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iTILT podcast: EU project on interactive technologies for languages

iTILT (interactive technologies in language teaching) http://itilt.eu launches new website next Monday - classroom videos with teacher and learner commentaries, teaching and training materials, and a library of further resources for language teaching with the IWB.

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Hear project teachers and researchers talk about this EU project: how we chose our classroom clips, what training the teachers have had, and how they view this professional development experience ...

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Heads Up English | ESL Lessons - A (Mostly) Complete Glossary for ESL EFL Teaching

Glossary of ESL EFL terms for easy reference.
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Worth a look for basic acronyms, methods and key concepts.

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Research into practice: Vocabulary (Nation, 2011)

Research into practice: Vocabulary (Nation, 2011) | TELT | Scoop.it

This article is a personal view of the application of research on vocabulary to teaching and how there are three different types or categories of relationship between that research and the teaching to which it is applied: first, where the research is not applied or not applied well, second, where it is reasonably well applied, and third, where it is over-applied. For each of these three categories, I look at what I consider to be the most important areas of research and suggest why they fit into that category. The topics covered include planning vocabulary courses, distinguishing high frequency and low frequency words, extensive reading, the deliberate learning of vocabulary, academic vocabulary and vocabulary teaching.

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Here are my bullet points from reading this article which summarises recent research into L2 vocabulary acquisition for language teachers.

 

- there two types of vocabulary: high frequency and low frequency (Zipf's law - there is no middle ground).  ESL learners need to meet high frequency words often, and learn strategies to tackle low frequency words

 

- extensive (rather than intensive) reading with graded readers works for high frequency words; learners can be encouraged in this if initial class time is devoted to a "proper extensive reading program" (p. 532)

 

- bilingual word cards - "deliberate decontextualised rote learning of vocabulary" - is effective for long-term learning and acquisition of implicit knowledge (p. 533)  though should be viewed as a "support" rather than an "alternative to communicative learning"

 

- although deliberate learning is effective, deliberate teaching does not mean deliberate learning - studies often show less than half of taught words were learned via vocabulary exercises

 

Nation recommends paying attention to vocabulary learning via extensive graded reading and independent learning with bilingual word cards, rather than devoting class time to intensive reading and vocabulary exercises.

 

He recommends this research paper:

Elgort, I. (2011). Deliberate learning and vocabulary acquisition in a second language. Language Learning, 61.2, 367–413.

 

and this website: The Compleat Lexical Tutor http://www.lextutor.ca/

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Curating vs. Collecting on Twitter for the Education Professional

Curating vs. Collecting on Twitter for the Education Professional | TELT | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Discussion of the utility of online curation for oneself and others; importance of tagging (also important on Scoop.it): "I am carefully thinking about future keywords I might be searching for in order to recall a particular tweet (s)."

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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano has an interesting and highly visual post on collecting vs. curating with Twitter, and on the curation potential Twitter has in store for those involved in education.

 

She quotes Mike Fisher writing: "Collecting is what kids do when asked to find resources for a particular topic. Usually, it represents the first 3 or 4 hits on a Google search, without meaning, discernment, or connections.


Curating is different. It’s the Critical Thinker’s collection, and involves several nuances (see Figure 1) that separate it as an independent and classroom-worthy task."

 

 

Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

 

Full article: http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/01/03/twitter-as-a-curation-tool/# ;

 

 

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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano has an interesting and highly visual post on collecting vs. curating with Twitter, and on the curation potential Twitter has in store for those involved in education.

 

She quotes Mike Fisher writing: "Collecting is what kids do when asked to find resources for a particular topic. Usually, it represents the first 3 or 4 hits on a Google search, without meaning, discernment, or connections.

 

Curating is different. It’s the Critical Thinker’s collection, and involves several nuances (see Figure 1) that separate it as an independent and classroom-worthy task."

 

 

Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

 

Full article: http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/01/03/twitter-as-a-curation-tool/# 

 

 

Eduardo Lucas's curator insight, April 29, 2013 12:50 PM

Important article.

