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Dictation - Online Speech Recognition

Dictation - Online Speech Recognition | TELT | Scoop.it
Dictation is a free online speech recognition software powered by Google Chrome. You can use Dictation to write emails and documents in the browser with your voice

 

"Speech Recognition in the Browser

With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard.

To get started, just connect the microphone to your computer and click the Start Dictation button.

 

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This app works very well. It's not quite up to the standards of Dragon Naturally Speaking, but then again, it is free.


Via Jim Lerman, Lavinia Ionica
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Seems to work OK - talk to you computer and watch the words appear on the screen.  And when it's wrong, it's easy to edit manually.  Pedagogical applications, anyone?

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:19 AM

Love the free part.

Luz Marina Martínez Peña's curator insight, March 31, 2014 5:27 PM

Esta herramienta es muy útil, cuando se está escribiendo un texto científico, pues nos permite ir desarrollando una idea de manera muy rápida, sin preocuparnos por tener que escribir.

Thierry Ruissy's curator insight, April 11, 2014 10:17 AM

Marche correctement et permet de dialoguer en français

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Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR

Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR | TELT | Scoop.it

Students explore and evaluate independently the improvement of their own learning via the use of digital media in concrete learning settings. This project is realised within the framework of “Karlsruhe – Stadt der jungen Forscher” (Karlsruhe – City of young researchers) an initiative of the Körber-Stiftung, Deutsche Telekom and Robert Bosch Stiftung.


At the beginning of the project the students identified problems regarding their learning processes and developed ideas how those problems could be solved through the use of digital media. 3 concrete scenarios were developed for testing.

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e-learning micro-innovations

The powerpoint presents 20 micro-innovations - improvements in education motivated by individual innovators in Europe's schools, universities and workplaces....
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A wide range of projects involving educational uses of technologies; some specific to language learning/teaching, and others of more general relevance.

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Bridging the gap: cognitive and social L2 teaching & learning research (SSLA, 2014)

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DeKeyser, Lantolf, Hulstijn on epistemology; Mackey, Talmy, Young on data and methods; Ellis (N), Bigelow, Ortega on future research.  Open access for now - looking forward to diving in :-)

 

I'm going with #appliedlinguistics on Twitter - #SLA doesn't seem to mean what I think it should mean

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The FLTmag | A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom

The FLTmag | A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom | TELT | Scoop.it

New issue: articles on tools, practice, programmes involving technology in second language teaching and learning.

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Mundolingua: language museum in Paris

Mundolingua: language museum in Paris | TELT | Scoop.it

Language is one of the fundamental abilities that makes us human. It has also played a key role in the evolution of people and modern society. To reveal the secrets of language, Mundolingua gives you the opportunity to discover language, languages and linguistics. A real little “discovery area”, Mundolingua invites you on a voyage in an unusual, fun and cozy setting, in the heart of the Latin Quarter: between the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Sulpice.

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This sounds interesting - an actual bricks-and-mortar museum dedicated to language.  Field trip, anyone?

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Translating Cochrane Reviews to Ensure that Healthcare Decision-Making is Informed by High-Quality Research Evidence

Translating Cochrane Reviews to Ensure that Healthcare Decision-Making is Informed by High-Quality Research Evidence | TELT | Scoop.it

Gledhill and Kübler, CLILLAC-ARP, Université Paris Diderot talking about a project on simplified medical English for Cochrane Systematic Reviews at GERAS conference, Aix-en-Provence, 2014.

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This link goes to an article on simplified medical English (Cochrane Reviews); the presentation is at GERAS 2014 http://www.colloque.geras.fr/

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(In)compatibility of CLIL and ESP courses at university | González Ardeo 2013

(In)compatibility of CLIL and ESP courses at university | González Ardeo 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

This paper deals with the current coexistence of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) courses in tertiary educational settings in the Basque Country. The University of the Basque Country (UBC) is immersed in an ongoing process of internationalization and, consequently, its language teachers are witnessing an unstoppable process of Anglicization. At present,
and presumably in the medium and long term, institutional decisions will continue to support CLIL in preference to ESP. In order to analyse this process within the UBC, quantitative data about these two linguistic approaches are gathered and compared with data from 2005. A questionnaire aimed at gathering the opinions of engineering students who currently take both types of courses is also used as a source of
qualitative data. The main conclusion of this exploratory study is that both types of courses seem to be compatible. However, language teachers, English-medium content teachers and students are facing a
tough challenge, since neither of the two types of course is a panacea.

Keywords: CLIL, ESP, internationalization of higher education, Anglicization, University of the Basque Country, questionnaire


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Is ESP killing CLIL? Via Christopher Williams in his keynote address to GERAS conference in Aix-en-Provence today. 

http://www.colloque.geras.fr/?q=node/22

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Buried treasure from the BBC: Pronunciation activities

Buried treasure from the BBC: Pronunciation activities | TELT | Scoop.it
I was hunting around the Aladdin's cave that is the BBC Learning English website and stumbled across these two gems - "Better speaking" and "First sight, second thoughts", which are both great reso...
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A little buried criticism of the BBC site here - lots of materials/resources, but not always easy to find ...

