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Using blogs with EFL learners: 10 tips from Graham Stanley

Using blogs with EFL learners: 10 tips from Graham Stanley | TELT | Scoop.it
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Lots of sound advice about audience, speed and stamina, and practicing what you preach with EFL learner blogs from a seasoned ICT-oriented British Council teacher.

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ReCALL CfP: virtual world interactions

Call for papers for special issue on virtual worlds, edited by
Susanna Nocchi (Dublin Institute of Technology) Luisa Panichi (Università di Pisa), Randall Sadler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Ciara Wigham (Université de Lyon)
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CfP virtual worlds #CALL #ReCALL #eurocall @loopy63
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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 collège (lower secondary) learners
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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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NETWORKING EVENT FOR MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS (10 June 2016)

NETWORKING EVENT FOR MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS (10 June 2016) | TELT | Scoop.it
This event took place at the Manchester Metropolitan University with the support of the Department of Languages, Information and Communications http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/, Routes into Languages Northwest https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/activities/north-west, the FLAME Research group (Film, Languages and Media in Education) at the Manchester Met University https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/flame/ and the Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA) www.filta.org.uk
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Links to a number of presentations on film in language teaching, video, motivation ...
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ALSIC: analyse de Implementing and Researching Technological Innovation in Language Teaching (Whyte, 2015)

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Analyse de Geoff Sockett, Paris Descartes

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Task based teaching with the IWB for French EFL
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Analyse du mon livre sur l'innovation technologique chez les enseignants français du projet iTILT sur le TBI en classe de langues
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Applied Linguistics | Highly Cited Articles

Applied Linguistics | Highly Cited Articles | TELT | Scoop.it
Highly Cited Articles Impact Factor Increase: 3.250 The latest Journal Citation Reports® have recently been released and revealed that Applied Linguistics’ latest Impact Factor has risen significantly from 1.453 to 3.250*. The journal is now ranked 2nd out of 178 journals in the 'Linguistics' category. To celebrate this increase we have made a selection of the most cited articles from the journal free to read online.
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Open access to some highly cited papers
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La circulation internationale des idées en didactique des langues: Liddicoat & Zarate, 2009

Le numéro 46 de « Recherches et Applications » traite d’un thème sur lequel s’interroge inévitablement tout enseignant-cherc heur, et qui soulève des questions essentielles : comment les idées circulent-elles (ou non) en didactique des langues ? Quel enseignant, en effet, travaillant dans un contexte éducatif autre que le si en, n’a pas éprouvé un jour la sensation que les concepts, pourtant reconnus et répandus, qui dirigent sa pratique, ne rencontrent aucun écho auprès de son public ou de  La Societe Japonaise de Didactique du Francais NII-Electronic Library Service ses collègues ? Quel chercheur n’a pas perçu plus d’une fois dans des disc ussions avec ses homologues d’autres horizons que le même mot scientifique – le même signifiant – ne possède pas toujours le même signifié et recouvre des réalités irréductiblement différentes ? C’est autour de constatations similaires, qui mettent en jeu une réflexion approfondie sur les contextes, que Geneviève Zarate et Anthony Liddicoat ont réuni 15 cont ributions, éclairant la probléma tique du sujet et/ou des cas de transferts d’idées dans des contextes particuliers (Japon, Chine, Cor ée, Émirats arabes unis, Australie, Égypte, Tunisie).
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The quotation is from a review by Chevalier http://ci.nii.ac.jp/els/110009949751.pdf
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Linguistique appliquée et disciplinarisation - Linn et al 2011

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1948 : apparition du terme Applied Linguistics à l’issue d’un programme d’ELT (English Language Teaching) organisé par Charles Fries à l’English Language Institute fondé en 1941 à l’université du Michigan

1957 : création de la School of Applied Linguistics à l’Université d’Edimbourg

1958 : création du Centre de linguistique appliquée à Besançon par Bernard Quemada, faisant suite à celle de l’Institut de Langue et civilisation française par B. Quemada en 1954

