Grade your own language to the level of the students.'
That last one!
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Crosscultural differences and "the evil that is plagiarism." 

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Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations

Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations | TELT | Scoop.it
Choose an excerpt from a long text or a very stand-alone short text, not more than about 3 sentences long. It should be at or slightly higher than the students’ current level.
 Use a programme like ‘Audacity’ (freely downloadable software) or www.mp3cut.net to isolate the clip that you want to use.
 In class, tell students that they will listen to the clip as many times as they want to, with the aim of reproducing exactly what they hear.
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