I took the MA module in Technology-assisted Language Learning through NILE back in 2017. Here are some thoughts on the course (views my own).
The course “covers the uses of technology in language education and includes theoretical perspectives, practical applications and opportunities for hands-on practical experience.”
Module content included the following…
- The role of edtech in ELT
- Evaluating edtech in your own institution
- Working with the web: search literacy, tagging literacy, etc
- Working with media – images, audio, video, remixing
- Mobile learning- what is it and how can we use it? QR codes, virtual reality, augmented reality, e-readers, SMS, etc
- Syllabus design; implementing tech
- Teacher development online: PLNs etc
I completed the MA module on Materials Development through NILE back in 2016. Here’s a quick review of the course (all views my own).
The online course runs for 8 weeks, with a mid-course break. It explores ‘many aspects of effective materials development, from key principles to practicalities.’
After an introductory unit, the rest of the course content covers the following:
- Learners, contexts and materials
- Cognitive demand
- Language input and output
- Exploiting texts
- Affective factors in materials
- Visual design and image
- Teacher notes
A longer post this month – some overspill from the last post and then happenings over the last few weeks…
What’s new out recently?
Here are some recent coursebooks from publishers that I’ve clocked mainly on LinkedIn…
- Oxford Uni Press have a new Pre-Primary series out – Archie’s World (shared by Jen Dobson). That link suggests it’s for the Spanish market, but I’m not sure.
- Macmillan released Language Hub earlier in the year, and were promoting this at the English UK Academic Conference. I was involved in the digital content for the product so it’s great to see it on the market…
More PronPack in class today. I’m just making a quick note of a follow-up activity I did – worked well.
I used ‘Stress Jigsaw’, a cool activity for raising awareness of contrastive stress. It involves matching questions with the correct answer, using the tonic stress in the answer as a clue. Here is a pic, but not of all the matching pairs as the publishers might not be happy with that… (more…)
I watched this short webinar today from Cambridge Assessment English on gamifying learning (Sarah Albrecht and Ollie Wood). It was a straightforward introduction to the topic of gamification, then a short Q+A between presenters and live listeners. Here is the recording, as shared by Ollie Wood on LinkedIn:
I’ve been using PronPack a bit in class recently. I was going to review it, but I think it’s more interesting to write about how I’m using it instead.
I’ve just taught my teen classes the phonemic chart and we’ve been identifying some of the sounds they have difficulties with. Hancock’s Vowel Breakout (Book 2) was a good springboard for practice the other day. If you are unfamiliar, this is an activity where learners find their way out of a maze by following a path of words which include a certain sound.
I used this task as a quick review of our vowel focus the previous week, but I extended it by getting learners to make their own mazes for sounds they found difficult/problematic to produce or identify. (more…)
Thought I’d start sharing a semi-regular post on materials writing for those (semi-)interested. Just news, views, jobs I see and stuff. Whatever, don’t know yet!
9 ways to get noticed by an ELT publisher
This is a new blog post from Atena Juszko, ELT Editor. It has some really useful ideas and some good links. The ones for publisher blogs might be of interest to some. I do/have done most of the stuff on the list, but I shy away from presenting at conferences. I might do more in the future, who knows. Anyway, useful post. Atena mentioned an old post of mine about writing for ELT magazines – I saw a tweeter share this recent post from Tim Thompson on the same topic, which may be useful for those looking to build their presence in the industry.
Digital Learning Associates
I have an article coming up in ETPro about the benefits of having a LinkedIn account for materials writers. While that won’t sound particularly riveting to most, I had a useful ‘LinkedInteraction’ (see what I did there…?) last week. A new contact had some work with ‘Digital Learning Associates’ listed on their work history. I did some research on these guys and some speculative emailing. Turns out…
- they are keen to hear from video narrators/editors in the industry, so get in touch if this is your thing
- they have an online platform of video-based resources, which sounds good. They’re going to let me review it, so watch this space if interested
- they produce quite a bit of video-based content for big publishers. I wondered where a lot of that came from…
Anyway, they look like a company worth checking out. (more…)