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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic | ESL Education Resources | Scoop.it
What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!

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Phonological awareness and reading: Review sheds new light

Phonological awareness and reading: Review sheds new light | ESL Education Resources | Scoop.it

By Dan Willingham

 

Melby-Lervåg et al. included 235 studies in their analysis and concluded that existing research suggests that all three—rime awareness, phoneme awareness, and size of verbal short-term memory—predict word reading but the largest effect is observed with phonemic awareness.  (In fact, the predictive value of verbal short-term memory is quite small.) 

The second important conclusion from this review concerns causality. All of these studies in the meta-analysis are correlational. Hence, one interpretation is that phonemic awareness is related to word reading skills because phonemic awareness is necessary for that skill. However, an equally viable interpretation is that reading changes phonemic awareness, so the association is observed because more skilled readers have undergone greater change.


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American TESOL Webinar – Comic Tools and Lesson Ideas

American TESOL Webinar – Comic Tools and Lesson Ideas | ESL Education Resources | Scoop.it

Visual instruction combined with text is a powerful learning tool. Explore over 30 applications for creating and utilizing comics as a resource for learning.

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Boulder Valley hears from Latino parents on draft goals

Boulder Valley hears from Latino parents on draft goals | ESL Education Resources | Scoop.it
Parents who attended a Monday session on a new set of five-year goals for the Boulder Valley School District emphasized the need for safe and welcoming schools, more money for schools and more education for parents on how to help their children.

 

Goals include partnering with parents and students "to develop a personalized education program that will address the unique learning needs of each student" and providing "a safe and inclusive environment for students, their families, and staff."

 

Other goals address increasing parent and community involvement, attracting the best employees and ensuring that "race, social economic status, learning needs and risk factors will not be barriers to student success.At Monday's meeting, parents urged the district to provide more resources to bilingual schools and to schools in general.

 

Mari Cruz Flores, a parent at Lafayette's Sanchez Elementary, said it's difficult for students when their English-as-a-second-language teachers don't speak Spanish. She asked for more bilingual teachers. It's frustrating for kids to be in school and not have access to the language," she said through a translator. "They can miss years of learning. I would like you to take us into consideration when making a budget."

 

Several parents said they like the goal to increase parent and community involvement and would even like to see the district make volunteering in schools a requirement for parents.

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Language Magazine » Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field

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Mobile learning: “We cannot continue to live in the pre-digital era" | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Mobile learning: “We cannot continue to live in the pre-digital era" | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | ESL Education Resources | Scoop.it

The outlook for mobile learning is promising. Mobile devices such as tablets, mobile phones and e-readers are being used by increasing numbers of people, with mobile phone subscriptions globally hitting a record-breaking high of 6 billion in 2012. As the cost of mobile phone ownership declines, mobile devices are being adopted in areas of great poverty, where even schools, books and computers are scarce.

 

The opportunities presented by mobile learning, particularly for learners who lack access to high quality education, is immense. One example of this, is the UNESCO Mobile Literacy Project in rural Pakistan, which uses mobile phones to complement a traditional face-to-face literacy course for adolescent girls. The project has produced impressive results, with the number of girls receiving an 'A' grade upon completion of the literacy course jumping from 28% to 60% after the introduction of the mobile devices.

 

Despite the considerable potential however, mobile technology was still not being adequately leveraged for education purposes, Janis Karklins, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information told forum attendees. “We cannot continue to pretend that we live in the pre-digital era, and to do so risks plunging schools into irrelevance. We live in a world where many, if not most young people carry a powerful, easy mobile computer in their pockets,” he said. “The question is not whether schools and school systems will engage with these mobile technologies but when they will and how they will.”

 

To mark Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO launched a set of Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning, with Mr Karklins urging participants to join him in exploring how mobile technologies can widen learning opportunities for all. Anne Bouverot, Director-General of the GSMA, said she was confident mobile learning was ready to go to the next phase.

 

“We believe that we can go to the next level, and we can move to large-scale, government backed, successful, mobile education programs around the world,” Ms Bouverot proclaimed.

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