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Investigating Vocabulary Learning in Second Language Classroom context: Mohebbi 2013

Investigating Vocabulary Learning in Second Language Classroom context: Recent Findings, Future Outlook
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Bibliography of vocabulary acquisition research
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Adapting texts for use in the English language classroom

Adapting texts for use in the English language classroom | TELT | Scoop.it
The other day, Jen Artan was asking me about finding authentic reading material for my class that wasn't too difficult.
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Very nice run-through of how to select and adapt authentic texts for lower-proficiency learners with links to the free tools you need.
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Carmen Herrero's curator insight, March 26, 6:38 AM
Very nice run-through of how to select and adapt authentic texts for lower-proficiency learners with links to the free tools you need.
Carmen Herrero's curator insight, March 26, 6:40 AM
Very nice run-through of how to select and adapt authentic texts for lower-proficiency learners with links to the free tools you need.
Elke Lackner's curator insight, March 29, 9:02 AM
Very nice run-through of how to select and adapt authentic texts for lower-proficiency learners with links to the free tools you need.
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Recast, Recycle, Remix: Teaching literature in a foreign language

Recast, Recycle, Remix: Teaching literature in a foreign language | TELT | Scoop.it
Presented at Liberlit 2016, Tokyo Christian Women’s University, February 22nd, 2016 Abstract The obstacles to the teaching of literature in a foreign language are many.
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 9, 10:17 PM
Reading and comprehending literature in another language can be difficult.  These material sources are great supplements and additions to the text.  They can also be used in building background knowledge and writing activities.
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Graphic novels in EFL: Brinkmann, 2015

Graphic novels in EFL: Brinkmann, 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
This article gives an insight into the use of the graphic novel Alex Rider – Stormbreaker (Horwitz, 2006) in a German secondary school (Realschule).
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Teaching unit based on a graphic novel for secondary school EFL pupils in Germany.

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EAPing: What else do I not know about...

EAPing: What else do I not know about... | TELT | Scoop.it

I've been a teacher for over 10 years now and I'd never heard of this. It made me wonder about all the other interesting teaching type things I know nothing about - things that other teachers use and don't make a big deal out of but which are really interesting. And rather cheesily, this made me think about CPD and how most of the good stuff comes from other teachers who find something and figure out a way to use it and are then good enough to share it.

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Why it helps when teachers blog

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EFLshorts

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Short stories for EFL learners by Scott Lauder and Walter McGregor
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A number of simplified stories for EFL learners, in short installments for easy reading.

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How Stories Change with Technology: Margaret Atwood animation

From the Future Of StoryTelling video series comes an animation featuring Margaret Atwood meditating on how technology shapes the way we tell stories.
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4-min video going from Gutenberg to Wattpad https://www.wattpad.com, how technology (serialisation, mobile devices) affects reading and writing. Some little nuggets in there.

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FLLITE: Foreign languages and the literary in the everyday

FLLITE: Foreign languages and the literary in the everyday | TELT | Scoop.it

The point of departure for this project is the open educational textbook, Le Littéraire dans le quotidien (The Literary in the Everyday), published by Joanna Luks with funding and support from the Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL).

 

In 2013, the textbook was launched online as an open source reading supplement in Google Docs, and in 2014, it was made available in a print-on-demand format. Le Littéraire dans le quotidien (LLDQ) proposes a transdisciplinary approach spanning language, literary and cultural studies for the development of literacy and symbolic competencies. While the textbook content is designed for introductory-level collegiate French, the framing principles are applicable to all languages and adaptable to all levels of proficiency.

 

As a result, in 2015, COERLL and the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL) decided to make Foreign Languages and the Literary In The Everyday (FLLITE) a collaborative project that would:

Bridge the Language/Literature divide still prevalent in FL programming and textbooks;Create an educational community of practice whose members (professors, teachers and graduate students of language, literary and/or cultural studies) generate crowdsourced literacy-based materials in the form of open activities for copyrighted texts or open lessons for open texts;Offer a platform for the publication of open educational resources (OER) under Creative Commons licensing for classroom use and professional development;Provide a real-world materials development task for students enrolled in FL Teaching Methods courses.
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Also video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnd40szR94

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Recycling activities: narrow reading/listening

Recycling activities: narrow reading/listening | TELT | Scoop.it
As mentioned in previous posts, listening in my opinion is not taught effectively in many MFL classrooms as students are often engaged in listening comprehension tasks that 'feel' more like tests a...
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Practical suggestions for exploiting listening and reading texts for maximum comprehension and vocabulary retention

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Teaching, Learning & Developing with Technology's curator insight, August 3, 2015 7:29 PM

Practical suggestions for exploiting listening and reading texts for maximum comprehension and vocabulary retention

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Reading/Viewing for writing: lesson template

The topic for next week's writing class is ......(insert topic here)

Read this article and highlight any relevant vocabulary (insert link here)

Read this (different) article and highlight any relevant ideas (insert link here)

 

(Listening)

Here is a Ted.com talk on this topic (insert link here)

What are the speaker's 5 main points?

Look at the transcript - any relevant vocabulary?

If you were in the audience, what one question would you ask?

 

(Reading)

Here is an article on this topic (insert link here)

What is the overall point the writer is trying to make?

What are the main ideas?

What examples does the writer use?

Does the writer talk about effects (e.g. as a result....consequently....)

Do you notice any vocabulary that you found in the listening or other articles?

 

(Writing)

Now, after doing all that reading and listening, write 250 words on the question (insert a question related to the topic here).

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Great example of a) cut-out-and-keep writing prompt lesson and b) potential action research topic/project

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Dreamreader.net

Dreamreader.net | TELT | Scoop.it

Easy English, Interesting English, Fun English, Practical English, Academic English

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Texts and comprehension questions.

