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Small talk: advanced speaking lesson from Sandy Millin

Small talk: advanced speaking lesson from Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
My Advanced level students are very good about talking about 'topics' like the environment or health but sometimes struggle to strike up conversation with native speakers in a natural way. I decide...
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Interesting lesson plan with materials from Sandy Millin.

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« Le TBI sera bientôt un outil relai au service des tablettes ou smartphones » Jean Condé, InteractiFLE

« Le TBI sera bientôt un outil relai au service des tablettes ou smartphones » Jean Condé, InteractiFLE | TELT | Scoop.it

"Après la révolution « Internet » des années 90’- 2000’, nous sommes entrés dans l’ère du « tactile ». Une technologie devenue standard pour la nouvelle génération. Dans ce contexte, le TBI n’est plus vraiment remis en question et ce n’est selon moi qu’une question de temps avant qu’il n’ait complétement fait oublier le tableau classique. Il a déjà fait l’objet d’un investissement conséquent dans certaines régions du monde telles que l’Asie du sud-est, l’Amérique du Nord et l’Afrique. Le retard français pointé du doigt par le rapport Fourgous en 2010 se comble progressivement et dans 5 ans maximum, nous verrons sans doute plus de 50% des classes du primaire au lycée  (déjà plus de 90% au Royaume-Uni) équipé d’un TBI."

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Ce n'est pas l'outil, mais plutôt la pédagogie qui compte ...

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Key Concepts in ELT: ELT Journal

Key Concepts in ELT: ELT Journal | TELT | Scoop.it

'Key Concepts in ELT' is a feature of the Journal that aims to assist readers to develop an appreciation of central ideas in ELT, and to approach the content of articles from a perspective informed by current debate on aspects of theory and practice.

 

The list given below is an up-to-date guide to all 'Key Concepts' that have been published in the Journal. The list contains links to the original articles, which are available to download free of charge (PDF file).

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Updated list of short (2-3 page) articles on topic in language learning and teaching (scaffolding, focus on form, task-based language teaching, observation).  From 1993 to 2011, most free to download in PDF format, a few still paywalled.

 

I use them in initial teacher training, and in courses on second language acquisition.

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TBI : défis techniques et pédagogiques

TBI : défis techniques et pédagogiques | TELT | Scoop.it
Cette carte de concepts créée avec IHMC CmapTools traite de: contenu formation TBI, Visualiser des données Sites Internet pour les images (an agnlais), faire participer les élèves prévoir des adaptations, Utiliser les doigts ou le stylet Interagir...

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TonyAFPIF's curator insight, July 23, 2013 1:35 PM

Une carte heuristique intéressante autour du TNI et des pratiques de classe.

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Open-access platform Libre launched

Open-access platform Libre launched | TELT | Scoop.it

New platform to allow academics to publish articles directly with peer-review following.  All open access.

 

Cofounder Pandelis Perakakis:


'"Instead of being the “gatekeepers of quality”, journals’ role should be “to detect the most interesting articles and combine them in meaningful collections for specific audiences” – at a much reduced cost.  


He hoped that reviewers would be persuaded to submit open reviews not only by the lure of “doing the ethical thing” but also by the prospect of building up a public reputation as reviewers.

 

Reviews will be citable and readers will be able to rate them. The Libre platform will also present various metrics about article usage.'


Via Gary Motteram
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Consumers of academic research, particularly those without institutional access behind the paywalls, watch this space.

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Gary Motteram's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:04 PM

Are Open Educational journals the future of acasdemic publishing?

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WorldCALL 2013 - Gary Motteram's notes

WorldCALL 2013 - Gary Motteram's notes | TELT | Scoop.it

This Google Doc was shared by Gary Motteram; it has his notes from the recent WorldCALL 2013 conference with names and main points of the sessions he attended.

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With nine parallel sessions going on simultaneously at an important conference held only every 4 or 5 years, it was hard to hear everything you might be interested in.  

 

These notes are a useful supplement to abstracts and short papers which are accessible from this link: http://www.worldcall2013.org/programme.asp

 

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5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers:

5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers: | TELT | Scoop.it

Free services for creating audio recordings: Vocaroo, SoundCloud, AudioPal, AudioBoo and Record MP3.  

