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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | TELT | Scoop.it
If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.
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15 minute audio with

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Stanford Language Center at Stanford University.

Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a non-profit organization seeking to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

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Vocabulary learning: what the research says

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I’ve just read Peter Yongqi Gu (2003)Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies Here are a few interesting points which emerge. All references can be found at th...
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Old-fashioned dictionary work, memorisation of translation pairs still have their place, research shows.  But other activities (and more research) are needed to go beyond word recognition to appropriate use.

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How to learn more words so you can understand them, but also use them ...

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Translated (Livvy Hanks)

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A Christmas card from our EU project partner Linguapolis in Antwerp.  A poetic take on language learning.

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Exploring Learner Language: review of Tarone & Swierzbin manual

Exploring Learner Language: review of Tarone & Swierzbin manual | TELT | Scoop.it
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Going to use this book with my masters students this year.
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Autonomy in Language Learning: Mynard & Ludwig

Autonomy in Language Learning: Mynard & Ludwig | TELT | Scoop.it
Edited by Jo Mynard and Christian Ludwig with a foreword by Anna Uhl Chamot, this book explores tools, tasks and environments which support the development of learner autonomy in different learning spaces and cultural contexts. The 13 chapters in this e-book are divided into five parts: self-access, self-directed learning, technology tools, logbooks/plans, and inside/outside the classroom.
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Eight dollars for this ebook on learner autonomy - table of contents but no list of contributors ...

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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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Online Feedback Tool: Mentimeter

Mentimeter is a free service that allows you to pose a question to your audience and get instant feedback on that question through cell phones, tablets, and any other internet-connected device.  (Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers).

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New response format: open-ended answers

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Student feedback for EFL teachers: Michael Griffin

Student feedback for EFL teachers: Michael Griffin | TELT | Scoop.it
Nononymous feedback? I think most teachers have faced the situation when they got generally feedback back from a class but there was one student who gave less than favorable comments or had a negat...
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Thoughts on how the way student feedback is elicited affects its usefulness to the teacher from ELT blogger Michael Griffin. Includes links to other blog posts on this topic.  

 

[I'm trying to track down a post I read a few weeks ago where another ELT blogger used a system of coloured cards: one thing students thought the teacher should stop doing, one thing to keep doing, and one thing to consider.  Ring any bells for anyone?]

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WeSpeke: telecollaboration opportunities

WeSpeke: telecollaboration opportunities | TELT | Scoop.it

We are delighted to announce that WeSpeke has been very favorably reviewed by The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO).  To reference the review please go to the CALICO site at:  http://journals.sfu.ca/CALICO/index.php/calico/article/view/1002/892
 
In addition, to address the needs of our user community, WeSpeke is now offering a freeconcierge matching service for teachers.  If you have ever thought; “I teach _____ and would like to connect my students with native _____ speakers.”, then this service is for you.  We will personally introduce you to your foreign counterpart at a university or school where a relationship already exists through international education, study abroad or an exchange program.  This service is intended to give you a free resource to connect your students with their peers in the target language to practice your instruction.  If you are interested in the WeSpeke concierge matching service please reply via email here.  Please indicate if you have a university or school preference.
 
Together we’ll make language and cultural education a priority and give language learners the very best resources available to become fluent, improve their cultural understanding and perhaps develop lifelong international friendships.
 
WeSpeke is now available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.  If you know of any colleagues who might be interested in using WeSpeke in or around their teaching, why not forward them this email, or send them a link to our new video?  A free Teachers Resource Guide is available here.

Best regards, un saludo, à bientôt, mit besten Grüßen, saluti, saudações,
 

Mike Elchik

Founder & CEO, WeSpeke

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Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | TELT | Scoop.it

Aaron Myers blogs about learning languages on the Every Day Language Learning, and has this blogroll offering a variety of perspectives on the same topic.

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Send your students to read how other people are tackling the task of learning a new language.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:27 AM

Interesting blogs to look at for teacher training for teaching foreign languages

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Set up pair and group work

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One way of encouraging effective interaction for learning is by using information gap activities.
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Example of a high school EFL CLIL class in Germany, where pupils are grouped in one of five sub-topics, then re-grouped to share their expertise using a diagram to map information and a record answers to "why" and "how" questions.  Neat example of creating a need to exchange information and a structure in which to record it.

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Compleat Lexical Tutor

A complete website for learning and learning about English and French words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak. Use wordlists, online concordancer and dictionary, texts, and a database to store your work and view the work of others. French parallel site is almost complete.

 

Instructions for learners:

 

Lexical Tutor > Tutorial Guide (Original - about 2005 but still relevant)

You can use this site to expand your English vocabulary systematically (and your French vocabulary too). The site has a set of diagnostic vocabulary tests, and a corresponding set of vocabulary lists linked to concordance, dictionary, and quizzes to help you explore the nuances of form, meaning, and collocation of the words on these lists. Here's one way to proceed:

- Test yourself to determine your next zone of vocabulary growth. Start with either the Classic (GSL+UWL) or BNC (1-14k) word recognition tests (GSL=General Service List; UWL=University Word List; BNC = British National Corpus).
- Go to the Learn from Lists pages and find the level which you are weak on either the same scheme you chose for your test.
 Work your way through the list with the aid of the dictionary and concordance. Develop an approach that suits you--make notes, cut and paste examples and definitions to the Group Lex Database provided, or a spreadsheet on your own computer. Also, a set of progress tests is linked to the the 2000 and UWL lists at roughly 250-word intervals.

