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iTILT & SmartVET: two EU projects to promote effective IWB use

EuroCALL presentation: Koenraad, Cutrim Schmid & Whyte; Evora, Portugal, 12/09/13
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Our slides from a special session on EU projects, where we talked about the iTILT project on language teaching education (http://itilt.eu) and Smart VET, for vocational training.  Both projects focused on the interactive whiteboard (IWB) and produced teacher education materials which are available from project websites under creative commons licences.

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Live communication using interactive technologies for young learner...

EuroCALL 2013 presentation; Evora, Portugal; 11/09/13
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Our presentation on video communication with young EFL learners.  We filmed class sessions of task-based interaction in English as a lingua franca between primary school pupils in France and Germany.  Both classes had SMART interactive whiteboards, and we used the proprietary Notebook software with its Bridgit plug-in which allows a high quality audio/video link and screensharing via a SMART server.  In this way, learners could see and hear each other, and manipulate objects on a shared IWB file - technology supporting live communication among these young beginner learners.  The presentation focuses on task design and the implementation of activities, including participants' perspectives.

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A World of Englishes: The International Phonetic Alphabet

A World of Englishes: The International Phonetic Alphabet | TELT | Scoop.it

The current revision of the IPA chart (above) starts with a large table showing consonant sounds, or phones, made on a pulmonic egressive airstream (i.e., with air from the lungs). Place of articulation (POA) is indicated by which column a symbol is located in. The passive articulator is usually indicated, i.e., the part of the oral cavity which remains in place while the active articulator – often the tongue – moves towards it; e.g., if a sound is labelled “alveolar” it means the tongue moves towards the alveolar ridge. Manner of articulation (MOA) is indicated by row. Where voiceless and voiced pairs of consonants are given, the one on the left is voiceless. The usual way of describing a consonant is to use a VPM label, where VPM stands for “voice place manner” – so [t] is a voiceless alveolar plosive.

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The IPA explained by a specialist

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Free webinars: tools for language teachers

Free webinars: tools for language teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

Jürgen Wagner of the Landesinsitut für Pädagogik und Medien Saarland has this free webinar programme in 3 languages:


Invitation to free webinar "What's new in Moodle 2.5 ?" with MoodleFairy Mary Cooch 12th Sept. 2013 http://po.st/ACBGm1



Invitation à une conférence en ligne gratuite le 16 sept. 2013 avec Mary Cooch "Nouveautés de Moodle 2.5" http://po.st/aWUXZX


Kostenloses Webinar mit Nico Steinbach: LearningApps.org - Autorenwerkzeug und Austauschplattform - 19.09. - http://v.gd/learningapps


30.09.2013 - 19h - 20:30h webinaire avec Jérôme Rambert: Google présentation Vs Prezi - venez nombreux - http://v.gd/rambert


Invitation au webinaire gratuit avec Mélanie Auriel: http://v.gd/applis “Des applis iPad pour une pédagogie “classe inversée” - 02. 10.


Moodle muss Spaß machen: kostenloses Webinar mit Stephan Rinke - 10. 10. 2013 http://v.gd/moodlespass


Moodle goes iPad http://v.gd/moodlegoesipad 17. 10. Webinar zu Tablets im Fremdsprachenunterricht mit Joachim Quandt und Kathrin Hahn


04. 11. 2013 - webinaire gratuit avec Mélanie Auriel: Utiliser GoogleDrive avec une tablette sous Android http://v.gd/googledriv


http://v.gd/axelbraun Kostenloses Webinar mit Axel Braun am 11. 11. 2013 Digitale Medien beim Sprachenlernen - Schwerpunkt E-Learning


Kostenloses englischsprach. Webinar zum Task Based Learning mit Andrew Pickles (Bundessprachenamt) - am 14.11. Info: http://v.gd/pickles


Invitation à une conférence en ligne le 21 novembre avec Manfred Overmann: Le site portail du prof de FLE http://v.gd/siteportail

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Open, friendly webinars with useful tips and links and access to a thriving community of tech-friendly practitioners.

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Education technologies & Language learner autonomy - Ca' Foscari, Venice

Education technologies & Language learner autonomy - Ca' Foscari, Venice | TELT | Scoop.it

International Seminar, 14th October 2013 - Venice (Italy)

This one-day event is organized by LaDiLS (Laboratory of Didactics of Foreign Languages), as part of the Language Teaching Centre at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

 

The Seminar will reflect on how Technologies favour Language Learner Autonomy, considering relevant issues such as:

how technologies can make students more aware and responsible for their own learning processwhat technological applications better foster language learning autonomy at different age and school levelshow technology can help build a bridge between formal and informal language learning.

