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EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly

EasyDefine - Define multiple words quickly | TELT | Scoop.it
Look up multiple words quickly. Simply copy and paste a list with any delimeter. Definitions/synonyms are immediately available for viewing, emailing, or downloading.
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nicolaperry's curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:28 PM

I tried a quick random list of words and the definitions seemed pretty good but not for lower level learners. I couldn't find any information about which dictionary they have used. 

 

It's quick, though, so could be useful in class for instant results and to use for word games. 

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Stephen Krashen (1 of 2)

Stephen Krashen Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California “Six questions about language acquisition and language teaching, and six answers”
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jillyfrees's curator insight, February 18, 2013 1:52 AM

Thanks Shona Whyte: interesting and amusing catchup with Krashen's latest musings.

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Assessment: Teaching English

Assessment: Teaching English | TELT | Scoop.it

Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

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CLILstore resources: Hebridean smokehouse documentary

CLILstore resources: Hebridean smokehouse documentary | TELT | Scoop.it

Kent Andersen's multilingual resources, searchable by language and proficiency level, offering video, audio, text and exercises and including dictionary hyperlinks.

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This link shows one resource; access the full list here http://multidict.net/clilstore/

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TNI : un outil formidable… quand les Profs savent s’en servir !

TNI : un outil formidable… quand les Profs savent s’en servir ! | TELT | Scoop.it
Si les Profs sont nom­breux à recon­naître les avan­tages péda­go­giques du tableau numé­rique inter­ac­tif, cer­tains ne maî­trisent pas encore les sub­ti­li­tés de ce nou­vel outil... Mais pas d'inquiétude : les élèves, eux, y arrivent très bien !
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Réticences ... et puis éloges.

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Copyright, Creative Commons & Mix & Mash: Lesson Plan

Copyright, Creative Commons & Mix & Mash: Lesson Plan | TELT | Scoop.it
Objectives

Students understand how to legally adapt and reuse Creative Commons and public domain material. This means that students:

understand what copyright is;understand the range of Creative Commons licences;can choose and apply a creative commons licence for their own work;find content that can be reused and remixed;learn how to correctly attribute remixed works; and,understand plagiarism.

Work produced here may be entered in Mix & Mash 2013: The New Storytelling.

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Information and activities for teaching about Creative Commons licences.  Some is directly related to New Zealand legislation, but most is relevant and useful for all of us.

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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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New updated website with Fred Riley's resources for all things related to computer-assisted language learning.

 

This page has links for different aspects of learning and teaching English.

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Language games from Macmillan dictionary

Language games from Macmillan dictionary | TELT | Scoop.it

Vocabulary games testing

- intuitions about word frequency

- grammatical labels for irregular verbs

- phrasal verb meanings

- phrasal verb particles

 

All text without audio and without contextualisation except for the fourth game suitable for intermediate learners and above.  Multiple choice format, immediate feedback, timed countdown, final score and social media share buttons.

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Today’s BIG event: Scott Thornbury’s Big Questions arrives! | The Round

Today’s BIG event: Scott Thornbury’s Big Questions arrives! | The Round | TELT | Scoop.it

"We’re happy to announce that Scott Thornbury joins the round today with Big Questions in ELT. A synthesis of some of the most thought-provoking posts from the extremely popular blog An A to Z of ELT, Big Questions is more than just a “greatest hits”. Each post has been rewritten in the form of a “big question” and also contains follow up questions for discussion, making it a great addition to any teacher education programme."

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TELT is generally about free resources; Thornbury's (free) blog is here http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/ the book is about a fiver.

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TEFL Glossary - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

TEFL Glossary - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 | TELT | Scoop.it

Academic language: language used in the learning of academic subject matter in formal schooling context; aspects of language strongly associated with literacy and academic achievement, including specific academic terms or technical language, and speech registers related to each field of study

 

Accent: This can mean word stress - control has the accent on the second syllable but we use it to mean the pronunciation used by some speakers - a regional or class accent

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A pretty comprehensive list of terms from general education and language teaching methodology, particularly communicative and task-based language teaching.