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Google+: A CALL resource for English Language Learners

Google+: A CALL resource for English Language Learners | TELT | Scoop.it

In his recent paper in TESL-EJ, Brian Hutchison outlines the main features of Google+ and says

 

"Google+ is a feature rich social networking service that provides students with the opportunity to interact with their teachers and classmates outside of class through both asynchronous and synchronous communications. In terms of synchronous communication, the Hangout feature can be used by groups of up to ten students to communicate via text, voice, and video in order to complete such tasks as group discussions, debates, and surveys. Videos of the Hangout sessions can be uploaded to YouTube and viewed by classmates to extend the activities or by teachers for feedback and evaluation. In terms of asynchronous communication, students can share online content they find interesting and useful (such as links to websites and videos) as well as their own personal photos and writings. Once shared, other users are then able to extend a thread or multiple threads of asynchronous communication through the comments they post.

 

Along with connecting current classmates, Google+ is capable of providing students with access to communities of language learners and educators that exist outside the traditional classroom. These virtual communities are environments that will persist long after an individual class or even an entire course finishes. Instructors can remain in contact with graduating students, students can remain in contact with their classmates, and classmates can be welcomed as new members in an expanding circle of class alumni."

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Thinking about Syncing? iOS Apps for World Language education - Catherine Ousselin

Thinking about Syncing? iOS Apps for World Language education - Catherine Ousselin | TELT | Scoop.it

I have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of Apps designed for Apple products (iPhone, iPod, and iPad). These Apps are helpful for both the learner and the educator. Many are free, some are under $5.00, and a few are major purchases (+$15.00). These lists will all update regularly with your input. Below are links to other experts in the mobile device technology area.

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Lots of apps, beautifully organised and presented.

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Catherine Ousselin's comment, January 7, 2013 7:15 PM
Many thanks, Shona! I worked all week-end trying to make this well organized. MERCI!
Shona Whyte's comment, January 11, 2013 11:13 AM
Only just saw this. I wish Scoop.it would stop moving everything around all the time :-( A weekend well spent, in any case!
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Comenius summer courses on IWB for FL: iTILT project training

Comenius summer courses on IWB for FL: iTILT project training | TELT | Scoop.it

The EU project iTILT is offering an EU-funded summercourse on  Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in Language Education This Comenius course is based on research and resources (training and teaching materials, practice examples) developed during the 2-year European project iTILT (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching).  http://itilt.eu

 

The course is offered by the University of Antwerp, Linguapolis and its project partners to promote effective IWB use in communicative language teaching. It is open to all interested in language teaching with the IWB, experienced or not. 

 

In 2013 there are two sessions: 

 

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) 

 

 

Find information on the course description at the Comenius/Grundtvig Training database, the grants and the course pre-registration document from here: http://www.koenraad.info/content/current-courses#1

 

N.B. Apply for a Comenius grant before 16 January (= the final day for submitting completed forms (including a course (pre-)registration testimonial and employer signature) to your National Agency

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/national_en.htm

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EU Grants for language teachers - deadline 16 January

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Participation à des stages de formation pour le TBI en classe de langue.

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Demand High EAP

Demand High EAP | TELT | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe we need to be (re)creating a climate of knowledge building in the EAP classroom." Steve Kirk

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Steve Kirk argues that in language for academic purposes classes, fluency activities where learners "just speak" are insufficient: learners also need to learn to develop "contentful" contributions.  

 

I think a) this is also true of other second/foreign language teaching contexts and b) a strong version of task-based teaching can help address this concern.

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CALL@Hull: English (TEFL/TESL) sites

CALL@Hull: English (TEFL/TESL) sites | TELT | Scoop.it
Resources for language learners and teachers of English as a foreign or second language.
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Fred Riley has this list of EFL/ESL and ELT resources, including online activities for learners, professional teaching journals, and links to English-languages (UK) media.

 

You can also browse resources for a number of other languages.

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Telly learning: Video-based activities for advanced learners from Steve Muir

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A nice range of tasks based on web video resources, including links, step-by-step instructions, and variations for different proficiency levels.  