The aim of the event is to explore the different aspects connecting Technology and Learner Autonomy in foreign language learning, e.g. to understand the educational value and motivational force of the latest technological devices and applications to be used in class, to discuss empirical studies and practical experiences reporting the effects of the use of those technologies on students’ language competence, to reflect on how all this implies an increase in learner autonomy and, as a consequence, on the way learners approach language learning. The Seminar is open to researchers, teachers, policy makers and language specialists with an interest in educational technologies, learner autonomy and language learning development.

 

Speakers:

Christian Ludwig

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Luisa Bozzo

Annamaria Cacchione

Maura Zini

Alda Barbi

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One-day event in Italy next month on technology and language learner autonomy.

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TESOL academic on YouTube

TESOL academic on YouTube | TELT | Scoop.it

Videos of lectures on topics in second language acquisition by specialists such as Spada, (Penny)Cook, Nunan ...

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Very nice to have this resource available via YouTube, which will enhance usability and hopefully attract more viewers to an excellent source of information.

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INTENT telecollaboration workshop Poland: Andreas Müller-Hartman, Gosia Kurek

PL-CALL conference 2013: The English telecollaboration workshop

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Robert O'Dowd's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:35 AM

A video recording of some of the presentations by Andreas Muller-Hartmann and Gosia Kurek at the INTENT Polish workshop in May 2013.

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3 outils en ligne pour convertir les formats de fichiers

3 outils en ligne pour convertir les formats de fichiers | TELT | Scoop.it

Qui n’a pas un jour ou l’autre buté sur le problème des formats de fichiers ? Formats vidéo, formats sons, formats texte, formats de compression… de quoi s’arracher le peu de cheveux qu’il nous reste et faire un saut en arrière au temps où l’informatique était réservée aux initiés. Il faut cependant reconnaître que les choses se sont simplifiées. Certains formats de fichiers abscons ont disparu, mais surtout on trouve maintenant des outils en ligne qui permettent de jongler entre les formats. En voici trois.


Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL
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Plus qu'utile pour les profs de langue ...

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Olivier Grondal's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:16 AM

A mettre dans sa boite à outil IT

Caroline Bindner's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:36 AM

Ca peut-être utile même si je sors un peu du cadre !

Concerning IT's curator insight, November 11, 2013 4:23 PM

Bon à savoir. Mais attention à la confidentialité des données .... 

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Bilan très négatif du tableau blanc interactif dans les écoles du Québec (240 millions $)

Bilan très négatif du tableau blanc interactif dans les écoles du Québec (240 millions $) | TELT | Scoop.it

Via CECI Jean-François
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Sans formation pédagogique soutenue, on ne peut espérer de transformation de pratiques de classe

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IFP Nord Pas de Calais's comment, August 26, 2013 2:47 AM
Tout à fait d'accord : si le TNI n'est qu'un "super-vidéoprojecteur", cela ne vaut pas l'investissement. Le TNI n'est utile que si on l'utilise avec des supports INTERACTIFS de qualité et qu'on le fait manipuler aux ELEVES (face à la classe, en petits groupes autonomes, individuellement...)
IFP Nord Pas de Calais's comment, August 26, 2013 2:49 AM
(oups, tapé trop vite sur la touche "entrée")... et il est vrai aussi que la tablette rendra à terme cet outil inutile... réfélchir donc avant tout nouvel investissement...
Bruno De Lièvre's curator insight, November 26, 2013 7:20 PM

Comme d'habitude, il faut démontrer la plus value pédagogique par une insertion pertinente de l'outil dans un dispositif pédagogique... C'est celui ci qui fera la différence et pas l'outil, quel qu'il soit...

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A World of Englishes: Is /ə/ "real"?

A World of Englishes: Is /ə/ "real"? | TELT | Scoop.it
Is /ə/ "real"? "Is schwa a real phoneme?" asked a first year student, during a preliminary session preparing them for transcription in the second year. What an excellent question!
 The issue arose because I had referred them to John Wells' standard lexical sets to describe English vowel sounds more easily. This is a list of English phonemes with keywords devised by Prof Wells and given in his three-volume book Accents of English(1982). Rather than trying to explain in articulatory terms what /ʊ/ is in comparison with /ʌ/, for example, they can be referred to as the FOOT and STRUT vowels respectively, and then discussion about them appearing (or not) in various accents of English can also be facilitated.
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Interesting, accessible discussion with hyperlinks and further discussion in comments.