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Websites for language exchange

Websites for language exchange | TELT | Scoop.it

List of free social websites for language learning and exchanging.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 19, 2014 1:28 PM

A mixed bag of sites for individual, punctual exchanges or more formal institutional links, and some new to me.

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Willingness to Communicate: Hayo Reinders

[My summary]: Teachers should encourage learners to feel free to try and use the language as much as possible.  Researchers use the term "willingness to communicate" to refer to learners' readiness to engage in oral communication inside or outside the classroom. Output - producing the target language - is vital for learners to develop proficiency and its value for learning is undisputed.


Two contrasting problems may arise in the classroom - either learners do not participate due to lack of opportunity, for example, or they are pushed to participate without sufficient support.  Reinders recommends teachers try to:

1. reduce anxiety levels (avoid focusing on accuracy/correcting errors)

2. encourage group cohesiveness

3. find relevant and interesting topics 

4. explore alternatives to face-to-face communication (text chat, digital games).

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And a couple of WTC references: Hashimoto, MacIntyre

http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Hashimoto.pdf

http://www.uoc.edu/portal/ca/catedra_multilinguisme/_resources/documents/Barcelona_paper_for_UOC_Conference.pdf

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10 outils pour collaborer en ligne: Marie-Hélène Fasquel, CRDP Amiens, mars 2014

10 outils pour collaborer en ligne: Marie-Hélène Fasquel, CRDP Amiens, mars 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

Ecriture collaborative (Padlet, Google Apps), puis outils pour l'oral (Podbean, Vocaroo), et plate-formes d'échange (eTwinning)

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Is CALL Obsolete? Jarvis & Krashen, 2014

Is CALL Obsolete? Jarvis & Krashen, 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it
Is the term CALL still appropriate?"The implications of the research presented here are clear: The term CALL is obsolete, because its focus is limited to the computer, and because of its emphasis on conscious learning. Alternative acronyms such as Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) or Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) account for some changes in the field, but continue to focus on conscious learning. It is time to move beyond CALL. MALU (Mobile Assisted Language Use) as defined by Jarvis and Achilleos (2013) is a significant improvement when discussing electronic devices: MALU covers more than desktop and even laptop computers, and makes it clear that more than language instruction and/or learning is involved."
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Two main reasons to reject the CALL label involving the L of CALL: Krashen's well-known objection to the role of conscious "learning" and the C of CALL: L2 speakers'  patterns of internet access in English via mobile rather than desktop devices.

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Technology integration in the collaborative language classroom

Technology integration in the collaborative language classroom | TELT | Scoop.it

My micro-innovation project for language teaching in higher education included in the EU project VISIR http://visir-network.eu/

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:07 AM

Un projet pilote pour améliorer l'enseignement des langues à l'université en intégrant les TICE dans un dispositif hybride collaboratif à l'aide de tuteurs

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Vocational English mobile learning route | VISIR

Vocational English mobile learning route | VISIR | TELT | Scoop.it

Wanna have a a conversation in English  while you walk?  The project is all about learning English outside the classroom by walking through a mobile learning route packed with  qr-code.


Qr-codes are linked to YouTube-videos, where a native English speaker asks different questions. Students read the qr-codes with the qr-reader app on their mobile device. Then they watch the videos and answer the questions by making a video, recording audio clip, making a comic strip and/or writing the answer on the notebook on their device. 

 

Students can send their products to their own blog and/or they can be watched together in the classroom.

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Langues de spécialité et professionnalisation : Cahiers de l'APLIUT 2014

Langues de spécialité et professionnalisation : Cahiers de l'APLIUT 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

Michel Van der Yeught
Développer les langues de spécialité dans le secteur LANSAD – Scénarios possibles et parcours recommandé pour contribuer à la professionnalisation des formations

 

Jean-Jacques Richer

Conditions d’une mise en Ĺ“uvre de la perspective actionnelle en didactique des langues 

 

Pascaline Faure

Enjeux d’une professionnalisation de la formation des enseignants de langue(s) de spécialité : exemples de l’anglais et du français de la médecine 

 

Acino Ferreira

Jeux sérieux et langue de spécialité : trois exemples de ludification pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais naval 

 

Danielle Joulia

Une approche professionnalisante pour des étudiants de DUT Informatique 

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Authentic materials with beginners: Charlene Polio

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Why and how for language teachers

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Ellen Graber's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:45 AM

This gives some good ideas to modify authentic materials so even beginners can use the 'real thing'.

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Multiple Sites for Language Learning : Educating the New Generation of CALL Practitioners

Multiple Sites for Language Learning : Educating the New Generation of CALL Practitioners | TELT | Scoop.it

EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop 

 

Appel à propositions :

Date de notification aux auteurs : 11 avril 2014

Date du colloque : 22-23 mai 2014

 

 

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Come to Nice for a EuroCALL workshop on research in teacher education for languages with technology.

