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The trouble with ELT Blogs: Geoff Jordan

The trouble with ELT Blogs: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

ELT blogs are part of an online philistine culture where complacency is encouraged and robust critical discussion is frowned on.

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Making sure "the nervous, tethered sheep who are presumed to make up the readership of the blogs are not upset" or “You don’t criticise me and I won’t criticise you”?  Geoff Jordan asks why ELT blogs don't engage with more important issues about language teaching and learning and adopt a more critical stance. 

 

Perhaps because they're written by practitioners and materials writers focusing on practical concerns?

 

Jordan's "interesting" questions include these two

• What is the current most widely-accepted explanation of SLA?
• In the multi-billion ELT industry, why do a tiny minority of people get rich while the vast majority of workers stay poor?

 

For me, the first is a question for academics/researchers, and the second is political.

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American Book Review: 100 best first lines from novels

American Book Review: 100 best first lines from novels | TELT | Scoop.it

"Take my camel, dear," said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass. —Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)

 

 

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Nice little resource for something or other.

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, July 18, 2014 12:31 PM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
www.qurancoaching.com

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Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students

Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students | TELT | Scoop.it

1. Apart from textbooks, what do you use outside of class time to help you learn English?
Ted Talks, Good Morning pops (app). 
Sometimes novels or short stories or movie scripts/scenarios.
Watch TED Talks and speeches and EBS World News. Recently Freakonomics.
Radio, apps (Ipad), newspapers.
EBS programs. 

 

2. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school?
Smartphone apps and computer websites.
Websites-google to find English texts.
Apps-Podcast, TED, Umano, dictionaries.
Websites-Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal. 
Googling, dictionary apps, EBS program, NPR, podcasts.

 

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Nice account of a lesson based on ELTjam post about students' use of technology for autonomous learning.  Links to resources, lesson plan and student reactions.  (Bookmarking for a digital literacy class in September.)

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Bridging the gaps: Using social media in pre-service language teacher education

Bridging the gaps: Using social media in pre-service language teacher education | TELT | Scoop.it
To use technology effectively in the language classroom, pre-service teachers must develop basic techno-pedagogical competences for the classroom and learn to select from abundant online resources. Research underlines the importance of autonomous, collaborative and networked approaches to in-service teacher education and the present empirical study extends this model to pre-service trainees. It investigates whether constructivist principles of group collaboration, web-based research, and social networking can inform effective course design for pre-service teachers of several target languages and to what extent these teachers can acquire techno-pedagogical skills, learn to filter online content, and adopt collaborative learning practices without direct contact with learners. Group projects involving online curation, wikis and social media were analysed and results show progress in techno-pedagogical competences, collaborative skills, and attitudes to ICT, suggesting social media can allow trainee teachers to benefit from and contribute to online teaching and learning resources, laying the groundwork for ongoing professional development.
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Constructivist teacher education for constructivist language teaching with technology.  Unexpected benefits of content curation for wider teaching community.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 17, 2014 1:46 AM

Une approche socio-constructiviste à la formation de futurs enseignants de langue qui permet de développer des compétences techno-pédagogiques mais aussi des pratiques collaboratives transférables à la classe de langue

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Interagir pour apprendre les langues aujourd'hui - Acedle

Interagir pour apprendre les langues aujourd'hui - Acedle | TELT | Scoop.it
Le prochain colloque ACEDLE se déroulera : du 15 au 17 janvier 2015 au CIEF, Université Lumière Lyon 2

 

La didactique des langues étrangères fédère des recherches fondées sur des théories ancrées dans différentes disciplines, qui s’attachent à des contextes variés et portent sur des objets de grande ampleur ou sur des objets spécialisés liés à l’appropriation d’une ou de plusieurs langues par des apprenants et /ou aux rôles de différents acteurs dans la facilitation de cette appropriation langagière.

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CFP 30 septembre

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Portable Apps: A tech toolkit in your pocket

Portable Apps: A tech toolkit in your pocket | TELT | Scoop.it
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Note: This is for people who want or need to use shared Windows-based computers at work like I do. I personally use a Mac, but I am forced in some situations to work on Windows in my classroom.

