Applying the theory of disruptive innovations to the field of language teaching

Introduction According to Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation (Christensen, C. & Eyring, H. J. (2011), as companies grow big, they tend to focus on the high-end market developing more sophisticated, expensive products. This leaves the lower-end market open for other competitors. A disruptive technology, then, is one that allows less established companies to provide a […]

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Flax and Flip your language classroom

The term “Flipped Classroom” was originally coined by two high school science teachers, Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams (Their book – Flip your classroom – Reach every student in every class everyday). The story was that the teachers discovered that lecturing to students was not an effective mean of teaching, so they started recording their lectures, […]

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Incorporating digital literacies into an EAP curriculum Part 2 – How

Recap:  The last post defines digital literacies as the ability to to comprehend information in a variety of digital environments to create and remix content to communicate appropriately in digital contexts to develop more confidence and comfort in online participation  to be able to evaluate and critique resources. (Belshaw, 2011)  This post will examine how […]

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Using Screenr in language teaching

Screenr is a free screen recording tool, easy to use to support language teaching. The following are a few voice-over videos I had my students do in a pronunciation seminar.

Pronunciation: Pausing in speech

Pronunciation: Sentence Stress

See another example of a somewhat silly voice over clip

To make voice-over videos, simply

  1. Go to Screenr
  2. Click the “record” button
  3. Resize the frame around a video on your computer
  4. Turn the sound of the video off
  5. Start recording
  6. When you’re done, you can see your voice-over on the screenr page
  7. To save or publish the video, you’ll need to sign up for an account.

Have fun with it!

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Using Screenr to teach pronunciation

Screenr is a free screen recording tool, easy to use to support language teaching. The following are a few voice-over videos I had my students do in a pronunciation seminar.

Pronunciation: Pausing in speech

Pronunciation: Sentence Stress

See another example of a somewhat silly voice over clip

To make voice-over videos, simply

  1. Go to Screenr
  2. Click the “record” button
  3. Resize the frame around a video on your computer
  4. Turn the sound of the video off
  5. Start recording
  6. When you’re done, you can see your voice-over on the screenr page
  7. To save or publish the video, you’ll need to sign up for an account.

Have fun with it!

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Moodle and other education technologies in language teaching

Moodle has been developed based on the social constructivist principles. At present, its course management features are great and a number of tools, including the discussion forum and glossary, allow for some level of collaboration; however, the platform, itself, is not open and, thus, limits the full potentials of the the blogging and wiki tools. In fact, learning […]

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Various degrees of “nomadness”

The Rhizomatic Model and language learning Dave Cormier used the idea of a nomad to illustrate his Rhizomatic Model of learning, which is characterized by a number of elements include open-ended learning outcomes, learner-driven, chaotic conditions and knowledge construction through negotiation. In explaining his model, Cormier points out that the model may not work for […]

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