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TESOL CALL-IS Webcast Events

TESOL CALL-IS Webcast Events | TELT | Scoop.it

Teacher Education in CALL (Higher Education) Emerging Technologies: Managing a Changing Landscape with Mobile Technologies EFL InterSection (with CALL-IS): Experiences Integrating Mobile Learning in Language Classrooms Around the Globe CALL-IS InterSection (with VDM-IS): Interactive Mobile Tools for the Next Generation Four "Hot Topics" sessions, including "Mobile Warming: Melting the Barriers to Language Learning with Mobile Devices," "Technology Use to Help Avoid Plagiarism: Resources for Teachers and Students," " Social Networking in ELT," and "Flipping the Classroom in Multiple Contexts" Mobile Apps for Education Showcase The TESOL Community: An Overview TESOL CALL-IS Open Meeting The CALL-IS is also webcasting seven selected EV Fair Classics sessions from the Electronic Village, as well as the EVO presentation "Shaping the Way We Teach English - The MOOC Version." 

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A chance to see presentations from the technology showcase of this year's TESOL convention.

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The future of ESP studies: Christopher Williams, GERAS 2014

The future of ESP studies: Christopher Williams, GERAS 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

1. – the need for deeper engagement with non-linguistic fields of knowledge (medicine, law, engineering, economics etc.) and for more dialogue with practitioners operating in such fields in order to help us linguists to focus on the real issues of communication and text analysis in ESP contexts; 

2. – the importance of studying and teaching popularized forms of specialized discourse; 

3. – exploring (and exploiting) further the phenomenon of multimodality in relation to ESP studies; 

4. – the potential of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL / EMILE) as a tool for research and for language teaching methodology in the field of ESP; 

5. – the overriding need to ensure that future ESP studies focus on what is genuinely innovative, relevant, and interesting to readers and practitioners. In brief, how to avoid what John Sinclair once defined as ‘fishing expeditions’ often resulting from an over-reliance on corpora and statistics in general. 

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Des pistes pour la recherche et pour l'apprentissage-enseignement de l'anglais (des langues) pour objectifs spécifiques

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Who Needs Applied Linguistics? Wilson, TESL-EJ 1996

Who Needs Applied Linguistics? Wilson, TESL-EJ 1996 | TELT | Scoop.it

Wilson: "a perceivable gap exists between theory and practice in language teaching which is not so prominent in other professions. Teachers prefer to rely on 'practical experience' as the impetus behind pedagogic convictions. Applied linguists and their hypotheses are regarded as overtheoretical cat's cradles. Do teachers need to study applied linguistics?"

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Some really thought-provoking discussion about practice vs theory in language teaching and research:

 

"The fact that human languages are so amorphous in their 'lebenswelt' is not readily appreciated by critics of applied linguistics.

Joining the public, they would prefer language teaching (along with languages) to be a compact activity which can be studied and comprehended as a componential system, resembling say, an exploded diagram from a car maintenance manual. Such notions represent more suspect notions about what language teaching should be (which ought to be dispelled in the first year of any course in TEFL or applied linguistics). Nevertheless, such critics would prefer to envisage languages and learners as essentially machine-like with vocabulary and grammar rules which govern their expressive acts. It takes a long time to convince them that human communication does not work that way. It takes even longer to convince them they should read extensively about how it might. Thus the thoughtful language teacher confronts popular conceptions which seek to oversimplify a complex task. This situation is neither appreciated nor imagined by the inhabitants of the ivory tower of applied linguistics."

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Language Teaching and Resources @YaleCLS

Language Teaching and Resources @YaleCLS | TELT | Scoop.it

Collection of links to resources for teaching different languages.

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Steffan Webb's curator insight, March 19, 2014 4:42 PM

Heb edrych ar hyn ond dylai fod o werth

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Webinar with Dr. John Norris « Language Acquisition Resource Center

Webinar with Dr. John Norris « Language Acquisition Resource Center | TELT | Scoop.it

Tasks have captured the attention of testers and educators for some time (e.g., Cureton, 1951, Wiggins, 1994), because they present goal-oriented, contextualized challenges that prompt examinees to deploy cognitive skills and domain-related knowledge in authentic performance rather than merely displaying what they know in selected-response and other discrete forms of tests (Kane, 2001; Wiggins, 1998). For language testing, in particular, interest in task-based performance assessment reflects the need to incorporate language use into assessments, such that interpretations about learners’ abilities to communicate are warranted (Brindley, 1994; Norris et al., 1998). Over the past several decades, tasks have come to play a crucial role in language assessments on a variety of levels, from classroom-based tests to large-scale language proficiency exams to research on second language acquisition. In this webinar, I will provide an overview of the incorporation of tasks into contemporary language assessment practice across diverse contexts, with a particular emphasis on examples of tasks used for distinct (formative and summative) assessment purposes in language classrooms and programs. Participants will encounter the basic steps in developing task-based assessments, including needs analysis, task selection, performance elicitation, rubric creation, scoring, and score reporting/feedback. We will also address the benefits of task-based assessment for language learners, teachers, and programs, and we will consider the potential that emerging technologies hold for enabling authentic assessments of language use. Finally, we will consider both research-based and educator-relevant insights into some of the challenges in doing task-based language assessment, and I will suggest a variety of solutions.

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3 April. 

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