 

My favourite portable appsVLC:Audacity: CamStudio: Lightscreen: Foxit Reader: PDFTK Builder: Gimp:Peazip: NVU / KompoZer: VirtualDub: Open Office:Jarte: .Artha: .Mnemosyne: Google Chrome / Firefox: Skype: Tweetdeck: Cook Timer:
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Nice list of programmes/apps/tools for language teachers.

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Recherches en enseignement-acquisition des langues en France : les revues scientifiques

Recherches en enseignement-acquisition des langues en France : les revues scientifiques | TELT | Scoop.it
AILE : Acquisition et Interaction en Langue Etrangère ALSIC : Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d'information et de communication APLIUT :Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spéci...
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15 revues en français de recherches en langue avec une coloration acquisition-didactique.  Qu'est-ce que j'oublie ?

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ELTchat podcasts

ELTchat podcasts | TELT | Scoop.it
If you've never heard of ELTchat, you're missing out! It started out as a Twitter chat on Wednesdays, with two one-hour sessions every week. There's now only one chat a week, alternating between lu...
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A reminder about some great ELT resources and network

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Antwerp Call - University of Antwerp

Antwerp Call - University of Antwerp | TELT | Scoop.it
Research Challenges in CALL
7-9 July 2014

The editor, associate editors and editorial board of the CALL Journal  (Taylor & Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend our Antwerp CALL 2014, the XVIth International CALL Research Conference.

Programme Committee: 
Jozef Colpaert, editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor & Francis);
Phil Hubbard, Mike Levy and Glenn Stockwell, associate editors

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Plenaries by Bryan Smith and Piet Desmet.

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E-CLIL Resource Centre

ECLIL is a European funded education project to build much needed resources for the language classroom. It includes a games engine, resources centre and CLIL story platform
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Links to resources, tools, journals in CLIL

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:16 AM

Useful links & resources for content & language integrated learning.

Of some help to English teachers in French High Schools STI2D sections (technological subjects in foreign languages).

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'Teacher, I have question.'

'Teacher, I have question.' | TELT | Scoop.it
Every five weeks or so, tutors are required to write a report for each of their tutees. These (the reports, I mean) are a royal pain in the arse, especially as summer approaches, classes get bigger and the name-to-face problem gets tougher.
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Tist Eyelets preparation and other ELT problems.  Hilarious.

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TILA: telecollaboration for languages at school

TILA: telecollaboration for languages at school | TELT | Scoop.it
Curious to see what TILA can offer? Want to know how your pupils can improve their foreign languages with peers in a stimulating and safe ict environment? Then have a look at this video and see why TILA can be the project to join… now!
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EU project helping schools, teacher and learners hook up to learn languages.

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Axe 2 : TIC, usages et communautés | MSHS Sud-Est

Axe 2 : TIC, usages et communautés | MSHS Sud-Est | TELT | Scoop.it

Le programme de recherche de l’axe consiste à rendre explicites certaines caractéristiques dominantes des relations entre technologies numériques, artefacts physiques et formation des collectifs en suscitant des collaborations entre sciences sociales et sciences de l’ingénieur. L’objectif est de faire émerger des recherches communes SHS/STIC qui puissent, d’une part, enrichir notre compréhension des transformations induites par la numérisation de la société ; et, d’autre part, contribuer à une analyse systématique du rôle des artefacts dans la coordination sociale.

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Nouveau site de la MSHS à Nice.  Mes mots-clé : TIC(E), transformations liées à l'arrivée du numérique, aspects sociaux de l'intégration des outils (en classe de langue comme ailleurs ...)

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, July 19, 2014 10:00 AM

Help us spread the message of Quran/Hadith around the world.
Online Quran,online Tajweed.In Shaa Allah
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
Like/Share/Comment.

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Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism

Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism | TELT | Scoop.it
Stuff  teacher trainers tell novice teachers:
'Always check your instructions for tasks and activities.'
'Check that everyone understands the vocabulary you are presenting,'
'Grade your own language to the level of the students.'
That last one!
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Crosscultural differences and "the evil that is plagiarism." 

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