“Oh, Wow! Creating a Buzz about Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia” by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Oh, Wow! Creating a Buzz about Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia”.

Jennifer says, “In my latest video in the Language Notes series, I tackle a sizable list of filler words, interjections, and onomatopoeic words. I don’t see learners walking away with all items memorized, but my hope is that they will understand the concept of each word group and retain my words of so-called wisdom about trying to incorporate the use of such words in their own speech. I demonstrate how the elimination of filler words actually creates smoother, more confident speech.”

Oh, Wow! Creating a Buzz about Filler Words, Interjections, and Onomatopoeia

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‘Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning’ by Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey’s latest blog post is titled “Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning”.

Nik  says , “Unless teachers are working in a teaching environment where a uniform set of physical devices are provided for students, such as a complete set of iPads or Android tablets, then they need to check carefully that all the variety of devices that their students possess are all supported. The safest way to ensure this is to check to see if the app also has a browser based version, so that students without up-to-date mobile devices will still be able to participate.”

Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

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‘Word Sense – See the Connections Between Words’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Word Sense – See the Connections Between Words”.

Richard  says, “Word Sense is a neat little service that is one part dictionary and one part thesaurus. When you enter a word into Word Sense it will show you the definition(s) for the word as well as the connections to associated and similar words. You can see any of the definitions of the connected words by simply clicking on them to pop-up a definition.”

Word Sense – See the Connections Between Words

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‘Dear eTwinning 3.0 participants!’ by Arjana Blazic

Arjana Blazic’s latest blog post is titled “Dear eTwinning 3.0 participants!”.

Arjana says, “ever since that warm June afternoon when Bart and I were asked to do yet another Learning Event in the Learning Lab, we lived with it and for it! We worked on it day and night, we looked for new tools and resources, did research, explored the tools and discussed their pedagogical value and usage in education, experimented, created new tasks, invented new  activities, tried them out with our students, reflected and reviewed, critized, praised and inspired each other, dealt with issues and problems, were excited to find something that worked perfectly and disappointed at other times because it didn’t. And now after the learning event has finished, after ten days of intense online collaboration, fascinating connectedness and creativity, after having received so many compliments, beautiful comments, lovely posters and thank you notes, we know that we have inspired and motivated you and that together we have … touched the sky!.”

Dear eTwinning 3.0 participants!

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’7 tips to help your learners speak English fluently’ by Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson’s latest blog post is titled “7 tips to help your learners speak English fluently”.

Adam says, “In today’s world it is important for people to be able to interact with others in English. Merely speaking English is not enough, though: being able to speak English correctly and fluently is essential. Speaking English with hesitation can lower your confidence while speaking English fluently can instill great confidence in the speakers.”

7 tips to help your learners speak English fluently

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‘Would you like to be a ghostwriter?’ by Jeremy Harmer

Jeremy Harmer’s latest blog post is titled “Would you like to be a ghostwriter?”.

Jeremy says, “ We then thought of other ways she could have introduced her anecdote/story. After that we talked about getting students to research some of the vocabulary (collocations, chunks etc) of  key concepts of the story so that they could use them and thus ‘bump up’ the story’s impact. My ‘students’ told each other stories and were then interviewed in more depth about them, and then the ‘ghostwriters’ had to turn what they had heard (those stories) into 1st person narratives – as if it was their story (that’s exactly what a ghostwriter does).  My ‘students’ also looked at a faithful transcript of the anecdote they had heard/watched and talked about how to turn it into elegant written prose – and we discussed how this transcription and tidying up can be a useful way of analysing language and language use. I said I’d write a blog about it so that they could post any of their ghostwritten stories if they wanted.”

Would you like to be a ghostwriter?

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‘Multiple Meanings of Adverbs’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Multiple Meanings of Adverb”.

Jennifer says, “A question about adverbs from an advanced learner sent me to my reference books recently. If he had asked about only or fortunately, it would have been much easier. Some adverbs are easy to classify. As Jay Maurer explains, only helps us focus our attention on some element in a sentence (301): I can answer onlythe first question, not the second. (Focus is placed on “the first quetion.”) Fortunately falls into the category of adverbs that help us express viewpoint (300): Fortunately, I had help.

Multiple Meanings of Adverb

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‘The Right to Food – An Interactive Story About Hunger’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is title “The Right to Food – An Interactive Story About Hunger”.

Richard says, “The Right to Food is an interactive story about the challenges of feeding the world’s people. The story, produced by feedingminds.org, takes students to eight locations around the world. At each location students read about how people get food and the challenges that people can face in getting adequate food for themselves and their families.”

The Right to Food – An Interactive Story About Hunger

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