Monthly Archives: October 2008

Collaborative Editing Online: Available Tools

It is not only wikis and blogs that you can use collaboratively online. Now it is possible to create graphs and charts together, as well as regular text documents and tables. What you Need Tool to Adopt a graph or … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 in Education: Affordances

NB! Web 2.0 properties are moulded by user perceptions. The notion of the learner-context interface (Language Learning in Distance Education by Cynthia White, p 86, etc CLTL) places the individual learner’s capacity to construct an effective interface with target language*  (TL) … Continue reading

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Collaborative Learning Online: Principles and Guidelines

Quintessentially, in order for a collaborative task to succeed it is necessary to provide for the following: 1. The students in a group must perceive that they “sink or swim” together, that each member is responsible to and dependent on … Continue reading

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Sample Collaborative Learning Tasks & Activities: Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning

Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning The goal of this activity is to generate discussion among student groups about a specific topic or content area. Faculty conducts a brief (10-15 minutes) lecture on a topic or content area. Faculty may assign a … Continue reading

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A Guide to EFL/ESL Exams and Levels

This is a table that provides a compact comparative overview of such EFL/ESL exams as FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS & TOEFL.

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Types of Groups and Groupwork

GROUPWORK Various names have been given to this form of teaching, and there are some distinctions among these: cooperative learning, collaborative learning, collective learning, learning communities, peer teaching, peer learning, reciprocal learning, team learning, study circles, study groups, and work … Continue reading

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Designing Multiple Choice Tests (validity, reliability, etc)

Here is a nice article on designing multiple choice tests

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Setting up a Wiki for your Class

There are several websites that allow you to set up a wiki for your class quickly and easily, the most popular ones are PB Wiki Wetpaint Wikispaces

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A Super-Duper Book on Accents & L1 Dependent Mistakes

I came across this book quite by chance. The title of the book – Learner English by M- Swan & B. Smith – has little to do with the contents at first sight (I did not expect to find detailed … Continue reading

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