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Obvious applications for language learning and teaching.

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jillyfrees's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:11 AM

So much good stuff, Shona! Tag it 'audio tools' in Evernote and review what you use  - I'm enjoying the ease of use of Soundcloud at the moment, but it has some weird 'behaviours'.

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English is a piece of cake: free lesson plans

English is a piece of cake: free lesson plans | TELT | Scoop.it
Free lesson plans for teachers and students of English as a second language, with interesting articles, great videos, new vocabulary and idioms, learning and teaching tips, and so much more
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British EFL teacher Kirsten has what looks like very well planned and presented lessons teachers can download and use in class.  Original texts, worksheets, and teachers notes included.

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Smartboard: Kendra Laidlaw's resources

Smartboard: Kendra Laidlaw's resources | TELT | Scoop.it

Links to many many sites useful for IWB users, from online timers and name sorters to SMART tutorials and websites for teaching.

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Via Soufiane Zanfoukh.

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WorldCALL programme & abstracts

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Last day of WorldCALL 2013 in Glasgow. I'm presenting on French data from the iTILT project  (http://itilt.eu) on interactive whiteboads at 12:00.

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Digital literacies toolkit

Digital literacies toolkit | TELT | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed and developed byeLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students:

explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.

Please use the buttons on the right for further information and to send us feedback.

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Not specific to language learners, but succinct coverage of essential issues in bite-sized chunks (digital identity, copyright and plagiarism, personal learning networks) which will be useful to teachers and learners alike.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:58 PM

Basics of digital literacies

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Empowering the Language Learner | Diane Larsen-Freeman

The New School for Public Engagement is a division of The New School, a university in New York City offering distinguished degree, certificate, and continuin...
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A 2011 talk by Diane Larsen-Freeman, keynote speaker at WorldCALL 2013 in Glasgow.

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Graphic on Creative Commons for Students

Graphic on Creative Commons for Students | TELT | Scoop.it

To help you better teach your students about Creative Commons and how it works, here is a handy graphic that visually captures the main important things students need to know about Creative commons. Enjoy

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Don't let the slightly dodgy English put you off.  Quick clear overview of different CC licences, a little of the reasoning behind them and a no-nonsense bottom line: "not public domain: at least the AUTHOR has to be mentioned."

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jillyfrees's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:39 PM

The infographic might make this topic more accessible to teachers too!

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Applying Sociocultural Theory to an Analysis of Learner Discourse: Ohta 1995

Applying Sociocultural Theory to an Analysis of Learner Discourse: Ohta 1995 | TELT | Scoop.it

1995 paper by Ohta providing support for pairwork in the language classroom.  Some illustrative quotes:

 

"No longer on display in front of the class or locked into language production controlled by the teacher's allocation of turns, Becky and her partner Mark actively use Japanese to both regulate and perform the assigned task, injecting their own brand of humor as they go along."

 

"The data reveal that both Becky and Mark are able to learn and progress through collaborative meaning-making activity in Japanese.  Not only do we see Becky, the learner with stronger language skills, assisting Mark by repeating herself so that he can understand her, but these data reveal that even though Mark's skills are weaker than Becky'es, Becky learns through working with him.  Collaborative pairwork with Mark allows Becky to experiment with and refine her own language use and play with the target utterance until she is able to say it with fluency and ease."

 

"The present data show that while working on the target structure, the pair work context allows Mark and Becky the flexibility 1) to work on the assigned role-play activity; 2) to express humor; 3) to actively test hypotheses through language play; 4) to converse in Japanse about the here-and-now; 5) to experiment with lexical choice; 6) to use Japanese for conversational management including modulation of the pace of the interaction, repair and role negotiation; 7) to use the L2 for regulatory functions (task management); and 8) to have a learning experience that allows each learner to work on their own tasks in the L2 while engaged in meaningful interaction."


