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Flipping the ELL Classroom | - 2 views

    Here's my collection of resources for students who are learning English as well as some good resources for their teachers.
Naomi Orlovsky

A Three-Step Model for Designing Initial Second Life-Based Foreign Language Learning Ac... - 2 views

    Wang, F., Burton , J., & Falls, J. (2012). A three-step model for designing initial second life-based foreign language learning activities. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 8(4), 1-13. doi: In a "Three Step Model for Designing Initial Second Life-Based Foreign Language Learning Activities," Feihong Wang, post-doctoral research associate for the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education, first explains that learning in the Second Life (SL) arena involves a two-fold process: learning the concept, which in this case is foreign language, and learning the SL learning environment itself. He goes on to explain that it is this second step of allowing learners time to learn the SL learning environment that most educators skip and which leads to failure at foreign language learning in SL. Wang and his co-authors, Professor John Burton and retired Coordinator, Jane Falls, also of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, go on to explain their three-step model for overcoming this failure: setting the stage, acclimating and testing the waters, which is based off of the principles of task-based learning, authentic activities, and collaborative learning. The clear goal of this three-step process is to help language learners overcome the steep learning curve in SL and therefore, the technical limitations that would delay the learning process. The proposed three-step model suggested in this article has yet to be tested and would best benefit instructors of high school-aged students or adult language learners. I would like to have seen more examples given for each of their three steps. Their "testing the waters" step did not give even one application in SL and assumed that learners were ready for this final step only because they had completed the two previous steps.
Thomas Sagstetter

Education Anyware - 6 views

    This may be useful for ESL teachers for evaluating speaking.
Sherry Schwarcz

ESL on the Go - 3 views

    Here is my CSE for apps available at low or no cost to ESL educators and students. You can find an app for spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation.

25 Super Exciting Masters in TESOL Jobs to Consider | - 0 views

    Once you have gone through the coursework and have earned your Masters in TESOL degree, the next step is to find a job. Although teaching jobs are always a popular option, there are also numerous other positions you may find employment in.
Beth Hecht

For Educators | 21 Ways to Use in the Classroom - 7 views

  • 3. Promote Team CollaborationHave students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. This approach encourages teamwork and cooperation, with students complementing the skills of their colleagues. The site also provides a structure for students to work individually as they create their own cartoon worlds using their imaginations. Look upon the site as a resource for literacy development and to reach out to engage reluctant writers and readers.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity for students to use collaboratively.
    • Kim Davis
      This would be a great exercise to illustrate class rules developed by the class. In the science lab, the lab teams could create different strips for lab safety. This is a really cool tool with a lot of potential.
  • 6. Foreign Language Practice Have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying. In addition to English, the site accepts characters and accent marks from languages such as Spanish, Latin, German, Italian and Portuguese. Additional languages will be added to the site in the future.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity that can be used with ELLs.
  • 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. Read her excellent essay, "MakeBeliefsComix: An Article About Using Comics to Teach English -- Become A Comic Strip Writer with Ease!", at
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    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an application for students to work collaboratively.
    This will be great for my arty students who don't enjoy writing in the traditional sense. I like #19 - explore character motivation- a high level reading skill in a simple format.
Matthew Hadlock

Teach ESL - Teaching English as a Second Language - 0 views

  • These teaching English as a second language resources will help you understand the basics of the profession and develop your understanding of tried and trusted teaching techniques. Detailed ESL lesson plans include step-by-step instructions and classroom handouts are provided by learner level and topic area. Finally, information on getting qualified and finding an ESL teaching job will help those wishing to enter the profession.
    These teaching English as a second language resources will help you understand the basics of the profession and develop your understanding of tried and trusted teaching techniques. Detailed ESL lesson plans include step-by-step instructions and classroom handouts are provided by learner level and topic area. Finally, information on getting qualified and finding an ESL teaching job will help those wishing to enter the profession.
    A useful website for teachers of ESL.
Dennis OConnor

Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day… - The Best Listening Sites For English ... - 2 views

  • This “The Best…” list was initially a difficult one for me to compile. A number of my previous lists, including the ones on reading and conversation, can also be characterized as “listening.” I finally decided on the following criteria for sites that would appear on this list. They would need need to: … be free. … be accessible to English Language Learners. … let English Language Learners listen to pretty much anything they would either write or anything they could find on the Internet, OR … have a wide range of listening options that would be combined with comprehension assessments.
    Thanks Larry for collecting high quality sites to help ESL, ELL, EFL teachers and students!  These sites will appeal to all language and writing teachers as well!
Dennis OConnor

Memrise vocabulary learning and memorable dictionary - 4 views

  • Ready to grow yourvocabulary?
  • Learn vocabulary in any language 5 times faster Smart science means you won't forget Learning's a game — grow a language garden
Martha Pawlicki

