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ELT blog posts: Rachel Roberts' selection

ELT blog posts: Rachel Roberts' selection | TELT | Scoop.it
For the New Year I wanted to collect together some of the blog posts which have either inspired my posts over the last year, or that would be great follow up reading. In a few weeks, I will celebra...
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A rich list of EFL/ESL teachers' blog posts, organised by category (group work, writing, methodology).

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Using Interactive Whiteboards in Language Education: summer courses

Using Interactive Whiteboards in Language Education: summer courses | TELT | Scoop.it

Teacher training courses based on the iTILT project (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching; http://itilt.eu):

 

July, 15-19, at the Technical University Valencia, Department of Applied Linguistics, in Valencia (Spain)

 

August, 12-16, at Aveiro University, Faculty of Education, in Aveiro (Portugal)

 

Open to all interested in language teaching with the IWB, experienced or not.

 

Apply for a Comenius grant before 16 January.

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IWB training course by iTILT project members based on resources (training and teaching materials, practice examples) developed during the 2-year European project.

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Using VoiceThread with students: LTSIG webinar

Using VoiceThread with students: LTSIG webinar | TELT | Scoop.it

Webinar: Using VoiceThread with students
16 December 2012

 

Zeke Pottage & Damien Herlihy (Australia)

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Key concepts in ELT: Taking stock (Graham Hall)

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This article identifies patterns and trends within ‘Key Concepts in ELT’, both since the inception of the feature in ELT Journal in 1993 and during the 17 years of the current editorship. After outlining the aims of the series, the article identifies key themes that have emerged over time, exploring the links between ‘Key Concepts’ pieces and the trends and developments in ELT more generally. It finds that although earlier articles tended to focus on ‘teaching’, ‘learning’, and ‘language’, more recent pieces have examined issues surrounding ‘teachers’, ‘learners’, and the ‘social context’ of ELT. The article then considers the ‘reach’, readership, and potential relevance of ‘Key Concepts’ to debates and practices within ELT, drawing upon publisher records of ELT Journal’s most accessed articles online and most cited articles, and concludes with a discussion of possible future directions for the series.

 

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Also includes this link 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/eltj/keyconcepts.html

to short informative survey articles on major concepts in second language teaching and learning.  Very useful for teacher training and introductions to the field.

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Great Post: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology – Mark Bates

Great Post: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology – Mark Bates | TELT | Scoop.it

"Always have a reason for using new technology tools."

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Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT

Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT | TELT | Scoop.it

IATEFL LTSIG - the website of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language - Learning Technologies Special Interest Group - is running a free

webinar, this Sunday 18 November at 10h GMT.

 

It's with a group of four Australian educators, sharing how they set up a social network for teachers in their region: 'Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT'. In the webinar these educators discuss Twitter and other online tools they are using to enhance this network.

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It's all very well in theory but... | Glasgow Online

Penny Ur's IATEFL 2012 talk on access to research for language teachers.  She concludes:

 

"The research literature is an important source
of professional knowledge.
It is increasingly accessible to the practitioner
through conferences and the Internet.
It should be read selectively and critically."

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Interactive whiteboards - 8 ideas to keep it simple

Interactive whiteboards - 8 ideas to keep it simple | TELT | Scoop.it
"8 quick and simple ideas to create lesson activities for your Interactive whiteboard"

 

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Danny Nicholson is a UK teacher trainer who maintains the Whiteboard Blog. Some ideas for IWB teaching aimed at reassuring teachers:

 

"With all these activities, remember that you don’t need to use all the whistles and bells of your IWB software to make engaging activities. It doesn’t need a degree in computer science to move away from using your IWB as just a screen to show videos or powerpoint."

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Enseigner une LVE à l'école sans être de niveau expert : Banque de Séquences Didactiques

Enseigner une LVE à l'école sans être de niveau expert : Banque de Séquences Didactiques | TELT | Scoop.it

"Les 10 séquences proposées ici traitent des différentes phases d'acquisition d'une nouvelle notion en langue vivante menées par deux enseignantes dont le niveau de langue n'est pas expert. Avec Eliane et Annick, nous allons voir comment ces phases d'acquisition se succèdent tout en relevant et analysant les principales difficultés auxquelles comme nombre de leurs collègues elles se trouvent confrontées. L'analyse de leurs pratiques respectives par des experts en anglais et en didactique des langues vivantes vise à donner aux enseignants ou futurs enseignants qui visionneront ces séquences le recul nécessaire sur leur propre pratique tout en leur suggérant des pistes de réflexion afin de palier leurs difficultés."

