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LANGUAGE LEARNING AND SOCIAL MEDIA – 6 Key dialogues | eLearning

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND SOCIAL MEDIA – 6 Key dialogues | eLearning | TELT | Scoop.it

" Empowering future language learners: Formal and informal language learning through social media" Webinar recording available.

 

As the intensive use of new mobile technologies and social media constantly changes the landscape of language education, this webinar addresses challenges and controversies concerning the use of social media for language learning in formal and informal contexts.

- Are the borders between formal and informal language learning disappearing due to the increasing use of social media in formal education?

- How is the use of ICT and social media shaping new ways of language learning in formal and informal education contexts?

- How do language teachers cope with the incorporation of ICT in their classrooms?

- Do they receive enough training on how to innovate pedagogy through technology?

- Does the predominance of the English language in social media have a negative impact on the adoption of social media in teaching languages other than English?

 

Invited speakers:

Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, P.A.U. Education, Barcelona, Spain

Stylianos Mystakidis, University of Patras, Greece

Pere Arcas, Catalan TV, Barcelona, Spain

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5 Great Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for iPad

5 Great Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for iPad | TELT | Scoop.it

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Free tools for sharing annotations with iPads.


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A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nice short (2min 45sec) video, no speech, showing one man going about his day.

 

David Deubelbeiss suggests using it for speaking/writing about daily routines: "Ask students to describe (as you play) or write (during / after) what this guy does in his day. Nice, real context for practicing speaking about routines."  But it could just as easily be using for describing what is happening at the present time, to practice present continuous or for fluency.

 

 

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English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices. Conference May 2013

English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices.  Conference May 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

The 3rd International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues & Practices (EPIP3) will take place in Murcia (Spain), on May 8-10 2013, following previous editions in Chambéry, France (2009) and Grahamstown, South Africa (2011).

Organised by staff from the University of Murcia (Spain) and Université de Savoie (France), the conference aims to bring together researchers and teachers of English, phonetics, phonology, etc. interested in the issues related to English pronunciation, both native and non-native.

 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

                     

Linda Shockey (Reading University/BBC Pronunciation Unit, UK)

Martha C. Pennington (Georgia Southern University, USA)                 

Felicity Cox  (Macquarie University, Australia)

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12 free social media tools to make your life easier

12 free social media tools to make your life easier | TELT | Scoop.it

"From sharing content for your client or company to learning about tomorrow’s weather, these tools will save you time and—because they’re free—money."

 

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Tools for social media, but also others relevant to teachers (sharing PDFs, making screencasts).


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Frédéric DEBAILLEUL
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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, July 1, 2012 5:42 AM
Glad you're finding some good stuff Steve.
steve batchelder's comment, July 1, 2012 6:22 AM
Hi Susan, Yes many thanks you find some great stuff and its great to be able to share it.
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Storytime Songs musical instruments

Storytime Songs musical instruments | TELT | Scoop.it

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A long list of traditional children's songs with lyrics and guitar chords, plus audio for quite a few. Nice resources for young EFL/ESL learners.

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Professional development through action research: David Nunan

The what, how and why of action research for teachers' professional development by David Nunan.
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Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning

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2009 handbook edited by Michael Thomas with articles on different technologies in language learning from a wide variety of perspectives and including examples of many different tools in different teaching contexts.

 

Free to read online, or $5 to download.

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Repertoire de  podcasts: CyberProf Réunion

Repertoire de  podcasts: CyberProf Réunion | TELT | Scoop.it

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Site TICE interlangue de la Réunion, avec une liste de podcasts pour l'anglais classés par niveau CECRL.

 

Il faut passer la souris sur les liens dans le tableau pour comprendre vers quels sites ils pointent (Breaking News, VOA, ABC News) mais il y a une trentaine de sites audio et/ou vidéo du niveau A1 jusqu'au B2.

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TOP Technologies for Language Learning: Speechy Project

"A pedagogical approach to technology in language teaching..."

 

A short list of tools for teachers (mainly for audio/video, slides and images), with pedagogical tips from Nicolás Pino James and associates at the universities of Warwick and Valencia.

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How to teach English with technology (Dudeney & Hockly): book review

How to teach English with technology (Dudeney & Hockly): book review | TELT | Scoop.it

A review of a book by Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly on teaching English with technology.

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JournalBase V4.0: searchable database of academic journals

JournalBase V4.0: searchable database of academic journals | TELT | Scoop.it

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The French research body CNRS has updated its bilingual platform for searching journals in social sciences.  You can search by keyword (e.g., language, teaching) and find corresponding titles with links to homepages, information about access (open or subscription) as well as details of ranking in other listings.  Useful for pre- or in-service teachers interested in research related to language teaching.

 

Egalement consultable en français, bien entendu :-)

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1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue)

1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue) | TELT | Scoop.it

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This "trilingual index of expressions with equivalent meanings" lets you look up idioms by category, see them in a sentence, hear the sentence spoken aloud, and work on interactive exercises to test your knowledge.

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Mayer, théorie de l'apprentissage multimédia - les douzes principes

Mayer, théorie de l'apprentissage multimédia - les douzes principes | TELT | Scoop.it

"La théorie de l'apprentissage multimédia de Mayer (2009) l'a amené à développer et tester un ensemble de principes pour améliorer nos présentations multimédia. Ces principes sont tous regroupés dans un tableau. Une liste très utile pour enseignants, pédagogues, formateurs, ou simplement créateurs de powerpoint ou rédacteurs."

 

Adaptation de Mayer, R. E. (2009). Multimedia Learning, second edition, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press


Via Gilles Le Page, Laurent Blanquer, Pascal Nogaro, Elena Pérez, Jean-François Grassin, Audrey Bardon
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Ready to teach

Ready to teach | TELT | Scoop.it

"Ready to Teach, il sito di risorse per insegnanti di inglese..."

