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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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BFSU PowerConc: A free concordancer for text.

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Classroom-Assessment Techniques: A Video Collection

Classroom-Assessment Techniques: A Video Collection | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
In these videos from our editorial partners at Teaching Channel, accomplished educators demonstrate the creative assessment techniques they use to track student learning.
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Response: Ways to Cultivate 'Whole-Class Engagement'

Response: Ways to Cultivate 'Whole-Class Engagement' | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Jim Peterson and William & Pérsida Himmele provide practical suggestions on how to get our students participating more in class more of the time.
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Simple changes to homework improved student learning

Simple changes to homework improved student learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A new educational study offers evidence that simple and inexpensive changes to existing courses can help students learn more effectively. The study found that making a few changes to homework assignments significantly boosted student learning in an undergraduate engineering course.
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Grammar,Vocabulary ESL Worksheets,Handouts,Tests,Puzzles

Grammar,Vocabulary ESL Worksheets,Handouts,Tests,Puzzles | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Here on this website you can download and use Teaching and LearningEnglish as a Second Language (Tefl,Efl,Esl,Elt,Tesol) PrintableWorksheets,Handouts,Tests, Materials,Grammar Explanations andLessons,Vocabulary ,Picture Dictionary, Pictionary,Posters,Games andPuzzles for kids (children) , students and teachers !
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Apps for ESL / ELL Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Apps for ESL / ELL Students | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
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Create Awesome Educational Flowcharts for Your class Using Connect a Sketch ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Create Awesome Educational Flowcharts for Your class Using Connect a Sketch ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
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A Wordly Mistake: Top 20 Grammar Mistakes in Journalism (Infographic)

A Wordly Mistake: Top 20 Grammar Mistakes in Journalism (Infographic) | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Are you a journalist? Then this infographic might be of interest to you. Discover the top 20 grammar and writing mistakes in journalism. Why is good grammar so important for magazines and newspapers? What do studies say? That and much more you’ll find out. Have a look!
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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful
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A whole new way of learning: Sugata Mitra's first School in the Cloud lab opens in India

A whole new way of learning: Sugata Mitra's first School in the Cloud lab opens in India | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Professor Sugata Mitra, whose work into minimally invasive education in India inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire, has just opened his first School in the Cloud lab just across from the road from the original Hole in the Wall that began this global educational phenomenon.
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Pictorial mnemonics x sound contrasting = more effective English teaching

Pictorial mnemonics x sound contrasting = more effective English teaching | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
New research has found that mnemonic images and explicit sound contrasting help Japanese children learn more effectively the sounds of the English alphabet.
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Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A new study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory. While many people do Sudoku to sharpen their minds, bilinguals' advantages in hearing, attention and working memory come automatically from knowing and speaking two languages, the researchers found.
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Language structure: You're born with it

Language structure: You're born with it | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic 'nature vs. nurture' debate.
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Vindication for Chomsky?

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Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught.
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The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing

The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
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EEG study shows how brain infers structure, rules when learning

EEG study shows how brain infers structure, rules when learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A new study documents the brain activity underlying our strong tendency to infer a structure of context and rules when learning new tasks (even when a structure isn't valid). The findings, which revealed individual differences, shows how we try to apply task knowledge to similar situations and could inform future research on learning disabilities.
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Another justification for guided discovery.....

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Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems

Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Cognitive scientists may have produced the strongest evidence yet that humans have separate and distinct cognitive systems with which they can categorize, classify, and conceptualize their worlds. The systems also may have different courses of decline in cognitive aging, which would have ramifications for remediation and compensation in dementia.
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ESLFocus.com - The WorldWide Guide to English As A Second Language

ESLFocus.com - The WorldWide Guide to English As A Second Language | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
ESLFocus.com is the Worldwide resource guide to English as a second language.
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mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: 5 tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout

mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: 5 tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
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The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about

The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
March , 2014
Reading is a search for meaning, and this meaning can be found only through intelligent and mindful reading. In their classic book " How to Read A Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent...
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Teaching opinion vocabulary for speaking -

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A tip and resource for teaching opinion vocabulary for IELTS
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Neurobiology: The logistics of learning

Neurobiology: The logistics of learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Learning requires constant reconfiguration of the connections between nerve cells. Two new studies now yield new insights into the molecular mechanisms that underlie the learning process.
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Revealing how the brain recognizes speech sounds

Revealing how the brain recognizes speech sounds | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Researchers are reporting a detailed account of how speech sounds are identified by the human brain. The finding, they said, may add to our understanding of language disorders, including dyslexia.
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Gestures fulfill a big role in language

Gestures fulfill a big role in language | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
People of all ages and cultures gesture while speaking, some much more noticeably than others. But is gesturing uniquely tied to speech, or is it, rather, processed by the brain like any other manual action? Scientists have discovered that actual actions on objects, such as physically stirring a spoon in a cup, have less of an impact on the brain’s understanding of speech than simply gesturing as if stirring a spoon in a cup.
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One of the several reasons that having a real live teacher is more beneficial to learners than computer-based study programs....

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Why dictations? Merits and variations of dictations in English language teaching | My English Pages

Why dictations? Merits and variations of dictations in English language teaching | My English Pages | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
What is dictation? What are the disadvantages and advantages of dictation? What are the variations of dictation? How to give a dictation? and how to score it?
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Dictations have got a bad rap - but they can be incredibly useful in the classroom.

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