 

More activities for C1/C2 learners on this blog: http://allatc.wordpress.com/

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Mesure du potentiel des tâches d’interaction

Mesure du potentiel des tâches d’interaction | TELT | Scoop.it
Nous présentons ici une étude expérimentale destinée à évaluer le potentiel acquisitionnel de différentes tâches d’interaction réalisées en binômes par des apprenants de français langue étrangère.

 

Cosereanu-Declerck, E. (2012). Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage, 28.

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Une étude empirique d'interactions par des étudiants de FLE lors de tâches d'interaction d'écart d'information effectuées en binôme par clavardage et à l'oral : a) raconter une scène de film vue par les deux étudiants, l'un avec audio l'autre sans ; b) trouver les différences dans deux images similaires ; c) résoudre une énigme écrite.  Les variables dépendantes sont le nombre d'interactions négociées et de rétroactions correctives.  Il n'y a pas d'effet de la tâche sur le nombre de routines de négociation, mais apparemment un effet de modalité ( plus de négociations par clavardage qu'à l'oral ).  On observe également plus de négociations et de corrections dans des binômes à niveau linguistique dissymétrique, et plus de corrections lors de la tâche de comparaison d'images.

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Improving Your Presentations: colour and animations using ppt on the IWB

Improving Your Presentations: colour and animations using ppt on the IWB | TELT | Scoop.it

2009 Teachers TV clip where Joe Dale demonstrates ICT use for middle school French classes.

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Powerpoint presentations with animation on the interactive whiteboard to increase pace and variety in order to maintain pupils' concentration.  Also colour coding (blue, pink, green for gender and plural) to encourage noticing of grammatical features.

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Tips: Listening Activities (The LanguagePoint)

Tips: Listening Activities (The LanguagePoint) | TELT | Scoop.it

Students seems to get frustrated very quickly when it comes to listening.  Here are a few simple ideas to help students improved their listening skills, without too much pressure!  Click on the link for an explanation of how to conduct each activity.

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Ideas for listening comprehension in language classes from the languagepoint.com.

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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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Compleat Lexical Tutor

Compleat Lexical Tutor | TELT | Scoop.it
A complete website for learning and learning about English words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak.
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As recommended by vocabulary researcher Paul Nation.

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Video Diaries for Teacher Support in the iTILT Project - ATELIER 24, DIDACTIQUE ET ACQUISITION DES LANGUES (ARDAA) | Colloque SAES 2013

Video Diaries for Teacher Support in the iTILT Project - ATELIER 24, DIDACTIQUE ET ACQUISITION DES LANGUES (ARDAA) | Colloque SAES 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

Shona Whyte and Julie Alexander

 

Interactive whiteboard (IWB) research shows variation in classroom interactivity (Beauchamp & Kennewell, 2010) and a need for sustained teacher support (Cutrim Schmid & Whyte, 2012).  iTILT (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching), a 2-year European project on the IWB for communicative language teaching, was conceived partly in response to these findings and as an opportunity for further research. The project has produced a website for language teachers featuring over 250 short video clips of IWB-supported classroom practice, supplemented by relevant teacher and learner comments, created by filming 44 teachers in 81 classes involving different languages, ages, and levels of proficiency in primary, secondary, university and vocational contexts in 7 European countries. 

 

The present study focuses on data from 9 French EFL teachers in three educational sectors who participated in a dedicated online support space set up for the duration of the project.  The data are participants' contributions to the limited stream of a Google+ circle including teachers and researchers.

 

Results show variation in contributions across the 9 teachers, and reveal a number of areas of general concern, but also allow the isolation of specific interactions which affected classroom practice, with implications for teacher education in languages with technology.

 

Beauchamp, G., & Kennewell, S. (2010). Interactivity in the classroom and its impact on learning. Computers & Education, 54(3), 759-766.


Cutrim Schmid, E., & Whyte, S. (2012). Interactive Whiteboards in State School Settings: Teacher Responses to Socio-Constructivist Hegemonies. Language Learning & Technology, 16(2), 65-86.

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Our paper on iTILT teachers in France has been accepted for the SAES conference in Dijon in May 2013.

