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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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List of Over 500 Web Tools for Language Learning & Teaching

Posted by Betsy on February 24, 2014 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

In celebration of the 500th link added to our list of Web Tools for Language Learning & Teaching, my co-curator and I invite you to use and contribute to the site! Betsy Lavolette, PhD candidate, Second Language Studies, Michigan State University Susan Pennestri, Instructional Technologist at the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship, […]

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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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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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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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Learning vocabulary using Rikaichan and Google News

Posted by Betsy on May 24, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

One of my frustrations as a learner of Japanese has always been the amount of time lost to looking up unknown kanji. By the time I have found the right reading and the right word, I’ve forgotten what the surrounding context was, and I have to reread the sentence or paragraph. Online dictionaries certainly help […]

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New theme

Posted by Betsy on March 7, 2011 in OpenSource, Personal, Web2.0 |

My site got hacked recently, so I’ve taken this as an opportunity to revamp the theme. I’ve customized the graphics, including my own business card on the lower right! Here’s what to do if your WordPress site ever gets hacked.

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CALICO 2010: Great conference, or the greatest conference?

Posted by Betsy on June 16, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Web2.0 |

The Computer Assisted Language Learning Consortium Conference 2010 was in Amherst, MA, June 10 – 12. I summed up my feelings about it in this tweet: Goodbye, #calico2010! It was awesome, in terms of presentations, people, planning, place… Presentations I learned so much from the sessions! This was the first conference I’ve attended where I […]

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