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'Teacher, I have question.'

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Every five weeks or so, tutors are required to write a report for each of their tutees. These (the reports, I mean) are a royal pain in the arse, especially as summer approaches, classes get bigger and the name-to-face problem gets tougher.
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Tist Eyelets preparation and other ELT problems.  Hilarious.

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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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Mentormob playlist for educators

Mentormob playlist for educators | TELT | Scoop.it

"Great Minds Share Alike: MentorMob's online learning platform allows anyone with a passion for what they do to curate websites, videos, blogs, and more into Learning Playlists.

So instead of searching alone, people all around the world can work together to show off what they know and learn from each other."


The education list includes

- Web 2.0 for schools

- Flipped Classroom

- Free web tools for educators

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Blog post about Mentormob here

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2013/02/mentormob-ready-become-wikipedia-how-to/

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Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish

Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish | TELT | Scoop.it

"The teacher is no longer limited to school-owned cassettes or DVDs; rather, the world is at their fingertips. Learners can also access video from a number of devices, whether at school, at home or on the go."

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Elana Boteach Salomon and Jonathan Rickard share ideas for using video in the EFL classroom on the British Council/BBC site Teaching English.

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Developing Teachers.com

Developing Teachers.com | TELT | Scoop.it
A web site for the developing language teacher
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Teaching tips, lesson plans resources (phonology), articles on teaching practice by language teachers for language teachers.  

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Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin)

Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin) | TELT | Scoop.it
I was reading one of my favourite blogs this morning, ELT Rants, Reviews and Reflections by Mike Griffin. All of his posts stand out, but one particularly stood out, called Next Step(s) in Professi...
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Ideas for continuing professional development in ELT.

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Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy

Borg, S., & Al-Busaidi, S. (2012). Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy. ELT Journal, 66(3), 283-292.

 

Abstract

This paper describes a project about the beliefs and practices regarding learner autonomy (LA) held by English language teachers in a university language centre. A distinctive feature of this project was the manner in which professional development workshops for the teachers were informed by prior research about these teachers’ perspectives on LA. Following a brief rationale for the project, we outline its research component before illustrating how this shaped the teacher workshops. The model for relating research and professional development we illustrate here is one that we believe can be applied more generally in supporting teacher development and institutional change in ELT.

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Watch an 18 minute video of Simon Borg presenting a paper he co-authored with Saleh Al-Busaidi on teachers' beliefs about learner autonomy

http://www.tesolacademic.org/Video%20clips/2012/RPNov12SB.wmv

 

 

The paper is published in ELT Journal and accessible via subscription.

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Technology for EFL teachers: Gary Motteram

The British Council is proud to have been a part of the 1st International ELT Symposium for Yıldız Technical University.

 

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Gary Motteram talks in a 3-minute post-plenary interview about technology for teaching English.

 

He argues that technology is another tool, in the same way that a book is a tool, or a conversation is a tool. If we don't engage in conversation how do we learn language? We can learn via books, recordings, and conversation.  Technology is another tool and people use social media to do similar things. You can connect classrooms and make things more real, but the tool is aiding and assisting the processes that are the fundamental issue: what we know about language and how people develop language and how we apply that in pedagogical contexts.

 

Regarding the downside of technology, getting learners to engage in a broader understanding of digital literacies is important. Terrible things happen on internet, it is part of our lives and children need to understand the dangers of the internet just as they need to cope with risks on the street.

 

To deal with teachers who are less confident with technology, it is necessary to start with what's available in teachers' contexts and show how a particular tool can bring something they are excited about into the classroom. Or show case studies of other teachers in similar contexts who think technology is important for their learners.

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What Teachers Make: Taylor Mali

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Taylor Mali's inspirational poem cleaned up a bit (aka censored) for a teacher's inservice audience. Original show by Ethos3.com located at http://www.slides...
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15 Free Learning Sites

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The Flipped Classroom: Professional Development Workshop

The Flipped Classroom: Professional Development Workshop | TELT | Scoop.it

"Module One – Powerful Learning Experiences During this module, we will think about, explore, and discuss these areas: Qualities and characteristics of epic learning. Building a community and student engagement as prerequisites for a successful flipped classroom."

