Using netspeak.org to teach collocations

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In this video I show you how you can use netspeak.org to teach collocations in your classes. The website is great for raising students awareness of lexical chunks, and once you’ve introduced it, students can use it independently both in and outside class to improve their vocabulary. The video was inspired by this blog post written by Leo Selivan. I’d recommend reading it for more ideas how you can use the website in your classes.

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Using Zotero for citing and referencing

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One of the key skills EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students need to learn is how to cite and reference. Doing this correctly can prove to be really difficult and time-consuming, because every referencing style (e.g. Harvard, APA, Chicago, etc.) has a different set of rules. While you can add citations and a reference list manually, there is free software out there that will significantly reduce the amount of work involved. One of such programs is Zotero and in this video I wanted to show you some of its basic features.

When teaching EAP, I get the students to watch the video at home before the class when we practise referencing. I also ask them to download the program and note down any questions or doubts they have. This reduces the teaching time in class and we can get straight into practice.

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Using Memrise – how to create effective mems

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Memrise is all about mems. They’re mnemonic devices that can help you remember a new word or phrase. Like the one below:

So in this video I show you how to create mems on Memrise. I start off by explaining what memes are and how they can help you remember new words. I also give a few examples of effective memes and explain what makes them effective.

 

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How to use the Memrise app – a quick tutorial

Learning languages, Technology

In the last few videos I talked about different features of the website, such as how to create a course for your learners, and you can watch the videos here. However, the app for Android and iPhones is quite different from the way the website is set up, so in this video I will show you how to use it. The tutorial should be useful both for those who have used Memrise app or website in the past, as well as those who are completely new to it.

If you’re planning to use the app with your students (as I’m doing at the moment), you can get them to watch the tutorial at home before class. I found that it really reduces the time you’d need to otherwise spend on explaining how the app works in class.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out the other video tutorials which are available on YouTube here. The course English for Academic Purposes that you can see in the video can be found here.

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How to add a YouTube video to a WordPress widget

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In this video I’m going to show you how to add a video from YouTube into one of your WordPress widgets. You might want to do it to showcase your own work or your favourite videos in the sidebar. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support iFrame embed codes (for security reasons), which you’d normally copy and paste to your text widget. However, there’s an equally simple, if slightly hidden way of doing it. It took me the best part of today searching through forums, YouTube and WordPress support to find the answer. To save you time, here it is, distilled into a 4 minute video.

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Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and Task 2

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In this episode we look at IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and 2. We go through some of the key things you need to know as a teacher and a student to get a high score. The episode is aimed both at teachers who are teaching IELTS preparation classes, as well as students studying for the exam.

Let us know if you’ve got any other tips. Would love to hear from you!

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Memrise – a few features that make it a really useful language learning tool

Learning languages, Technology

In the previous video I showed you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So in this episode, I go over a couple of key features which make Memrise stand out from the crowd of language learning websites and apps.

Check out the previous video about Memrise if you want to get some tips for creating a vocabulary course for your learners.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other articles that I’ve written about it:

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Memrise – creating a course for your learners

Learning languages, Technology

In this video I show you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So if you haven’t used it yet, or haven’t got around to using it with your learners, then this video is definitely for you.

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The flipped classroom: an interview with Russell Stannard of www.teachertrainingvideos.com

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In this episode of The TEFL Show podcasts we chat with Russell Stannard of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com about the whole idea of the flipped classroom. We start off by talking about using technology to give students feedback through audios and videos. We then discuss how ‘flipping the classroom’ through technology can be used to minimise the ‘lecturing’ aspects of the ELT class, and enhance learning and promote learner autonomy.

What do you think about the flipped classroom? Have you ever used it? Do you use technology to give your students feedback? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Russell-Stannard_avatar_1428218549 [3295938]Russell Stannard is the founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com and an Associate Trainer at NILE ( Norwich Institute for Language Eduction) where he works on the MA in TESOL programme. He won the British Council ELTons Technology award  and the Times Higher Outstanding Initiative in ICT for his work in technology. He is particularly known for his work on using screen capture to provide feedback to students. The idea that generated widespread media interest and has resulted in a number of research papers. He writes 3 regular columns in the English Teaching Professional, the Teacher Trainer and Anglo Files.

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Apps for learning and teaching English with @joedale

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In this episode of The TEFL Show we’ve invited Joe Dale to have a chat about different apps for teaching and learning languages. Joe is an independent languages consultant and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He introduces several great apps which, among many other things, can be used for creating content in class, getting students to speak, revising vocabulary, giving students feedback and various self-study activities.

Some of the apps that we discussed in this podcast include: Bossjock junior, Yakyt kids, Balloon stickies plus, Opinion app, 30 hands, Book creator, Picolage, Cahoots, Memrise and Quizlet. Which apps do you regularly use? Have you got any tried and tested ones? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment below.

5B30F60EB39248828A656DA6946131B2 [2806397]Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian. He was host of the TES MFL forum for six years, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia . He was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on languages for the current UK government and advised on the Linguanet Worldwide project for The Language Company. He created ICT activities for the new Institut Français, ALL and Network for Languages Primary French Niveau Bleu course and was short-listed for a NAACE Impact Award in 2013 too. Joe was recently described in a Guardian article as an ‘MFL guru’ and ‘the man behind the #mfltwitterati. He tweets @joedale and can be contacted by email at joedale@talk21.com

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