- If you do not like learning from lists, or want to learn more about new words by meeting them in other contexts, then you can paste complete authentic texts into VP Cloze, which will make you exercises for words from the frequency band you are working on.

- Or, if you want to work outside the frequency framework altogether, but not entirely independently, then you can read a novel  (Jack London's Call of the Wild or de Maupassant's Boule de Suif) with full click-on lexical support.  - or make your own resource-supported texts at Hypertext Builder


The 1000, 2000, and University/Academic Word Lists contain words you need to know - read the research page to learn why.

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Grading first year student translations and looking for places to send them to learn vocabulary

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EFL teaching with video via Jamie Keddie

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This talk was by Jamie Keddie who's the author of Images (OUP, 2009) and Bringing Online Video into the Classroom (OUP, 2014). He is also the founder of two sites: Videotelling and Lessonstream.  J...
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Links and reaction by blogger Adi Rajan to talk and resources on use of video for language teaching from British Council teacher Jamie Keddie.  I noticed a shift in ELT a while back from comprehension of language resources to production, mirroring the Web 1.0 to 2.0 move and encouraging more active and open-ended contributions from learners

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MLA: 2013 report on post-secondary language study

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The results of a comprehensive MLA survey of language course enrollments in United States colleges and universities are now available on the MLA Web site. According to Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2013, while aggregate enrollments in languages other than English have decreased since the MLA’s last survey in 2009, several languages saw increasing enrollments, and particularly growth in enrollments in advanced language classes.
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SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATION by Lamy & Zourou (2013)

SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATION by  Lamy & Zourou (2013) | TELT | Scoop.it
EDITOR: Marie-Noëlle Lamy EDITOR: Katerina Zourou TITLE: Social Networking for Language Education SERIES TITLE: New Language Learning and Teaching Environments PUBLISHER: Palgrave Macmillan YEAR: 2...
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Good informative review of what looks like an interesting collective volume.

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High school teaching: one teacher's goals for a better learning experience

High school teaching: one teacher's goals for a better learning experience | TELT | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she de...
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Interesting, credible description of dull high school class experiences and suggestions to teachers for ways to improve.

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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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Individual learner feedback: WednesdaySeminars

Individual learner feedback: WednesdaySeminars | TELT | Scoop.it
Welcome! This is a collection of thoughts and reflections about teaching and teacher education, and some other things too.
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Orange is the new "please consider stopping": EFL student feedback

Orange is the new "please consider stopping": EFL student feedback | TELT | Scoop.it

Purple is the new “please consider trying.”
White is the new “please keep doing.”
Orange is the new black “please consider stopping.”

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Nice activity for collecting student feedback and using it constructively.

 

26 October: new summary post on feedback from Mike Griffin http://eltrantsreviewsreflections.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/8-stories-about-feedback/

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Students Talking About Technology: ECAR 2013

Students Talking About Technology: ECAR 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

From ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

1. First, students have lots of devices, but relatively little incentive or freedom to use them in class

2. Second, two-thirds of students report that their faculty “use technology effectively”

3. Third, the report asserts that “60% of students prefer to keep their academic and social lives separate.”

4. Finally, students prefer that faculty themselves provide instruction in how to use technology, rather than rely on the help desk or online-only documentation.

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And the take-away for me: "faculty who incorporate technology in interesting or significant ways will need to continue to budget class time to cover how to use the tech."  °sigh°

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Education technologies & Language learner autonomy - Ca' Foscari, Venice

Education technologies & Language learner autonomy - Ca' Foscari, Venice | TELT | Scoop.it

International Seminar, 14th October 2013 - Venice (Italy)

This one-day event is organized by LaDiLS (Laboratory of Didactics of Foreign Languages), as part of the Language Teaching Centre at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

 

The Seminar will reflect on how Technologies favour Language Learner Autonomy, considering relevant issues such as:

how technologies can make students more aware and responsible for their own learning processwhat technological applications better foster language learning autonomy at different age and school levelshow technology can help build a bridge between formal and informal language learning.

The aim of the event is to explore the different aspects connecting Technology and Learner Autonomy in foreign language learning, e.g. to understand the educational value and motivational force of the latest technological devices and applications to be used in class, to discuss empirical studies and practical experiences reporting the effects of the use of those technologies on students’ language competence, to reflect on how all this implies an increase in learner autonomy and, as a consequence, on the way learners approach language learning. The Seminar is open to researchers, teachers, policy makers and language specialists with an interest in educational technologies, learner autonomy and language learning development.

 

Speakers:

Christian Ludwig

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Luisa Bozzo

Annamaria Cacchione

Maura Zini

Alda Barbi

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One-day event in Italy next month on technology and language learner autonomy.

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn?

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? | TELT | Scoop.it
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Interesting starting point for discussion of second language acquisition for course on learning strategies or general teacher education 

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10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner | TELT | Scoop.it

Aaron G Myers says: "I would like to share ten free resources that I have used or newly discovered that will help you learn nearly any language that you  wish to learn.  I don’t see any of these as a silver bullet or as capable in and of themselves in taking you to fluency in your target language.  I don’t really believe in silver bullets!  They can all be a part of building an overall personal language learning program that will lead to success."

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Places to send your learners for more practice

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:55 AM

Nice selection, including places to interact with native speakers as well as lists of resources.

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 12:25 AM

A nice selection of 10 free online resources that cover a vast range of languages in total. The programmes include the ability to chat with native speakers, submit your work to be checked by native speakers, online language games, flashcards, and more!