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

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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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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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Assessing learners' speaking skills

Assessing learners' speaking skills | TELT | Scoop.it

Assessing speaking is always difficult.  One of the biggest problems I always find is whether I am actually assessing their speaking or whether I am assessing their spoken production of grammar and vocabulary. 

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Or indeed their personality, or our perception of their intelligence ..

 

Radar chart from Rob Szabó and Pete Rutherford

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Acedle : Association des Chercheurs et Enseignants Didacticiens des Langues Étrangères

Acedle : Association des Chercheurs et Enseignants Didacticiens des Langues Étrangères | TELT | Scoop.it

L’Association se donne pour mission de :

- promouvoir la didactique des langues étrangères en tant que discipline scientifique ;

- contribuer au développement de la recherche, en particulier en favorisant des contacts entre chercheurs français et étrangers et en soutenant la diffusion de ses résultats ;

- assurer l’interaction constante entre la recherche et la validation sur le terrain pédagogique ;

- intensifier les liens entre recherche et formation initiale et continue des enseignants de langue, notamment en oeuvrant pour une meilleure intégration de la didactique des langues dans les cursus de formation et pour une information des enseignants en exercice ;

- veiller à la représentation de la discipline auprès des organismes et institutions concernées.

 

Président : Denyze Toffoli

Secrétaire : Elena Cosereanu-Declerck

Trésorière : Shona Whyte

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Google+ acedlefrance@gmail.com

Twitter: @acedle, #acedle

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/acedle

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Public domain project - Clips, Images, Audio files

Public domain project - Clips, Images, Audio files | TELT | Scoop.it
The new Public Domain Project is offering free film clips, images and audio files for anyone to use.
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No doubt worth a look

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Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo

Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo | TELT | Scoop.it
More than a million people a day connect to Duolingo, an app which causes much derision in ELT circles with attacks on its pedagogical validity. But what happens if you judge it through the prism o...
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Brilliant discussion of language learning app based on translation - Jordan flags up collaborative possibilities

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Teaching English to Young Learners conference: Serbia, June 2015

Teaching English to Young Learners conference: Serbia, June 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it

 

4th International Conference Teaching English to Young Learners: Assessment and Learning will be held at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, Serbia, on 5th – 6th June 2015.

 

Assessment of language skills in TEYL

Assessment strategies in TEYL

Assessment and culture in TEYL

Assessment and motivation in TEYL

Assessment and differentiation in TEYL

We are happy to announce confirmed plenary speakers:  Professor Marianne Nikolov, PhD, University of Pecs, Hungary

Professor Jelena Mihaljević Djigunović, PhD, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Joan Kang Shin, PhD, Professor of Practice, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

Important dates: Feb. 10, 2015 – deadline for sending speaker proposals

March 30, 2015 – deadline for receiving notification of acceptance

April 10, 2015 – deadline for sending registration forms (participants without presentations)

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Looks interesting - Nikolov and Djigunovic keynotes

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IATEFL LT SIG: 10 April, Manchester

IATEFL LT SIG: 10 April, Manchester | TELT | Scoop.it
This year’s LT SIG Pre-Conference Event aims to shed a very practical light on the wealth of information on using technology in language learning that we encounter daily. Real teachers will show what they do in their classes, and present case studies showcasing “technology in action”.
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Agnes Kukluska-Hulme, Liliana Simon, and James Thomas on tech-related topics.

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PL-CALL conference: May 2015

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We would like to invite academics with research interests in various aspects of the English language, as well as those studying the history and culture of English speaking countries, to present papers at the Conference. We hope that such an intersemiotic exchange of ideas and findings will prove to be fruitful.

The topics at the conference include, but are not limited to:

English Language Teaching Methodology

New Technologies in Teaching and Communication   

Linguistics   

Discourse Studies   

Languages in Contact

Translation Studies

History and Culture

Literature and Comparative Literary Studies
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Excellent two-day event last year in Warsaw.  CFP deadline 1 March 2015.

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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - use, lessons, and more - a whole lot!

Interactive Whiteboard Resources - use, lessons, and more - a whole lot! | TELT | Scoop.it
Here are some interactive whiteboard resources that I have collected.
Here are some great resources for learning how to use an Interactive WhiteBoard (IWB), and ideas for using it with your students to help them learn.
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General education resources from an American perspective (SMART, no Promethean) - links to manufacturer sites and manuals.

