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Shadowing: a useful technique for autonomous practice of listening and speaking

Shadowing: a useful technique for autonomous practice of listening and speaking | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
In this post, Arizio Sweeting, a Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner, shares a simple learner training approach to listening and pronunciation development using a shadowing technique. Start by selecting a...
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Of native speakers and other fantastic beasts - TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy

Of native speakers and other fantastic beasts - TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
"When we say you'll have to ask a native speaker, or don't ask me, I'm not a native speaker; what is it we are appealing to? What is it that human native speakers know? What sort of knowledge does the native speaker have?" (Davies, 2012, p.1).
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Frontiers | The Effect of Language Learning Strategies on Proficiency, Attitudes and School Achievement | Psychology

Frontiers | The Effect of Language Learning Strategies on Proficiency, Attitudes and School Achievement | Psychology | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
This study examines language learning strategy (LLS) use in connection with foreign language attitude, proficiency and general school achievement among lower secondary students in Years 5 and 8 (n=868) in Hungary. An adapted version of the Strategies Inventory for Language Learning questionnaire was used for data collection. The results showed that Hungarian students mainly engage in metacognitive strategies in both years. Differences between more and less proficient language learners’ strategy use have also been found. With regard to the effect of LLS on foreign language attitude, the foreign language mark and school achievement, path analysis indicated a good fit in both years. The metacognitive, social and memory strategies primarily influenced foreign language attitudes and marks in Year 5. The metacognitive strategies had a slight impact on school achievement as well as on foreign language marks. We demonstrated the dominant effect of metacognitive strategies and the low effect of memory strategies in Year 8. In addition, metacognitive strategies also influenced foreign language marks. The effect of foreign language marks on school achievement was also remarkable. There was a strong impact on the children’s attitudes through these variables.
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Five ways to fix statistics

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As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians to recommend one change to improve science. The common theme? The problem is not our maths, but ourselves.
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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018 | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
One of them is super trendy. One takes you into the past. Three can be used in a dozen different ways. And one you're going to want to try right away. Come see.
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IEP Students' Attitudes Towards Their NNES Student Teachers

IEP Students’ Attitudes towards their NNES Student TeachersAvram BlumUniversity of WashingtonTESOL Convention, BostonMarch 26, 2010avramb@uw.edu1
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Parallel texts – How they can enhance learning and effectively scaffold reading proficiency development

Parallel texts – How they can enhance learning and effectively scaffold reading proficiency development | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
A few days ago, one of my colleagues approached me in the MFL Department corridor to share a resource he referred to as ‘Parallel texts’ from Steve Smith’s www.frenchteacher.net . ‘This is excellent!’ – he said, showing me a worksheet (here: http://frenchteachernet.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/parallel-reading-texts-for-near.html) . This contained a text in French on daily routine on the left…
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Idiomatic English means Brits struggle to communicate with the world

Idiomatic English means Brits struggle to communicate with the world | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
It's a theory which is bound to put the cat among the pigeons.
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Why Intercultural Competence is Essential — and How Schools and Businesses Are Helping People Develop It - ETS Open Notes

Why Intercultural Competence is Essential — and How Schools and Businesses Are Helping People Develop It - ETS Open Notes | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
ETS (Educational Testing Service) advances education by creating tests and certification based on research. ETS provides TOEFL®, TOEIC®, GRE® and HiSET, The Praxis Series® among other tests, teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education.
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3-month international volunteer work for 18-25-year-olds from UK

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Linguistic corpora and the evolving study of language and meaning

In the introductory chapter to their excellent corpus linguistics textbook, “The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics,” Anne O’Keeffe and Michael McCarthy give a brief account of Cardinal Hugo of St. Caro, who is credited with creating the first concordance of the Vulgate Bible. (A concordance is an index of every occurrence of a word in a given text, often including the word’s textual environment.) Recognizing the scope of his task and lacking any modern form of data processing (it was the year 1230), Cardinal Hugo....

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Why English lessons are not the answer to radicalisation

Why English lessons are not the answer to radicalisation | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
David Cameron used an article in The Times and an interview on Radio 4’s Today show to announce £20m of extra funding to provide English lessons for Muslim women in the UK to prevent them from becoming “second-class citizens”.
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The Difference Between the Every Student Succeeds Act and No Child Left Behind

The Difference Between the Every Student Succeeds Act and No Child Left Behind | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This chart shows key differences between the two laws.
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The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
How we narrate one another matters.
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SCILT > Library > Scottish Languages Review > Issue 33 - Winter 2017

SCILT > Library > Scottish Languages Review > Issue 33 - Winter 2017 | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
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Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter?

Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter? | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Martin Davies explores the concept of critical thinking, and whether universities are doing enough to teach it.
Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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Google Translate beaters

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Google Translate is a really useful tool, but some teachers say that they have stopped setting written work to be done at home becaus
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Come for the cultural dissonance, stay for the chai: Ten ways to best make it through your study abroad days — Contrary Blog

Come for the cultural dissonance, stay for the chai: Ten ways to best make it through your study abroad days — Contrary Blog | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
If you went to a liberal arts college in the United States, it’s very likely that you turned twenty-one in a foreign (to you) city, trying to find yourself and meanwhile getting lost in a new language. I turned twenty-one
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Zijlmans et al-2016

Lidy Zijlmans*, Anneke Neijt and Roeland van Hout The role of second language in higher education: A case study of German students at a Dutch university DOI 10…
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Kialo - Thoughtful Debate

Kialo - Thoughtful Debate | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Kialo cuts through the noise typically associated with social and online media, making it easy to engage in focused debate and discussion.
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New developments in ESP teaching and learning research

New developments in ESP teaching and learning research | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Our new book, New Developments in ESP teaching and learning research, came out 5 December. It's an edited volume of studies in ESP teaching and learning, many conducted in France, but also including papers from Italy and Serbia. There are nine chapters on issues ranging from course design and materials development to needs analysis, learner…
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Language and National Security: Q & A with Bill Rivers

In today’s increasingly global world, collaboration can come from anywhere – and so can national security threats. The United States’ national defense agencies have to be prepared to deal with foreign intelligence, security threats, and diplomatic relations in a variety of languages, which increases demand for language skills across the board. Bill Rivers, a Planet Word Advisory Board member and the executive director of the Joint National Committee for Languages, weighs in on how national defense agencies handle these language challenges, how they’ve changed, and where they’re headed next. 

Q: What role does language play in national security?
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L is for Language arts

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At the very end of an intensive summer of methodology and language analysis, one of my MA TESOL students, who I will call Alice, confessed that it had taken her until that point to realize that TESOL is ‘different’. “You need to understand that I come from a language arts teaching background,” she told me.…
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Speaking English and the Loss of Heritage Language

February 2015 – Volume 18, Number 4 James Cohen Northern Illinois University, USA <jcohen2niu.edu> Corrine M. Wickens Northern Illinois University, USA <cwickensniu.edu> Abstract In this qualitative study, we explored the perspectives of three adolescent immigrants regarding learning English in an...
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The CIA is Wrong: It Doesn’t Take 1,000 Hours to Learn a Language - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

The CIA is Wrong: It Doesn’t Take 1,000 Hours to Learn a Language - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Does it really take 4,400 hours to learn a language? According to the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, that’s how long it should take.
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Applications are opening soon... | Chevening

Applications are opening soon... | Chevening | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
Applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowships will open at 12:00pm BST (midday UK time) on 7 August 2017. Please read the information on this page carefully prior to applying and subscribe to our newsletter for tips and updates on how to prepare and how to apply.
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