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Mike McCarthy on spoken grammar | Hancock McDonald ELT

Mike McCarthy on spoken grammar | Hancock McDonald ELT | TELT | Scoop.it

Mike McCarthy gave the opening plenary at English UK Academic (North) conference last Saturday (Oct 4 2014), revisiting the topic of the grammar of spoken English. Spoken language, he pointed out, is in no way an imperfect, poorly realized version of the written form. Quite to the contrary, the written form is an imperfect attempt at abstracting from the actual, living, functioning reality of the spoken form.

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See also link to comment from Mura Nava

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▶ HENRY WIDDOWSON: pragmatics of language variation

OPENING SESSION ELF and the Pragmatics of Language Variation
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Answer to What are concepts in other languages for which there is no English word/phrase? - Quora

Answer to What are concepts in other languages for which there is no English word/phrase? - Quora | TELT | Scoop.it

I hate to rain on everyone's parade (well, I don't really hate to), but this is one of those linguistic myths that has captured the public's imagination but isn't really grounded in fact and empiricism.

Ultimately, this question can be answered in 3 ways, depending on how you parse it, essentially negating the basic premise of the question.

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Nicely put.

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A Closer Look at Task-Based Language Teaching: Geoff Jordan

A Closer Look at Task-Based Language Teaching: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it
In the last post, I gave a brief summary of Doughty and Long’s 10 “Methodological Principles”, which form the rationale for their particular approach to TBLT. In this and following posts I’d like t...
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Closely argued analysis of how TBLT might respect cognitivist-interactionist approaches to SLA.

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CALL research conference on task design: Tarragona, July 15

XVIIth International CALL Research Conference
Task Design and CALL
6-8 July 2015, Tarragona, Spain

In recent CALL articles, conference presentations and project proposals, we notice a renewed interest in activities, and less emphasis on technology or theoretical pedagogy. These activities, elective or compulsory, can be subdivided into three partly overlapping categories: (a) focus-on-form tasks which can be defined as meaningful tasks in which the focus on particular forms is tightly embedded; (b) focus-on-meaning tasks which should lead to communication (CMC approach) or any kind of non-linguistic outcome (TBLT approach); and (c) form-focused exercises that focus on isolated forms, such as improved and enriched (drill-and-practice) exercises.

During this conference we will discuss the design process behind these tasks: How do we decide on task types? How do we shape them? How do we monitor and evaluate them?

Submitted presentations should tackle questions such as:

-       How do we design authentic, meaningful, useful and enjoyable tasks?
-       To what extent do tasks depend on context?
-       What can CALL learn from TBLT?
-       What can TBLT learn from CALL?
-       What are the affordances and limitations of technology?
-       How does technology impact on non-technological tasks?
-       What are the specific challenges for LMOOCs, OERs, Interactive Whiteboards, Student Response Systems, Synchronous Collaborative Writing Tools, Serious Games… ?
-       How do our tasks fit in with Complex Dynamic Systems Theory, Socioconstructivist environments, Flipped Classroom approaches …?
-       What is the role of corrective feedback?
-       What are the consequences for Learner Analytics?
-       Which tasks for which skills?
-       Which tasks are most appropriate for intercultural competence?


Call for Proposals
This is a preliminary announcement. The first call for proposals will be sent out mid November. The abstract should contain:

-       10 lines on the context of your research: situate your contribution;
-       30-40 lines where you  focus on the conference theme and try to tackle one of the questions mentioned above.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31st 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2015


Venue
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Tarragona, Spain
(1 hour from Barcelona)

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TRELA workshop (Paris, July 15): CPF extension

TRELA workshop (Paris, July 15): CPF extension | TELT | Scoop.it

Organized by CLILLAC-ARP (the Centre for, Interlanguage Linguistics, Lexicology, English and Corpus Linguistics – Workshop for Research on Speech, EA 3967) at Paris Diderot University, AFLA (the French Association for Applied Linguistics) and partner associations

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Deadline extended to 15 November

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TEFL with the Interactive Whiteboard: Euline Cutrim Schmid, 2013

TEFL with the Interactive Whiteboard: Euline Cutrim Schmid, 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

90 minute lecture with quiz and answers.  Euline Cutrim Schmid on IWB-mediated language teaching, with findings from the iTILT project and follow-up work on videoconferencing with young learners via the IWB.

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Links to IWB resources for language teachers and teacher educators, and new research findings on IWB-mediated language teaching from pedagogical and technological perspectives.

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ASp libre accès - revue anglais de spécialité

Revue promouvant la recherche dans le domaine de l'anglais de spécialité et dans le secteur LANSAD
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Monique Mémet nous indique :

"Le comité éditorial de ASp a proposé de changer le délai de publication en libre accès de la revue en ligne lors de la réunion du GERAS du 4 octobre 2014 à Paris. Le délai de restriction pour la mise en libre accès des articles est désormais d'un an. Cette décision, approuvée, a pour objectif de permettre une plus grande lisibilité de nos travaux et une meilleure indexation." 
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Digital literacies symposium: 6-11 October

Digital literacies symposium: 6-11 October | TELT | Scoop.it
Poster presentations are online October 6 to 11, with opportunities for asynchronous and synchronous exchange with the authors. Abstracts are available on individual pages. NOTE: To leave an asynch...
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15 poster presentations at U of Arizona Digital Literacies for L2 classroom next week: slides with audio, synchronous and asynchronous chat

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