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A Pron Chart Zoo

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I have joined the EVO 2015 session on pronunciation called Teaching Pronunciation Differently. It has started off very well, learning loads, for example the existence of weak vowel cousins of the s...
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For working on pronunciation

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More charts than you can shake a stick at ...

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A Pron Chart Zoo

A Pron Chart Zoo | TELT | Scoop.it
I have joined the EVO 2015 session on pronunciation called Teaching Pronunciation Differently. It has started off very well, learning loads, for example the existence of weak vowel cousins of the s...
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More charts than you can shake a stick at ...

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For working on pronunciation

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Le corpus en didactique des langues : numéro spécial RDLC (Cahiers de l'Acedle)

Language corpora have long been a staple in linguistic research, and have assumed increasing importance in research and practice in language teaching and learning in recent years. This special issue of Recherches en didactique des langues et des cultures (RDLC) : Les Cahiers de l’Acedle takes corpora as the subject of its "Notion en Questions", since the term covers a wide variety of sometimes contradictory definitions and uses. The papers here attempt to clarify some of the issues and present an overview of the possible uses of corpora in relation to language teaching and learning.

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Intro to special issue by Dominique Macaire and Alex Boulton; papers from 2014 colloquium

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Authenticity in the FL classroom

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How can we offer an “authentic” experience to second language learners in a foreign context?
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Authenticity in the form of unplanned language use, real-world activities, or texts written for purposes other than language learning.

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CrowdWish: a free downloadable lesson

CrowdWish: a free downloadable lesson | TELT | Scoop.it
  A free downloadable lesson, about a new online service, CrowdWish, which invites people to post their wishes on their website. Every day people vote on the most popular wish, and CrowdWish w...
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A great example of a communicative lesson plan, using authentic resources to stimulate discussion. There is a grammar focus, but it comes from the topic and activities, rather than constituting the starting point of the lesson. Link to video and transcript provided, CC licence - what more could we ask?

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European conference on language and digital communication

European conference on language and digital communication | TELT | Scoop.it

The Junior Researchers Meeting allows early career applied linguists to present their research and network in an interactive and informal international environment.

“Junior Researchers” include those working on their Master’s and PhD theses, as

well as those who have graduated within the last three years.

 

At the conference, each paper session will have designated senior researchers as

commentators to guarantee questions and discussion. The programme will also

include workshops on various aspects of academic career, such as publishing and

seeking for funding.

 

The conference focuses on language use in digital environments within and across

educational, academic, professional and everyday settings. Besides this conference focus, papers on other areas of applied linguistics are welcome. A paper may present also work in progress.

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7th Junior Researchers Meeting in Applied Linguistics - Switzerland, September 2015

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9 Upcoming webinars for educators

Upcoming webinars for the next month or so. My money's on Leo Selivan's talk next weekend. He never disappoints. John Hughes, of critical thinking in ELT fame, will also be very interesting. 1. Pic...
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Opportunities for professional development 

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TESOL Research agenda

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Here's what the US TESOL organisation reckons we should be doing - individual, community and societal strands (for the more ambitious)

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Putting Prosody First: Frost & Picavet

Putting Prosody First: Frost & Picavet | TELT | Scoop.it

This paper presents some of the difficulties of teaching languages, in particular English, in the context of LSP/LAP2 programmes in French universities. The main focus of this paper will be the importance of prosody, especially in English, as an area where these difficulties may be addressed. We will outline the various solutions that are currently being put into place as part of the Innovalangues project, a six-year international language teaching and research project headed by Université Stendhal (Grenoble 3), France. The project has substantial funding from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and its mission is to develop innovative tools and measures to help LSP/LAP learners reach B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The languages concerned are English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and possibly French as a foreign language. Initially the project will be focusing on the needs of Grenoble’s students, but the objective is to make the tools and resources developed freely available to the wider community. Oral production and reception are at the heart of Innovalangues. We believe, along with many other researchers, that prosody is key to comprehension and to intelligibility (Kjellin 1999a, Kjellin 1999b, Munro and Derwing 2011, Saito 2012), particularly given the important differences between English and French prosody (Delattre 1965; Hirst and Di Cristo 1998; Frost 2011). In this paper, we will present the particular difficulties inherent in teaching English (and other foreign languages) in the context of ESP/EAP3 in French universities and some of the solutions that we are implementing through this project (Picavet et al., 2012; Picavet et al 2013; Picavet and Frost 2014). These include an e-learning platform for which various tools are being developed, teacher training seminars focusing on prosody and the collection of data for research.