 

A website developed at the University of Valle d'Aosta to support Italian teachers of EFL, it has materials on language and culture, including these links to other online teaching/learning resources.

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Les Langues Modernes n°2/2012 : « Quelle formation pour les enseignants de langues du secondaire ? »

Les Langues Modernes n°2/2012 : « Quelle formation pour les enseignants de langues du secondaire ? » | TELT | Scoop.it

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Numéro spécial sur les réformes de la formation des enseignants du secondaire en France (la mastérisation) sur les professeurs de langue.

Lire les résumés ; les articles sont accessibles aux abonnés.

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Music and Lyric Listening - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

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Music Resources.  Click and get the lyric sheets / resources for each song. 

 

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Nearly one hundred pages with videos of songs, lyrics, and worksheets.  You can download the ebook if you're a member of EFL Classroom, which is worth considering given the volume and quality of resources on the site.

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zLyrics: music videos and lyrics

zLyrics: music videos and lyrics | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nik Peachey recommends this site for English learners: an enormous number of artists and songs, read the lyrics and watch the video (or play the audio while looking at the album cover).  Click to see which one I have selected for your edification.

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Oxford Owl e-books

Oxford Owl e-books | TELT | Scoop.it

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E-books for young readers (English native speakers) - turn the pages, hear the audio, and play related games. 

 

Quite a number of titles at different age and reading levels.

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Principles of Task Based Language Teaching: Rod Ellis

Principles of Task Based Language Teaching: Rod Ellis | TELT | Scoop.it

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Very clearly structured 2006 conference presention - given with lectern and mic and no slides - in Busan, Korea, by Rod Ellis. The video is online at the Asian EFL Journal website, accessible with the login member and password busan2006 (which are helpfully posted on their video page).

 

Ellis explains what task-based language teaching (TBLT) is and why it is relevant to teaching English in Korea, illustrates with Korean students

and discusses criticisms of the TBLT approach

 

Ellis identifies 3 dimensions of language teaching

- goals (learning objectives)

- content (Type A versus Type B syllabus)

- methodology (accuracy vs fluency)

 

He introduces the notion of the Type B syllabus, which specifies learning activities or tasks, but not the language to be used.  "Language is a by-product of the tasks."

 

TBLT aims to develop knowledge of language for natural communication, using a series of message-focused tasks, and the methodology is fluency, "saying what you want to say" rather than "using the language accurately."  However, there is an accuracy side to the methodology of TBLT.

 

Why tasks?

1. develop implicit knowledge incidentally through the effort to communicate (an attempt to recreate the same conditions in the classroom as for L1)

2. allow automatisation - unless you experience trying to communication in "real operating conditions" (like outside the classroom) you will never use the language fluently

 

What is a task?  4 criteria

1. goal-directed (not a linguistic purpose)

2. primary focus on meaning (using language)

3. participants choose linguistic resources (unlike Type A frameworks which provide language resources)

4. task has clearly defined outcome

 

Unfocused versus focused tasks: unfocused tasks are not designed to use a particular language feature, which focused tasks are oriented towards a particular grammatical structure, although primary focus is always on meaning.  No situational grammar activities, to practice a particular structure.

 

 

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ICT support for ESL Competencies

ICT support for ESL Competencies | TELT | Scoop.it
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Very comprehensive list of tools and sites for teachers and learners, including podcasts, EFL sites, storytelling platforms and more.
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Does a good teacher need technology?

EFL teacher Sam Shepherd has an interesting short blog post on technology for teachers, both for the classroom and for professional development.  He concludes it's a good thing, but acknowledges this may be a personal preference.

 

Some interesting comments too.

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Improving teacher talk through a task-based approach: ELT Journal article

Improving teacher talk through a task-based approach: ELT Journal article | TELT | Scoop.it

This is a short video by the authors of a 2011 ELT Journal paper: Moser, J., Harris, J. and Carle, J. (2012).  ‘Improving teacher talk through a task-based approach.'

 

Abstract:

This article reports on a teacher-talk training course for Japanese primary school teachers, who are preparing to teach ‘communicative English’ for the first time. The article argues that teacher-talk training is important for communicative classes with young students because most of the input and interaction is by default teacher centred. In our course, through a task-based approach including the use of digital recorders for self-transcribing, teachers were able to practise providing rich comprehensible input as well as scaffolding in English through role-playing classroom tasks. The before and after performances of two teachers doing a listen-and-draw task is analysed to demonstrate the importance of training in teacher talk. In concluding the article, we review the participants’ survey feedback for the course. Our hope is that the article provides a convincing argument for teacher-talk training as well as offering a model for similar courses.

 

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The authors describe how they set up a task-based training module for Japanese primary teachers.  They recommend Slattery and Willis' 2004 handbook English for Primary Teachers. The authors used Ana Maria Pinter's 4 suggestions for teacher talk in the second language classroom:

1. adjusting speed

2. modifying language

3. repeating language

4. adding gestures

They added a fifth recommendation:

5. managing visual aids

 

You can access the full article if you have a subscription to ELT Journal

http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/66/1/81.abstract

 

Photo http://flic.kr/p/bymxe9 @pterolaur

 

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TESL Links- Journals, CALL, New Technologies, Software, Teacher Tools, Chat, Web Design

Spanish secondary EFL teacher Isabel Perez has this impressive collection of links on technology for language teachers, including online journals and articles, groups, software and online tools.

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181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated] - Online Colleges

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated] - Online Colleges | TELT | Scoop.it

"Explore our collection of Google tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more."

 

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The carper in me wants to object that scrolling through 181 tricks is time-consuming in itself, but you can scroll through this list of one-liners very quickly, and you're almost bound to find a feature you weren't aware of.

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