Jackie Gerstein

 

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English Language Teaching Resources

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English Language Teaching Resources, by Phil Chappell: Daily news from the International ELT Twitter community...
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Technology and principles in language teaching: Andrew Walkley

Technology and principles in language teaching: Andrew Walkley | TELT | Scoop.it

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Hugh Dellar gives ELT Heinle co-author Andrew Walkley space to expand on his IATEFL 2012 presentation on technology in language teaching.  The overal thrust is to question blind assumptions about teaching and technology: 

 

Impoverished acquisitional/pedagogical models

- "the vast bulk of new technologies for ELT are based on OLD – and I would argue discredited – theories of language. Many of the sites recommended by gatekeepers such as Russell Stannard and Nik Peachey focus very much on grammar rules and lists of single words and their meanings."  Walkley rejects this restricted view of language learning/teaching as "grammar rules + words + skills."

 

Overestimation of technology's power to motivate

- "We’re frequently told we’re teaching screenagers, but our students are only screenagers when using facebook to sort out a meet-up with friends or to post comments on recently uploaded photos."  Our younger learners are not so tech-savvy or pro-tech as older teachers may fear.

 

Unhealthy obsession with technology among some teachers

- "Don’t let workaholics be our role models."  Technology is time-consuming for teachers, but pro-tech teachers don't mind giving up a great deal of spare time for it.

 

Technological versus pedagogical interactivity

- "Far too often, in classes I observe, IWBs are simply used as giant held-up coursebooks, as another form of crowd control."

 

[Author photo from ELT Heinle http://elt.thomson.com/emea/en_uk/innovations/pages/0759396205/teacher_andrew.html]

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Willingness to Communicate: Hayo Reinders

[My summary]: Teachers should encourage learners to feel free to try and use the language as much as possible.  Researchers use the term "willingness to communicate" to refer to learners' readiness to engage in oral communication inside or outside the classroom. Output - producing the target language - is vital for learners to develop proficiency and its value for learning is undisputed.


Two contrasting problems may arise in the classroom - either learners do not participate due to lack of opportunity, for example, or they are pushed to participate without sufficient support.  Reinders recommends teachers try to:

1. reduce anxiety levels (avoid focusing on accuracy/correcting errors)

2. encourage group cohesiveness

3. find relevant and interesting topics 

4. explore alternatives to face-to-face communication (text chat, digital games).

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And a couple of WTC references: Hashimoto, MacIntyre

http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Hashimoto.pdf

http://www.uoc.edu/portal/ca/catedra_multilinguisme/_resources/documents/Barcelona_paper_for_UOC_Conference.pdf

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Analysing interaction in second language classroom Leo van Lier

1984 ELT article which tackles turn-taking, learner-initiation, and repair with classroom illustrations in the form of  excerpts from transcripts. 


Via Phil Chappell
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The article concludes with recommendations for teachers wishing to transcribe and learn from interactional patterns in second language classrooms.

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One of recently deceased Leo van Lier's classic papers for teachers on classroom talk in interaction.

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Blogroll

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Language teaching blogroll Learning from others, sharing with others, collaborating with others: these are maxims we as teachers value and should value. Others are our community of language teachin...
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ELT blogs - read about other teachers' views, experiences and ideas on teaching English as a foreign language

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Language teaching videos: Touring a French City

"The video library excerpts capture the range of foreign language teaching practices shown in the collection. You will see students in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms studying eight different languages. You'll see the students communicating with one another and with their teacher, learning culturally rich content, making connections to other disciplines, comparing cultures, and using the language in real-life contexts."

