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Teaching Students, Missionary Zeal, and the Cult of Personality: Paul Thomas

Teaching Students, Missionary Zeal, and the Cult of Personality: Paul Thomas | TELT | Scoop.it
As a teacher educator, I now spend much of my spring visiting schools and observing my seniors who are learning to teach in extended field experiences (my university's version of student teaching)....
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"If teaching grammar directly and in isolated ways raises student test scores on isolated grammar tests, but students write rarely and many come to hate writing, we have slain the authentic need of students on the altar of teaching grammar for grammar’s sake."


He's talking about first language, but I see obvious links to foreign language teaching, for example grammar-translation approaches leading to good test scores on discrete-item written tests, but inability to produce spontaneous language in interaction.  Or learner reluctance to participate in oral activities due to teacher focus on form over meaning.


Also interesting comments on observation and teacher education.

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Digital Methodologies in Educational Research. 16-17th May 2013.

Digital Methodologies in Educational Research. 16-17th May 2013. | TELT | Scoop.it

The international symposium on Digital Methodologies in Educational Research will be held on 10th May 2013 (09:30am-4:30pm). This event is funded by the ESRC Digital Social Research Fund administered by the University of Oxford.

Venue: Brockholes Conference Centre and Nature Reserve in Preston, UKInvited Speakers: Professor Paul Seedhouse (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), Stephen Downes (National Research Council, Canada),Professor Stephen Bax (Bedfordshire University, UK)Host: University of Central Lancashire, UKCatering: Refreshments and a networking lunch will be provided free of charge for registered participants. There is no charge for registration for this event.To register, please contact the organiser: Dr Michael Thomas
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Contemporary CALL (Thomas, Reinders, & Warschaur, 2012): Review

Contemporary CALL (Thomas, Reinders, & Warschaur, 2012): Review | TELT | Scoop.it

This book, edited by Michael Thomas, Hayo Reinders, and Mark Warschauer, explores the parameters of contemporary Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), focusing on different areas of CALL, how these different areas shape CALL, as well as how the latest research approaches help explore different areas. The book of composed of three parts and 19 chapters in total. Readers are provided the opportunity to read chapters independently of the other chapters as the structure of the book is organized thematically, with the parts entitled ‘The CALL Context’, ‘CALL Learning Environments’, and ‘CALL in Language Education’. 

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Ferit Kilickaya, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University originally published on the Linguist List.

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Call for Papers - Digital Methodologies in Educational Research. 16-17th May 2013.

Venue: Brockholes Conference Centre in Preston, UK: http://www.brockholes.org/
Invited Speakers: Professor Martin Weller (The Open University, UK) and Stephen Downes (National Research Council, Canada)
Call for papers: 1st December 2012 - 28th February 2013
Abstract submissions to: Dr Michael Thomas (MThomas4@uclan.ac.uk)

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The purpose of this two-day symposium is to develop and support digitally-enabled research across the field of education. By providing a forum for the discussion of digital approaches, the event will enable the exchange of methodologies, ideas, expertise and knowledge and present educational researchers, practitioners and doctoral students with opportunities to develop new networks and share good practice. The use of new digital research methodologies in education is rapidly developing in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Across education digital methods are being used to address new practices related to the changing landscape of research collaboration, observation, analysis and dissemination. As a result of Web 2.0 technologies, educational researchers are also increasingly turning to new approaches to research computer-mediated communication, involving social media, social networks and virtual immersive environments. The symposium will address the key issues related to the Digital Social Research Strategy, particularly in relation to the challenges posed by data collection and analysis in the digital age, including trust and quality, interoperability and data preservation in an educational context. The event is aimed at established as well as early career researchers and postgraduate students.
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