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23 maps and charts on language

"The limits of my language," the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once posited, "mean the limits of my world." Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another.

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Five top technology tools for the English classroom

Five top technology tools for the English classroom | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Whether you're a seasoned techy or terrified by Google, here are five useful educational tools to help students learn and teachers manage their workload
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Interactive European language map: how does everyone say cat?

Interactive European language map: how does everyone say cat? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Cat, gato or kissa? How do words change as we travel across the European continent?
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Professional development: what can Brits learn from schools abroad?

Professional development: what can Brits learn from schools abroad? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
From Japan's Lesson Study model to Romania where there is no professional development provision, Martin Williams takes a tour of CPD around the globe
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Interactive European language map: how does everyone say cat?

Interactive European language map: how does everyone say cat? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Cat, gato or kissa? How do words change as we travel across the European continent?
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Google Translate: 10 reasons why it's no match for learning a language

Google Translate: 10 reasons why it's no match for learning a language | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Modern languages are in decline at British universities. Can Google's translation service ever fill the gap?
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Do examinations get in the way of learning?

Do examinations get in the way of learning? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The national obsession with measuring progress places a premium on cognitive development but does not consider the whole child, says Tricia Kelleher
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How teachers are rated in 21 countries around the world

How teachers are rated in 21 countries around the world | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Teacher pay, the influence of unions and levels of respect are looked at in a global survey on how teachers are viewed
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Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain

Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Bad pronunciation is bad news for ESL students. It negatively affects comprehension and so, negatively impacts on communication.

The problem is compounded by the fact that good pronunciation is often a mystery to ESL students. Why is it that some words with a similar spelling sound the same but others are completely different? Why are some words pronounced exactly the same in their native language but others are not? Mysteries are not good. Here are some of the things you need to explain to your ESL students to take the mystery out of English pronunciation.

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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language | Digital Delights for Learners

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language | Digital Delights for Learners | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of…...
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The 10 Easiest Foreign Languages For English Speakers To Learn

The 10 Easiest Foreign Languages For English Speakers To Learn | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it

More and more Brits are finding their first job abroad.
But how difficult is it to pick up the language?
Anne Merritt reveals the 10 easiest to learn from scratch.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it

I’d like to share a couple of videos with you that I have used recently in the courses I teach. I find these videos particularly interesting because they show such contrasting approaches to learning and in particular - for want of a better word - elearning.

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The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish

The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
What's the language that the most Americans speak after English? As you'd probably guess, the second-most common language spoken in the U.S. is Spanish. But if you look at the most common languages after English and Spanish, the results get a little more surprising, especially when you parse them by state.
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Flipped Classroom

Guía del Flipped Classroom

Via Alejandro Sarbach
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The Great Language Game

The Great Language Game | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Challenge yourself to identify some eighty languages by their sound alone. Learn more about how languages sound and where they're spoken.
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How Finnish schools shine

How Finnish schools shine | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Teachers are respected, exams are shunned and league tables simply don't exist – but if the Finnish system is so good why is it so hard to emulate?
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No comprende: are the benefits of languages getting lost in translation?

No comprende: are the benefits of languages getting lost in translation? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
We need to find new ways to express the importance of learning languages, writes Professor Nigel Vincent
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How to teach ... languages creatively

How to teach ... languages creatively | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The Guardian Teacher Network has plenty of resources to help you inject some passion into your language lessons
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Why do some countries respect their teachers more than others?

Why do some countries respect their teachers more than others? | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Peter Dolton, author of the Global Teacher Status Index, which ranks the status of teachers in different countries, shares his theories on what influences respect for teachers
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And the Oscar Goes to... How to Use Movies and TV for Listening Exercises

And the Oscar Goes to... How to Use Movies and TV for Listening Exercises | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Who doesn't love movies and television? You can tap into both movies and TV for listening exercises that will excite your students and deliver entertaining and effective outcomes.

Do some detective work and find out what your students would really enjoy, and you might just find yourself in the position of a movie star, accepting all kinds of accolades from elated students!

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La Educación Prohibida

Sinopsis:

La escuela ha cumplido ya más de 200 años de existencia y es aun considerada la principal forma de acceso a la educación. Hoy en día, la escuela y la educación son conceptos ampliamente discutidos en foros académicos, políticas públicas, instituciones educativas, medios de comunicación y espacios de la sociedad civil.Desde su origen, la institución escolar ha estado caracterizada por estructuras y prácticas que hoy se consideran mayormente obsoletas y anacrónicas. Decimos que no acompañan las necesidades del Siglo XXI. Su principal carencia se encuentra en un diseño que no considera la naturaleza del aprendizaje, la libertad de elección o la importancia que tienen el amor y los vínculos humanos en el desarrollo individual y colectivo.

A partir de estas reflexiones críticas han surgido, a lo largo de los años, propuestas y prácticas que pensaron y piensan la educación de una forma diferente. "La Educación Prohibida" es una película documental que propone recuperar muchas de ellas, explorar sus ideas y visibilizar aquellas experiencias que se han atrevido a cambiar las estructuras del modelo educativo de la escuela tradicional.

Más de 90 entrevistas a educadores, académicos, profesionales, autores, madres y padres; un recorrido por 8 países de Iberoamérica pasando por 45 experiencias educativas no convencionales; más de 25.000 seguidores en las redes sociales antes de su estreno y un total de 704 coproductores que participaron en su financiación colectiva, convirtieron a "La Educación Prohibida" en un fenómeno único. Un proyecto totalmente independiente de una magnitud inédita, que da cuenta de la necesidad latente del crecimiento y surgimiento de nuevas formas de educación.

 

"La Educación Prohibida", Estreno Mundial 13 de Agosto del 2012
Sitio Web Oficial: http://www.educacionprohibida.com
Mapa de Proyecciones Independientes: http://proyecciones.educacionprohibida.com/mapa/

Subtítulos de Youtube disponibles en Inglés, Portugués y Español.
Se permite y alienta la copia, modificación, adaptación, traducción y exhibición pública de esta película, siempre que no existan fines de lucro y se mantengan estas mismas condiciones. Copyleft 2012. La cultura se protege compartiéndola.
Licencia: Creative Commons Atribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 3.0
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laeducacionprohibida
Twitter: @EdProhibida / #YoViLep

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6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking

6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking | Language teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it. Critical thinking in its basic definition refers "to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way ". All of our students think in a way or another but the question is, do they really think critically? are they able to evaluate the information they come across? are they capable of going beyond the surface thinking layer? Can they make connections between what they learn and the outer world? Can they question the status quo of their knowledge ?

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