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aPlanet teacher guides to social media for languages

aPlanet teacher guides to social media for languages | TELT | Scoop.it

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aPlanet teacher guides to using social networks for language teaching. Start with the second -about social networks (Twitter, Tweetdeck, Facebook, and Ning) - for a straightforward outline of setting up an account and exploiting it with learners. Other guides include tools and a glossary. Final project webinar 22 September. 

 

 

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Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation | TELT | Scoop.it

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Adrian Underhill wrote this article on using the phonemic chart to support pronunciation in the EFL/ESL classroom for the British Council's teaching English site in 2010.  Very practical suggestions for getting started and going further with phonemes and intonation without lecturing on phonetics.

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Itzel Chavez S.'s curator insight, April 25, 2015 3:20 PM

Many activities for the Phonetics teacher when using a Phonetic chart. Teaching of sounds shouldn´t be boring,  you can play bingo, swat at the sound and sound matching which are funny and interesting ideas. Have students to be at ease with the sounds : )

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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | TELT | Scoop.it

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"Need pronunciation help? This free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation might be just the app for you.  Type a word into search blank. When your entry appears in pink, mouse over to hear it pronounced. Create lists of up to 15 entries like this: cat; cart; cut; caught etc. There are currently 158,480 entries in the dictionary."

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Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English | TELT | Scoop.it

"This site provides instructions for writing essays in English for a US academic audience. This site also contains academic essays by ESL and EFL students writing in English for university level classes."

 

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Erlyn Baack, ESL writing instructor, ITESM, Quertaro Campus (Mexico) maintains the site http://eslbee.com on advanced composition for non-native speakers of English: advice, examples and exercises for academic writing for intermediate learners and beyond.

 

Here's a review by Jennifer Banton (University of Quebec, Montreal)

"Advanced Composition is a clean looking unified site. It is well planned and easy to follow. There is no advertising to clutter the pages, and all images are directly related to the sites' content and purpose. The audience is specified, and the stated goals are achieved. The author takes great care to cite secondary information, and he includes useful links to related sites. All of this sets a very much appreciated formal and academic tone. In comparison to other Online Writing Labs, Advanced Composition stands out as one of the few which offers higher order writing instruction, including university level sample writing."

 

Via Vanessa Vaile of Blogging English.

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Sounds Familiar? British Library learning resource

Sounds Familiar? British Library learning resource | TELT | Scoop.it

"Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK

Do you call a ‘bread roll’ a cob, batch, bread cake, barm cake or scuffler? How do you pronounce the words cup and plant? And are you sitting or sat at this computer? The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, each evidence of our society’ s continuity and change, our local history and our day-to-day lives. This site captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the twentieth century."

 

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Useful for teachers wishing to demonstrate the variety of British accents and dialects, or for language students to broaden their English language experience.  LInguistics students can also find information on language change, phonology, and dialect studies.

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Enseigner l’oral à l’heure du numérique

Enseigner l’oral à l’heure du numérique | TELT | Scoop.it

Un dossier réalisé par Jean-Michel Le Baut

 

24 exemples d’activités:
- S’entraîner à la lecture à voix haute :
- Mettre en ligne une anthologie sonore de textes lus
- Lire un texte à voix haute avec habillage sonore
- Réaliser un montage de lectures à voix haute
- Représenter un extrait d’une pièce de théâtre
- Faire parler les personnages d’un tableau 

- Réaliser des critiques de livres ou de films audio
- Créer et enregistrer un dialogue imaginaire,

   etc

 

Voir aussi: Productions Orales, expériences et Projets

http://flecampus.ning.com/forum/topics/production-orale-pratiques-exp-riences-et-projets

 


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Discourse, Context & Media | Vol 1, Iss 1 (March 2012)

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New journal edited by Greg Myers which he hopes "will be a forum for the best studies of media discourse. The first issue shows some of the range of the field, including studies of broadcast interviews, computer games, blogs, and on-line and print newspapers, some taking quantitative approaches and others doing very fine-grained qualitative analysis, some more linguistic and some more sociological."

 

March 2012 issue currently free to download, with papers on gaming, blogs and more traditional media.

