Using netspeak.org to teach collocations

Technology

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

Technology

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

Learning languages, Technology

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

Technology

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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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.

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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Interactive Language Fair – IATEFL 2016 day 1

Conferences, Observations

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

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In this video I talk about the Interactive Language Fair which happened on Day 1 of IATEFL 2016 and was organised by Burcu Akyol and Bethany Cagnol. There were about a dozen poster sessions from speakers from all around the world all in the same room. As the participants you had a chance to interact more closely with the presenters and ask them questions. You could also move in between the poster sessions any time you wanted to, which gave you the chance to get a taste many different presentations in quite a short time. In particular, I focus on one of the sessions which was about a new approach to observations, professional development and teacher assessment.

You might also be interested in this podcast where I talked to Anthony Ash about PD programs, lesson plans and observations, as well as this where with Rob we come up with an observee’s checklist.

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Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event at IATEFL 2016

Conferences

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

In this video I talk about IATEFL 2016 Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event, which I had a chance to attend and present at. There were three great talks and a whole day of productive workshops and discussion on Language and Identity, Accountability and Responsibility, and Qualities of Effective Teachers. You can find out more about TD SIG from their website here.

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