Take it with TWO grains of salt, coming from a company that does flashcards, but it is certainly a reasonable look at the benefits.
I’m giving a talk today at Hanyang Cyber Univerity in Seoul to TESL students. I decided to give a broad overview of Web services/sites that could be useful for learning/instruction for listening, reading, writing, and speaking. It’s a 90 minute talk and I’m sure we will use all of it as you can see from the scope of the presentation.
Of course, after I finished with this first iteration, I realized that I completely ignored Opensource software and Open Educational Resources (OER). I figured that I’d hold off on that for now considering this group might not be ready for that discussion. There are so many fun applications in those categories. I guess that will be a part 2 that will have to wait until later.
The handout is here: http://tinyurl.com/opencall4skill
And the Prezi presentation is embedded below.
Who speaks English?
EVERYONE knows the stereotypes about foreigners speaking English: Scandinavians are shockingly fluent, while the Japanese lag despite years and billions of yen spent trying. Now a big new study confirms some of those stereotypes. But it holds some surprises as well.
EF Education First, an English-teaching company, compiled the biggest ever internationally comparable sample of English learners: some 2m people took identical tests online in 44 countries. The top five performers were Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The bottom five were Panama, Colombia, Thailand, Turkey and Kazakhstan. Among regions, Latin America fared worst. (No African country had enough takers to make the lists’s threshold for the minimum number of participants.)
Realistically, this study doesn’t mean much. The method is Swiss cheese (lots of holes). It is, none-the-less, interesting.
Selected Presentations, with audio, by Sue Swift (on AuthorStream). I found this collection really amazing. Not merely for the number of presentations, but for the great quality. I’m using the listening presentations with my teaching listening class this semester as an introduction to the topics of the course.
I’m going to guess that Ms. Swift is a fan of Field’s view of listening instruction (or vice-versa) given that they dove-tail so wonderfully. I no longer use the Field text with my students (too difficult), but I’m going to use many of the concepts.
Below are just some of the over 100 presentations that I found interesting.