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Using Twitter in MFL: Pete Watson

Using Twitter in MFL: Pete Watson | TELT | Scoop.it

Shona Whyte:

More ideas on using Twitter for MFL, from MFL Tricks, a blog by Spanish teacher Pete Watson (aka @pedroelprofesor).

 

Like many, he sees the value of social media for continuing professional development but also with language learners directly.

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Memplai: collaborative video tool

Memplai: collaborative video tool | TELT | Scoop.it

Martin Burrett (ICT Magic):

I'm hugely excited by this site. Make collaborative videos in your web browser with this amazing site. Just upload your images, videos and audio and invite others users to edit your project with you. As the files are stored online your students can access the project from home or at school.

 

The videos do not have watermarks and they can be easily embedded into your site or blog.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Video%2C+animation%2C+film+%26+Webcams


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The Beginner's Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning

The Beginner's Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning | TELT | Scoop.it

"This e-book is meant to serve as a starting point for 21st century teaching and learning.

 

Why should you integrate the internet into your curriculum? How do you plan meaningful web-based activities? How do you build a Professional Learning Community? What free tech tools are available for teachers and students?

The Beginner's Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning, designed for the digital immigrant, will answer these and many more of your questions, hesitations and fears surrounding integrating the internet and technology into your curriculum. It serves as a technology handbook for teachers ready to harness technology as a teaching and learning tool.

 

Web-based instructional activities have an enormous potential to enhance and entice learning. However, integrating the internet into your curriculum in a way that has a positive impact on students' learning can seem like a daunting process. This e-book is meant to serve as a starting point for 21st century teaching and learning. It, like 21st century teaching and learning, will continue to evolve. Check back regularly for updates and new volumes."

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Scrible for teacher development and language learning

Scrible for teacher development and language learning | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nik Peachey has found an online tool for annotating webpages, and shows how this can be used for teachers' own development of digital skills, and for direct use with language learners.

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Word Family Framework: CER levels

Word Family Framework: CER levels | TELT | Scoop.it

Type in a word, choose your CER level(s) (or all) and see which forms of the word are used for different proficiency speakers.

 

I have just learned that "debt" is categorised as A2, while "in debt" is B1 and "debtor" C1.  There are 22,000 words in the database.

 

The programme takes a while to churn out a result, and a bit longer if you want it in PDF format, and I must admit I've glad no-one requires me to take this kind of information into account when planning lessons or courses, but I assume it's meeting a pressing ELT demand ...

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Download Video Clips from YouTube Easily: Wondershare vDownloader (Win)

Download Video Clips from YouTube Easily: Wondershare vDownloader (Win) | TELT | Scoop.it

Robin Good:

VDownloader is a free Windows sooftware that allows you to download a copy of your favorite videos from YouTube, Hulu, Vevo and other sites.

 

VDownloader acts also as a good FLV and MP4 video player.

No registration required.

Free to use.


N.B.: You may also want to try out www.wontube.com where you can search for any video and download it immediately straight from the web.

More info: http://v.wondershare.com/wondershare-vdownloader.html ;


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Le Document authentique : un exemple d’exploitation en classe de FLE

Le Document authentique : un exemple d’exploitation en classe de FLE | TELT | Scoop.it

Shona Whyte:

Un article qui explique le pourquoi et le comment de l'exploitation du document authentique en cours de langue (approche actionnelle).

 

Les documents ayant peut-être passé leur DLUO et les activités proposées étant plutôt classiques (à faire avant, pendant, et après l'écoute), ce sont la présentation du concept et les références qui restent les plus utiles aux nouveaux enseignants.

 

Veda Aslim-Yetis, 2010, Synergies Canada (Revue du GERFLINT - Groupe d'Études et de Recherches pour le Français Langue Internationale).


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English for Critical Thinkers: Don Williams

English for Critical Thinkers: Don Williams | TELT | Scoop.it

Shona Whyte:

An interesting blog by Don Williams: "English Teacher at Universidad Complutense Madrid (CSIM) by day and M.A. Education Technology & TESOL student at Manchester University by night."

 

He has thought-provoking videos on controversial topics, some with lesson plans for EFL classes, the goal being to stimulate critical thinking among intermediate and advanced learners as a way of learning English.

