Digital Pedagogy Bonelli, Elena Tognini. “Theoretical Overview of the Evolution of Corpus Linguistics.” The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Routledge, 2010.Hayot, Eric. “A Hundred Flowers.” Reading Graphs, Maps, and Trees: Responses to Franco Moretti, edited by Jonathan Goodwin and John Holbo, Parlor Press, 2011, pp. 64–70.Hockey, Susan. A beginner's guide to mobile learning in ELT In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently available. She shares her experiences of creating some of this content, and discusses the early outcomes of these projects. Amy also considers the educational implications of widespread mobile phone availability, particularly in developing countries. Amy Lightfoot is a freelance ELT materials writer, teacher and teacher trainer, based in the UK.
Ten don'ts for the IELTS speaking test Should you use big words in the IELTS speaking test? Chris Pell, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post helping IELTS students with pronunciation, gives us his advice in the second part of his list of dos and don'ts for the IELTS speaking test. Read part one for the dos. Don’t memorise answers
Digital Pedagogy Curatorial note Whitney Ann Trettien’s Cut/Copy/Paste: Remixing Words (Duke University, Spring 2012) unsettles the apparent opposition between writing and reading, explaining to her students that “[y]ou cannot read the texts of this class without, in some sense, writing them, and we’ll spend a good deal of time doing both in and out of class.” Her syllabus traces the history of readers who have remixed old texts to create new experimental writing, from Latin cut-up poems to seventeenth-century German paper instruments to generative computer programs. Realia Here are a few suggestions for activities using realia and to consider why we may want to bring things into the class. Why use realia in class? The main advantage of using real objects in the classroom is to make the learning experience more memorable for the learner. To give a couple of simple examples, if you are going to teach vocabulary of fruit and vegetables it can be much more affective for students if they can touch, smell and see the objects at the same time as hearing the new word. This would appeal to a wider range of learner styles than a simple flashcard picture of the fruit or vegetable.
Ten dos for the IELTS speaking test Is it OK to correct yourself in the IELTS speaking test? Chris Pell, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post helping IELTS students with pronunciation, gives us his advice in the first part of his list of dos and don’ts for the IELTS speaking test. Do warm up What would happen if a footballer decided to play a game without running or stretching first? They would probably have a terrible game and maybe even injure themselves. Speaking a foreign language is no different.
Digital Pedagogy Curatorial note “Victorian Literature and Victorian Informatics” is a richly detailed English-course syllabus exploring “canonical Victorian literature through the lens of Victorian information theories and knowledge organization practices” (Buurma). Buurma blends close, middle-distant, and distant reading techniques with an emphasis on digital methods for rereading and remaking literary texts. The image in English Language Teaching Each of these leading experts provide insightful articles and practical ideas for using still and moving images in language education. The list of contributors include Ben Goldstein, Anna Whitcher, Antonia Clare, Paul Driver, Sylvia Karasthati, Paul Dummett, Magdalena Wasilewska, Andreia Zakime, Elena Domínguez Romero, Jelena Bobkina, Candy Fresacher, Tyson Seburn, Chrysa Papalazarou, Magdalena Brzezinska, Emma Louise Pratt, Samantha Lewis, Jean Theuma, and Valéria Benévolo França who are all also members of the Visual Arts Circle, a collective which provides a wide range of resources for you to use and encourages discussion and debate around the use of images in language teaching. The book includes a preface by Gunther Kress, Professor of Semiotics and Education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media Within the Institute of Education of University College London.
IELTS Speaking: The grammar challenge - IELTS blog You might be surprised to hear that grammar is one of the four criteria used to assess your IELTS Speaking test performance and that it carries 25% of the points. Many test-takers assume grammar in speaking is only about accuracy and not making any mistakes. This is only half the story. Making errors is natural, and IELTS understands this: even IELTS Speaking Band 7 expects that ‘some grammatical mistakes persist’.