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Paul Beaufait

MultiBrief: Effectively incorporating technology with English learners - 2 views

  • Perhaps the first consideration is the instructional purpose of the lesson, and how the technology will enhance that purpose or help students to achieve the goals and objectives of the lesson.
  • Technology, as mentioned earlier, has the power to increase student knowledge and skills in various content areas. Yet another consideration that must be taken into account when working with English learners is how the technology is increasing academic language knowledge and skills. It is critical, then, that teachers take into account not only the content goals and objectives for the lesson, but also the language goals and objectives as well as the linguistic demand of the tasks students will need to accomplish in the classroom.
  • English learners need additional instructional supports or scaffolds, including providing students with necessary background knowledge that other students may possess, using graphic organizers, pictures/visuals, demonstrations and realia, and providing redundant information and differentiated instruction based on students' language proficiency level. When researching various technology tools, it is critical that we investigate how the tool addresses these principles.
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  • The use of technology in the classroom is quickly becoming not only commonplace, but also essential for helping students gain the 21st-century skills they will need to be successful in the future.
  • when implementing technology in the classroom, an important component of instruction is to teach students how to use technology effectively and responsibly. Students may need guidance and instruction on how to use technology appropriately given the task and learning at hand, how to avoid distractions with technology, and how to effectively navigate the digital world.
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    In this article, Herrmann explains principles to guide the adoption and utilisation of technology to help meet general and specific needs of English-as-an-additional language learners.
Paul Beaufait

John M. Swales and Christine B. Feak: Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Second Edition, University of Michigan Press - 0 views

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    in the Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes http://www.press.umich.edu/series.do;jsessionid=DE23DDC4C02A2FFCF24D02484BAF601B?id=UM75
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    "contains many practical tips for simplifying and clarifying concepts while maintaining the appropriate register for professional audiences" (LinkedIn: TESOL Group: News Discussion, Times Topics: Who Says?, comment 3, c. 2009.01.24) http://www.linkedin.com/newsArticle?viewDiscussion=&articleID=24075972&gid=122431&split_page=1#comment_3
Vernon Fowler

Free paraphrase finder and thesaurus - Parasaurus Rex - 0 views

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    Parasaurus Rex, our monstrously powerful paraphrase finder, uses databases of approved translations to find alternative expressions for words and phrases in English, Arabic, German, Spanish, French and Chinese. Rex looks for translation matches for your phrase and then does a reverse lookup based on its translation(s) in another language. A fun and useful tool - tell all your friends!
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    A simple and easy paraphrase tool. Seems accurate in English at least.
Barbara Moose

Purdue OWL - 1 views

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    Academic writing
Paul Beaufait

New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral - EnglishCentral: The Official Blog - 7 views

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    "New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral"
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    Wow! Amazing post!
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