TELT
58.2K views | +18 today
Follow
TELT
Teacher Education for Languages with Technology / Formation des enseignants de langue avec les TICE
Curated by Shona Whyte
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

EFL materials for French-speaking teens: 6 units

What is here?
The materials consist of 6 modules designed for learners of English who know French. Each of module targets an area of similarity or difference between the two languages. Two units focus on grammar (adjective comparisons and possessive determiners his/her), one focuses on pronunciation (/h/), and three focus on vocabulary (word parts, homonyms, and cognates).

Who are the activities for?
The units have been developed for children in grade 6 (age 11-12), but teachers who have used them agree that, with slight adaptations, they would be appropriate for use with students in secondary school, as well as with intermediate-level adults.

Why raise cross-linguistic awareness?
The basic principle we kept in mind while developing the materials is that comparisons with an already-known language can be helpful as learners study a new language. This is especially true for French learners of English as the two languages have many features in common. For instance, a large proportion of the words are similar in form (cognates) and offer helpful clues to meaning, although learners may not always notice these ‘good friends’. Of course, there are also many differences between French and English, and some can be problematic, especially when the learner incorrectly assumes there is a similarity. We know that some learners silently compare languages in their heads; others do not realize that their first language (or another language they know) can be a valuable resource. The modules we provide here are designed to enable the teacher to make explicit comparisons between the learners’ L1, French, and their L2, English, in order to speed up learning.

How to use the materials?
The modules are designed to be used independently and need not be used in sequence. But in order for the learning to be effective, it is important do more than just one or two of the activities in a module. Each module introduces and practices a feature (major lesson) and provides follow-up activities for review and expansion later (mini-lessons). In our research, we found that consolidating learning in the follow-up activities was important.

Let us know what you think! We are interested in knowing how these activities worked for you and your ideas for improving them.

Joanna White jwhite [at] education.concordia.ca
Marlise Horst marlise [at] education.concordia.ca
Philippa Bell bell.philippa [at] uqam.ca
Shona Whyte's insight:
Major lessons and mini-lessons on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary suitable for French coll├Ęge (lower secondary) learners
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

Graphic novels in EFL: Brinkmann, 2015

Graphic novels in EFL: Brinkmann, 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
This article gives an insight into the use of the graphic novel Alex Rider – Stormbreaker (Horwitz, 2006) in a German secondary school (Realschule).
Shona Whyte's insight:

Teaching unit based on a graphic novel for secondary school EFL pupils in Germany.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

EFLshorts

EFLshorts | TELT | Scoop.it
Short stories for EFL learners by Scott Lauder and Walter McGregor
Shona Whyte's insight:

A number of simplified stories for EFL learners, in short installments for easy reading.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

PARSNIPS Posts - PARSNIPS

PARSNIPS Posts - PARSNIPS | TELT | Scoop.it

An ELT blog about politics, alcohol, religion, sex, narcotics, isms and pork

Shona Whyte's insight:

Lesson ideas on controversial topics, accompanying e-book

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

Visuals from Facebook & Pinterest for #MFL: Isabelle Jones

Visuals from Facebook & Pinterest for #MFL: Isabelle Jones | TELT | Scoop.it

Learning and teaching opportunities for languages sometimes occur in unexpected places. As exam pressure was starting to get unbearable for some of my classes, I discovered this summer how visuals from Facebook and Pinterest could be used to motivate students in my French and Spanish lessons as well as support their literacy in general.

Shona Whyte's insight:

Facebook and Pinterest for professional development and educational materials

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

ELT Listening Material: Nathan Hall

ELT Listening Material: Nathan Hall | TELT | Scoop.it
Here is a regularly updated collection of authentic and adapted listening material that could be used in an English language classroom or my students for extensive listening. Click on the title of ...
Shona Whyte's insight:

Nice list of listening resources in categories with brief descriptions.

more...
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 17, 2015 10:45 AM

This is quite an extensive bank of listening sites.  Some are familiar (Ted Talks, ELLLO, NPR's Story Corps and VOA) but there are many others that include stories, news and interviews from around the world, and academic lectures. Several of the sites are specifically for English language learners.  This impressive library of listening material should be on every ESL/EFL teacher's favorites.

Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

Materials Banks: an Alternative to Coursebooks

Materials Banks: an Alternative to Coursebooks | TELT | Scoop.it
Using a materials bank as an alternative to coursebooks doesn’t mean ripping off published materials. There is a wealth of materials available online which don’t infringe copyright laws. A few exam...
Shona Whyte's insight:

More on the ongoing debate in ELT on coursebooks, with comments on this post on publishers, teacher collaboration, and teacher/learner expectations.  There's a link to a Tomlinson paper in the comments too.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Shona Whyte
Scoop.it!

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine Bilsborough | TELT | Scoop.it

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

Shona Whyte's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.