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Wasn't sure what other topic this would fit under...

A very interesting article and idea:

I wonder what other mutually beneficial language learning partnerships like this there are (or could be?).

Mobile Assisted Language Learning / British Council smartphone apps
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:07:19 PM »
British Council has a wide range of apps, both free and pay, that can be used for English language learning. The topics and the modes are both varied as well.
The Learn English Elementary Podcasts were especially interesting for me, since I teach a low-level listening and speaking class. The podcasts focus on everyday life, so it's useful vocabulary and at an approachable level. It would be good to use for extra practice outside of class.

Critical Reviews of Technology / Critical Review of TED Talks
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:24:46 PM »
The critical review of TED talks is attached! Enjoy!

Just looking through the website, and it doesn't seem like it edits video files. Looks like it's audio only.

In the class that I'm currently teaching, students needed to visit a website to complete a homework assignment. Many of them had no problem completing the assignment, but one of my best students didn't turn his homework in. It seems like he uses his phone as his only computer, and he couldn't access everything on the website I asked the class to visit on his phone.
This taught me that I need to be aware of the different machines my students are using to access the internet. I'm old-school and just use my laptop for most everything, but my students might not be able to access the same stuff from what they're using. Of course they should be aware of this problem too, but a friendly reminder to try accessing things on a real computer if it doesn't work could help.

Interesting idea! Could be used as a vocabulary reinforcement activity and/or guessing game.
Maybe give a few lines of "online speak" with abbreviations thrown in and see if students can work out what those abbreviations mean using the language they're familiar with.
Like Martha said, those types of abbreviations are becoming so common that it's impossible to avoid them. Teaching students about them could be not only fun for them but also pretty useful.


This website has a podcast for people learning German. The podcasts are supposed to be "slow," but it's not too much slower than normal speech.

The topics are about German cultural topics, often chosen by listeners who request them.

Even we're not studying German (at least, not most of us!), there are some good takeaways from this podcast for either finding or creating our own:

The quality is really good.
The speech is very clear.
The topics are compact; they're easy to follow.
The topics are all about the L2 culture.
Transcripts are included for further study.

Check it out if you're interested.

P.S. This is what I used when studying German! It helped a lot.

Funny or Cool Stuff / History of English
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:41:00 AM »
A fun, fast, interesting video about the history of the English language:
The History of English in 10 Minutes

Some of you might have seen it already. It's interesting for teachers interested in the history of some words but could be used in a class too.

Mobile Assisted Language Learning / Dr. Seuss/Cat in the hat app
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:16:08 PM »
Could be used for child learners or even adult English learners (a student in my class at the IEI showed me this app; he's using it to practice listening).
Good for learning reading, spelling, and listening to spoken English. You can click on words and pictures to hear them. And it's fun!

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