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Technology and study abroad: Godwin-Jones, 2016

In this column we will be looking at the varied roles that technology can play in the study abroad experience. Some argue that the availability of Internet- based social media while abroad is for language learning and cross -cultural understanding at best a distraction and at worst an inhibitor of full engagement in the target culture, inevitably leading to less exposure to the target language and therefore fewer opportunities for language proficiency gains. I will be arguing that, in fact, technology can play a positive role, particularly if students are provided with appropriate guidance and support. The main areas to be discussed are the personal and learning benefits of technology use while abroad, the formation of second-language identities , the affordances for pragmatic language development , the integration of mobile devices for place -based language learning, and the opportunities for enhancement of intercultural communication competence .
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A Process Syllabus: Geoff Jordan

A Process Syllabus: Geoff Jordan | TELT | Scoop.it
Introduction Winston Churchill made the good point that “if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” Rather than work patiently and diligently on a carefully-crafted Process syllabus which perfectly captures the progressive educational...
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Radical, practical, theoretically-driven way to ditch the textbook

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'it's a start: it flies a very fragile kite'

 

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Teacher stance: sitting or standing in class

Teacher stance: sitting or standing in class | TELT | Scoop.it
I wrote a post a while ago about Teaching Do's and Dont's and a large part of the comment section was about whether or not a teacher *should be or *needs to be standing in front of the audience, or...
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Zhenya Polosatova had collected views on this practical issue for teachers.

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Compleat Lexical Tutor

A complete website for learning and learning about English and French words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak. Use wordlists, online concordancer and dictionary, texts, and a database to store your work and view the work of others. French parallel site is almost complete.

 

Instructions for learners:

 

Lexical Tutor > Tutorial Guide (Original - about 2005 but still relevant)

You can use this site to expand your English vocabulary systematically (and your French vocabulary too). The site has a set of diagnostic vocabulary tests, and a corresponding set of vocabulary lists linked to concordance, dictionary, and quizzes to help you explore the nuances of form, meaning, and collocation of the words on these lists. Here's one way to proceed:

- Test yourself to determine your next zone of vocabulary growth. Start with either the Classic (GSL+UWL) or BNC (1-14k) word recognition tests (GSL=General Service List; UWL=University Word List; BNC = British National Corpus).
- Go to the Learn from Lists pages and find the level which you are weak on either the same scheme you chose for your test.
 Work your way through the list with the aid of the dictionary and concordance. Develop an approach that suits you--make notes, cut and paste examples and definitions to the Group Lex Database provided, or a spreadsheet on your own computer. Also, a set of progress tests is linked to the the 2000 and UWL lists at roughly 250-word intervals.

- If you do not like learning from lists, or want to learn more about new words by meeting them in other contexts, then you can paste complete authentic texts into VP Cloze, which will make you exercises for words from the frequency band you are working on.

- Or, if you want to work outside the frequency framework altogether, but not entirely independently, then you can read a novel  (Jack London's Call of the Wild or de Maupassant's Boule de Suif) with full click-on lexical support.  - or make your own resource-supported texts at Hypertext Builder


The 1000, 2000, and University/Academic Word Lists contain words you need to know - read the research page to learn why.

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Grading first year student translations and looking for places to send them to learn vocabulary

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