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Open access journal Research in Language - De Gruyter edited in Poland.

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Open access journal Research in Language - De Gruyter edited in Poland.

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Authenticity in ELT: Erkan Kulekci

Authenticity in ELT: Erkan Kulekci | TELT | Scoop.it

Breen, Gilmore, PInner, Van Lier, Willowson ...

 

 

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Great bibliography on authenticity, and other posts on blog with links to a lecture by Desmond Thomas (U Essex) with slides.

 

Led me to Gilmore (2011) - updated my post on this topic here

https://shonawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/authenticity-in-the-fl-classroom/

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Colloque ACEDLE Lyon, 2015 : images, tweets via @jfgrassin

Université Lumière Lyon, 2015
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Excellent colloque - images qui permettent de revivre communications et pauses grâce aux tweets des lyonnais.  Merci à tous :-)

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Technology for language teaching and professional development: Sandy Millin

Technology for language teaching and professional development: Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
At the IH Director of Studies conference last week Gavin Dudeney did a session about managing technology. In it, he expressed the hope that technology in the classroom will eventually become normalised.
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List of uses of technology, and many links to other writers and resources.

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Associations en didactique des langues en France : liste Acedle

Associations en didactique des langues en France : liste Acedle | TELT | Scoop.it

ADEAF
Association pour le Développement de l’Enseignement de l’Allemand en France - Adeaf

ADEB
Association pour le Développement de l’Enseignement Bi/plurilingue

APLIUT
Association des Professeurs de Langues des Instituts Universitaires de Technologie

APLV
Association des professeurs de langues vivantes

ARDAA
Association pour la Recherche en Didactique de l’Anglais

ASDIFLE
Association de didactique du français langue étrangère

EDILIC
Education et diversité linguistique et culturelle

GERAS
Groupe d’Étude et de Recherche en Anglais de Spécialité

GERES
Groupe d’études et de recherche en espagnol de spécialité

OEP
Observatoire européen du plurilinguisme

RANACLES
Rassemblement National des Centres de Langues de l’Enseignement Supérieur

UPLEGESS
Union des Professeurs de Langues Étrangères
des Grandes Écoles & de l'enseignement supérieur

 

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Une bonne liste d'associations avec lien vers le site de chacune

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | TELT | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Nice outline of different ways of organising presentations based on a story or stories, with examples of TED talks which follow each plan.

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Ideas for structuring presentations

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CALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop: Cyprus, May 2015 - EUROCALL

CALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop: Cyprus, May 2015 - EUROCALL | TELT | Scoop.it
PedagogiCALL Perspectives on Curriculum Development and Implementation Cyprus University of Technology Language Centre The EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG is organising a three-day workshop and teacher outreach event on pedagogical perspectives on CALL curriculum development and implementation in Cyprus in May 2015.The workshop focuses on the pedagogy behind CALL practices and explores perspectives for effective technology integration in language …
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Deadline for abstracts: 20 January

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Corpus d'apprenants et acquisition des langues : De Cock & Tyne, 2014

Ce que l’on appelle les "corpus d’apprenants" sont des recueils électroniques de productions orales ou écrites d’apprenants de langue seconde ou étrangère (L2) (Granger, 2004). Ces ensembles de données informatisées sont notamment utilisés dans le cadre de recherches qui explorent certains aspects de l’acquisition d’une L2. La première partie de l’article illustre la contribution d’études basées sur des corpus d’apprenants dans le domaine de l’acquisition des L2. La deuxième traite d’applications pédagogiques concrètes de ce genre d’étude. La troisième porte un regard plus critique sur certains aspects et soulève des points de discussion ou de débat qui ouvrent souvent sur le domaine plus général de l’acquisition des L2 ou sur l’utilisation de corpus pour l’étude de la langue.

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RDLC (Cahiers de l'Acedle) article on corpora for language learners. Open access

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Language value: English studies journal

Language value: English studies journal | TELT | Scoop.it
Language Value is dedicated to the publication of contemporary articles on linguistic description of English, semantics, corpus linguistics and the connections between these aspects and literary criticism and their pedagogical implications.

 

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Last two volumes on CLIL of this journal run by the English Department of the Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain

 

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