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EFL materials for French-speaking teens: 6 units

What is here?
The materials consist of 6 modules designed for learners of English who know French. Each of module targets an area of similarity or difference between the two languages. Two units focus on grammar (adjective comparisons and possessive determiners his/her), one focuses on pronunciation (/h/), and three focus on vocabulary (word parts, homonyms, and cognates).

Who are the activities for?
The units have been developed for children in grade 6 (age 11-12), but teachers who have used them agree that, with slight adaptations, they would be appropriate for use with students in secondary school, as well as with intermediate-level adults.

Why raise cross-linguistic awareness?
The basic principle we kept in mind while developing the materials is that comparisons with an already-known language can be helpful as learners study a new language. This is especially true for French learners of English as the two languages have many features in common. For instance, a large proportion of the words are similar in form (cognates) and offer helpful clues to meaning, although learners may not always notice these ‘good friends’. Of course, there are also many differences between French and English, and some can be problematic, especially when the learner incorrectly assumes there is a similarity. We know that some learners silently compare languages in their heads; others do not realize that their first language (or another language they know) can be a valuable resource. The modules we provide here are designed to enable the teacher to make explicit comparisons between the learners’ L1, French, and their L2, English, in order to speed up learning.

How to use the materials?
The modules are designed to be used independently and need not be used in sequence. But in order for the learning to be effective, it is important do more than just one or two of the activities in a module. Each module introduces and practices a feature (major lesson) and provides follow-up activities for review and expansion later (mini-lessons). In our research, we found that consolidating learning in the follow-up activities was important.

Let us know what you think! We are interested in knowing how these activities worked for you and your ideas for improving them.

Joanna White jwhite [at] education.concordia.ca
Marlise Horst marlise [at] education.concordia.ca
Philippa Bell bell.philippa [at] uqam.ca
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Major lessons and mini-lessons on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary suitable for French coll├Ęge (lower secondary) learners
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Using podcasts to develop listening skills: Sandy Millin

Using podcasts to develop listening skills: Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
They are an excellent way to work on your, or your students’, listening skills, as you can listen to them as many times as you want to. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also manipulate files so that they are faster or slower, or so that you are only listening to an excerpt of the whole programme.
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, June 9, 12:39 PM
If you are looking for interesting ways for your students to develop their listening skills, try podcasts.  This article explains how and why to use podcasts.  The link in the article takes you to another article and several podcast sites are listed at the end of it.
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audioBoom

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15 December 2015 What is audioBoom? audioBoom is an app that allows you to record and broadcast your own spoken-word recordings and podcasts for free, making it one of the most popular audio apps with audio bloggers, journalists, teachers, and podcasters.  audioBoom also has a huge library of professional and educational audio content for you…
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Nice overview of what this tool can do and how to make the most of it in (language) education

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Parsnips in ELT

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Step out of your ELT comfort zone by trying some PARSNIP lessons. This ebook has 7 lesson plans for ELT teachers that cover Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex, Narcotics, Isms and Pork in an engaging and enjoyable style.
Written by Mike JC Smith, Cecilia Lemos, David Petrie, Adam Simpson, Katherine Bilsborough, Noreen Lam, Phil Wade and cover designed by Kati Alice Bilsborough

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Controversial topics for ELT class

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Poetry by Heart: resources for teaching poetry

Poetry by Heart: resources for teaching poetry | TELT | Scoop.it
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This post is aimed at mother tongue primary school teachers, but looks relevant to secondary (primary?) EFL with links for reading, listening to, and writing poetry

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Patrivert's curator insight, December 15, 2015 8:12 AM

Geniales recursos de poesía en inglés

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Geniales Recursos de poesía en inglés #·SCEUNED15

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In New English

36 pages of news-related EFL materials.

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Very standardised format, but looks very easy to pick up and implement for busy teachers.

