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Learning, Culture and Social Interaction: new Elsevier journal

Learning, Culture and Social Interaction: new Elsevier journal | TELT | Scoop.it

"The online version of Learning, Culture and Social Interaction at ScienceDirect.com. The new journal is co-edited by Harry Daniels, University of Bath, UK, Anne Edwards, University of Oxford, UK, Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge, UK and Roger Saljo, University of Gothenburg, Sweden."

 

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Shona Whyte's comment, July 21, 2012 12:58 PM
Welcome, Alfredo. Glad to see you are finding useful links :-)
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Podcasting Tips: Interview with Anne Fox

Anne Fox has an award winning podcast and gives tips for teachers in this short video.
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The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture | TELT | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein made a 2-minute video on the Flipped Classroom, "a model of learning based on the experiential learning cycle" using a tool called PowToon.

 

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It's too much too quick if you've never head of the flipped classroom, but otherwise it's a neat summary of the main elements of this teaching approach.

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Constituter sa propre banque d'images à partir d'images libres de droits - Espace de Mutualisation TNI - Tableaux Numériques Interactifs

Constituer votre propre banque d’images à partir d’images et pictogrammes disponibles et libres de droits sur le web : (...)...
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Strategies for interacting with students

Strategies for interacting with students | TELT | Scoop.it

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Phil Chappell has distilled this list of do's and don'ts for teachers interested in promoting learner interaction in the language classroom from Mercer and Howe's (2012) paper in Learning, Culture and Social Interaction (as he says, "publicly available for now," the link is in his blog post):

 

- use some ‘open’ questions to explore students’ ideas
- encourage students to put knowledge into their own words (while also offering them new vocabulary to accommodate new ideas)
- press students to elaborate and justify their views, e.g. ‘How did you know that?’, ‘Why?’, ‘Can you say a bit more?’
- allow students extended turns to express their thoughts and reveal their misunderstandings
- hold back demonstrations or explanations until the ideas of some students have been heard (so that explanations can be linked to what has been said and to issues raised)
- give students enough time to construct thoughtful answers to questions, rather than moving quickly on if they are hesitant
- use whole class discussion to help students see the point and purpose of their study of a topic
- at least sometimes, allow students’ comments to shift the direction of a discussion (and even, perhaps, of a lesson!)
- ‘model’ ways of using language to conduct rational arguments, so that students can learn by example. (Mercer & Howe, 2012, pp. 17-18).

 

Phil Chappell has much more to say about this in his blog post, as well as other teaching and research references.

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Interactive Materials for young learners | abcteach

Interactive Materials for young learners | abcteach | TELT | Scoop.it
SMART Notebook lessons, Promethean Flipcharts and other interactive materials for young English-speakers.

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9 Free Tools to Create Educational Cartoons

9 Free Tools to Create Educational Cartoons | TELT | Scoop.it

Below is a list of some of the best free online cartoon making tools. I know how important visual aids are in education and applications such as the ones mentioned down are just what we really need to spice up our learning and teaching. Feel free to bookmark and share the list with your friends and colleagues. You will also find a slideshow below that contains all these tools.


Via Kathleen Cercone, Eva Buyuksimkesyan, Janet Bianchini, Yuly Asencion
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Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch

Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch | TELT | Scoop.it
"Sample sentences have long been a standard feature in many  online and offline dictionaries. Starting today, Google Translate will also feature sentences that put translated words into context."

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This short review outlines Google Translate's new functionality, warning that the sample sentence is drawn from recent uses and does not necessarily exemplify the relevant meaning.
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The Thesis Whisperer: Personal learning net(works)

The Thesis Whisperer: Personal learning net(works) | TELT | Scoop.it
Excellent post on the invisible, foraging work that precedes and underpins articulation or "real" work.

"The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students everywhere. It is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has contributors from around the world."
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5 Collaboration Tools for language teachers: Russell Stannard

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The 5 tools are: Today's Meet, Wallwisher, Tricider, Voxopop, SpiderScribe.

 

Russell Stannard provides links to these free tools, plus video tutorials showing how to use them and why they might be useful in the language classroom.


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Les meilleures applications pour Google Drive

Les meilleures applications pour Google Drive | TELT | Scoop.it

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Des applications pour utiliser d'autres suites bureautiques, gérer des projets, faire des présentations, éditer des images avec Google Drive, parfois uniquement avec Chrome, parfois aussi avec iOS et Android.


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Formation des enseignants de langues étrangères: bibliographie

Une bibliographie (de recherches en langue française) sur la formation à l'enseignement des langues proposée par Sophie Othman en janvier 2011.
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Flow: Motivating People to Learn

Flow: Motivating People to Learn | TELT | Scoop.it
"Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., psychologist and author of the book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, describes what schools and parents can do to promote optimal learning experiences."

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What about teaching and learning foreign languages? Can teachers create contexts for flow in the language classroom? What would flow look like for language learners? Would they learn better?
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Kathy Schrock's iPads in the Classroom page

Kathy Schrock's iPads in the Classroom page | TELT | Scoop.it

Collection of resources realted to iPads in K12 education curated by Kathy Schrock.  There are lots of lists of suggested apps generated by multiple schools. if you have some time to spend just browsing, this seems a good place to start.


