Jim Scrivener, author of the best-selling Macmillan Books for Teachers title, Learning Teaching, and, more recently, the award-winning, Teaching English Grammar, provides a whole host of teaching tips on a variety of topics. Make your lessons easier, more efficient, and fun!
This practical seminar takes a brief look at the history of mobile and handheld learning from the early days of text messaging to the current possibilities afforded by sophisticated devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.
Gavin Dudeney then moves on to examine the shift that takes place when learners are encouraged to keep their mobile devices switched on in class (instead of turning them off!) and shares a basic theoretical rationale for their regular implementation, considering both the pros and cons of such an initiative.
A range of practical ideas are presented that teachers can immediately implement in their classes across a variety of levels and contexts.
All the handwringing by 7th-grade English teachers and parents over the tens of millions of grammatically challenged texts sent every day misses the point of what texting is, says John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University. “Texting isn’t written language,” McWhorter told the audience at TED2013. “It much more closely resembles the kind of language we’ve had for so many more years: spoken language.”
Professor Richard Day, Chair and Co-founder of the Extensive Reading Foundation, explains the benefits to language learners of extensive reading.
A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest has evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions.
This workshop, with Nicky Hockly, provides an introduction to ‘Digital literacies’. Nicky offers a useful insight to the different aspects of digital literacies and gives some practical tips for the classroom. The first part of the four-part workshop looks at ‘Information literacy’.