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TEFL commute: podcast by 3 ELT bloggers

TEFL commute: podcast by 3 ELT bloggers | TELT | Scoop.it
Commute – origin of the word from the Etymology dictionary mid-15c., “to change, transform,” from Latin commutare “to often change, to change altogether,” from com-, i…
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Podcast for teachers, can be exploited in class

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Shona Whyte's comment, November 9, 2015 3:09 AM
Just listened to the first episode. Discussion of topic of commuting, and jargon-busting section on EFL/ELT/TEFL etc.
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Games in the Language Classroom: free eBook by Adam Simpson

Games in the Language Classroom: free eBook by Adam Simpson | TELT | Scoop.it

Contents:

10 good reasons why we should use games in the language classroom;

Are we really sure about using games in the language classroom?;

The 9 golden rules of using games in the language classroom;

3 strategies for incorporating games into beginner level classes;

Great kids games to use with adult language learners;

3 great games for verb tense review;

Using games to teach vocabulary?

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Free PDF or other formats, very practical ideas and rationale, links to examples.

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#ELTchat: listening/speaking with online resources

#ELTchat: listening/speaking with online resources | TELT | Scoop.it
This is a summary of the #ELTchat from September 23
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Another good collection from ELT regulars

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47 Animated Videos Explain the History of Ideas: From Aristotle to Sartre

This year we’ve been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? What is love? How can I know anything at all?
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Ultra-short, beautifully put together. Excellent teaching resource

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British Library public domain images

British Library public domain images | TELT | Scoop.it
Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders.
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Free visual resources

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Images in ELT: tools for storytelling/writing

Images in ELT: tools for storytelling/writing | TELT | Scoop.it

Via Yuly Asencion
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PDF with ten tools.

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Moth stories | Jeff Simmermon's 'Making Waves'

I was just trying to take the subway home and eat an entire container of Ben and Jerry's ice cream when my groceries spilled all over the train and I got in ...
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Looking for video resources, listening to podcasts and came across this.

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Block Posters

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A free poster maker to create massive wall posters from your own images! Free!
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Why not?
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Availability of Foreign Language materials in OER repositories

Availability of Foreign Language materials in OER repositories | TELT | Scoop.it
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Great overview of OER in several categories plus recommendations for improving existing repositories.
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Javier Sánchez Bolado's curator insight, March 7, 2:05 AM
Great overview of OER in several categories plus recommendations for improving existing repositories.
Murielle Godement's curator insight, March 7, 3:01 AM
Annuaire de ressources libres pour l enseignement des langues - recherche par cat├ęgories ou mots-clefs 
Cíntia Rabello's curator insight, March 9, 8:25 AM
Great overview of OER in several categories plus recommendations for improving existing repositories.
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All about writing activities

All about writing activities | TELT | Scoop.it

This week has been all about writing activities, with a webinar for British Council Teaching English, and the publication of my ebook for English Language Teacher 2 Writer, on How to Write Writing Activities.

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Links to resources and ideas for teaching writing in EFL

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Free Technology for Teachers: Download The Practical Ed Tech Handbook

Free Technology for Teachers: Download The Practical Ed Tech Handbook | TELT | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne: For the last couple of days I've been assembling a collection of my favorite ed tech resources and organizing them into a PDF that I'm calling The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. This isn't just a list of my favorite resources. I've included ideas for using these resources and in many cases I've included links to video tutorials about my favorite resources.

In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios.

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Lots of useful tools and ideas for using them.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 7, 4:32 PM

While this article is geared towards the K12 sector teachers, many of the technologies listed can be beneficial in the higher education arena as well.

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Early Finishers (in class, on a course)

Early Finishers (in class, on a course) | TELT | Scoop.it
A lot has been already discussed about early finishers in class, especially in an ELT classroom. The students (especially young learners) who complete their task(s) earlier than others often start distracting themselves and/or the peers who are still on task. In any group of learners, there are those who need more time to think, and…
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Lot of good sense here, plus link to book by Rachael Harris on early finishers in the ELT classroom

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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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On PARSNIPs…or how to offend without offending

On PARSNIPs…or how to offend without offending | TELT | Scoop.it
I recently saw an article announcing the publishing of a free e-book called “PARSNIPS in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol.
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More on the topic of controversial issues in EFL class - links to comments on this issue, and to a free e-Book (PARSNIPS) so you can form your own opinion

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PARSNIPS Posts - PARSNIPS

PARSNIPS Posts - PARSNIPS | TELT | Scoop.it

An ELT blog about politics, alcohol, religion, sex, narcotics, isms and pork

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Lesson ideas on controversial topics, accompanying e-book

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