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Have you ever played Pictureka?

Have you ever played Pictureka? | TELT | Scoop.it
If you haven't, watch the video to find out how to play it :) Pictureka is fun. It's a visual-based game. We roll the dice, read the mission and you have a certain amount of seconds to find the pic...
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Nice example of game for young learners.  What I like is that preparing for the game is as much a learning opportunity as playing it - perhaps more so.

 

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Shadow-reading experiment

Shadow-reading experiment | TELT | Scoop.it
I've recently done some research into shadow-reading and at some point I promised myself that I'd soon experiment with it a bit in the classroom.
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Interesting account of activities for practicing intonation

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National Poetry Month 2015: “A poem should not mean/But be”

National Poetry Month 2015: “A poem should not mean/But be” | TELT | Scoop.it
Spring semester 1980, I was a first-year student at Spartanburg Methodist College and the class was Public Speaking 101, taught by Steve Brannon.
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Discussion and links on poetry and the teaching thereof for my literary students
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Upcoming webinars for ELT educators | Apr – May 2015

Upcoming webinars for ELT educators | Apr – May 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
O Webinar, Webinar, wherefore art thou Webinar? Worry not because they’re all right here in this post! Here’s a list of free online events for ELT educators between April and May 2015.
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Adi Rajan continues with this useful update on coming opportunities for ELT training, including IATEFL and something on CLIL

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Google Feud - turns Google search suggestions into a game

Google Feud - turns Google search suggestions into a game | TELT | Scoop.it
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A fun way to kill 5 minutes at the end of class?

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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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Learning your lines: using dialogues for speaking practice

Learning your lines: using dialogues for speaking practice | TELT | Scoop.it

Kevin Stein on helping learners to work with coursebook dialogues.

 

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Creative, practical solutions to the problem of making this kind of speaking exercise come alive in the language classroom.

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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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ELT experiences with and without textbooks: Chris Wilson

ELT experiences with and without textbooks: Chris Wilson | TELT | Scoop.it
This week our school is on a break due to the Feria holiday here in Krakow. After contemplating going to visit friend and traveling, I decided that what would actually be the best use of my time was to take up some intensive Polish lessons and raise my level and integrate better in this country. …
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An EFL teacher experiences two different teaching approaches in an intensive Polish course.

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The Melody of English: webinar summary

The Melody of English: webinar summary | TELT | Scoop.it
The full title of this webinar - The Melody of English: Research and Resources for Teaching the Pragmatic Functions of Intonation - is a real mouthful and it was the very first PronSIG event that I...
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Clear and well-structured overview by Adi Rajan of a webinar by Marnie Reed and Tamara Jones, including rationale for teaching intonation in English plus teaching activities and an up-to-date reference list.

 

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Complexity Theory and ELT: Manchester, April 2015

Complexity Theory and ELT: Manchester, April 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
I often circulate conference announcements in this space, but today I am very excited to announce a seminar that I am co-organising, which will focus on Complex Systems Theory and English Language Teaching.
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Language & History: Vol 57, No 1

Language & History: Vol 57, No 1 | TELT | Scoop.it

McLellland and Smith:

 

The papers presented in this issue are the result of a workshop held at the University of Nottingham in December 2012 as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council research network Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (2012–14) intended to stimulate historical research into language teaching and learning. This, the first workshop in the programme, focused on exchanging information on the history of language learning and teaching (HoLLT) across the different language traditions, for it had become clear to us that scholars working within their own language disciplines were often relatively unaware of work outside these. We hope that this special issue — with overview articles on the history of English, French, German, and Spanish as second/foreign languages — will help overcome that lack of awareness and facilitate further research collaboration. Charting the history of language teaching and learning will, in turn, make us all better informed in facing challenges and changes to policy and practice now and in the future.

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A new acronym for us: HoLLT, the History of Language Learning and Teaching, lest we forget lots of people have been at this game for a very long time.

 

Articles on English, French, Spanish and German as a foreign language.  The one on English is by Howatt and Smith and takes a European perspective (i.e., British and European).

 

(This journal is also new to me - cover photo seems to be crying out for a caption contest ...)

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teaching a foreign language

teaching a foreign language | TELT | Scoop.it
teaching a foreign language
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Newly qualified high school EFL teacher in France has found time to start her own Scoop.it.  Respect total :-)

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Materials writing: IATEFL talks via Sandy Millin

Materials writing: IATEFL talks via Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
Following on from the excellent MaWSIG pre-conference event, I ended up going to quite a few more talks related to materials writing during the conference. Here are summaries of said talks.
Designing materials: from theory to practice?
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Summaries of some interesting talks on materials writing, including pre-service teachers (Munro & Sheehan), principles for designing teaching materials (Hadfields), culture (Goldstein & Jones), and visuals (Dellar). Links to videos etc in the post.

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For culture units. Creative idea

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Bored of your Board?