 

 

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INTENT Project News

INTENT Project News | TELT | Scoop.it

New curation site maintained by Robert O'Dowd with news and information about the INTENT project on telecollaboration for language learning in higher education:

 

"This page aims to keep you up to date with all the latest developments and publications by the INTENT project team.

Our Erasmus Multilateral Project INTENT (Integrating Telecollaborative Networks into Foreign Language Higher Education) aims to raise greater awareness among students, educators and decision makers of telecollaboration as a tool for virtual mobility in FL education at the Higher Education (university) level and also on achieving more effective integration of telecollaboration in Higher Education Institutions.

 

If you want to learn more about the background of our project, you can visit our website: http://www.intent-project.eu/"

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Take "The Wug Test": exploring young children's grammar

Take "The Wug Test": exploring young children's grammar | TELT | Scoop.it
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The original wug test developed by Professor Berko Gleason in 1958 using nonsense words to elicit children's productive use of subconsciously acquired rules for plural formation, past tense, diminutives, and adjectives.

Teachers might appreciate this reminder that grammatical comptence is not learned exclusively at school; students of language acquisition can ponder the various rules Berko Gleason aimed to test.

Read the original research if this takes your fancy: http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/topics/wugs/wugs.pdf
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Six Tools for Teachers at a Glance

Six Tools for Teachers at a Glance | TELT | Scoop.it

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Wisconsin high school English teacher and educational blogger E. Harter has a nice list of tools from Scoop.it to Voicethread with a succinct description of each, ideas for lesson planning, and some links to student examples at the end.


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Charlotte's comment, August 3, 2012 10:33 AM
May I also add Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your powerpoint presentation. I use it to send to my class when I cannot be there for their lessons. Genuis.
Baiba Svenca's comment, August 3, 2012 12:01 PM
I agree Charlotte! Present.me is awesome, I use it too. And Prezi, and many more tools.... But that was the author's choice. I like the annotations and tips very much!
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:36 AM

Must try SPICY NODES !

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Cartoonize Yourself: make avatars for online activities

Cartoonize Yourself: make avatars for online activities | TELT | Scoop.it
Convert Your Photo and Picture into Cartoon effect in one click, directly Online and for Free.

 

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This seems like a trivial detail, but any teacher who has tried to get participants to make profiles which will help you identify them face-to-face (rather than upload photos of their cats, babies, or cars) will see the value.  It takes no time at all to upload a photo, choose your cartoon effect, and save the result.


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dotSUB: video with interactive transcription

dotSUB: video with interactive transcription | TELT | Scoop.it

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The free subtitling platform for video has added a new feature for users:

”We want video with the transcription! We want it to highlight the currently spoken line! We want it to seek when I click on a line in the transcription!”

 

So now you can make your own transcriptions of videos, embed both in your webpage for users to watch and read interactively (like TED talks).

 

The dotSUB site was already very useful for language teachers and learners: the transcription tool is easy to learn, and anyone can save and share transcriptions, making it possible to translate the same clip into different languages.  Teachers can find resources, or subtitle their own choices in the original language or in translation to help listening comprehension, and learners can make their own subtitles for close listening and/or translation practice.

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“Flipping the Classroom” for Language Learners | Voxy Blog

“Flipping the Classroom” for Language Learners | Voxy Blog | TELT | Scoop.it

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A little piece on how the flipped classroom fits task-based learning models and why it can help language teaching and learning by freeing up class time for interaction in the target language.

 

(Voxy.com sells online English tuition for Hispanic speakers.)

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More on the Flipped Classroom here http://www.scoop.it/t/telt/?tag=flipped%20classroom
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Free Online Pronunciation Guides with Instant Sound: English + 9 Languages

Free Online Pronunciation Guides with Instant Sound: English + 9 Languages | TELT | Scoop.it
Pronunciation guides + online dictionary for English and 9 other languages with instant mouseover sound, completely free online: pronunciation guides are provided for English (7 varieties) French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese...
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Film Circles: Scaffolding Speaking for EFL Students

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A 2012 article in English Teaching Forum by Crissa Stephens, with Rocio Ascencio, Ana Luisa Burgos, Tatiana Diaz, Jimena Montenegro, and Christian Valenzuela describing an action research project for group work on a film viewing activity.


