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Paul Beaufait

TEFL Glossary - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 - 10 views

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    Extensive glossary of basic Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) terms, including acronyms and grammatical terminology
Paul Beaufait

English: Who speaks English? | The Economist - 3 views

  • This was not a statistically controlled study: the subjects took a free test online and of their own accord. 
  • But Philip Hult, the boss of EF, says that his sample shows results similar to a more scientifically controlled but smaller study by the British Council.
  • Several factors correlate with English ability.  Wealthy countries do better overall. But smaller wealthy countries do better still: the larger the number of speakers of a country’s main language, the worse that country tends to be at English.
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  • Export dependency is another correlate with English. Countries that export more are better at English (though it’s not clear which factor causes which).
  • Teaching plays a role, too. Starting young, while it seems a good idea, may not pay off: children between eight and 12 learn foreign languages faster than younger ones, so each class hour on English is better spent on a 10-year-old than on a six-year-old.
  • Teaching plays a role, too. Starting young, while it seems a good idea, may not pay off: children between eight and 12 learn foreign languages faster than younger ones, so each class hour on English is better spent on a 10-year-old than on a six-year-old.
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    R.L.G. (2011.04.05) suggests a large-scale study of an uncontrolled sample population "confirms ... stereotypes" (¶1), and "shows results similar to ... [an unspecified] study by the British Council" (¶3 [URL from original, retrieved 2011.04.14).
Paul Beaufait

Learning technology teacher development blog: Text to Speech for EFL ESL Materials - 1 views

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    Nik Peachey previews ReadTheWords.com (beta) online text-to-speech converter, prior to suggesting ways for EAL learners to use it for help "with their listening, reading and pronunciation" (¶2)
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    Nik may (have) announce(d) this post on the mailing list. He's looking for teachers to try out ReadTheWords.
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