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natasha sharma's curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:41 AM

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English e-books: Graded readers

Adapted e-books, various authors, genres, levels

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Lots of titles available in a variety of formats.  Some language errors in the book descriptions but the actual texts I looked at seem OK.  Copyright?

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Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:56 AM

Great site for students

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Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach - University of London, UCL Institute of Education | Coursera

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach from University of London, UCL Institute of Education.

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Research Bites: Reading, Pronunciation, and the Phonological Loop

Summary and reaction to “Phonology in Second Language Reading: Not an Optional Extra”, Walter (2008)
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Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, March 5, 2:26 AM
Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
Pilar Moral's curator insight, March 13, 6:57 AM
Accessible summary of research on reading/pronunciation connection, with implications or at least an invitation to discuss implications for ELT
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Ten Ways To Get Hold Of Academic Literature

Ten Ways To Get Hold Of Academic Literature | TELT | Scoop.it
One of the big barriers to doing academic work when you're not a salaried academic is lack of access to academic literature. Books are one problem, though you can often get hold of them through inter-library loans, national libraries, or (if they're not too new) cheap second-hand copies online. But academic journals are the major…
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Nice set of tips and tricks for accessing academic articles. I blogged about this here https://shonawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/paywalls-and-how-to-see-through-them/

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Short Memoirs: 10 examples

Short Memoirs: 10 examples | TELT | Scoop.it
10 Amazing Examples of Short Memoir Writing: tetw: After Life by Joan Didion - In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Didion meditates on the fragility of life Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes by David Foster Wallace - I grew up inside vectors, lines...
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Open access to Didion, Sedaris, Zadie Smith

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Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL

Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL | TELT | Scoop.it
A total of 22 universities participated in the study, and 3,000 Listening and 3,300 Reading Proficiency Tests were administered. Approximately 50% were Spanish, 25% were French, and 10% were German tests. The remaining 15% consisted of Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

One of the most encouraging findings was the fact that graduating seniors were, on average, advanced in reading in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. The study, therefore, provides evidence that professional (advanced) competences are commonly acquired in reading, even as early as the third year, in the most commonly taught languages. For a profession that has gotten used to accepting the fact that in speaking, intermediate mid seems to be the threshold that is all but impossible to get beyond without a significant period abroad, this is good news indeed.


Listening proficiency, however, seems to be a different matter. For languages like Spanish and German, and even Russian, the mean difference in proficiency level is one sublevel lower than for reading. The mean in Spanish, for example, is intermediate low in reading and novice high in listening at the end of the second-year sequence. For languages like French and Portuguese, languages where the spoken language is very different from the written one, the difference is even larger, i.e., close to two sublevels.

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Listening and reading benchmark study to be published December 2015

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Lexicoblog: Making authentic academic texts manageable

Lexicoblog: Making authentic academic texts manageable | TELT | Scoop.it
- use short texts: sometimes a very short text (such as an abstract or a definition) or a short extract from a longer text provides just enough context to illustrate a particular language point
- lower the cognitive load: by choosing texts aimed at high school students (such as A level or IB texts) or very introductory undergraduate texts, you maintain the academic style, but the content is less daunting
- abridge texts: sometimes just taking out a complicated example can make a text easier to understand without losing too much in terms of authenticity
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Post also shows ways to "get decoding out of the way relatively quickly"

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English Profile - Text inspector

Welcome to English Profile -- setting industry standards for English language learners. Linked to the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (CEFR), English Profile will provide a detailed set of Reference Level Descriptions for English language learners.
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Paste in texts up to 500 words, get CER level classification.  500 word limit.

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abinaya's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:44 AM

I find the text inspector very useful, but it is not clearly saying the level of the text. So I would like to know which indicator is teeling the exact over all level of a text, ...http://goo.gl/DB4x1O

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Comment mettre en place une bibliothèque numérique libre et gratuite ?

Comment mettre en place une bibliothèque numérique libre et gratuite ? | TELT | Scoop.it

Trop souvent les budgets pour acheter des livres se réduisent ou ne permettent pas l’achat de tous les ouvrages nécessaires en classe. Il existe de nombreux classiques au format numérique en ligne sur différents sites.

Mais comment faire pour mettre à disposition ces ressources numériques lorsqu'il n'y a pas de connexion internet correcte ?

Il s'agit de réaliser une bibliothèque numérique libre et gratuite comprenant des livres du domaine public qui seront téléchargeables au format epub par les apprenants. Ces derniers pourront ensuite les lire hors ligne.

 


Via Alain MICHEL, Marie-Hélène Fasquel
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Liens vers les livres en français dans le domaine public, fonctionnalités du logiciel libre Calibre.

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Christophe Thaunay's comment, September 17, 2015 6:40 AM
Merci
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DV's curator insight, December 16, 2015 3:29 AM

Sites mettant à disposition des livres numériques du domaine plublic gratuitement et logiciels gratuits permettant de gérer cette collection numérique.

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Public domain eBooks: U Adelaide

ChronologyClassical AntiquityEpic PoetryThe Greek DramatistsMiddle AgesThe RenaissanceThe EnlightenmentRomanticismThe Gothic NovelVictorian LiteratureRealism, Naturalism and SymbolismThe Age of Uncertainty
Via Marie-Hélène Fasquel
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Also classified by genre, national origin, and some reading lists for those who like to tick things off.

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Marie-Hélène Fasquel's curator insight, July 20, 2015 9:09 AM

Excellent source of free ebooks

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CLELE JOURNAL – children´s literature in English language education

CLELE JOURNAL – children´s literature in English language education | TELT | Scoop.it
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Two articles, book reviews

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