Bored of your Board? | TELT | Scoop.it
Here are some ideas & tips for making the most of your board, be it black, white, green or smart - although to be honest I've never used the whiteboard more than since we got smartboards in our...
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Practical tips on using a whiteboard in secondary school language classes

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I have always been a big  fan of getting my students out of their seats and using the board.  This article gives other suggestions for using the board to help students and engage them more.

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TESOL Teaching and Learning Websites

TESOL Teaching and Learning Websites | TELT | Scoop.it

This page contains useful links for English Language Teachers. There are five categories:


1 News, Articles, Newsworthy Blogs. These resources are a good start for teachers setting up their Personal Learning Network (PLN).
   

2 Lesson plans, activities and resources.
   

3 Meta-sites. These websites host a vast range of resources for TESOL educators.
   

4 Technology for Language Teachers. These resources will help you get established using technology for professional development as well as for teaching.
   

5 Resources for Young Learners. These resources are aimed specifically at young learners, a group usually defined by the age range 6-12 years.

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Phil Chappell has this extensive list of useful links.

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Dreamreader.net

Dreamreader.net | TELT | Scoop.it

Easy English, Interesting English, Fun English, Practical English, Academic English

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Texts and comprehension questions.

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Chomsky vs Skinner: gloves off in the rematch

Chomsky vs Skinner: gloves off in the rematch | TELT | Scoop.it

Russ Mayne: Reality is not the neat history presented in so many EFL histories. In truth, almost every chain in the link is broken. Skinner wasn't the behaviorist he's painted as, he didn't inspire audiolingualism -whatever that is, and he wasn't overthrown by Chomsky, who isn't quite the 'hero' we might imagine.

 

Geoff Jordan: It’s true that elements of behaviourism survive in both behaviour therapy and laboratory-based animal learning theory, but, to quote the Stanford Encyclopaedia of philosophy, “ behaviourism is no longer a dominating research program” anywhere in the world. Why? Because it assumes that behaviour can be explained without reference to non-behavioural, mental (cognitive, representational, or interpretative) activity. Chomsky (1959) argued that behaviourist models of language learning cannot explain the rapid acquisition of language by young children. A child’s linguistic abilities are radically underdetermined by the evidence of verbal behaviour offered to the child in the short period in which he or she expresses those abilities.

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I should have suspected this was in the works when we were invited to brainstorm our associations with audiolingualism on Twitter. I have some links on this topic here http://bit.ly/1GPj2jI

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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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Reflective Practice: Kevin Stein

Reflective Practice: Kevin Stein | TELT | Scoop.it
 “Reflecting on our practice also provides us with the substance of our stories.” —-Kathleen Bailey Vignette 1: February 10, 2014 It’s one week before the big final exams.  I’ve instructed the stud...
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Interesting discussion with three concrete examples of EFL class events, links to Kathleen Bailey's 1997 article available http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ajelt/vol7/art1.htm and reference to Fanselow (who talks a lot of sense on this topic in my view).

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Top 5 ELT must-reads from Geoff Jordan

Top 5 ELT must-reads from Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it
You do have a library, don’t you? I’ve lived in some pretty awful accommodation in my time, but now, cheating all the odds, I live in a very comfortable house which includes a library. When friends...
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Buy 'em, steal 'em, download 'em, read 'em - Jordan's recommendations to new MA TESOL students

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Research shows grammar syllabus can't work: Geoff Jordan

Research shows grammar syllabus can't work: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it

Geoff Jordan: "[In] most English language teaching […] students are led through units of a coursebook, spending much of the time working on isolated linguistic structures and carefully-controlled vocabulary in a sequence which is externally predetermined and imposed on them by the textbook writer.

 

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Research suggests that interlanguage development progresses in stages and that it’s impossible to alter stage order or to make learners skip stages. Thus, teachability is constrained by learnability and any coursebook-driven syllabus which attempts to impose an external linguistic syllabus on learners is futile: learning happens in spite of and not because of the course design.

 

Futile because

[According to Mike Long] : "Controlling grammar, vocabulary and sentence length results in a limited source of target-language use upon which learners must rely in order to learn the code. The often tiny samples are worked and reworked in class, whether practiced until rote-memorized, milked meta-linguistically, or both, and learners are expected to learn the full language on the basis of access to such limited data”.

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I just reblogged this; it's worth following the links in the original post, and taking a look round Jordan's blog for further arguments.

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A class with no teacher: Darren Elliott

A class with no teacher: Darren Elliott | TELT | Scoop.it

a class with no teacher from darren elliott on Vimeo. 

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One day this EFL teacher of Japanese students decided to let his learners self-organise ...  5 minute narration by the teacher himself.

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New directions in ELT: more controversy

New directions in ELT: more controversy | TELT | Scoop.it
Not for the first time, I’ve been sucked into an online discussion with Geoff Jordan. If you’re not familiar with Geoff’s work you should check out his blog here. As well as being able to write wit...
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Interesting debate on methods and the ELT establishment from Steve Brown and Geoff Jordan

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