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2016 MSU Workshop for Teachers of Japanese

Posted by Betsy on May 12, 2016 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I am honored to be the invited presenter at this year’s Japanese Language Teacher Workshop of the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Michigan State University.

The workshop is titled The Power of Input, Fun, and Games. You can download the slides.

Tools, Materials, and Resources Presented

多読 resources

Games

Adaptable online games (add your own vocab, etc.)

Non-adaptable online games

Mobile games (play on iPhone/iPad or Android device)

  • Hiragana Word Fireworks – game for iOS and Android that teaches hiragana
  • 美文字 – compete against yourself to write Japanese characters beautifully on iOS and Android
  • Miitomo – social game for iOS & Android that can be played in Japanese, with both text and text-to-speech

Analog games

Standards & assessment

おまけ

  • 72 Seasons – get interesting cultural information about all 72 seasons of the Japanese calendar on iOS and Android
  • Install the Chinese handwriting keyboard on your iPhone/iPad. You’ll be able to search for characters by writing them, but without a need for correct stroke order (or even getting close)!!!
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Practical tech tools for Arabic language teachers

Posted by Betsy on April 20, 2016 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

We are honored to have the opportunity to present our workshop, Practical tech tools for Arabic language teachers. The resources and tools that we refer to are listed below. Presentation slides Solving technical problems Arabic Keyboard Yamli (Arabic keyboard) RTL character Right-click on input box and choose “right justify” (right) CTRL + (right) SHIFT to right justify […]

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TALFL Keynote: Aim High (Tech)

Posted by Betsy on April 13, 2016 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I am honored to be invited to give the keynote presentation at the Sixth TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Conference at West Chester University on April 16, 2016. Presentation slides (PDF) TodaysMeet room – online space for comments and questions during presentation In the presentation, I mention many resources for language teaching and learning, many of […]

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IALLT Language Center Director Survey, 2015

Posted by Betsy on February 1, 2016 in Language |

IALLT periodically surveys the community of language center/lab directors to investigate the state of language centers and the positions and duties of their directors. To disseminate the findings of the 2015 survey to the IALLT membership, we present here the results of key questions regarding language center management and design. To maximize the usefulness of […]

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Wakatta! A game for practicing vocabulary

Posted by Betsy on October 9, 2015 in InstructionalDesign, Language |

This semester, I am teaching a Japanese course for 4th year students that helps them prepare for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). One of the nice things about the class is that it is very small. However, one of the challenges of teaching a small class is keeping it lively, especially at 9 a.m.! Another […]

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Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan

Posted by Betsy on May 8, 2015 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

Short link to this post: v.gd/jtamws Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan MSU Workshop for Teachers of Japanese I am honored to be the invited presenter at this year’s Japanese Language Teacher Workshop of the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Michigan State University. The workshop is titled Technology Resources for Teaching Japanese: […]

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Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese

Posted by Betsy on October 14, 2014 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

Short link to this post: v.gd/oatjws Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese Japanese Language Teacher Workshop I am honored to be the invited presenter at this year’s Japanese Language Teacher Workshop of the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Wittenberg University. The workshop is titled Too many choices, where do I […]

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Aurasma – Augmented reality app

Posted by Betsy on May 22, 2014 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I blogged about Aurasma over at the new blog for the Center for Language Teaching Advancement. Aurasma is a really cool (and free!) augmented reality app, so why not check it out?

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AT&T Award for Best Online Course

Posted by Betsy on April 21, 2014 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I’m very proud to announce that I’ve won an AT&T Instructional Technology Award for Best Online Course. You can check out more details about the course on the awards website, and you can experience a small piece of the course on my blog.

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Useful links for LLT 361 – Spring 2014

Posted by Betsy on April 4, 2014 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I talked about digital games for language learning as a guest speaker in Dr. Peter De Costa’s LLT 361 class, Second Language Learning, at MSU on November 14, 2013. I have updated this presentation by taking out tools that didn’t work well or have gone to a paid model and replaced them with new ones. […]

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