Studycat is a language learning app for young learners. It aims to ‘revolutionise the way kids learn a foreign language, by making it fun and engaging’. According to the Studycat website, the app has been downloaded by 11 million families, it is multi-award winning, and it provides opportunities to learn more than just English – Chinese, French, Spanish and German too.
The main approach is learning through play. It aims to ‘create gameplay that naturally leads to language acquisition’. This very brief video from the Studycat subscription channel should give you a feel for the app:
As with many edtech tools, Studycat is currently free to support home learning (Corona), so it’s a good time to check it out. It comes with a LMS and book resources, although I am reviewing this product based mainly on the app as it appears to be the driving force of the product. (more…)
Soooo much training! In the last 10 days at work I’ve completed five modules of mandatory training on Zoom, had two webinars on using EtonX with YLs, got up to speed quickly with Microsoft Teams (which I had previously neglected a bit, and I’m still a bit naff) and done a whole load of other online webinars. Phew!
Anyhow, there seems to be a lot of training around for teachers. Once we get settled with these new modes of delivery, I’m hoping that they’ll be a bigger push towards training for parents. (more…)
Just a quick post for any Thai learners out there.
I’ve just subscribed to the Ling app. It’s basically Duolingo for Thai. If you like that format then is well worth getting.
There are 50 units to study, 10 units per level (beginner to expert). Each unit has 4 lessons, and then a speaking test, writing test and ‘exam’. Units look like this:
One-year anniversary of these posts. Cool!
Congrats to Billie Jago, who has authored these practice tests for Cambridge C1 Advanced:
This is the first time I’ve come across the publisher Prosperity Education. Looks like they are mainly exam-focused, and they seem to like having smiley people on the front of their books.
Didn’t come across any other releases this month, feel free to add them in the comments.
Oh no, wait! I saw Bernardo Morales post on LinkedIn about ‘Practice and Pass A2 KEY for Schools’ (via Delta Publishing). Link to book here.
Oh, come on! There’s no secret formula to getting a Distinction in the DipTESOL. You know that. I know that. But people are still gonna google ‘get a DipTESOL distinction’, and someone’s gonna top the search list. It might as well be me. After all, I’m not selling anything. And somehow, who knows, I keep fluking these good marks in courses despite being a bang average teacher…
CELTA – A
DipTESOL – Distinction
MA – Distinction
So look, here are a few things I did on the way to that Distinction. Note, not to get a Distinction. They might help, they might not. Are they generic? Meh, not all of them… (more…)
A very quick post to say thanks to Emily Bryson! She recently shared this interesting post on using the Japanese art of Hirameki as way to teach life skills and encourage creativity.
This worked a treat with my 6-year-olds! We are currently doing a module on animals and have just covered animal body parts. Emily’s activity was a great way to review/use this language. The learners turned their colourful splodges into animals and then labelled the various body parts. Simple, engaging, effective… and they were speaking in full sentences: ‘I think it looks like…’, ‘What can you see?’ Great to hear!
I can’t really share the learners’ own drawings on my blog, so the feature image is my own example (using one of Emily’s images).
Hey, that’s the great thing about reading other blogs! So much inspiration. Cheers Emily. Buying your book as a thank you, hopefully more inspiration in there!
A question I’ve been asked on LinkedIn by a writer (post for writers/editors, not publishers)…
Is it worth joining the ELT Publishing Professionals database? Anonymous
Bit fiddly to answer on LinkedIn, also the answer might be useful for others. So…
Answer: Overall, yes.