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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

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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.

 

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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!

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Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées

Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées | TELT | Scoop.it

Grâce à fleex, apprenez l’anglais avec les vidéos que vous aimez. A partir des séries TV et films stockés sur votre disque dur, fleex construit à la volée une vraie expérience éducative pour vous permettre d'améliorer votre pratique de la langue. A court d'idées ? Choisissez dans notre catalogue l’une des 1000+ vidéos que nous avons sélectionnées pour vous !

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Videos for French learners of English.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Reportage ici

http://www.numerama.com/magazine/24361-fleex-apprendre-l-anglais-grace-aux-series-tv.html

 

avec 3 kilomètres de commentaires - l'apprentissage de l'anglais par les films en VO, sous-titrés, doublés, ça suscite de vives émotions ...

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5 Rules for Real Language Learning

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Guest Post by Aaron Knight: Aaron Knight is the creator of Year of English, a free daily email course for English learners who want to become fluent in
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Advice for learners.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 5, 2013 11:48 PM

Knight says: "It takes hundreds of hours to become fluent in a foreign language" and concludes that an "addiction" to target language activities is a viable alternative to living in the target culture.  He has some good language learning strategies in this short post.

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Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles

Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 – bab.la & Lexiophiles | TELT | Scoop.it
Worldwide ranking of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 including a short blog description and a link to every language lover.
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Lingo Hut: Free online foreign language lessons

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"Free online foreign language lessons"

 

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Suspicious as usual, I checked out this site.  Not clear who is behind it, but it does seem to be completely free and the sound etc works fine.  I checked English for French beginners (leçon de Anglaise (sic)) - decontextualised behaviourist approach with exercises for listening and repeating, matching phrases with their translation equivalents, and chances to test yourself.  Not my first choice for learning a language, but it may suit some.


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The Flip: End of a Love Affair

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A little over a year ago I wrote a postabout the flipped classroom, why I loved it. When I recently re-read the post, I didn’t disagree with anything I’d said. Yet my brief love affair with the flip has ended. It simply didn’t produce the tranformative learning experience I knew I wanted for my students .


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Autonomy in Language Learning: Mynard & Ludwig

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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

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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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The Assumption of Participation in Small Group Work: L2 Teachers’ and Learners’ Expectations

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 Peer ReviewedTitle:

The Assumption of Participation in Small Group Work: An Investigation of L2 Teachers’ and Learners’ Expectations

Journal Issue:

Issues in Applied Linguistics, 16(2)

Author:

Ewald, Jennifer, Saint Joseph’s University

Publication Date:

2008

Publication Info:

Issues in Applied Linguistics, Department of Applied Linguistics, UC Los Angeles

Permalink:

http://escholarship.ucop.edu/uc/item/42j8n011


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An interesting study of teacher and learner views of group work, showing that learners have views about how they like to work, and with whom, which may be at odds with teacher beliefs about what is best for L2 learning.

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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | TELT | Scoop.it

LISTENING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.esl-lab.com

Multiple choice comprehension questions on graded audio recordings of scripted dialogues, plus vocabulary and grammar exercises.

 

http://listenaminute.com

60 second recordings of scripted monologues, with gap-fill, spelling, and discussion exercises.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Huge range of listening (audio, video) and pronunciation (transcription) resources with learning activities.

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/media/spelling-challenge-v2/

Oxford dictionaries spelling challenge: type each word you hear to see how well you can spell

 

http://www.cdlponline.org

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

 

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

 

http://tinytexts.wordpress.com

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

 

http://www.eslradioandtv.com/

Scripted audio and video clips with optional captions and comprehension questions.

 

http://www.lyricstraining.com/

Fill in the blanks as you listen to and watch music videos.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/video/blog/

The US Public Broadcasting Service features a daily video news report with transcript and discussion questions.

 

EXTENSIVE LISTENING

 

http://www.webofstories.com/

Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

 

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

 

http://audioliterate.com/

Streaming and downloadable free audiobooks

 

http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

Fairy stories and classic books to listen to and read online or via podcast.

 

http://www.chockadoc.com/nostradamus-2012/

Over one thousand full-length documentaries in English on a variety of topics.

 

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.

 

 

Live audio/video chat

http://www.practicespeakingaforeignlanguage.com

http://www.twinvox.com

https://www.verbling.com (chat with native speakers)

http://livemocha.com: Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).

 

 

 

PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION

 

http://www.cambridge.org/other_files/Flash_apps/Pronunciation/

The phonemic chart plus sounds, stress and intonation exercises.  

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

The Sounds of American English: articulatory phonetics of vowels and consonants with animation, video and transcription

 

 

 

 

 

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What university students in France choose to work on for a complementary self-study assignment in an introductory class on phonetics for pronunciation skills.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:40 AM

My second year English majors found more listening than speaking activities, but some daring individuals tried out a number of free live audio/video chat sites designed for language learning.

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22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012 | The Everyday Language Learner

Aaron G Myers presents an annotated list of posts by language learning bloggers which he found inspirational in 2012.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:31 AM

During a week of phonetics orals for EFL students at my university, it's nice to see more ideas to help learners get out there and make progress ...

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CI484-Learning-Technologies - Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism & Connectivism

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A nice overview page on 4 theories of learning.

[The instructional design wiki was created by the summer 2011 class of CI484 at University of Illinois-Urbana as part of the Curriculum, Technology and Educational Reform (CTER) Master's program]

 

Via Ana Cristina Pratas

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