Last Friday, I presented a webinar for EuroCALL's corpus SIG. And today, I have recorded the PPT and uploaded it YouTube. The best way to enter it is via the webinar's webpage.
The presentation demonstrates dozens of discovery activities that students can be tasked with doing when they are using SkELL and VersaText. In the process of making their language discoveries, they are answering their questions, processing data, drawing conclusions which they then depict in a wide range of visual representations. The language discoveries they make are about text, grammar, vocabulary and everything in between.
On 1st July, the Versatile E-learning site is embarking on its maiden voyage. It has had a dry run with some teacher training courses for my teachers here in Tashkent. But in July, we enter international waters. This is no mean feat when you're in one of the only double-landlocked countries in the world. 🙂
The e-learning courses are mainly intended to add an interactive dimension to Versatile books.
The first course to open revolves around Discovering English with VersaText.
Click the VersaText logo here for information about the course and the enrolment procedure.
The course is free, by the way. At least it is at the moment.
Understanding another involves empathy, which requires the kind of similarity that we just do not have with lions, and that many people do not have with other human beings.
Out of Your Seats is now in use all over the place. So if you are using the book and would like to share any comments about your experiences with it, please click the title of this post and make a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
New article by James Thomas just published here on the website. If you would like to comment on the article, do see here on the blog page. Looking forward to your comments.
The Reluctant Teacher
This extract from the Introduction to Out of Your Seats addresses some of the issues that cause language teachers' reluctance to engage in drama activities.
Susan Hillyard and Eugenia Dell'Osa have chosen such great travel reading that they want to share it with the world. Can't blame them really. :-)
They were flying Buenos Aires to Bolivia, I believe.
Thanks for your support, Susan and Eugenia.
Syllabus Stress Table
Task-based pronunciation teaching
Given that English word stress is a problem without a systematic solution, the Syllable Stress Table is an activity that focusses students' ears on the number of syllables in words, and then which of them is stressed. I have found that once students know this about a word and know that this is worth focussing on, they have more confidence in their pronunciation and they have a system for developing this aspect of English pronunciation.