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ESL WOW

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Online ESL writing workshop

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Clear and concrete advice in oral and written form for getting ready to write, developing ideas, revising, editing, and polishing work, plus an instructor guide, help avoiding plagiarism, and links to external resources.  Suitable for low-intermediate learners and beyond.

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Intégrer le TBI dans l'enseignement des langues : iTILT sur ludovia.com

Intégrer le TBI dans l'enseignement des langues : iTILT sur ludovia.com | TELT | Scoop.it

Un projet européen iTILT (Interactive Technologies In Language Teaching ou l’Intégration des Technologies Interactives en Langues - Tice), dont l’objectif est « d’intégrer le tableau blanc interactif dans une approche communicative pour l’enseignement des langues étrangères ». 

Cette volonté d’encourager les pratiques interactives autour du TBI en classe de langue se traduit par la création d’un site internet où retrouver des conseils et ressources pour la formation des enseignants en langue, des vidéos montrant d’usages en classe, des informations sur la bonne utilisation du TBI dans l’enseignement des langues, et un réseau d’échange et d’entraides pour les enseignants et les établissements.

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Ouverture officielle du site http://itilt.eu lundi prochain, le 14 janvier.  Plus de 250 exemples de pratique de classe avec le TBI pour apprendre une langue étrangère ...

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Retour d'expérience pour eInstruction, fabricant de TBI.

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EUROCALL 2012 Proceedings

EUROCALL 2012 Proceedings | TELT | Scoop.it

Google Books full view of the proceedings of the 2012 EUROCALL Conference.

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5-page papers on computer-assisted language learning based on this summer's conference presentations.  Last but not least: Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project, by Shona Whyte, Gary Beauchamp, and Emily Hillier.

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ELTPics: CC photos by teachers for teachers

ELTPics: CC photos by teachers for teachers | TELT | Scoop.it
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Use the images for teaching, and/or contribute to the growing collection.

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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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Étude expérimentale de la perception de la modalité à travers l’intonation en anglais

Étude expérimentale de la perception de la modalité à travers l’intonation en anglais | TELT | Scoop.it
En anglais comme en français, on peut formuler une question sans changer la syntaxe d’un énoncé, simplement en lui associant une intonation interrogative.

 

Jean-Marie Merle et Peter Prince, « Étude expérimentale de la perception de la modalité à travers l’intonation en anglais », TIPA. Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage [En ligne], 28 | 2012, mis en ligne le 29 octobre 2012, consulté le 06 janvier 2013. URL : http://tipa.revues.org/202

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Cette étude empirique de la perception d'intonation compare les réactions à des énoncés interrogatifs et déclaratifs de natifs anglophones et de non-natifs (francophones) de niveaux d'anglais différents.  Trente énoncés ont été enregistrés en versions interrogative et déclarative (You're alright Kimberley? versus You're alright Kimberley) par une femme et un homme, puis trois groupes de 24 étudiants ont écouté les 120 énoncés en ordre aléatoire utilisant un casque et des poussoirs réponse.  Les variables dépendantes sont le temps de réponse et le nombre d'erreurs.  

 

On trouve un effet de niveau : les plus avancés distinguent énoncés déclaratifs et interrogatifs plus rapidement et avec moins d'erreurs (anglophones > étudiants avancés > étudiants moins avancés).  Il y a aussi un effet de langue maternelle : les francophones sont plus lents à reconnaître les interrogatifs, à l'inverse des anglophones.  Les auteurs voient chez les francophones un effet de transfert du schéma intonatif interrogatif français (utilisé couramment comme seul indice pour distinguer la modalité interrogative en français) et attribuent la compétence plus fine des anglophones au statut marqué de ce schéma en anglais.

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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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Adrian Palmer (1971): Communication practice versus pattern practice

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For the 50th anniversary of the US Department of State's journal English Teaching Forum, the veteran language educator revisits his own transition from ALM to CLT as a language learner and teacher in a new introduction to his 1971 article.

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Use Duolingo to Learn a New Language in the New Year

Use Duolingo to Learn a New Language in the New Year | TELT | Scoop.it
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Independent vocabulary learning practice.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:06 AM

A recommendation for the free vocabulary learning system Duolingo, which also has a free iOS app, as a "supplement" to classroom activities.