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Blubbr - Make Youtube Quizzes

Blubbr - Make Youtube Quizzes | TELT | Scoop.it

David Deubelbeiss of English Central and EFL Classroom 2.0 recommends this quiz maker, saying it has the "most potential of any Youtube quiz maker. It has an attractive interface, is well laid out and designed and the library is very accessible.  One downside - it doesn't allow you to edit the quiz after you've produced it (usually the case with just launched sites).  I'm sure they'll work things out"


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Many of my undergraduate EFL students are big fans of English Central, so there is certainly an interest in video-based quizzes as an entertaining form of self-study.

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Make quizzes that students will enjoy doing!

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Teacher Education for Languages with Technology / Formation des enseignants de langue avec les TICE
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Feedback and Format: Effective Teacher-Provided Feedback in Online Courses – S'more English

Feedback and Format: Effective Teacher-Provided Feedback in Online Courses – S'more English | TELT | Scoop.it
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SEAGULL - Language Learning in Tandem

SEAGULL - Language Learning in Tandem | TELT | Scoop.it
SEAGULL offers materials and new ideas for tandem language learners in 13 different languages.

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This looks interesting - EU project
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Tandemleren revisted
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The Effects of Mode and Task Complexity on Second Language Production

The Effects of Mode and Task Complexity on Second Language Production | TELT | Scoop.it

"Taking a psycholinguistic orientation within task‐based language teaching scholarship, this study investigated the effects of mode (oral vs. written) and task complexity on second language (L2) performance ..."


Among other detailed results, the study found that


1. L2 learners can draw on their interlanguage variably and display different linguistic behaviors depending on the mode (oral or written) in which a task is performed. Our participants spent more time and used more complex syntax as well as more varied vocabulary when they performed the task in writing. Mode also influenced propositional complexity, as speakers produced more idea units overall, but writers employed extended idea units to a higher degree. These findings provided empirical evidence for the theoretical prediction that the oral and written modes offer different opportunities for language practice and development, and, consequently, mode can constitute a task design feature that may contribute to the development of distinct L2 competencies


2. Task complexity had different effects in writing and in speech. Overall, we found that (a) task complexity effects were more noticeable in writing in the areas of propositional complexity, accuracy, and time on task, and (b) increases in task demands had similar effects on the linguistic complexity in both modes. Thus, we found that both writers’ and speakers’ productions were more syntactically complex overall (see also Tavakoli, 2014) and exhibited more sophisticated vocabulary in the complex version of the task, compared to the simple version.


3. Increases in task demands enhanced certain aspects of L2 performance in both modes, which allowed us to conclude that task complexity constitutes an important task variable that can influence L2 performance and subsequent learning.

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Learners performed simple or complex versions of task in spoken or written mode, and productions were analysed using a variety of complexity and accuracy measures. The article is open access at present and you can even see the task (pictured)
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Instructed Second Language Acquisition

Instructed Second Language Acquisition is a peer-reviewed Journal that, twice a year, publishes research with a number of implications for language instruction. Second language acquisition is a rich and varied enterprise, carried out by researchers, whose interests and training often lie in broader disciplines of linguistics, psychology, sociology, and education. Second language research findings might have a direct application to instructional decisions or provide insights into the learning process that serves as a resource to inform teaching practice. Knowing how languages are learned will help language instructors develop a more innovative and effective way to teach a language and to create the necessary conditions for learners to learn more efficiently and appropriately. The overall aim of this Journal is to provide an opportunity for researchers, second and foreign language educators, and other language practitioners and policy makers to publish and read second language acquisition research that has direct relevance and impact for language teaching. Established in 2016, Instructed Second Language Acquisition, the journal is a forum for reporting and for critical discussion of language research and practice across a wide range of languages and international contexts. It welcomes quantitative and qualitative research to address the role of external manipulation (e.g., instruction, learner self-directed learning, input manipulation) on second language development.
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Colloque PERL : Entre présence et distance - pratiques pédagogiques en langues à l'université

Colloque PERL : Entre présence et distance - pratiques pédagogiques en langues à l'université | TELT | Scoop.it
Ce colloque a pour objectif d'étudier les possibilités et les usages du numérique dans l'enseignement/apprentissage des langues à l'université au sens large. Il permettra, en particulier, d’examiner les propositions de pédagogie universitaire grâce aux outils numériques dans un objectif de personnalisation et de responsabilisation de l'apprentissage. Dans la même perspective, il questionnera la pertinence et l’effet des dispositifs de formation et d'accompagnement des enseignant-e-s de langues dans des pratiques numériques d'enseignement hybrides ou 100 % à distance. Enfin, il permettra d’envisager la possibilité de mutualiser les ressources et l'ingénierie pédagogique pour offrir de nouvelles perspectives et répondre aux besoins de l'enseignement supérieur comme, par exemple, l'introduction des corpus (Boulton & Tyne, 2014) ou, encore, l'étude des besoins pédagogiques pour mieux cibler le développement des outils et des plateformes d'enseignement/apprentissage hybride ou à distance.
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Appel à communications 31 mai, colloque 16 novembre
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Webinaire : Environnements numériques pour l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues