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You’re not listening! I didn’t hear!!

You’re not listening! I didn’t hear!! | TELT | Scoop.it

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"When we do listenings, we are teaching listening skills. But what are these skills and how do we teach them?"

 

A lengthy post by ELT teacher and trainer Hugh Dellar on the problems of teaching listening comprehension, with references to schema theory and McCarthy's notion of listenership.

 

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Repertoire of teaching talk: rote, exposition, dialogue

Repertoire of teaching talk: rote, exposition, dialogue | TELT | Scoop.it

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Interesting presentation and discussion of different types of teacher contributions to classroom interaction by Phil Chapell using Alexander’s repertoire of teaching talk (2008).


Via Phil Chappell
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Curation and social networking for pre-service teacher education

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My EuroCALL presentation on using curation in a course on ICT for language teachers to help graduate students in languages make the transition to teaching high school languages with technology.

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A personal philosophy of principled eclecticism for language teaching

A personal philosophy of principled eclecticism for language teaching | TELT | Scoop.it

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Scott Douglas, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, teaches English as an Additional Language (EAL), particularly EAP (English for Academic Purposes).

 

He's taken the time to write up a personal philosophy of education, detailing how and why he teaches the way he does.  He covers constructivism, Freire and Krashen, as well as critical thinking.

 

An interesting read, and a useful exercise for individual professional development as well as for teacher training classes.

 

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Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin)

Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin) | TELT | Scoop.it
I was reading one of my favourite blogs this morning, ELT Rants, Reviews and Reflections by Mike Griffin. All of his posts stand out, but one particularly stood out, called Next Step(s) in Professi...
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Ideas for continuing professional development in ELT.

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Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy

Borg, S., & Al-Busaidi, S. (2012). Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy. ELT Journal, 66(3), 283-292.

 

Abstract

This paper describes a project about the beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy (LA) held by English language teachers in a university language centre. A distinctive feature of this project was the manner in which professional development workshops for the teachers were informed by prior research about these teachers’ perspectives on LA. Following a brief rationale for the project, we outline its research component before illustrating how this shaped the teacher workshops. The model for relating research and professional development we illustrate here is one that we believe can be applied more generally in supporting teacher development and institutional change in ELT.

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Watch an 18 minute video of Simon Borg presenting a paper he co-authored with Saleh Al-Busaidi on teachers' beliefs about learner autonomy

http://www.tesolacademic.org/Video%20clips/2012/RPNov12SB.wmv

 

 

The paper is published in ELT Journal and accessible via subscription.

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Technology for EFL teachers: Gary Motteram

The British Council is proud to have been a part of the 1st International ELT Symposium for Yıldız Technical University.

 

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Gary Motteram talks in a 3-minute post-plenary interview about technology for teaching English.

 

He argues that technology is another tool, in the same way that a book is a tool, or a conversation is a tool. If we don't engage in conversation how do we learn language? We can learn via books, recordings, and conversation.  Technology is another tool and people use social media to do similar things. You can connect classrooms and make things more real, but the tool is aiding and assisting the processes that are the fundamental issue: what we know about language and how people develop language and how we apply that in pedagogical contexts.

 

Regarding the downside of technology, getting learners to engage in a broader understanding of digital literacies is important. Terrible things happen on internet, it is part of our lives and children need to understand the dangers of the internet just as they need to cope with risks on the street.

 

To deal with teachers who are less confident with technology, it is necessary to start with what's available in teachers' contexts and show how a particular tool can bring something they are excited about into the classroom. Or show case studies of other teachers in similar contexts who think technology is important for their learners.

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What Teachers Make: Taylor Mali

What Teachers Make: Taylor Mali | TELT | Scoop.it
Taylor Mali's inspirational poem cleaned up a bit (aka censored) for a teacher's inservice audience. Original show by Ethos3.com located at http://www.slides...
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The Flipped Classroom: Professional Development Workshop

The Flipped Classroom: Professional Development Workshop | TELT | Scoop.it

"Module One – Powerful Learning Experiences During this module, we will think about, explore, and discuss these areas: Qualities and characteristics of epic learning. Building a community and student engagement as prerequisites for a successful flipped classroom."

Jackie Gerstein

 

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English Language Teaching Resources

English Language Teaching Resources | TELT | Scoop.it
English Language Teaching Resources, by Phil Chappell: Daily news from the International ELT Twitter community...
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