A clear description of class activities including the roles ascribed to each learner to ensure maximum participation and learning, many of which are relevant to other topics and teaching contexts.

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Diane Larsen-Freeman: From Unity to Diversity…to Diversity within Unity

Diane Larsen-Freeman: From Unity to Diversity…to Diversity within Unity | TELT | Scoop.it

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An article in the US State Departement's English Teaching Forum (Vol. 50, 2012) by distinguished linguist and teacher educator Diane Larsen-Freeman which updates her 1987 state-of-the-art paper on 25 years of language teaching methodology by examining what the subsequent 25 years of research into language teaching have brought.

Regarding teacher education and teaching methods, she has this to say:

"It has been said that language teaching is in a “post-method” phase (Kumaravadivelu
2006). However, I think that not only is the term “method” in language teaching and language teacher education firmly established, but I also believe that teachers need knowledge of various methods. Methods are not intact packages of teaching practices imposed from above, but rather are coherent sets of thinking-in-action links available for teachers to interact with and learn from. Such investigations are vital to language teaching and to teachers’ defining their own sense of plausibility. When methods are seen as sets of coherent principles that link to practice, they help act as a foil whereby teachers can clarify their own pedagogical principles. They also contribute to a professional discourse in which we all may engage (Freeman 1991); they challenge
teachers to think in new ways; and they provide associated techniques with which teachers can experiment to come to new understandings (Larsen-Freeman and Anderson 2011)."

The 2012 article is available http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/forum/archives/docs/12-50-2/50_2_5_reflectionspp21-27.pdf

And for those interested in the historical perspective, the 1987 one is here http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/forum/archives/docs/12-50-2/50_2_6_larsen-freeman-pp28-38.pdf

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Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching

Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching | TELT | Scoop.it

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This site has animations with sound to help learners with sounds (diphthongs), stress (word and sentence stress), and intonation (rising and falling intonation).  It also has phonemic charts for English vowels and consonants - click on the symbol to hear the sound.

 

Useful for even beginning learners, and a good resource for checking general rules (e.g., word stress) and the phonemic inventory of English.  Teacher can supplement these basic rules with additional examples and more detailed rules for pronunciation.


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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons | TELT | Scoop.it

Robin Good:

"Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem."

 

Some interesting ideas on how curation techniques can be applied to education, and why this might be useful - George Siemens, Chomsky quotes and videos.

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Recherches liées à l'usage des TIC pour l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues étrangères?

Recherches liées à l'usage des TIC pour l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues étrangères? | TELT | Scoop.it

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Vidéo d'environ une heure d'une séance de présentations courtes de chercheurs français sur leurs travaux sur l'apprentissage des langues étrangères médiatisées par les technologies.

 

Séminaire national sur le numérique au service des langues, à l'Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, 2-3 juillet 2012.

 

Du site du colloque :

 

"Table ronde « Recherche »Quelles spécificités des recherches liées à l'usage des TIC pour l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues étrangères?

 

Animateur : Elke Nissen (Université Stendhal)

Participants :

Maud Ciekanski (Université Paris 8)

Muriel Grosbois (Université Paris 4)

Nicolas Guichon (IFE)

Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes (Université de Nantes)

 

Les recherches portant sur l'utilisation des TICE dans l'enseignement-apprentissage des langues ont pour objectif final d’améliorer l’apprentissage dans un contexte médiatisé ; contexte en permanente évolution dû aux technologies elles-mêmes, mais aussi aux approches et concepts didactiques de référence. Ces recherches se caractérisent avant tout par leur grande variété. Celle-ci se retrouve dans le type de recherche mené (ex. recherche-action, démarche expérimentale), dans le type de dispositif concerné (formation à distance, formation hybride ou intégration des TICE en cours présentiel) et dépend du focus (sur les apprenants, sur les enseignants ou tuteurs, sur une méthode pédagogique particulière, sur la qualité ou l'évolution du dispositif et de ses composantes), mais aussi dans les différentes disciplines où les recherches s'inscrivent (didactique des langues, sciences du langage, sciences de l'éducation, etc.) et les méthodes d’analyse qui leur sont inhérentes. Ce qui singularise ces recherches par rapport à celles dans d'autres domaines, c'est que la langue à la fois véhicule la formation et fait l'objet de l'apprentissage. L'intérêt des interactions en ligne est ainsi double, que ce soit avec les pairs, le tuteur ou des interlocuteurs dans d'autres pays."