Webinaire : Environnements numériques pour l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues | TELT | Scoop.it
Journée d'étude Webinaire organisée par le Centre de Linguistique appliquée de Besançon, en partenariat avec la revue Alsic (Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d'information et de communication) 28 mars 2017- Centre de linguistique appliquée - 6 rue Gabriel Plançon, 25000 Besançon
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Day of online presentations by French researchers in second language teaching and learning
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20 practical ways to use Google Forms

20 practical ways to use Google Forms | TELT | Scoop.it
Google Forms gives educators a powerful data collection tool. Check out these 20 ways to harness its power in school.
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Useful tips and tricks for collecting grades etc
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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 2, 1:07 AM
If you have access to technology, I recommend you check out Google Forms.  There are so many ways you can use it. This article has examples for each of the 20 ways so you can see what it looks like actually being used.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 3, 3:24 AM
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abdoss's curator insight, February 3, 10:28 AM
Google Forms is an awesome tool!
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Text to speech technologies: OER examples

Four examples of open access text-to-speech tools, including one that also translates.

http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html
http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net (available in multiple languages) http://www.fromtexttospeech.com (available in multiple languages) https://text-to-speech-demo.mybluemix.net (with expressive SSML)
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Type your text in French, imtranslator will read it aloud in English
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Remove Line Breaks Online Tool

Online tool for removing line breaks from text and html. It automatically removes line breaks and preserves paragraph breaks.
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If you ever got stuck copying and pasting from PDF
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Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2017

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2017 | TELT | Scoop.it
by Jeffrey Beall, January 3, 2017. Each year at this time I formally announce my updated list of predatory publishers. Because the publisher list is now very large, and because I now publish four, continuously-updated lists, the annual releases do not include the actual lists but instead include statistical and explanatory data about the lists…
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Increasing numbers of predatory journals and tips on detecting them.
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CFP formulaic language: TESL Canada Journal


Call for Papers 2017 Special Issue of TESL Canada Journal Formulaic Language in English language acquisition and teaching Guest Editor: David Wood, PhD

Formulaic language is a linguistic phenomenon which is basic to human communication. The term refers to multiword units, which may be continuous or not, which have a single meaning or function in communication, and which are probably prefabricated or stored and retrieved mentally as if a single word . Learners struggle with formulaic sequences and, for example, often fail to interpret their meanings accurately, even when given ample contextual clues .

While the body of research on formulaic language is large and growing in areas such as psycholinguistic processing, analysis of the role of formulaic language in specific genres and registers of language, and extraction from texts using corpus analysis tools, there are a number of issues yet to be addressed fully in researching the teaching and acquisition of formulaic language. For example, how can we be sure that acquisition of specific formulaic sequences is adequate in causing general language gain? Are there particular strategies which learners can be taught which will help them to be more readily capable of perceiving and integrating formulaic sequences in their own language repertoire without explicit teaching? Similarly, how can we be sure that our instructional techniques have lasting effects? Clearly, the teaching of formulaic language is an area still ripe for investigation by researchers and teachers alike.

This Special Issue of TESL Canada Journal will include papers sharing a focus on the teaching and acquisition of formulaic language, and may present empirical studies or literature reviews with fresh and practical conclusions. Book reviews and practical “In the classroom” short papers will also be included.

To review Author Guidelines and the three categories of Research, In the Classroom, and Perspectives articles, please refer to http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/about/submissions.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to download the TESL Canada Journal Submission Form on that page and to send it to teslcan@ualberta.ca as an attachment, along with their manuscript.

Questions regarding this special issue should be directed to teslcan@ualberta.ca. Deadline:

Full manuscripts are due June 1, 2017.
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Meaning-focused activities: Jane Willis

Meaning-focused activities: Jane Willis | TELT | Scoop.it
This week we have something rather special - a guest post from Jane Willis. Jane has been a supporter of the Hands Up Project for a long time and is on the advisory panel - offering us support in bringing task based learning into the work that we do. Over to you Jane.... I have…
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Concrete suggestions for simple tasks to support language learning
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Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée

Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée | TELT | Scoop.it
L’Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée (AFLA) est une association dont le but est de promouvoir et coordonner les recherches dans tous les domaines de la linguistique appliquée, et d’encourager la coopération interdisciplinaire et internationale dans ces mêmes domaines
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New president for the French association for applied linguistics
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