1959 : création de ATALA (Association pour l’étude et le développement de la Traduction Automatique et de la Linguistique Appliquée)

1959 : création du Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) à l’Université de Michigan, dirigé par Charles Ferguson et financé par la fondation Ford

1960 : « The year of Africa » Conference on University training and research in the use of English as a second / foreign language, organisé par le British Council à Londres

1961 : conférence du Commonwealth sur l’enseignement de l’anglais comme langue seconde, Makerere, Ouganda

1962 : publication du n°1 des Études de Linguistique Appliquée dirigé par B. Quemada

1964: création de l’AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée) à l’issue du colloque de Nancy (1er président : Bernard Pottier)

1964 : création de la première chaire de linguistique appliquée à l’Université d’Essex

1965 : création de l’AFLA (Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée)

1967 : création de la BAAL (British Applied Linguistic Association) par Peter Strevens et Michael Halliday entre autres ; le premier président est Pit Corder

1968 : création de la GAL (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik), Université de Bayreuth

1977 : création de l’AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics)

1980 : naissance de la revue Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press) co- financée par les associations BAAL et AAAL

1994 : création de VERBAL (Verband für Angewandte Linguistik), Université de Vienne
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On the limitations of linguistics applied. Widdowson 2000

On the limitations of linguistics applied. Applied Linguistics 21, 3-25 on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.
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Two perspectives on language problems as experienced in the real world, via
1. "linguistics applied:" the imposition of necessarily partial linguistic account on the reality of language experience
2. "applied linguistics:" the accommodation of a linguistic account to other partial perspectives on language so as to arrive at a relevant reformulation of `real world' problems.
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Research on IWB-mediated language teaching | on teaching languages with technology

Research on IWB-mediated language teaching | on teaching languages with technology | TELT | Scoop.it

Research from EU project iTILT, on interactive technologies in language teaching.

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Collection of posts related to IWB-research in language teaching
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IPA character picker

IPA character picker | TELT | Scoop.it
Type IPA online
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Very handy tool if you happen to be teaching phonetics or pronunciation
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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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Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom: Hayo Reinders

Willingness to Communicate in the Language Classroom: Hayo Reinders | TELT | Scoop.it
In the first in a new, short series of posts, Prof. Hayo Reinders explores the concept of 'Willingness to Communicate'. Producing the target language is an important factor contributing to success in language acquisition (Swain and Lapkin 1995).
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Short overview and reference list. Perhaps this concept, more than motivation, is a good area of focus in pre-service teacher education
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Corpus et appropriation de L1 et L2

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This article offers a survey of general issues pertaining to corpus use in language learning/acquisition. Shared aspects of corpus use for learning/acquisition (L1 and L2) are brought to the fore, and problems arising from the application of corpus methods to given domains are highlighted.
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Article en français sur des problèmes liés à l'utilisation des corpus (L1, L2) pour la recherche et pour l'enseignement-apprentissage
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Teaching languages for specific purposes in a dynamic digital era: Jauregi 2016

Keynote given at International Conference XV AELFE
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Second Life and TILA projects for LSP
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La lettre du GERAS

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LE MOT DU PRÉSIDENT


Chers amis du GERAS,


En mars 2010, l’éditorial de notre revue consacrait sa 3e section au « devenir de l’ASP et ses relations avec le secteur LANSAD » et en appelait à « spécialiser le secteur LANSAD ! » grâce au développement de masters LES (Langues étrangères spécialisées) (ASp 57 : 4, 9). Depuis, un lent cheminement intellectuel et institutionnel a été engagé en ce sens par de nombreux acteurs et le rapport public que la Commission recherche de la SAES a présenté le 3 juin dernier au congrès de la Société à Lyon en cristallise de nombreuses avancées. Cet état de lieux assorti de propositions s’appuie sur les travaux de plusieurs chercheurs parmi lesquels figurent des membres du GERAS.