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I Am Poems

I Am Poems | TELT | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein:

"The "I Am Poem" is a template-based poem that requires students to represent themselves in the form of poetry as well as in visual form."

 

Shona Whyte:

This is a great activity for intermediate learners and above, or it could be simplified for young learners.  Class members write a poem about themselves using the template, then e-mail their poems with a photo to a Flickr account or shared Google Docs presentation.  All class members can view each others' poems, and they can then be shared in class with each person reading their contribution aloud.

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Videos on teaching, technology, and language learning: Nik Peachey

Videos on teaching, technology, and language learning: Nik Peachey | TELT | Scoop.it

Quite an eclectic collection of videos on Pinterest collected by Nik Peachey.

 

You can find talks on aspects of education and technology use in general, presentations of particular learning theories (Skinnerian behaviourism, for example), and some more closely related to language teachers' concerns about teaching and learning languages with technology.

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Quest: text adventure games

Quest: text adventure games | TELT | Scoop.it

My adventurous colleague Margarita Georgieva, who teaches EFL in higher education, recommends Quest.  Download the programme to your computer (she uses it with students in a computer lab), then play or create text games.

 

Reading, writing, collaboration, clear authentic task ...  Don't know if I'm ready to take the plunge, but interested to hear from others who have.

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DATA DRIVEN LEARNING - Methodologies and Approaches in ELT

DATA DRIVEN LEARNING - Methodologies and Approaches in ELT | TELT | Scoop.it

James Thomas, (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), web officer for CorpusCALL, a special interest group chaired by Alex Boulton (Université de Nancy, France) in EuroCALL, has these pages on data-driven learning.

 

Find out how online corpora and concordancers can help language teachers and learners.  Try this page for ideas for classroom activities: https://sites.google.com/site/eltmethodologies/approaches/data-driven-learning/just-imagine

 

There's also a recent book:

Input, Process and Product : Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora, James Thomas & Alex Boulton (Ed.) (2012) - you can read a summary of Boulton's paper "Hands-on / hands-off: varying approaches in data-driven learning.blurb" http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00503034/

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Let's CC: Find Any Type of Creative Commons Licensed Content

Let's CC: Find Any Type of Creative Commons Licensed Content | TELT | Scoop.it

Shona Whyte: this is going to be excellent for preparing teaching materials and presentations.  Everything is CC, and there seems to be enough (recent) content to make it a good place to start.

 

Robin Good: Let's CC is a specialized search engine that can find any image, sounds, video or text that has been published under a Creative Commons license and is available for re-use.

 

Free to use.

 

Very useful. 8/10

 

 Try it out now: http://eng.letscc.net/ ;


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Phil Wade Lesson Plan: Raspberry Pi pocket computer

Nice lesson for intermediate learners and beyond, handout and play-by-play included.

 

Winner of onestopenglish Lesson Share competition: congratulations!

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Podcasts for Education Made Easy: Andi Kenuam

"The Who, What, Why and How of Video Podcasting in Education http://blog.learningtoday.com..."

 

Andi Kenuam, of eLearning Today: 30 minute presentation on audio and video podcasting for education (not specifically for language teaching).

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Espace de Mutualisation TNI : Des activités pour tableaux blancs interactifs classées par discipline

Espace de Mutualisation TNI : Des activités pour tableaux blancs interactifs classées par discipline | TELT | Scoop.it
Espace de partage et de mutualisation pour les enseignants qui utilisant un TNI (Tableau Numérique Interactif) ou un TBI (Tableau Blanc Interactif) : Interwrite Workspace, Hitachi Starboard, Promethean Activ'Inspire, Smart Smartboard....

 

Shona Whyte:

Ce sont des ressources pour le primaire et le secondaire proposées par l'Académie de Lyon et classées par discipline (histoire de l'art, maths) et par marque de tableau.  Il y également des liens vers les actualités TBI/TICE.


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Build up your PLN: advice for MFL teachers

Shona Whyte:

Suggestions from experienced UK MFL practitioner on social media and network tools to help teachers take charge of their own continuing professional development.

 

I like the second-to-last slide which reads only

 

Action:

1.

2.

3.

 

Leaving space for learner contributions, be they language learners or teachers ...