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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 20, 2013 9:11 PM

Well-known K-12 tech expert, Kathy Schrock, presents a helpful list, mostly aimed at K-12 folks, but the list offers a model for thinking about iPad use in the classroom.

Karen Williams's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:04 AM

Thorough research, practical guides and pedegogy to iPads.

Kaitlyn Kaminski's curator insight, April 2, 6:54 PM

I was thinking a few of these would be good to use. I think playing around would be best! 

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The power of noticing in second language acquisition

The power of noticing in second language acquisition | TELT | Scoop.it

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"What is attention, and what role does it play in foreign language learning? That’s the question that this little language note will explore," says Gavin, graduate student in a language-related field at the University of Hawai'i.  

 

After reviewing some of the research on noticing in second language acquisition (Schmidt) and examining four key ideas, he concludes:

"Learning another language exercises our attention brain muscles. And learning to achieve a higher quality of attention in our daily life through daily language exercise can’t be a bad thing…right?"

 

Interesting for teachers as an argument to encourage language learners, but also for information about the key concept of noticing (which I have written about here http://bit.ly/pSSoVt).

 

More language notes of this type, plus more academic resources on Gavin's Leaky Grammar blog.

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 47 Page Guide to Google Sites for Teachers

Richard Byrne has another excellent guide for teachers: Google Drive and Google Docs.
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ICT Magic: Resources for young learners

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Martin Burrett has a great collection of learning resources for younger learners, including a huge range of tools, websites, and activities.  There is an EAL section, but most resources are not specific to language teaching, though many are entirely suitable for EFL/ESL.


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lelapin's comment, July 15, 2012 3:29 AM
I love Prezi, compared to powerpoint it makes presentations so much better. Thanks for sharing.
Shona Whyte's comment, July 15, 2012 1:35 PM
lelapin: Yes, Prezi makes things look more fun. Never seen one live or made one myself, though - maybe too tape à l'oeil for me ;-)
lelapin's comment, July 15, 2012 1:59 PM
I'm afraid there's also something one working in a company who would want to digress from presentations under Powerpoint should be made aware of: unless he or she pays a fee the Prezi logo remains.
Tape à l'oeil? Well maybe a little; also, one feels also kind of dizzy after watching too much and too many of them LOL
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How to make yourself understood by international students: The role of metaphor in academic tutorials

A paper on the British Council's Teaching English site by applied linguists Jeannette Littlemore, Fiona MacArthur, Alan Cienki and Joseph Holloway.

 

Abstract:

"In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at British universities.  This paper reports on a study of oral interactions between lecturers and international students studying at a British university and a Spanish one. Metaphors and gestures were identified as being used successfully and less successfully in different exchanges. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations for making the most of the potential metaphor has to offer in academic tutorials."

 

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The paper includes video clips and close analysis of speech and gestures in interviews involving native-speaking UK lecturers and non-native international students.  It shows how comprehension problems occur due to use of metaphorical languages, but does not suggest native-speakers avoid such language, but rather suggests "ways for lecturers to accommodate to L2 speakers’ difficulties in understanding metaphorical language uses in ways that do not involve complete avoidance of metaphor or result in impoverishment of the interaction."

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The different genres of CPD

The different genres of CPD | TELT | Scoop.it
"The way that teachers ‘do’ professional development has probably changed more over the last 5 years than in the last 100."

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Matt Pearson compares local, university, and online teacher education options with a variety of musical events. Insightful and fun.
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Small Group Discussion: 20 classroom activities with online variants

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"Dakin Burdick, Center for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College, 2011, has this 9 page PDF describing ways of organising group discussions with large classes. Approximate time requirements are suggested, and formats and tools for online group discussion are also included. Concise, easy-to-follow, many ideas."
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Twinvox

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Ricard Garcia:
Here's a good site for those who care about speaking! Excellent service where people can share their communicative skills as native speakers of a language as they share a good time with someone else who is willing to learn that language through a videochat within the twinvox platform. Find peers and start sharing your skills and learning for free from someone else the language you want to learn. Good initiative, indeed!
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iPedagogy: mobile learning curation by Terry Elliott

iPedagogy: mobile learning curation by Terry Elliott | TELT | Scoop.it

"Making it mobile, making it smart, making it to learn more."

 

Terry Elliot has some nice mobile apps plus tips and tricks for integrating them into the classroom.

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Tiny Texts

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"Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish..."

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This looks like a nice site: bite-sized English lessons - authentic news texts with audio, and a PDF with vocabulary and cloze exercises.
Via Flor Ingles Burgos, MonVall, Shona Whyte
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AEM - Appels à contributions

Une liste d'appels à contributions (colloques, revues) dans le domaine de la didactique des langues et de la linguistique appliquée sur le site didactic.net, créé par Françoise Demaizière et maintenu avec une équipe de collègues et (d'anciens) doctorants.
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EFL- ESL BLOGS WORTH FOLLOWING

EFL- ESL BLOGS WORTH FOLLOWING | TELT | Scoop.it
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A nice collection of teachers' blogs in different languages, with teaching resources, ideas and reflections
which can help other teachers.
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