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Task Based Language Teaching: Pinciples and practice

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Methodological Principles of TBLT

In the elaboration of their task-based syllabus, Doughty and Long articulate ten Methodological Principles (MPs) which inform pedagogic procedures. While the principles are language teaching universals, the pedagogic procedures comprise the potentially infinite range of local options for realizing the principles at the classroom level.''


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Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers

Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers - Kindle edition by Mark J. Oliver. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers.
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Younger generation of  teachers with fresh  ideas using tiny innovations to get closer to their students. Not teaching but educating.
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The Missing Link in Educational Technology

Good comment by JIm Murray  who says,  'My business (advertising) is filled with people who can create beautiful looking ads that have no real idea at their core. The world become a very hollow place when technology is not married to ideas.'
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Connectivism: Strengths sand Weaknesses

Connectivism: Strengths sand Weaknesses | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
While reading Connectivism: a learning Theory for the Digital Age by George Siemens, it very much reminded me of a famous French philosopher , Paul Ricoeur. This latter argued that knowledge can be build on 'collective memories' that can then shape our understanding of life. Siemens and Downer talk about the same concept which they…
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What Are The Education Soft Skills That Can Change Everything?

What Are The Education Soft Skills That Can Change Everything? | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
The education soft skills that are the most useful, effective, and versatile for everyone in education—from student to admin—are here for you to consider.

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schooling the teachers
Jillynne Raymond's curator insight, August 29, 2016 2:51 PM
As we prepare students for jobs that do not even exist yet, isn't this what we are ultimately "teaching" - to never stop learning? 
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Tips and techniques for correcting spoken errors: Rachael Roberts

Tips and techniques for correcting spoken errors: Rachael Roberts | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
This is the third part in a series on oral correction.

Rachael Roberts: "Perhaps the key thing with all of these techniques is to remember and to help students remember that mistakes are indeed a gift. They are how the teacher can evaluate what needs teaching or reviewing, and they are often the moment when a student finally ‘gets’ something that they have never quite understood."

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 9, 2016 3:05 AM
Signals a teacher can use to prompt self-correction when students are speaking.
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Twitter Noob: Some Tips to Get Into Twitter - Teacher Tech

Twitter Noob: Some Tips to Get Into Twitter - Teacher Tech | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Teachers on Twitter is a powerful way to share ideas and get support.
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Copernicus: Language Comes Through Culture - EFL Magazine

Copernicus: Language Comes Through Culture - EFL Magazine | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
The mantra of 'consistent reward' has often been popular amongst educators, but neuroscience suggests we may need to turn that on its head." So says Paul Howard-Jones, a professor of neuroscience and education at the University of Bristol. In one of his studies, participants could choose their reward for answering a question correctly: a guaranteed one point, or a 50/50 chance to win either zero or two points.

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Interesting read from EFL Magazine.

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ASCD Video: Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom DVD

ASCD Video: Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom DVD | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it

 When taking a hard look at assessment policies in schools, the most obvious question is: do the grades we assign to students truly reflect the extent of their learning? And the unfortunate answer is… probably not. In studying many of the assessment policies that teachers adopt, it becomes clear that they can actually prove detrimental to student motivation and achievement. But it doesn’t need to be this way. In this video, we’ll see that policies can be tailored to focus on what really matters, student understanding of the content. Author and educator, Myron Dueck, and his talented colleagues at high schools in Penticton and Summerland, BC, will open a window into their classrooms as they work on figuring this out; we’ll look at how they’re revamping their assessment procedures and developing a variety of new practical strategies. 

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For The Love of Phonics 

For The Love of Phonics  | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Why do we teach phonics? Because we want the world to share in our joy of split digraphs? Because we have to? Because the children sit a phonics test in Year 1? Be honest. It’s difficult to enjoy teaching if you are just running through hoops and up and down see-saws. It’s a little like taking your class to Crufts. You want the judges’ praise, but they will insist on observing how the Border Collie copes with their obstacle course. You spend hours getting your class to slalom through poles, to run up a plank, pause, then run down the other side as it lowers, to jump over stripy fences, then sit obediently on their carpet spot. They will, after all, do anything for a biscuit. But, do they know why? And will it be of any use to them..
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31 Websites for Poetry Month via Ask a Tech Teacher

31 Websites for Poetry Month via Ask a Tech Teacher | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world.  According to the Academy of American Poets, the goals are: Highlight the extraordin…

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Deadlines for students aren't punishments, they're meant to be consequences

Deadlines for students aren't punishments, they're meant to be consequences | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it

'An investigation into a complaint made by the head of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union — that teachers are not able to enforce deadlines on classroom assignments or give zeros to students who never deliver — spurred a series called Making the Grade on CBC Radio's Mainstreet last week. There were conversations about whether teachers have the time and resources to cater to the varying levels of ability in their classrooms, and talk about standardized tests and what they do and do not measure. We asked three teachers to share their thoughts with us. '


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Topic worth discussion and revisting. Not just deadlines, the whole lot of learning-connected issues should be reconsidered. What it means to take responsibility can beqQuite 'safely 'practised' at school....though the grown-ups need some 'practice' too, ...don't we?

