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Newsletter: European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)

Newsletter: European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) | TELT | Scoop.it
European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), Centre européen pour les langues vivantes (CELV)
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Edition no. 21 - March 2014

Sarah Breslin

Executive Director of the ECML


Conference of the Committee of Ministers under the Austrian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe: registration open until 7 March

 For further details on the event and how to get involved, please visit our website: http://www.ecml.at/conference. We look forward to you joining us!

 

International Conference "Crossing continents: EPOSTL around the world" (ECML, Graz, Austria, 18-19 February 2014)

 

Upcoming workshops
“ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use” 
(PIU) (Graz, 26-28 March 2014)

“Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education” 
(CARAP for parents) (Graz, 28-30 April 2014)


ECML-EU cooperation agreement 2013-2014 on innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning
Two initiatives are carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning". 

 

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Research Papers in Language Teaching and Learning: Hellenic Open University

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This peer-reviewed electronic journal is dedicated to publishing research in the domains of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics. Its mission is two-fold: (a) to promote efficient dissemination of the best of the research that is carried out by students and graduates of the M.Ed. in TESOL of the Hellenic Open University, and (b) to facilitate academic exchange between the students and faculty of that programme and members of the wider professional and academic community on a world-wide basis. The journal publishes full-length articles that focus, in a principled way, on language learning, teaching and assessment and strongly support a conceptual framework that values the integration of theory and practice

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TILA: video communication for intercultural language learning

TILA: video communication for intercultural language learning | TELT | Scoop.it

This telecollaboration project is using BigBlueButton in this set-up "ELF discussions take place in small groups of up to 5 speakers from diverse lingua-cultural backgrounds around the globe. A critical incident scenario ensures natural and semi-authentic communication conditions. Questionnaires and structured interviews help elicit user experience data and speaker profile information. Replay of recorded discussions is used to facilitate introspective speaker comments regarding lingua-cultural divergences, challenges, and strategic solutions."

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I like the research design with video stimulated retrospection, but what is a "critical incident scenario"?  In my experience it's task design and implementation that make or break it for language interaction and learning.

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Socrative Teacher

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Online quizmaker for learner feedback.

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Quick and dirty free app: free easy sign-up, easy to write quizzes, students log in with room number.

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Contemporary CALL (Thomas, Reinders, & Warschaur, 2012): Review

Contemporary CALL (Thomas, Reinders, & Warschaur, 2012): Review | TELT | Scoop.it

This book, edited by Michael Thomas, Hayo Reinders, and Mark Warschauer, explores the parameters of contemporary Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), focusing on different areas of CALL, how these different areas shape CALL, as well as how the latest research approaches help explore different areas. The book of composed of three parts and 19 chapters in total. Readers are provided the opportunity to read chapters independently of the other chapters as the structure of the book is organized thematically, with the parts entitled ‘The CALL Context’, ‘CALL Learning Environments’, and ‘CALL in Language Education’. 

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Ferit Kilickaya, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University originally published on the Linguist List.

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Teacher Education SIG workshop: Nice, 22-3 May

Teacher Education SIG workshop: Nice, 22-3 May | TELT | Scoop.it
The EUROCALL Teacher Education Special Interest Group (SIG) will hold a workshop in Nice, 22-23 May, 2014, with the theme “Multiple Sites for Language Learning: Educating the New Generation of CALL Practitioners”.
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Let's see: contrasting conversations about teaching (Fanselow 1988)

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Why feedback to teachers from observers often hinders more than it helps, and some helpful ways to reframe observation.

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SAMR: Substitution, Argumentation => Modification => Redefinition

SAMR: Substitution, Argumentation => Modification => Redefinition | TELT | Scoop.it

Education 3.0 - moving on from Education 1.0 and Education 2.0.  Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education

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I'm not sure I'm ready for 3.0, though there are a lot of concrete examples here.

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L'évaluation en langues au baccalauréat : appel à contributions

L'évaluation en langues au baccalauréat : appel à contributions | TELT | Scoop.it

"Le comité éditorial des Langues Modernes a décidé de consacrer son premier numéro de 2015 à l’évaluation des compétences en langues à la fin du cycle terminal du lycée."...


