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The Messy and Unpredictable Classroom

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How do we make learning messy and unpredictable for our students—and why? I posed this question to the members of the Teaching Professor group on LinkedIn in July, and a lively and insightful discussion immediately began.
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A Guide to Mastering Assessment Language: Tips, Terms & Tools

A Guide to Mastering Assessment Language: Tips, Terms & Tools | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
If you are set on mastering assessment language, here are some tips and resources to help you use the best words at the right times.
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Does Your Interpreter Training Program Have These Essentials?

Does Your Interpreter Training Program Have These Essentials? | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
The only way to be sure your bilingual employees or call center staff are communicating clearly to your customers is to have a solid interpreter training program in place. Here are five essentials every interpreter training program should have.
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Global and Cultural Competency | International Affairs Office

Global and Cultural Competency | International Affairs Office | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
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Nominee Call for US Navy Foreign Language Professional Awards

The Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Office (OPNAV N13F) is seeking nominations for the Fiscal Year
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Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars

Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
During academic seminars, any given question is 2.5 times more likely to be asked by a male than a female audience member. Alecia Carter reports on this research, which suggests that internalised g…
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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

Google Translate beaters | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
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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3-month international volunteer work for 18-25-year-olds from UK

3-month international volunteer work for 18-25-year-olds from UK | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
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What counts as effective LSP communication and who is to judge? –

What counts as effective LSP communication and who is to judge? – | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
In this paper I argue that we haven't done a good job of understanding, interpreting and implementing the notion of communicative competence in language teaching. This is true for general language teaching, but also with respect to languages for specific purposes (LSP), in spite of an explicit foregrounding of communicative needs and communicative events in…
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George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies - Public Web - Future PTSS 18-05 Participants Graduate from the English Language Enhancement Course

George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies - Public Web - Future PTSS 18-05 Participants Graduate from the English Language Enhancement Course | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it
George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies: Our mission is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships.
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Why Intercultural Competence is Essential — and How Schools and Businesses Are Helping People Develop It - ETS

Why Intercultural Competence is Essential — and How Schools and Businesses Are Helping People Develop It - ETS | 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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Why corpus linguists should be wary of kidney stones and Simpson’s paradox

Why corpus linguists should be wary of kidney stones and Simpson’s paradox | ELT (mostly) Articles Worth Reading | Scoop.it

 What does your intuition tell you when a phenomenon is  counterintuitive? It is my intuition that you cannot do good research without intuition. But, without safeguards, intuition can play tricks on you. Suppose that ...

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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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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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