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EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG Lemesos Workshop

The EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG is  organising  a two-day workshop on pedagogical perspectives on CALL curriculum development and implementation in Cyprus in May 2015.   The Teacher Education...
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CLIL MOOC: How to create lessons using Clilstore

CLIL MOOC: How to create lessons using Clilstore | TELT | Scoop.it

The course will enable participants to become acquainted with Clilstore, the major outcome of the EU-funded Tools for CLIL Teachers project, which includes Multidict -a multilingual dictionary interface- and Wordlink -the underlying tool that automatically links every word on a webpage to a myriad of free online dictionaries. Participants will learn to develop language teaching webpages with video and text where all of the words are linked to online dictionaries. These webpages immediately become ready-to-use online resources for language learners.

The course is divided into 7 units covering an introduction to CLIL (Content and Language Inetgrated Learning); detailed guidelines to using Clilstore, Multidict and Wordlink; a selection of case studies covering most educational sectors and foreign language levels; guidelines to planning CLIL lessons, and advice on useful CLIL resources.

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Teachers can sign up for guidance on preparing CLIL teaching units.

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ELT professional development: edited volume by Borg

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Cases studies from higher education in Turkey.

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I can't hear you: on teaching listening comprehension

I can't hear you: on teaching listening comprehension | TELT | Scoop.it
Listening to Korean during the course has changed the way I think about listening in my classes as a teacher. I didn’t use textbook listenings that much before, but I might well think about banishing them entirely from the room and relying on my own voice, the students’ voices and anyone else that I can rope in to provide input. I’m hoping it might be sufficiently contextualized by what we are doing in class to to skip pre-listening tasks. Post-listening tasks might involve summarizing or analyzing a tapescript, but really, would it be so wrong just to sit students down and ask them to listen?
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Interesting report on foreign language listening experience of EFL teacher. ELT blogger Alex Grevett highlights many of the difficulties inherent in teaching listening, which often boils down to testing listening in artificial, decontextualised circumstances.

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Katherine Bilsborough

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Practical tips and lesson resources from ELT educator Kathering Bilsborough on TeachingEnglish.org (BBC/British Council)

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Teaching and learning activities that don't take forever to prepare: much good sense here.

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Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers | TELT | Scoop.it

With thirteen stimulating papers covering a wide range of geographical areas and educational contexts, this publication will interest anyone involved in the continuing professional development of English language teachers wishing to reflect on and refresh their practice.


Via Nik Peachey, Pascual Pérez-Paredes
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Action research paper by Anne Burns, good spread of countries and contexts.  Open access

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Free PDF ebook from the British Council.

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Learning Theory & SLA: undergraduate course

Learning Theory & SLA: undergraduate course | TELT | Scoop.it

 This course investigates the learning of foreign, or second, languages from four different perspectives, using an online e-learning resource to explore behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism and socio-constructivism.

 

The course presents each theory in terms of general learning, then as it applies to language, including major figures and key concepts for each.

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Getting ready for the new semester - undergraduate course on learning theories and how they influence different approaches to teaching and learning second languages

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Research in teacher development for autonomy: Richard Smith

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Interesting interview on links among language learner autonomy, teacher autonomy, research and teacher development.

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The Power of Being Connected: Rethinking Uses of the Internet in ELT [Upcoming Webinar]

The Power of Being Connected: Rethinking Uses of the Internet in ELT [Upcoming Webinar] | TELT | Scoop.it

Mike Griffin: a webinar I will be conducting next week with Laura Adele Soracco.

 

Are you integrating the global staff room into your everyday teaching practice? Using the internet for professional development and engaging with online communities can appear overwhelming; however, building a Professional Learning Network and participating in ELT communities online help teachers to both broaden their teaching perspectives and provide access to the rich and diverse global staff room. In this webinar, the presenters will share online experiences, resources and strategies for teachers to maximize the Internet as a resource. Additionally, the presenters will recommend some spaces, people, and organizations they believe are helpful for English language teachers.

 

To participate in this webinar you will need to register through this link.

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Teaching Students, Missionary Zeal, and the Cult of Personality: Paul Thomas

Teaching Students, Missionary Zeal, and the Cult of Personality: Paul Thomas | TELT | Scoop.it
As a teacher educator, I now spend much of my spring visiting schools and observing my seniors who are learning to teach in extended field experiences (my university's version of student teaching)....
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"If teaching grammar directly and in isolated ways raises student test scores on isolated grammar tests, but students write rarely and many come to hate writing, we have slain the authentic need of students on the altar of teaching grammar for grammar’s sake."


He's talking about first language, but I see obvious links to foreign language teaching, for example grammar-translation approaches leading to good test scores on discrete-item written tests, but inability to produce spontaneous language in interaction.  Or learner reluctance to participate in oral activities due to teacher focus on form over meaning.


Also interesting comments on observation and teacher education.

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EU summer courses: Webinar Ton Koenraad

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Ton Koenraad is organising a number of summer courses for July 2014, on interactive whiteboards and intercultural communication.  The courses are based on several recent EU projects which he will talk about in this webinar 27 February.

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James Paul Gee on Discourse Analysis

An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Guide and Practice for Preparation for Future Learning in Discourse Analysis

This guide seeks to clarify some central questions about discourse analysis. It also offers a number of exercises to allow students to engage in basic practice that can be a good preparation for future learning in discourse analysis.