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Teachers face a challenge in setting deadlines for all students as a monolithic group that learns the same way and at the same pace.

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Early Signs of Dyslexia

Early Signs of Dyslexia | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I assumed (wrongly) that Dyslexia is about about reversing letters and reading backwards. I learned that Dyslexia covers a big range of reading and math challenges. Dyslexia means that the brain processes sounds and/or symbols differently.

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Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters

Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
A small set of developers is harnessing the unique qualities of gaming to individualize kids' social and emotional learning.
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The Competitive Imperative of Learning

The Competitive Imperative of Learning | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Today’s central managerial challenge is to inspire and enable knowledge workers to solve, day in and day out, problems that cannot be anticipated.
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Taking risks in safe learning environment prepares kids for unpredictable  future challenges. 
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The Missing Link in Educational Technology

Good comment by JIm Murray  who says,  'My business (advertising) is filled with people who can create beautiful looking ads that have no real idea at their core. The world become a very hollow place when technology is not married to ideas.'
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3 Reasons Teachers Need to be Learners Too - Metawriting

3 Reasons Teachers Need to be Learners Too - Metawriting | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
My family hasn’t taken our summer vacation yet, but I have embarked on two adventures that have challenged me and helped me grow as a person and teacher. First, I …
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Zavod RS za šolstvo

Zavod RS za šolstvo | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Formative assessment/FA/ is making its way in Slovenian pre-school, Primary and secondary level of education. Wish us good luck.

Each of the five booklets focuses  on an element of FA, e.g. success criteria and learner' goal setting,  T feedback, self and peer-assessment etc. Plenty of practical tips, self-assessment rubrics,  questionnaires  etc. for teachers and their students ready to be used from day one in this academic year. Real refreshment, though some Ts resistance can be expected. Worth insisting for the sake of our 21 century learners.
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The relationship between time & interactive narratives

The relationship between time & interactive narratives | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
An excerpt from Ben Hoguet’s book Narration Reinvented - a guide to creating, designing, producing & distributing interactive narratives & transmedia works.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 7, 2016 4:25 AM

Interesting article with some really interesting links.

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British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download

British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
The centuries-old copyright-free images range from book illustrations to photos, and cover everything from flowers to cycling and children's books to map.

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Online text correction with better feedback for students

Online text correction with better feedback for students | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Revisely - helping teachers with more effective text correction, giving students better feedback and providing more objective insights to school management.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 8, 2016 12:36 AM

This looks like a useful tool for managing the correction of text.

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Revving Up Student Thinking with Choice and the Reading Un-Frenzy

Revving Up Student Thinking with Choice and the Reading Un-Frenzy | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Last year, Jennifer Lund and I had the pleasure of doing a reading frenzy with Language Arts teacher Sean O'Connor and his students.   The concept of a reading frenzy comes from teacher and speaker Nancy Steineke.  The basic premise of the activity is to give students a series of texts, allow them to skim and…

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Great post about reading and choice with teens, thanks Buffy Hamilton!
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BJ Neary's curator insight, April 1, 2016 1:57 PM
Great post about reading and choice with teens, thanks Buffy Hamilton!
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Great post about reading and choice with teens, thanks Buffy Hamilton!
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Digital literacy - ICT lesson plan

Digital literacy - ICT lesson plan | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
KS3 lesson plan about E-safety.

Becta material made available under the Open Government Licence.
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How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel

How Education Will Be Smarter, Less Intrusive, And Able To Respond To How You Feel | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
Impatience characterizes the technology sector’s approach to education. Disruption is taking place in all other sectors of society -- so, why not education?..
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Able to respond how you feel?... Look forward  to  the experience!

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Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers - 'using explicit and direct instruction'

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers - 'using explicit and direct instruction' | Languages, assessment, innovation in education | Scoop.it
The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring.
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Searching for  most effective ways for students to learn these skill: explicit and direct instruction is an answer as well as modelling these strategies to the class  ' Modeling a strategy provides students with a clear understanding of why they were given the task and how to complete it properly'.

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