Learning Goals | About Us | Launchpad Toys - 2 views

    Lauchpad was created by educators to help children tell stories using an ipad and cartoons. Based on a constructionist theory. If an ipad is available, this could work well in ESL.
    I think if you have an ipad available, this would be a great way to help ESL and children with vocabulary
Martha Pawlicki

25 Tools 2009: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals - 7 views

    Jane Hart's Articles and presentations about the favorite tools of educators for 25 different categories in 2009
    A nice list of popular tools educators can use.
Dennis OConnor

Virtual Round Table Conference - 0 views

  • The Virtual Round Table conference is a semi-annual live online conference on language learning technologies.
    Starts Today! 
Dennis OConnor

The ESL Department - 1 views

  • One-stop Shambles EAL / ESL Page : The ESL Department
    From Shambles in S.E.Asia (The Education Project Asia) : Links to ESL resources around the world.
Dennis OConnor

eltportal - 4 views

shared by Dennis OConnor on 06 Jul 10 - Cached
    Got  Moodle? Subscribe to the  Extensive Reading approach to second language acquisition? If so, check out the  Moodle Reader Module, a plugin that provides quizzes on more than 600 graded readers and books for EFL/ESL students. According to developer  Tom Robb of Kyoto Sangyo University, "The Reader module allows quizzes to be randomly generated from a larger set of items for each book. The module allows teachers to easily install the module on their own Moodle system, download the quiz material for those textbooks in their graded reader library, and configure its operation to their own preferences." Be aware that you must supply the actual reading materials to your students; Reader Module is strictly a means for administering quizzes based on the reading. Also, as a security measure, Tom requires that you contact him via email for authorization to download the quizzes. Visit for all the details, including the option to establish your own free course area on his Moodle site.
Khalid Fethi

heartlandweb2curriculum / ELL - 5 views

    This is a great resource for instructors of ESL students compiled by the Heartland Area Education Agency in Des Moines.

ELL REsources and Web 2.0 Tools - 7 views This is a great list of resources for working with ESL students put together by the Heartland Area Education Agency in Des Moines.

ESL web 2.0 blended learning K-12 e-learning

started by anonymous on 31 Mar 10 no follow-up yet
Amy Jacobson

Issues Affecting On-Line ESL Learning (I-TESL-J) - 0 views

  • provide an alternative learning environment
  • They were diligent and keen to please the teacher, yet hesitant to participate and highly competitive
  • four stages of student motivation throughout the on-line component
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  • The dominant feelings of the students varied from initial apprehension to curiosity followed by a peak in interest and ending in a decline in interest.
  • familiarisation provided by the training
  • presence of a peer who was an experienced computer-user
  • novelty
  • One other important factor influencing student decline in motivation was the fact that no grades were awarded for their on-line coursework. We decided not to give grades but rather feedback in the form of detailed comments
  • Though the lack of marks observably had a positive affect on their motivation to interact, at the same time it is possible that the students were demotivated to put forth a great effort for the very same reason
  • Good feedback for the students meant identification and correction of all language and content errors. For the tutors, good feedback started with positive and encouraging comments, pointing out errors but not correcting them, using leading questions to help students to reflect on their work and make improvements
  • Define terms like "good feedback" clearly and clarify expectations between tutors and students continually.
  • Follow up feedback with some sort of monitoring system e.g. reflection journal or resubmission
  • Cyber tutoring takes more time than expected.
  • Hence the student should take greater responsibility for his learning but this does not mean that he/she has to learn alone
  • knowing when to seek help
  • setting goals
  • having an inquiring mind
  • learning through discovery
  • managing time effectively
  • Tutors often expected students to adapt to the learning styles quickly and easily. In reality, students cannot be blamed for their preferred learning styles and need to be taught how to adapt to the new styles.
  • Coming from a teacher-directed background, the students need more time and experience before they can become more confident self-directed learners.
  • How much guidance should we provide? Where does instruction end and facilitation begin? Perhaps it is ironic that the students need some guidance in how to become a self-directed learner, but we found that it was crucial to teach some basic skills like time management, decision-making, and goal setting. Students also needed to be aware of the importance of learning from their mistakes.
  • Have tutors select and post student work regularly -- for students to learn on their own, we must provide enough examples.
  • Do technical problems affect learning? Can we distinguish between computer skills and language skills? What if the student knows more than the tutor?
  • The technical difficulties faced by the students directly affected their motivation and hence their performance. Studies reveal that the "student's difficulty in the manipulation of the software usually undermine the student's interest in the class." [sic]19
  • Although we recognize that e-learning will be an integral part of future academic life in our school, and we provide opportunities and encourage on-line learning, perhaps we should be more flexible and think about the implications of offering a paper and pencil alternative for those students whose learning styles don't match the demands of our on-line course.
    Article about singapore online esl testing course.
    Great article--with information useful to more than ELL teachers. Discusses 4 main issues facing online classes--motivation, feedback, self-directed learning and technology.
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