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EuroCALL review: Vol 24, No 1 (2016)

EuroCALL review: Vol 24, No 1 (2016) | TELT | Scoop.it
The EuroCALL Review seeks to fulfil the stated aims of EUROCALL as a whole, and more particularly to promote the use of foreign languages within Europe and beyond, providing an international focus for the promulgation of innovative research in the area of computer-assisted language learning and technology-enhanced language learning in education and training. Typical subjects for submissions include theoretical debate on language learning in technology-rich learning environments and their influence on design; practical applications at developmental stage; evaluative studies of the use of technology in the teaching and learning process; assessment of the potential of technological advances in the delivery of language learning materials and enactment of language learning activities; exploitation of on-line information systems; and discussions of policy and strategy at institutional and discipline levels. Survey papers are also welcome.
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Does EAP work? Andy Gillet (UEFAP)

Does EAP work? Andy Gillet (UEFAP) | TELT | Scoop.it
I’ve long been interested in whether or not what we do is successful. Do the EAP courses that we teach help our learners to succeed in their academic lives? There is very little research in t…
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Special Issue: New Directions in L2 Speech Fluency, Editors: Clare Wright and Parvaneh Tavakoli : International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching

Special Issue: New Directions in L2 Speech Fluency, Editors: Clare Wright and Parvaneh Tavakoli : International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching | TELT | Scoop.it
Special Issue: New Directions in L2 Speech Fluency, Editors: Clare Wright and Parvaneh Tavakoli
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Open access at present; interesting set of papers, Skehan et al contains extremely clear presentation of Levelt's processing model as applied to L1 and L2 speech production.
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La linguistique appliquée à l’enseignement des langues secondes aux États-Unis, en France et en Grande-Bretagne

La linguistique appliquée à l’enseignement des langues secondes aux États-Unis, en France et en Grande-Bretagne | TELT | Scoop.it
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Berthet distingue suivant Widdowson la tradition britannique (applied Linguistics) de la tradition américaine (Linguistics applied) (la différence entre les deux traditions est due en partie à la place accordée à l’enseignement, place plus importante en Grande-Bretagne où les premiers linguistes appliqués ont souvent d’abord été des enseignants d’anglais langue étrangère, notamment pour le compte du British Council)

[The di€fference between these modes of intervention is that in the case of linguistics applied the assumption is that the problem can be reformulated by the direct and unilateral application of concepts and terms deriving from linguistic enquiry itself. That is to say, language problems are amenable to linguistic solutions. In the case of applied linguistics, intervention is crucially a matter of mediation. Here there is the recognition that linguistic insights are not self-evident but a matter of interpretation; that ideas and findings from linguistics can only be made relevant in reference to other perceptions and perspectives that define the context of the problem. Applied linguistics is in this respect a multilateral process which, of its nature, has to relate and reconcile di€fferent representations of reality, including that of linguistics without excluding others. Widdowson, 2000. On the limitations of linguistics applied. Applied Linguistics 21, 3-25. ]

Aux États-Unis, dans le souci d’une scientificité poppérienne qui retient la leçon de Chomsky, les chercheurs conçoivent comme un préalable la mise à distance des considérations méthodologiques qui ressort selon eux de la pedagogy. Une théorie de l’acquisition des langues secondes leur apparaît comme un champ d’étude légitime, auquel peuvent éventuellement s’adjoindre des considérations méthodologiques.

En France, les recherches sur l’enseignement-apprentissage des langues ont donné naissance à une discipline appelée la didactique des langues étrangères. Cette discipline, notamment à la suite des travaux de Robert Galisson (par exemple 1985, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998) a cherché autonomie et légitimité en dehors des sciences du langage. On peut noter que les défenseurs les plus ardents de l’autonomie disciplinaire de la didactique des langues, pourfendeurs de toute forme d’« applicationisme », sont aussi ceux qui se sont montrés les plus critiques face à l’approche communicative et aux travaux du Conseil de l’Europe. Ceux qui, au contraire, ont participé pleinement aux travaux du Conseil et à la diffusion de l’approche