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The Annenberg Foundation has this series of edited classroom videos showing examples of activities taught in second language classrooms with learner and teacher commentaries.  For professional development, there are also questions to guide teachers in their analysis of the examples (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian).

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ELT blog posts: Rachel Roberts' selection

ELT blog posts: Rachel Roberts' selection | TELT | Scoop.it
For the New Year I wanted to collect together some of the blog posts which have either inspired my posts over the last year, or that would be great follow up reading. In a few weeks, I will celebra...
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A rich list of EFL/ESL teachers' blog posts, organised by category (group work, writing, methodology).

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Using Interactive Whiteboards in Language Education: summer courses

Using Interactive Whiteboards in Language Education: summer courses | TELT | Scoop.it

Teacher training courses based on the iTILT project (interactive Technologies in Language Teaching; http://itilt.eu):

 

July, 15-19, at the Technical University Valencia, Department of Applied Linguistics, in Valencia (Spain)

 

August, 12-16, at Aveiro University, Faculty of Education, in Aveiro (Portugal)

 

Open to all interested in language teaching with the IWB, experienced or not.

 

Apply for a Comenius grant before 16 January.

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IWB training course by iTILT project members based on resources (training and teaching materials, practice examples) developed during the 2-year European project.

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Using VoiceThread with students: LTSIG webinar

Using VoiceThread with students: LTSIG webinar | TELT | Scoop.it

Webinar: Using VoiceThread with students
16 December 2012

 

Zeke Pottage & Damien Herlihy (Australia)

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Key concepts in ELT: Taking stock (Graham Hall)

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This article identifies patterns and trends within ‘Key Concepts in ELT’, both since the inception of the feature in ELT Journal in 1993 and during the 17 years of the current editorship. After outlining the aims of the series, the article identifies key themes that have emerged over time, exploring the links between ‘Key Concepts’ pieces and the trends and developments in ELT more generally. It finds that although earlier articles tended to focus on ‘teaching’, ‘learning’, and ‘language’, more recent pieces have examined issues surrounding ‘teachers’, ‘learners’, and the ‘social context’ of ELT. The article then considers the ‘reach’, readership, and potential relevance of ‘Key Concepts’ to debates and practices within ELT, drawing upon publisher records of ELT Journal’s most accessed articles online and most cited articles, and concludes with a discussion of possible future directions for the series.

 

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http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/eltj/keyconcepts.html

to short informative survey articles on major concepts in second language teaching and learning.  Very useful for teacher training and introductions to the field.

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Great Post: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology – Mark Bates

Great Post: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology – Mark Bates | TELT | Scoop.it

"Always have a reason for using new technology tools."

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Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT

Webinar: Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT | TELT | Scoop.it

IATEFL LTSIG - the website of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language - Learning Technologies Special Interest Group - is running a free

webinar, this Sunday 18 November at 10h GMT.

 

It's with a group of four Australian educators, sharing how they set up a social network for teachers in their region: 'Setting up a regional PLN on Twitter: AusELT'. In the webinar these educators discuss Twitter and other online tools they are using to enhance this network.

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It's all very well in theory but... | Glasgow Online

Penny Ur's IATEFL 2012 talk on access to research for language teachers.  She concludes:

 

"The research literature is an important source
of professional knowledge.
It is increasingly accessible to the practitioner
through conferences and the Internet.
It should be read selectively and critically."

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Interactive whiteboards - 8 ideas to keep it simple

Interactive whiteboards - 8 ideas to keep it simple | TELT | Scoop.it
"8 quick and simple ideas to create lesson activities for your Interactive whiteboard"

 

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Danny Nicholson is a UK teacher trainer who maintains the Whiteboard Blog. Some ideas for IWB teaching aimed at reassuring teachers:

 

"With all these activities, remember that you don’t need to use all the whistles and bells of your IWB software to make engaging activities. It doesn’t need a degree in computer science to move away from using your IWB as just a screen to show videos or powerpoint."

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