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Reconceptualising interactional groups: Rance-Roney 2010

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Here's a very practical discussion of group formation for second language interaction by Judith Rance-Roney in the English Teaching Forum 2010.  It begins with some second language research supporting the importance of interaction for language acquisition, then looks at a variety of ways of grouping students to maximise their learning opportunities.  It's based on ESL for higher education in the US, but applicable to foreign language contexts also for the most part.

 

I've picked out some do's and don'ts which I think are valuable:

 

DO
- consider fixed groups, saving planning time and allowing learners to get to know each other

- also consider a roster of groupings, to make different groups for different tasks/topics

- group students by proficiency; keep a class list ordered by language level for quick reference

- assign roles to group members: leader, scribe, reporter, vocabulary monitor, time monitor

- allow 5 minutes' study time for learners to absorb new language or instructions before group work begins

 

DON'T
- feel bound to make groups of equal numbers: put 3 quiet students together so that they have to participate, but 6 louder students so they have to take turns

- consistently mix high and low proficiency learners: the stronger students will dominate

- always group by affiliation: learners who do not know each other well accomplish more on-task learning

- always avoid grouping same-L1 learners together: L1 discussion can be helpful and code-switching can lead to greater analytic depth

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I scooped this a while back and when I went back to find it, discovered the document had disappeared.  But this is another link to the same document.

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10 Tools to help English Students to be Autonomous

10 tools we can show to our students to help them study auotomously. Includes descriptions, links and step by step videos from Russell Stannard.
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MYLO: a new way to learn languages

MYLO: a new way to learn languages | TELT | Scoop.it
MYLO is a free KS3 and KS4 language learning resource developed for the Department for Education and run by RM Education. It offers a new way to learn French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
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Using Social Media for Language Learning

The video has been realized for the EU- China Year of Youth Summit 201 (May 19th, 2011, European Commission, Brussels).

 

6 young people respond in Greek, German, Luxembourgish, French, Chinese and Romanian (English subtitles) to questions such as:

 

Do you use social media in a language other than your mother tongue and why?

Which othe social media do you use?

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French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics

French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics | TELT | Scoop.it

LISTENING

 

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

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

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.rivieraradio.mc/home.asp

English-language radio based in Monaco - listen online or at 106.5

 

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.

 

video game walkthroughs

Gamers record screencasts of themselves playing a game and post the video to YouTube.

One student recommends Amnesia White Night (Morfar; strong language and mildly violent/disturbing warning)

http://youtu.be/Vt_y5VE0JiQ

 

SPEAKING

 

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.

 

https://www.verbling.com/

Live audio or video 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://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://englishonthe.net/?s=shadow+reading

Advice on a technique for improving pronunciation by reading along with a scripted recording.

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Student picks for self-access oral practice: the video game walkthrough was new to me ...

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These are the websites my third year phonetics students mentioned most frequently during their final oral exams this week.  

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MindSnacks - Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and more on your iPhone, iTouch and iPad

MindSnacks - Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and more on your iPhone, iTouch and iPad | TELT | Scoop.it

"MindSnacks makes mobile learning games available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Our Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese language learning apps are available in the app store today."

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Languages-through-lenses - European League of Institutes of the Arts

Languages-through-lenses - European League of Institutes of the Arts | TELT | Scoop.it
The importance of speaking two languages. Student films
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