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Useful links for LLT 361

Posted by Betsy on November 11, 2013 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

I will be talking about CALL as a guest speaker in Dr. Peter De Costa’s LLT 361 class, Second Language Learning, at MSU on November 14. I’m planning this as a mini workshop on the following tools, including some activities that could be done using them and the connections to SLA. All of the tools […]

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Multimedia learning object from pedagogical grammar course

Posted by Betsy on October 31, 2013 in InstructionalDesign, Language |

Time to show off a little. You can check out one of the multimedia learning objects, aka interactive presentations, from a course that I developed and taught between 8/2012 and 6/2013. The topic was pedagogical grammar for undergraduate pre-service teachers of English as a second language. If you really really like it and want to […]

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Using corpora and CALL tools in the ESL classroom

Posted by Betsy on October 30, 2013 in Language, Web2.0 |

Today, I’m teaching a class for MA TESOL students on using corpus tools and CALL tools in the language classroom. Here is a list of links that may be useful:   CALL tools CLEAR’s Rich Internet Applications List of Web 2.0 tools   Corpus tools Corpus of Contemporary American English Compleat Lexical Tutor Vocab Profile […]

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Web 2.0 how-tos and other useful CALL links

Posted by Betsy on July 22, 2013 in Language, Web2.0 |

I had the privilege of teaching CALL to ESL teachers from around the world during the past two weeks. My main role was to show them some tech tools that would be useful for the projects that they had to complete by the end of the program. One of the challenges in selecting the tools […]

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Formatting APA papers

Posted by Betsy on January 26, 2013 in Language |

I need to write a lot of papers in APA format–that’s because I’m a grad student. And every time I do, I am so very grateful for the Word template that Dr. Paula Winke has made available. Not only is it set up with styles that you can apply to your paper, it also has […]

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Learning to write for Facebook

Posted by Betsy on September 29, 2012 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

This post accompanies an in-class teaching presentation that I will give on 10/3 in my second language writing class. Writing for Facebook Use The Wall Machine to teach Facebook-style written communication. Examples Teaching ESL writing Ben Franklin Avengers Shakespeare After showing students some examples, try the following instructions: Your friend posts the following on your […]

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Seeking native Japanese speakers for (paid!) linguistic experiment in SF Bay Area

Posted by Betsy on August 13, 2012 in Language |

I’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area from 8/22 to 8/26, and I’ll be collecting data for a linguistic experiment that examines how native speakers of Japanese read in English. Can you participate in the experiment? Or do you know someone else who can? Please help me spread the word! Here is the information […]

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Reading in Japanese on the iPhone

Posted by Betsy on April 29, 2012 in Language |

Somehow I missed it until recently, but did you know that your iPhone has a built-in dictionary? And even more interesting for language learners (at the intermediate level and above), the dictionary is in the language of your OS! So, because I have my iPhone set to Japanese, my dictionary is also in Japanese. Here’s […]

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SDoI: Chapter 5: Analyzing Learners and Contexts

Posted by Betsy on June 28, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language |

[This is the sixth in a series of posts about Dick and Carey’s The Systematic Design of Instruction. Want to read an overview and my thoughts on Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4 before proceeding?] This chapter is about characterizing learners, the context in which they will be performing, and the context […]

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SDoI: Chapter 4: Identifying Subordinate Skills and Entry Behaviors

Posted by Betsy on June 27, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language |

[This is the fifth in a series of posts about Dick and Carey’s The Systematic Design of Instruction. Want to read an overview and my thoughts on Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3 before proceeding?] It’s been a while (okay, more than a year) since I posted about the previous chapter, but I have […]

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