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Kathleen Graves: the efficiency of inefficiency

Kathleen Graves: the efficiency of inefficiency | TELT | Scoop.it
The efficiency of inefficiency: an ecological perspective on curriculum by Kathleen Graves I watched the plenary online this morning along with about 70 other viewers, and I took a lot of notes in the hope to post about the session soon.
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Interesting quotes and comments from a number of ELT bloggers on this IATEFL 2014 plenary.  I haven't watched the video yet (link in the post) but some of comments speak to some of my teacher education concerns about a) creating opportunities for learners to use language spontaneously and meaningfully and b) helping new teachers see the value of "messier" approaches to planning and implementing classroom activities.

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Burns, Katz & Freeman on teacher education (online): IATEFL 2014

Burns, Katz & Freeman on teacher education (online): IATEFL 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it
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Research in language teacher education

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Teaching English website for CPD – Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock

Teaching English website for CPD – Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock | TELT | Scoop.it

The notion of 'experts' is changing, and now there are many of them, in the form of bloggers sharing their experience in class, for example.
Voluntary participation allows teachers to decide to what extent they want to be involved, how much work they want to do, etc.

They decided that organising things into career paths might be a more useful way of organising the information. For example, you want to develop your ability to teach teenagers or to write materials. You use the site as a scaffold to work towards your goal, through a series of challenges and goals and expertise to get you there. There may also be an element of gamification to help make it more interesting.

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Plans for developing the British Council website to help scaffold teachers' professional development.

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Webinar: mobile technologies in EFL

Webinar: mobile technologies in EFL | TELT | Scoop.it

The world is going mobile, our learners are totally mobile, and educators have the challenge of finding their way in this mRevolution.  Join the Learning Technologies SIG for a mobile extravaganza, an online get-together to share apps and their pedagogical use in the language classroom, and to discuss the educational possibilities for mobile devices.

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When: Sunday 1 December 2013, GMT 14:00 (London Time)

Where: The event takes place in the IATEFL online conference room.

 http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/ltsig ;
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Things to do with a mouthful of air: Jonathon Marks | Liverpool Online

Things to do with a mouthful of air: Jonathon Marks | Liverpool Online | TELT | Scoop.it

Nobody can speak without pronouncing. Pronunciation tends to be neglected by teachers, but learners often rate it as a high priority. In this workshop, we will do some practical recognition and production activities, taken from The Book of Pronunciation, designed to help learners with sounds and sound sequences, pronunciation and spelling, word stress, rhythm and intonation.

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Irresistible title for this hands-on workshop.  50 minute video.

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Liverpool Online | The 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

Liverpool Online | The 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition | TELT | Scoop.it
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Follow this conference for English language teachers online, live or later.

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IWB debate - IWB for Language Teachers

IWB debate - IWB for Language Teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

Nicky Hockly moderated an IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG webinar debate on IWBs in language teaching in January 2013, with contributions from Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney.

 

Debate then continued on the LT SIG list - I'm reposting here since it's relevant to our EU project iTILT on the IWB in language teaching (http://itilt.eu).

 

Join this group and follow the debate LearningTechnologiesSIG@yahoogroups.com (free membership)

 

You can also join IATEFL and the LT SIG (subscription) and hear a recording of the webinar.

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The topic of IWBs seems to generate a lot of discussion between enthusiasts and detractors.

 

My own feeling after spending a couple of years training, observing and researching language teachers' development with respect to IWB use is that this tool doesn't often get a fair trial.  

 

Teachers often find themselves with cheaper boards, peripherals and software, little or no technical support, very limited, often generic training, and no time or support to develop effective uses.

 

So the IWB is underexploited, and we conclude it is neither pedagogically transformative nor cost-effective.  And so we turn to other, newer tools ...

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Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT

Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT | TELT | Scoop.it

IATEFL LTSIG - the website of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language - Learning Technologies Special Interest Group - is running a free

webinar, this Sunday 18 November at 10h GMT.

 

It's with a group of four Australian educators, sharing how they set up a social network for teachers in their region: 'Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT'. In the webinar these educators discuss Twitter and other online tools they are using to enhance this network.

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How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care): Wiktor Kostrzewski

How Sugata Mitra Annoyed English Teachers (& why I care): Wiktor Kostrzewski | TELT | Scoop.it
What is the role of good teaching? Why does learning sometimes happen on its own? Is there something children cannot learn independently? These were some...
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Pseudo-science in EFL: Russell Mayne

Pseudo-science in EFL: Russell Mayne | TELT | Scoop.it

This talk will focus on aspects of English language teaching which have little or no scientific credibility. Practices such as neuro-linguistic programming, learning styles, multiples intelligences and brain gym will be examined. This talk will ask why, despite the evidence, these approaches/methods remain popular. It will also include a guide to spotting pseudo-science in education.