 

Le programme du colloque http://num-langues.univ-fcomte.fr/pages/fr/menu3865/programme-15185.html

 

Elke Nissen est membre du projet européen INTENT sur la télécollaboration dans l'enseignement supérieur http://intent-project.eu.


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Teaching Activities | ESOL Nexus

Teaching Activities | ESOL Nexus | TELT | Scoop.it

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Ready-to-go EFL/ESL teaching activities from the British Council on a variety of topics for different learning objectives and different levels and ages of learners.  Materials and step-by-step instructions for using in class.

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Making Interactive Lectures

Making Interactive Lectures | TELT | Scoop.it

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"Created by Heather Macdonald College of William and Mary and Rebecca Teed, SERC and updated by Gail Hoyt, University of Kentucky, Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University, Barbara Millis University of Texas, San Antonio, and Jose Vazquez-Cognet University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

This module on Interactive Lectures provides strategies and specific examples of techniques and activities designed to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. The module is designed for the instructor who does not want to replace lecture, but rather to enhance and punctuate lecture to create an interactive classroom experience."


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, August 9, 2012 9:44 AM
Interactive lectures can increase student engagement with course material and facilitate learning. In traditional lectures, the majority of class time is devoted to the instructor’s delivery of information. During interactive lectures, the instructor interrupts the lecture to allow time for short activities.
These activities can take on many forms as discussed later, but they are important in that they allow students to use material learned in class and contribute to their own learning.During lecture breaks, the instructor poses a question or problem that promotes students to actively work with the concepts learned in class. Because learners tend to retain information based on their involvement in the learning process, transforming students from passive receivers of information into active users of information leads to increases in student retention of material.
The idea of incorporating activities within lecture time is often met with the criticism that it wastes time that could be used to cover additional course material. However, sustained lectures that exceed the typical attention span of 10-20 minutes do not ensure that the material is actually reaching students. In fact, students record in their notes a greater percentage of material from short lecture segments than they do from longer lectures. Many of the activities described below take only a few minutes to implement, but still provide important learning opportunities for students.Another benefit of using activities within lectures is that it can create a feedback loop for instructors to get information about student learning earlier than the exam or major assignment date. Seeing students struggle with an activity can be the stimulus for the instructor to review important concepts related to that activity.
In recent years, the lecture has fallen on hard times.
Prominent researchers have raised doubts about its use, claiming that lectures rely on rote learning and fail to promote active engagement. Yet most of us have either attended or delivered wonderful lectures—lectures that have expanded our thinking, provided fresh insights, or opened our eyes to new worlds. Clearly, lectures can be an efficient way of transmitting large amounts of information in a relatively small amount of time.
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The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning

The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning | TELT | Scoop.it

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High school social studies teacher Spiro Bolos guest blogs on Richard Byrnes' Free Technology for Teachers website on combining low-text Powerpoint slides with Voicethread or Google Apps comment options to make lectures less "one-way" by integrating "student voices."

 

In the foreign language classroom, this technique could be employed to improve interaction around student-created presentations also.

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“Flipped” foreign language classrooms

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The more I hear about the flipped classroom, the more I think "this is what we've been doing in language teaching for years."

 

Or at least this is what communicative and task-based approaches aimed to do to grammar-oriented language classes.

 

Judging from this article by Pedro Maligo of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Columbus State University, I am not alone in these views.


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OER sites: Digital scholarship and Ready to research

OER sites: Digital scholarship and Ready to research | TELT | Scoop.it

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Alastair Creelman works "with net-based learning" at Linnaeus University in Sweden, and here he blogs about OER initiatives "providing access to quality OER with reliable search facilities."

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