 

 

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Playing with lexical cards

Playing with lexical cards | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nice language activity for all levels of learners using http://www.just-the-word.com.

 

Leo Selivan, British Council:

"Very often students know the meaning of a word but don’t know how to use it correctly. This is often because they don’t know what words go with what other words, i.e. collocations. For example, students are familiar with the word party but may not know the verbs have or give that go with it and, as a result, say *make a party. This activity helps students expand their collocational knowledge of the nouns they already know, but it can be adapted for other parts of speech."

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Dark Visions – A Gothic Horror Story | Digital Play

Dark Visions – A Gothic Horror Story | Digital Play | TELT | Scoop.it

Kyle Mawer has this lesson plan for using a horror game with advanced older learners (one disturbing scene teachers should check beforehand).

 

The usual Digital Play format with options to use or ignore the walk-through, and post-game suggestions.

 

Level: Advanced/ Mature students

Location: Computer Classroom

Skills Focus: Reading/ Writing

Game: Dark Visions

 

You arrive at a strange house with a mysterious doctor who introduces himself as James Thaxton Smith, an assistant to your uncle who is the doctor at this psychiatric hospital. He sees you to the guest room where you are to stay but time passes and you soon get bored waiting. Explore the house and discover dark secrets and strange goings on. Can you solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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Utilisation du TBI et projecteurs interactifs

Utilisation du TBI et projecteurs interactifs | TELT | Scoop.it

Des enseignants canadiens donnent des exemples d'utilisation de tableaux et projecteurs interactifs en classe.


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Design your digital classroom: Susan Oxnevad

Design your digital classroom: Susan Oxnevad | TELT | Scoop.it

Susan Oxnevad:

"how to use technology as a tool for learning to support all learners in the 24/7 classroom"

 

Shona Whyte:

A really rich interactive resource with slides and links to resources on topics such as the flipped classroom, digital research, wikis, and digital differentiation.

 

It's not specific to language teaching, and there's probably too much for one person to take in: a nice place to start for a course in digital literacy, teaching with technology, or technology in continuing professional development.

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TodaysMeet: Russell Stannard

A video tutorial for TodaysMeet, an online platform which allows teachers or presenters to collect and display audience contributions or comments via a specific URL.

 

Presumably wifi access or smartphones are required, but Russell Stannard gives a number of examples of pedagogical use of this tool.

 

Try it here: http://todaysmeet.com

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Reconceptualizing Interactional Groups: Grouping Schemes for Maximizing Language Learning

Shona Whyte:

 

Here's a very practical discussion of group formation for second language interaction by Judith Rance-Roney in the English Teaching Forum 2010.  It begins with some second language research supporting the importance of interaction for language acquisition, then looks at a variety of ways of grouping students to maximise their learning opportunities.  It's based on ESL for higher education in the US, but applicable to foreign language contexts also for the most part.

 

I've picked out some do's and don'ts which I think are valuable:

 

DO
- consider fixed groups, saving planning time and allowing learners to get to know each other

- also consider a roster of groupings, to make different groups for different tasks/topics

- group students by proficiency; keep a class list ordered by language level for quick reference

- assign roles to group members: leader, scribe, reporter, vocabulary monitor, time monitor

- allow 5 minutes' study time for learners to absorb new language or instructions before group work begins

 

DON'T
- feel bound to make groups of equal numbers: put 3 quiet students together so that they have to participate, but 6 louder students so they have to take turns

- consistently mix high and low proficiency learners: the stronger students will dominate

- always group by affiliation: learners who do not know each other well accomplish more on-task learning

- always avoid grouping same-L1 learners together: L1 discussion can be helpful and code-switching can lead to greater analytic depth


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This file has moved: I'm going to use it with pre-service teachers preparing for a teaching placement 

http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/10-48-1-d.pdf

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Show and tell: Video feedback on written work

Show and tell: Video feedback on written work | TELT | Scoop.it

Using Jing to record your screen as you provide feedback on students' written work.

 

Nice presentation of learning task, example of student response and teacher's feedback, followed by a walk-through of screencasting software Jing.

 

So pedagogy, technology, concrete examples - what's not to like?

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Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net

Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net | TELT | Scoop.it

"How to mimic natural English pronunciation and intonation through accent training and pronunciation practice using the shadow reading technique."

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