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David Deubelbeiss's comment, February 12, 2013 7:47 AM
Thanks for sharing Shona, in the common weeks hope to cross reference a lot of the terms
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I saw you mentioned that, but not quite sure what you meant - linking to other parts of your site, or to other websites?
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English Language Teaching Materials | Hancock McDonald ELT

English Language Teaching Materials | Hancock McDonald ELT | TELT | Scoop.it

Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald have teaching materials for different proficiency levels, teaching objectives, and age levels.

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IWB debate - IWB for Language Teachers

IWB debate - IWB for Language Teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

Nicky Hockly moderated an IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG webinar debate on IWBs in language teaching in January 2013, with contributions from Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney.

 

Debate then continued on the LT SIG list - I'm reposting here since it's relevant to our EU project iTILT on the IWB in language teaching (http://itilt.eu).

 

Join this group and follow the debate LearningTechnologiesSIG@yahoogroups.com (free membership)

 

You can also join IATEFL and the LT SIG (subscription) and hear a recording of the webinar.

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The topic of IWBs seems to generate a lot of discussion between enthusiasts and detractors.

 

My own feeling after spending a couple of years training, observing and researching language teachers' development with respect to IWB use is that this tool doesn't often get a fair trial.  

 

Teachers often find themselves with cheaper boards, peripherals and software, little or no technical support, very limited, often generic training, and no time or support to develop effective uses.

 

So the IWB is underexploited, and we conclude it is neither pedagogically transformative nor cost-effective.  And so we turn to other, newer tools ...

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Fun ESL Games: Sedef Koc

Fun ESL Games: Sedef Koc | TELT | Scoop.it

Turkish EFL teacher Sedef Koc has this blog post listing sites where young learners can play games for learning English.

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Mostly useful and mostly free, though some have resources that you need to pay for.

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How to do Chirpstory: Jo Brodie

How to do Chirpstory: Jo Brodie | TELT | Scoop.it

 I use Chirpstory to collect hundreds of tweets relatively quickly. [I]t lets you collect tweets in pages rather than individually. Here's how I do it.

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I just started using this in the usual way and for the usual reasons - spotted someone using it (#eltchat), then saw how it would be helpful for something I'm already doing (PLNs for pre-service teachers).  Luckily someone has posted this nice walk-through.

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Proof readers wanted for Blogging in ELT eBook

Proof readers wanted for Blogging in ELT eBook | TELT | Scoop.it

I’ve finally finished the first draft of my ebook [on Blogging in ELT] and I’d love some feedback from people on both spelling, grammar, and content feedback. It’s 16,443 words long and has three sections and an appendix,

What have blogs ever done for usSetting upHow to blogAppendix

I could easily keep writing and turn it into a 25,000+ eBook but I think it is better to get some feedback now and see what people think and if there are any sections that people would really like or really don’t like.

 

If you have the time and are interested then please use the contact form bellow and I’ll send you a copy. (oh as an extra incentive i’ll send you the final draft for free as well when it’s finished.)

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Anyone interested in helping out?

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Qu'est-ce que le ClavEd?

Qu'est-ce que le ClavEd? | TELT | Scoop.it
Merci de vous intéresser au ClavEd, une discussion hebdomadaire en ligne sur l'éducation, inspirée du EdChat en anglais. Le ClavEd est un espace d'échange et de réflexion sur des pratiques, des out...
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Pour construire son réseau en français

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Call for proposals from Teacher Education SIG for Eurocall 2013

Call for proposals from Teacher Education SIG for Eurocall 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it
As new chairs of Eurocall's Teacher Education SIG, Euline and I would like to invite you to contribute to this year's annual Eurocall conference to be held in…
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Proposals to Shona Whyte by 25 February for inclusion in Teacher Education SIG symposium or workshops ...

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Chicken and egg problem for IWB use in French high schools | itilt.eu

Chicken and egg problem for IWB use in French high schools | itilt.eu | TELT | Scoop.it

iTILT (http://itilt.eu) in article on IWB in French high schools by Sorbonne journalism student Charlotte Fichou.

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

Entretien sur l'utilisation du TBI en classe.