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Companion to new edition of Routledge handbook

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Electronic Village Online / FrontPage

Electronic Village Online / FrontPage | TELT | Scoop.it
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Sign up now for free online courses on topics in technology in language teaching and learning this Jan/Feb

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Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning | CRLT

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning | CRLT | TELT | Scoop.it
Stiliana Milkova
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time. Before you plan your lesson, you will first need to identify the learning objectives for the class meeting.  Then, you can design appropriate learning activities and develop strategies to obtain feedback on student learning. A successful lesson plan addresses and integrates these three key components:

Objectives for student learningTeaching/learning activitiesStrategies to check student understanding
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Emerging forum: British Council in Russia 12-14 March

Emerging forum: British Council in Russia 12-14 March | TELT | Scoop.it
Schedule, full programme of events and detailed information on the five content areas covered at the Forum.
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Live streams of some talks and twitter hashtag #emf5

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Usages de la vidéo : de la recherche à la formation des enseignants

Usages de la vidéo : de la recherche à la formation des enseignants | TELT | Scoop.it

Andrée Tiberghien USAGES DE LA VIDÉO : de la recherche sur les pratiques de classe à la formation des enseignants.

Directrice de recherche émérite au CNRS, UMR ICAR, Université de Lyon (ENS de Lyon, Université Lyon 2)

Les enregistrements vidéo de classe sont de plus en plus utilisés en formation des enseignants.
Nous présenterons le cas où la vidéo est dans un premier temps utilisé pour la recherche sur les pratiques de classe d’un point de vue didactique et dans un deuxième temps devient une des sources de conceptions de ressources pour la formation des maîtres.
Nous discuterons des liens entre les points de vue pris pour analyser les pratiques de classe et celles pour la formation à des pratiques d’enseignement. Pour cela nous nous appuierons sur quelques travaux de recherche qui étudient les relations entre l’analyse des classes, la formation et le développement des pratiques en classe dans le cas de l’enseignement scientifique.

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 La vidéo d'une conférence d'une heure trente, avec clips d'interactions de classe.  ( Pour la mise en abyme intégrale, il ne manque plus que de filmer les enseignants montrer des vidéos en cours ...)

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EFL teaching with video via Jamie Keddie

EFL teaching with video via Jamie Keddie | TELT | Scoop.it
This talk was by Jamie Keddie who's the author of Images (OUP, 2009) and Bringing Online Video into the Classroom (OUP, 2014). He is also the founder of two sites: Videotelling and Lessonstream.  J...
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Links and reaction by blogger Adi Rajan to talk and resources on use of video for language teaching from British Council teacher Jamie Keddie.  I noticed a shift in ELT a while back from comprehension of language resources to production, mirroring the Web 1.0 to 2.0 move and encouraging more active and open-ended contributions from learners

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Webinars for language teachers | Feb-Mar 2015

Webinars for language teachers | Feb-Mar 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it

Adi Rajan:

A webinar a day keeps atrophy at bay.

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Nice list of webinars, some from publishers, others via IATEFL

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Des sujets intéressants ! Une liste à consulter !

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Why attend ELT conferences? Professional development

Why attend ELT conferences? Professional development | TELT | Scoop.it
Hello again. #KELTChat's fall/autumn activities continue with a return to our Slowburn™ chats. The topic is "Getting the most out of conferences," and the chat will take place via the medium of Twi...
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Links to Borg article reporting on a survey of conference attendees on the perceived benefits of attendance

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L1 use in the L2 classroom: Pemberton 2011

Talk for MA TESOL class, University of Nottingham
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Nice set of slides about using target language in the classroom, with good list of references at the end.

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Experimental Practice Academy

Experimental Practice Academy | TELT | Scoop.it

Exploring Experimental Practice in English language teaching

 

This is part of a series of interviews with fellow English language teaching professions to be published on this blog.

 

The interviewees are drawn from a variety of teaching contexts, in different countries and working with different kinds of learners. What they have in common is having experimented in some way with their teaching practice.

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This looks interesting for teacher education/professional development: interviews with practitioners from the ELT blogosphere.

 

I'm looking for resources to help trainee and newly qualified EFL teachers in French secondary schools get the most out of teaching placements and action research opportunities.  So examples of independent professional development in other contexts are worth bookmarking for me.

 

Mike Harrison writes here http://www.mikejharrison.com/

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Teaching English website for CPD – Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock

Teaching English website for CPD – Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock | TELT | Scoop.it

The notion of 'experts' is changing, and now there are many of them, in the form of bloggers sharing their experience in class, for example.
Voluntary participation allows teachers to decide to what extent they want to be involved, how much work they want to do, etc.

They decided that organising things into career paths might be a more useful way of organising the information. For example, you want to develop your ability to teach teenagers or to write materials. You use the site as a scaffold to work towards your goal, through a series of challenges and goals and expertise to get you there. There may also be an element of gamification to help make it more interesting.

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Plans for developing the British Council website to help scaffold teachers' professional development.

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Webinar on Web 2.0 for language teaching and professional development

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Marie-Hélène Fasquel, Mon 17 Feb, 19h

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European Profiling Grid

European Profiling Grid | TELT | Scoop.it

The European Profiling Grid (EPG) is an innovative instrument, the main purpose of which is to provide language teachers, teacher-trainers and managers with a reliable means of outlining current competences
and enhancing professionalism in language education. The ultimate aim is to increase the quality and efficiency of the training and professional development of language teachers.

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Is this going to be useful, or just one more form to fill out/beat yourself up over?

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The FLTmag

The FLTmag | TELT | Scoop.it

A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom 

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Looks like they're adding content every month - see November and December additions.

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