CPD with Joe Dale: Multimedia Language Learning on the iPad


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FREE BOOK: Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom

Case studies of OpennessThis new book grew out of the conference “Learning through Sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication”, organised by the EUROCALL Teacher Education and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) Special Interest Groups at the University of Bologna (Italy) in March 2012.

It showcases how practitioners in different settings are engaging with the concept of openness in language teaching and learning. The contributions address topics such as: open tools for collaboration; sharing resources; sharing practices; collaborative learning and student-generated content; and learner autonomy.

Download the book free of charge from http://research-publishing.net/publications/2013-beaven-comas-quinn-sawhill/.

The book can also be purchased in a Kindle edition from Amazon, and as a black and white paperback from Lulu (with 20% discount) and from Amazon. It is also available on Google Books full view from October 2013.

For more information, click here.

Primary French Project Partnership launched by ALL, IF and NfL

ALL logo Institut Francais UK logo NetworkForLanguages logo

A high-profile partnership that aims to support primary schools throughout England has been formally launched in London on 14 March 2013. The Primary French Project Partnership brings together three organisations:

  • Institut français du Royaume Uni (IFRU)
  • ALL – The Association for Language Learning
  • Network for Languages

They have come together for the purpose of supporting primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014. The support will include the development of teaching resources to exemplify the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages (French), outreach to as many primary schools as possible, the development of training courses for teachers, and professional development opportunities.

To find out more about the project and who to contact, please read the following press release: Press ReleasePrimaryFrenchPartnership

News about the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF)

ERF logoWhat is the Extensive Reading Foundation?
The Extensive Reading Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to support and promote extensive reading. One Foundation initiative is the annual Language Learner Literature Award for the best new works in English. Another is maintaining a bibliography of research on extensive reading. The Foundation is also interested in helping educational institutions set up extensive reading programs through grants that fund the purchase of books and other reading material.
The Second World Congress of Extensive Reading
The 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress will be held at Yonsei University, Seoul from September 14th & 15th, 2013.  The congress is being hosted by the Korean English Extensive Reading Association (KEERA).  The call for papers opened on December 1, 2012.  Click on the link – http://keera.or.kr/events/wc2/ – to find out more.
The 2012 Language Learner Literature Award winners
Want to find some new and award winning books for extensive reading?  The winners of the 9th annual Language Learner Literature Awards were announced in October this year.  Five awards were presented in five different categories.  The 2012 awards are for books that were published in 2011.  To find out more about the awards, go to http://erfoundation.org/wordpress/?page_id=214
The Extensive Reading Foundation You Tube Channel
The Extensive Reading Foundation has a You Tube Channel!  Check out Professor Richard Day talking about the benefits of extensive reading, as well as  Professor Bill Grabe’s plenary at the First ER World Congress.  You’ll find these talks and more at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheErfoundation?feature=mhee
New resources for teachers on Extensive Reading
The Guide to Extensive Reading is now available  to download for free in English, Japanese, and Chinese.  Go to http://erfoundation.org/wordpress/?page_id=8.  The guide looks at important questions such as how to plan and set up an extensive reading programme and how to select books. 
See also Dr. Rob Waring’s new article entitled, ‘Why ER should be an indispensable part of all language programs’.  To read the article, go to http://erfoundation.org/wordpress/.

Useful book on English grammar from a foreign language learner’s point of view

Teaching the grammar of a foreign language can be a tricky business, especially since learners may, on occasion, have a rather tentative grasp of their first language’s grammar.

A colleague at Aston recommends the following resource for supporting learners of French whose first language is English in their study of French grammar:

‘My Mom is a teacher of French in the US, and she was telling me about how good this book was for teaching English/American students about French grammar, via the explanation of English grammar concepts. For example, how to get from an English structure to an equivalent French structure, grammar explained as it relates to English but anticipating concepts necessary for French etc.’

For more information, click here.

The book is also available for learners of German and Spanish.

In fact, the German version was recommended to a German tutor at Aston by one of her students, an indication that other students might also find it helpful.