"... pour alimenter une réflexion qui permettrait de faire des propositions en vue d’une plus grande cohérence de notre système d’enseignement des langues, avec une meilleure adéquation de son système d’évaluation aux objectifs fixés et aux nouvelles pratiques d’enseignement-apprentissage des langues."


 

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Vocabulary learning in pair versus small group work: Fernández Dobao, 2014

Learners working in groups of four produced more lexical LREs [Language Related Episodes, i.e., discussions of vocabulary] than those workings in pairs and were also significantly more successful at solving them.

 

The qualitative analysis of the LREs showed that groups were more likely to achieve a correct solution to their problems because they shared more lexical knowledge, since up to four different learners could pool their individual knowledge and resources to solve each problem.

 

Although a larger number of participants represents more resources, it also means fewer opportunities to speak. […] LREs were relatively often solved by two or three of the members of the group while the others participated as observers. However, this did not have a significant impact on learners’ rate of retention of the lexical knowledge co-constructed in the LRE […O]n average, learners working in small groups were as likely to retain the lexical items discussed in their interaction as those working in pairs.

 

Since groups produced significantly more lexical LREs than pairs and, in particular, more correctly resolved LREs, this means that overall small group interaction resulted in more instances of L2 vocabulary learning than pair interaction. 

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Very interesting, carefully controlled large-scale study of US undergraduate anglophone learners of Spanish with a (rare) practical implication for the second language classroom: prefer small group work over group work because pooled resources lead to more learning for all.  [Thanks to the author for sharing]

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Phonetizer: transcribe British or US English into IPA

Phonetizer: transcribe British or US English into IPA | TELT | Scoop.it

Transcribe your text, then use a text-to-speech tool like http://www.ivona.com/en/ to hear it.

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La culture francophone par Pierre

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Different speakers of French from round the world in short videos, talking about a variety of topics, particularly their views of the French-speaking world

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I'm using these short clips for an interpreting class: students watch the video, take notes, and try to summarise in English.  We record their English translation, usually one sentence per student, and then students listen to the audio, match their transcription to the French original sentence by sentence, and make corrections where necessary.

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Colloque du GERAS - Aix-Marseille, 20/22 mars 2014

Colloque du GERAS - Aix-Marseille, 20/22 mars 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

Intersections – ESP as a multidomain crucible: scientific, didactic, translatological and pedagogical implications

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Keynote speakers

• Prof. Fabrice Antoine, Université Lille 3, France: 21 March 2014

• Prof. John Swales, University of Michigan, United States: 22 March 2014

• Prof. Christopher Williams, Università degli studi di Foggia, Italy: 20 March 2014

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Teacher Ed SIG Workshop: Nice, May 2014

Teacher Ed SIG Workshop: Nice, May 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

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

22 - 23 MAY 2014  University of Nice

This is an international two-day workshop organized by the EuroCALL Teacher Education SiG.

This workshop focuses on the professional development of CALL practitioners and explores the perspectives and experiences of educating pre- and in-service teachers to make the best use of new opportunities and challenges created by the digital revolution. Special emphasis will be given to pedagogical approaches that help bridge the divide between face-to-face and online instruction.

 

Plenary speakers:

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Guichon, Université de Lyon
Prof. Dr. Jozef Colpaert, University of Antwerp

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Call for papers: send an abstract by 24 March to come and share your research on language teacher training with technologies.

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ELT bloggers: selected blog posts

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"Some blog posts from 2013 I have been thinking about for a while" from Michael Griffin

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Reflections from EFL/ESL teachers

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EUROCALL Review Vol 20 No 2

EUROCALL Review Vol 20 No 2 | TELT | Scoop.it

The EUROCALL Review, Volume 21, No. 2, September 2013
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Table of Contents

Article: Training and Research in Phonetics for Spanish as a Second Language with
Technological Support
Ana Blanco Canales ............................................................................................ 3
Article: Learning English Speaking through Mobile-Based Role-Plays: The Exploration of
a Mobile English Language Learning App called Engage
Bowen Yang, Shijun Zhou and Weijie Ju ............................................................... 27
Article: Electronic Feedback: Pedagogical Considerations for the Implementation of
Software
Miguel García-Yeste ........................................................................................... 39
Article: Issues in Integrating Information Technol