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Oxford Text Checker | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary

Oxford Text Checker | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary | TELT | Scoop.it
Oxford Text Checker at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. The Oxford Text Checker will check the vocabulary in any text against the Oxford 3000 word list. See more at oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.
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Paste your text in the box and find out what percentage of the words belong to the "Oxford 3000" suggested as the most useful for learners. 75% means your text is advanced, 90% upper intermediate, and 100% makes it lower intermediate (or below, I assume).

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Video lessons | Inside Out

Video lessons | Inside Out | TELT | Scoop.it

MacMillan videos and worksheets free to download.

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Ready-made video and worksheet with teacher's version; could be used regularly or as a one-off.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:17 AM

Looks like standalone materials which would work for self-study if it's the right level for you.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, October 24, 2014 11:58 AM

Des vidéos courtes que l'on peut télécharger.

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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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Eurocall Virtual Strand 2013: 2nd Keynote: Chris Jones

Eurocall Virtual Strand 2013: 2nd Keynote: Chris Jones | TELT | Scoop.it

Christopher M. Jones is Teaching Professor of French and Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Director of the Modern Language Resource Center and Director of the Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University. He has spoken and published widely in the area of technology-enhanced language learning. His materials development experience includes textbook authoring, CD-ROM design and programming, and on-line courseware creation in French, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic. He has also been a participant in the interdisciplinary Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center and the Open Learning Initiative.

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Eurocall Virtual Strand 2013

Eurocall Virtual Strand 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

Follow live streaming of Eurocall 2013 keynote speakers Ana Gimeno, Thierry Chanier and Christopher Jones from this link.

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4-day conference in Evora, Portugal starting this afternoon.  

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Task Timer to Use Offline or Online

Free Technology for Teachers: A Task Timer to Use Offline or Online | TELT | Scoop.it

Task Timer is a free Chrome app that you can use to time multiple tasks or events at the same time. The app works online and or offline in the Chrome web browser. After installing the app you can create a set of tasks that you want to time. You can run multiple timers at once or run them individually. The timer functions on a countdown basis. A chime sounds when time has expired on each timer.

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It's the offline part that attracts me, since I don't have a reliable internet connection in many of my classrooms.

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Cyber-Langues 2013: reportage du Café Pédagogique

Cyber-Langues 2013: reportage du Café Pédagogique | TELT | Scoop.it

Les manuels numériques, la création de livre électroniques, des plate-formes open source, tablettes numériques, échanges scolaires, exercices interactifs, cartes mentales, bases de données, ressources eduscol ...  autant de sujets d'exposé au colloque Cyberlangues cette année

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Des noms d'intervenants, des liens utiles pour entrer dans le numérique pour la classe de langues

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Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education: Call for Papers

Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education: Call for Papers | TELT | Scoop.it

The conference aims to look at the different ways in which telecollaboration can contribute to foreign language education at university level and how it can be integrated into universities’ internationalization programmes and policies. We welcome contributions which focus on academic research related to online intercultural exchange as well as practical reports of telecollaborative exchange projects taking place between universities around the globe. We are also particularly interested in hearing perspectives of student mobility coordinators, university management and other stakeholders in regard to how telecollaboration can make a more comprehensive contribution to university education.

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Deadline for submissions of proposals: 1 October 2013

Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2013

Confirmation of attendance for accepted authors (or removed from programme): 30 November 2013

Date of conference: 12-14 Feburary 2014

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Students' views of mobile devices for EFL: Nicky Hockly

Students' views of mobile devices for EFL: Nicky Hockly | TELT | Scoop.it

Nicky Hockly's quick-and-dirty survey of attitudes to BYOD reveals"the majority of the class enjoyed using mobile devices (questions 3,7,8,9,17), and would like to continue to do so in the future (question 11).  The majority also felt that using their mobile devices had improved their English (question 8), and their mobile literacy (see question 9)  by familiarising them with new apps such as Chirp, Audioboo, Woices, and new mobile-related concepts such as QR codes – the latter were new to everyone in both groups."  One student hated the whole idea.


Via Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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Also raised questions about teacher's tech competence and need for all students to use same devices/apps.

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Cognitive Science and SLA: Geoff Jordan

Cognitive Science and SLA: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it
I recently had a discussion on the LinkedIn discussion board "ELT professionals Around the World" about Kurt Kohn where he elaborates on a social constructivist view of second language acquisition:...
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I've been struck at conferences recently how today's move towards socio-constructivist and complex dynamic systems models to inform language teaching in some respects mirrors the UG/variationist debate of the 1990s.  In this informed, well-referenced and seemingly heartfelt reflection, Geoff Jordan takes the Kevin Gregg role.

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