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Efficiency of the IWB | itilt.eu

Efficiency of the IWB | itilt.eu | TELT | Scoop.it

The iTILT-training handbook offers a set of criteria to be used when designing IWB materials for foreign language lessons.  One of the criteria focuses specifically on the efficiency of the IWB: ‘’When designing IWB-based activities teachers should measure the personal cost of integrating the IWB against its return and its efficiency. In other words, they should ask themselves whether the same activity could not be implemented more easily via other means’’ (page 14).  

 

From collecting video data and interviewing the teachers and learners for the iTILT project it became apparent that many valued the efficiency of the IWB in a variety of different ways. Below are some ways in which teachers stated that the IWB improved the efficiency of their language lessons.  Whilst the majority of following clips are examples of Welsh video clips you will be able to find the majority of these examples across the other countries on the website.   

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Efficiency is certainly an argument for most teachers: show me a way to do something quickly and easily, and I'm ready to listen!

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The Phases of CALL (Fischer 2013): CALICO Journal Audio

The Phases of CALL (Fischer 2013): CALICO Journal Audio | TELT | Scoop.it
30(1) A Conceptual Overview of the History of the CALICO Journal: The Phases of CALL

 

Podcast of recent journal articles.

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Audio recording of research articles from top computer-assisted language learning journal CALICO produced using text-to-speech software.  A good way to optimise your commute, and to get round the paywall if you don't have a CALICO subscription, though it has a little of that "at the next roundabout, take the second exit" quality ...

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E-English: Sylvia Crozemarie

E-English: Sylvia Crozemarie | TELT | Scoop.it
Apprentissage de l'anglais à l'école élémentaire, mutualisons des ressources pour les enseignants et les élèves
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Des ressources pour jeunes apprenants francophones de l'anglais.

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sarspri's curator insight, February 12, 2013 1:22 PM

A ScoopIt topic about teaching English to L1 speakers of French (EFL, young learners).

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The tree: linking theory and practice

The tree: linking theory and practice | TELT | Scoop.it

University of Alberta language teacher trainer Olenka Bilash has shared her teacher training resources, including this "tree" with links to information and advice on language skills and theories of learning and professional development.

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Dr Bilash's university homepage

http://www.secondaryed.ualberta.ca/people/academicstaff/olenkabilash.aspx

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TBI/TNI au primaire : ressources internet et logiciels

TBI/TNI au primaire : ressources internet et logiciels | TELT | Scoop.it

Brigitte Prof, enseignante du 1er cycle primaire oeuvrant au Québec :

 

"Voici une banque de sites internet, logiciels et ressources pouvant être utilisés au TNI, sur ordinateur ou comme ressources pour les enseignant(e)s du 1er cycle."

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Des ressources TBI pour le primaire, pas spécialement pour les langues étrangères.

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Behind Classroom Code Switching: Layering and Language Choice in L2 Learner Interaction | Hancock McDonald ELT

Behind Classroom Code Switching: Layering and Language Choice in L2 Learner Interaction | Hancock McDonald ELT | TELT | Scoop.it
TESOL Quarterly vol 31, No 2. Summer 1997Mark Hancock

 

This article examines the code switching that goes on during group work in language classes in which the learners share an L1. The author argues that the discourse produced in these circumstances is layered as a result of the participants' oscillating between a literal and a nonliteral frame (Goffman, 1974). Discourse produced in the literal frame is termed off-record and is concerned with negotiation between the learners. Discourse in the literal frame is on-record and is performed to be overheard by a referee (a potential L2 audience). The author suggests that the significance of language choice behaviour differs across these two levels, and teachers concerned with increasing the quantity and quality of L2 production in group work must take this difference into account.

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Codeswitching in the second language classroom - L1 or L2, when and why?

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Homework (an #eltchat summary): Sandy Millin

Homework (an #eltchat summary): Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it

#eltchat summary from August 2011


Via TeachingEnglish, Shona Whyte
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Another article on homework here

Darn (2010) http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/homework

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:07 AM

Very comprehensive summary of all aspects of the vexed question of homework, including sample activities, links, and videos.  Plenty to think about here.