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Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the 21st Century
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International ELT Event Calendar: Webinars, Workshops, Conferences....

International ELT Event Calendar: Webinars, Workshops, Conferences.... | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it

A calendar that contributes to a collaborative community between connected teachers. LOTS of stuff here....


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Anyone who is good at German learns English better

Anyone who is good at German learns English better | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English – regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run, as a linguist reveals in her long-term study involving 200 Zurich
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Using the webcam to develop pronunciation

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Here are some tips and techniques to help teachers use the webcam to teach English pronunciation.
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How to Teach a Humanities Class Outside Your Area of Expertise | Big Think

How to Teach a Humanities Class Outside Your Area of Expertise | Big Think | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Adjust professors are always being asked to teach classes on subjects they're not experts in. If you're one of them, consider a peer-driven learning model that allows you to learn alongside your students.
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Oops! Researchers find neural signature for mistake correction

Oops! Researchers find neural signature for mistake correction | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Researchers have captured an elusive brain signal underlying memory transfer and, in doing so, pinpointed the first neural circuit for "oops" -- the precise moment when one becomes consciously aware of a self-made mistake and takes corrective action. The findings verified a 20-year-old hypothesis on how brain areas communicate. 
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School environment affects teacher expectations of their students

School environment affects teacher expectations of their students | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study. "It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and school effectiveness. While we know that expectations are primarily determined by the specific characteristics of teachers, we have shown that the school environment also plays a determining role," says the lead author of the study.
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Features of classroom design to maximize student achievement

Features of classroom design to maximize student achievement | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
With so much attention to curriculum and teaching skills to improve student achievement, it may come as a surprise that something as simple as how a classroom looks could actually make a difference in how students learn. A new analysis finds that the design and aesthetics of school buildings and classrooms has surprising power to impact student learning and success.
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Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identified

Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identified | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Scientists have produced the first integrated computational model of reading, identifying which parts of the brain are responsible for such sub-processes as parsing sentences, determining the meaning of words and understanding relationships between characters. They based their results on brain scan of people reading a Harry Potter book.
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5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog

5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
This post is for educators who want to learn more about heutagogy and implement strategies that empower lifelong learners online.
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ELTchat

A PLN for ELT Professionals
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Every Wednesday at 12pm or 21.00pm GMT, ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic they have selected.

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Cuisenaire rods in ELT

Cuisenaire rods in ELT | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Cuisenaire rods are one of those classroom tools that people on training courses often ask me about. If we have time, I try to fit in a few techniques with them. I don't know why but in this age of...
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Research studies role native language plays in processing words in new languages

Research studies role native language plays in processing words in new languages | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person's native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language.
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How information moves between cultures

How information moves between cultures | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Networks that map strength of connections between languages predict global influence of their speakers. By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years' worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers have developed network maps that they say represent the strength of the cultural connections between speakers of different languages.
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Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research. The report highlights several areas where new findings from neuroscience are becoming misinterpreted by education, including brain-related ideas regarding early educational investment, adolescent brain development and learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD.
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Pleasure of learning new words

Pleasure of learning new words | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established.
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It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning

It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings. "Making random guesses does not appear to benefit later memory for the right answer , but near-miss guesses act as stepping stones for retrieval of the correct information -- and this benefit is seen in younger and older adults," says the lead investigator.
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Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers

Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study. The study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar.
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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.
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The Complete Alternative Dictionary of ELT and Linguistics

The Complete Alternative Dictionary of ELT and Linguistics | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Or at least I hope this is as complete as it ever gets seeing as there are already nearly 400 entries in it… ARELS – Association of Reasonably good English Language Schools Academic word list- A se...
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#1 Grammar and Spell checker

#1 Grammar and Spell checker | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Improve your English using wisdom of crowds
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A grammar checker that might actually work

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Webinars and Online Courses

Webinars and Online Courses | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
LIVE IATEFL Young Learners SIG free bi-monthly webinars. You'll receive reminders of the live online events and watch the recordings as many times as you wish. The webinars are great because they o...
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How to Motivate Your Team Without Carrots or Sticks

How to Motivate Your Team Without Carrots or Sticks | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
One of two things is going to happen when a newcomer joins your team. They're going to see right away how to plug into their own power source on the job and feel great about coming to work, or they're not. When you make it easy for a person to learn, [...]
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How can this applied to language schools? Too often, only pay (carrot) or being fired (stick) are used to motivate teachers....

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