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Phil Chappell's curator insight, July 24, 2013 8:41 PM

This is a great SLA study done in the tradition of sociocultural theory, revealing the context in which learners are working is paramount to language development. It looks at both teacher fronted talk and pair collaboration. What learners get up to in small groups never ceases to amaze me!

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Using e-tools to facilitate international collaboration


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Robert O'Dowd's curator insight, July 7, 2013 3:57 AM

The INTENT project is mentioned regularly in this new report on international collaboration by Teresa McKinnon.

Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, July 7, 2013 4:45 AM

my report was published on Mon 1st July 2013.

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The educational technologist | TESOL MAs @ Manchester

The educational technologist | TESOL MAs @ Manchester | TELT | Scoop.it

"This section of the blog is for anything connected with the educational technology element of our work at Manchester. These postings are managed by Gary but anyone else can also add relevant postings. We particularly welcome postings from current and former students."

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Gary Motteram posting on educational technology for TESOL.

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Open educational resources for CALL teacher education: the iTILT interactive whiteboard project

Open educational resources for CALL teacher education: the iTILT interactive whiteboard project | TELT | Scoop.it

Our new paper in CALL journal on designing open educational resources for exploiting interactive technologies in language teaching is just out (full-text access for limited time).

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Shona Whyte, Euline Cutrim Schmid, Sanderin van Hazebrouck Thompson and Margret Oberhofer: a research article in CALL journal on challenges and opportunities in designing a website for teacher development in using interactive technologies (the IWB) for language teaching.  http://itilt.eu

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#worldcall2013 Twitter feed

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I couldn't find a free tool to back up more than the past week's worth of the twitter feed from the WorldCALL 2013 conference in Glasgow earlier this month.  So this is just a copy and paste without live links, but it gives some idea of what went on, who talked about what, and the very keen can always copy the URLs into a new tab ...

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Convert PDFs to Kindle Format

Convert PDFs to Kindle Format | TELT | Scoop.it

PDF4Kindle is a neat little free service that will convert PDFs into .mobi format for reading on Kindle devices. To use the service all that you need to do is upload a PDF and let PDF4Kindle do the rest. When the conversion is complete you can download the .mobi file. The converted file will let you resize text as you would with any other Kindle document.

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Via Free Technology for Teachers. Since you can also use a (free) Kindle app on other mobile devices, this service can be useful beyond Kindle owners.

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Anne Macdonell's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:49 AM

Love the idea of this tool. Have yet to try it.

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Interaction and interactivity in technology-rich second language cl...

WorldCALL 2013 presentation on French EFL teacher development in use of IWB.
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Some of my slides from today's talk about how the French teachers in the iTILT project (http://itilt.eu) used the IWB to teach English, including a tentative teacher development framework related to Beauchamp (2004), findings from our CALL paper to appear later this month, and a foretaste of further work with Euline Cutrim Schmid on interactional opportunities with the IWB, including video communication.

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Dire autrement - Vers un dictionnaire électronique de reformulation pour apprenants FLS

Dire autrement - Vers un dictionnaire électronique de reformulation pour apprenants FLS | TELT | Scoop.it
Dire autrement

Prototype de dictionnaire électronique de reformulation pour apprenants du français langue seconde :

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Marie-Josée Hamel (Université d'Ottawa (ILOB) et Jasmina Milićević (Dalhousie University) ont créé ce prototype de dictionnaire de reformulation (synonymes, collocations) de 1 000 mots avec exercices pour apprenants de niveau B1+
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Worldcall 2013: CALL research

Worldcall 2013: CALL research | TELT | Scoop.it

CALL research conference in Glasgow 10-13 July 2013

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Conference now under way: see Twitter feed #worldcall2013

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A Meta-Analysis of Research Frameworks in Digital Games and L2 Teaching and Learning

A Meta-Analysis of Research Frameworks in Digital Games and L2 Teaching and Learning | TELT | Scoop.it
A Meta-Analysis of Research Frameworks in Digital Games and L2 Teaching and Learning
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Jonathon Reinhardt's WorldCALL 2013 presentation on gaming and language teaching and learning.  Very comprehensive, lots of references, and some concrete conclusions on advantages and disadvantages of DGBL2TL (catchy acronym :-)

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