- See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-02/guide-pseudo-science-english-language-teaching#sthash.QPxrrTTI.dpuf

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Link to video and slides

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How to engage with research: Divya Madhavan

How to engage with research: Divya Madhavan | TELT | Scoop.it
This morning at IATEFL Harrogate I shared some at the Research ’How to’ session. Here are my notes and a few of my slides: The purpose of this session is to share some ideas with you about how you ...
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Some discussion of theories of knowledge and science and how we approach research, somewhat reminiscent of the instructivist/constructivist divide in teaching.

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The image conference: Barcelona 8 June

The image conference: Barcelona 8 June | TELT | Scoop.it
Barcelona, Saturday, 8th June, 2013
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Conference on visuals in EFL; there's also a virtual strand.
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Research engagement and teaching quality: Simon Borg | Liverpool Online

Research engagement and teaching quality: Simon Borg | Liverpool Online | TELT | Scoop.it

Does research engagement by teachers (i.e. reading and doing research) enhance the quality of their classroom practices? In this talk I draw on a series of studies which examine language teachers’ and managers’ views on this issue. The findings I report highlight a range of positive, hesitant and negative perspectives on the relationship between research engagement and teaching quality. What also emerges in the views expressed by teachers and managers are diverse conceptions of what ‘research’ means, typically emphasizing personal, practical and informal activities or, in contrast, those which are more formal, theoretical and academic. Neither of these conceptions of research provides a satisfactory basis for promoting research engagement as a productive professional development strategy. I will thus conclude the talk by outlining a conception of teacher research engagement which is feasible and rigorous and which has the potential to contribute positively to the quality of language teachers’ work.

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Borg highlights differing views of what consitutes "research" - unsurprisingly, teachers and researchers don't use the same definition, making collaboration challenging.

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17/3/13 - Webinar: Rethinking the Language Classroom by Carla Arena

17/3/13 - Webinar: Rethinking the Language Classroom by Carla Arena | TELT | Scoop.it

IATEFL LTSIG webinar:

 

Mobile learning brings flexibility and portability to learning. In this presentation, educators will explore the numerous pedagogical uses of iPads in the language classroom with a focus on student production through examples of classroom activities and students' projects. 

Carla Arena is an explorer of the potential of technology integration into language learning. She is a teacher trainer, Head of the Ed Tech and Digital Communication Department, online moderator and English teacher at Casa Thomas Jefferson.

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Sunday 17 March, 15h GMT

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Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment?

Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment? | TELT | Scoop.it

Language educators differ in their views of the value of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) for teaching and learning foreign languages.

 

In our EU-funded project iTILT (http://itilt.eu) we are supporting the use of this tool in communicative language teaching.  Our classroom illustrations (http://itilt.eu/advanced-search) show teachers how the IWB can be used in different language classrooms.  

 

We also, however, acknowledge the difficulties that can arise with the tool - see Cutrim Schmid & Whyte (http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2012/cutrimschmidwhyte.pdf) or Whyte, Beauchamp & Hillier (http://books.google.ie/books?printsec=frontcover&id=KxdY807kumMC&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false)for example.

 

Other educators argue that time is up for the IWB, and that this technology is already being overtaken by other technologies such as tablets and other types of interactive projection (Jeff Herb http://instructionaltechtalk.com/apple-tv-vs-interactive-whiteboards-in-the-classroom  but see also Matt Granger's reply in the comment section)

 

The Learning Technologies special interest group of IATEFL is hosting a webinar on this topic this weekend (http://ltsig.org.uk/ Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney) so if you have something to say or just want to hear the arguments, this event may be worth a look.

 

 

 

References

 

Cutrim Schmid, E. & Whyte, S. (2012). Interactive Whiteboards in School Settings: Teacher Responses to Socio-constructivist Hegemonies.  Language Learning and Technology 16 (2), 65-86.  

 

Whyte, S., Beauchamp, G., & Hillier, E. (2012). Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project. In L. Bradley & S. Thoue╠łsny (Eds.), CALL: Using, Learning, Knowing, EUROCALL Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012, Proceedings (pp. 320-6). © Research-publishing.net Dublin 2012. 



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It's all very well in theory but... | Glasgow Online

Penny Ur's IATEFL 2012 talk on access to research for language teachers.  She concludes:

 

"The research literature is an important source
of professional knowledge.
It is increasingly accessible to the practitioner
through conferences and the Internet.
It should be read selectively and critically."

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