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EU Project on IWBs in Vocational Education

on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:50

Project proposal on Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) in Vocational Education gets funded.

Linguist list review of Digital Genres, New Literacies and Autonomy in Language Learning (Luzon et al., 2010)

on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 12:14

The June 2011 edition of the LINGUIST List features Daria Dayter's review of the book 'Digital Genres, New Literacies and Autonomy in Language Learning', edited by María José Luzón, María Noelia Ruiz-Madrid and María Luisa Villanueva (2010). 

A number of contributions to the book, published in the Cambridge Scholars Publishers series,  was first presented at the Seminario Internacional CIBERTAAAL, a conference organised in 2008 by Grupo de Investigación GIAPEL (University Jaume I) Género y TIC. Nuevas Competencias y Aplicaciones al Aprendizaje Autónomo de Lenguas 

The summary  at Amazon

TELLConsult attended iTILT project meeting

on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 23:09

TELLConsult attended iTILT's second f2f project meeting in Cardiff, Wales

TELLConsult co-presented iTILT at REAL-TICE conference

on Fri, 06/24/2011 - 23:46

Together with British Council partner Graham Stanley we did a workshop on IWBs in Language Education at the REAL-TICE conference on June 22-25 in Madrid. 

The event was organised  by the European Network of Language Teacher Associations (REAL) in collaboration with several Language Teacher Associations, including TESOL-SPAIN.  Fore more information, programme and presentations consult the Seminar website
Main goals of the seminar were to enable participants to:
  • share their concerns, ideas and experiences about the world of teaching and learning languages;
  • find out about new solutions on

TELLConsult accepted invitation to lead EFKF's R & D team

on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 23:56

As we reported in TELLConsult's mission statement we also make time available for not-for-profit intitiatives, such as the English for Kids Foundation (EFKF), for which, we think, TELLConsult's expertise could contribute to realising the ambitions. We have gladly accepted the invitation to lead EFKF's R & D team. 

This is how this news was reported in EFKF's Newsletter #16: 
Research & Development Team now led by Ton Koenraad
More than 3 years ago University Teacher Ton Koenraad showed an interest in EFKF. He promised us he would contact us after his retirement.

Sankore's open-source authoring software presented at Salon Solutions Linux Open Source 2011

on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 00:01

 

For more information about this initiative in French click here for its webportal and/or view this YouTube interview
 
Thanks to another relevant Twitter follower I found out about The Sankoré program. It is a French initiative to share the revolution of digital education with Africa. The activities, started in January 2009 in Bamako, are supported through the Groupement d’Intérêt Public pour l’Education Numérique en Afrique (GIPENA) and the Délégation Interministérielle à l’Education Numérique en Afrique (DIENA).
 
Sankoré is:
  • a program to equip African schools with digital

Long tail also in Education

on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:41

As George Tsioumani recently started to follow me on Twitter, I found out about his Blog 'ICT in ELT' and his interest in the WebQuest concept: [...] I regret so much that I didn't have discovered Webquest.org earlier.'  The comment option allowed me to share an overview of the latest developments on WebQuests in Language Education (LanguageQuests) as published in Issue 3 of CORELL,  a peer-reviewed electronic journal on computer resources in foreign language. 



This event and the recent invitation to TELLConsult  to join an EU Transfer of Innovation project  to help customise the results

WebSwami & MFL oral skills training

on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 21:42

As advisor of Anglia Network Europe TELLConsult  is involved in researching technologies and coaching experiments to facilitate training and assessment of EFL oral skills. In this context a first pilot using mobile phones was carried out using Learnosity, the results of which were also presented at the 2010 GLOCALL conference in Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia.

The recent WebSwami update and its adoption of LTI, through which WebSwami will automatically integrate with the large majority of the leading LMS including Blackboard,  Sakai and - Moodle of course - was reason for us to recommend researching

Interactive Whiteboards and EFL in Brazilian Schools

on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 22:33

I followed up this recent tweet from the EU project iTILT's  twitterfountain that referred to: 'a very interesting paper on IWBs and mentoring with EFL Teachers in new British Council publication'

This led to Marcus Ferreira da Silva's chapter: Interactive Whiteboards and EFL in Brazilian Schools. 
In his contribution (2009) he addresses the question: Do Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) have the potential to enhance students’ interaction in the foreign language class?

From the reference on the Macmillan page I selected this concluding paragraph: 

 

[...] The literature seems to be extremely

Research TELLConsult contributed to presented at EUROCALL SIG meeting

on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 22:24

The results of research on modern language teacher competences were presented at the EUROCALL CMC & Teacher Education SIG 2011meeting.  Dr. Robert O’Dowd, one of the keynote speakers at the Workshop 'Getting the Bigger Picture: Language Teacher Competences in CMC Settings' presented the outcomes of a study we were invited to contribute to. 

Questions addressed were: What are the skills, attitudes and knowledge which a teacher needs in order to establish and carry out successfully an online intercultural exchange with their learners?

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