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Month: December 2009

Teacher training and Development

Bridget Jones and my New Year's Resolutions – 2009

<![CDATA[  I have always loved the scene where Bridget Jones comes up with her famous 33 New Year’s Resolutions. What a great scene that was and I can’t remember how many nice lessons, by the way,  I have watched with trainees using this clip to teach this or that, sometimes the future, sometimes just to…
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Though I may be on the other side of the world from you…

<![CDATA[Last night I was trying to think of a Christmas message for this blog to show my feelings to you all and to send you my wishes. Right as i was searching for a suitable picture and thinking about the right words, I received this e-card from a friend. I was struck by the simplicity…
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Visual Delights & Spike Milligan

<![CDATA[I am a big time fan of Spike Milligan, who has nothing whatsoever to do with foreign language teaching or foreign language teacher education but who has given me hours of great delight and, at times, inspiration for materials or activity design. In 1985, he brought out a book called “Further Transports of Delight” with…
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Storming out or Norming in?

I first became interested in social group theory quite a few years ago, mainly due to a great colleague and friend, Angi Malderez who I met during the 2nd International Conference ever offered in Istabul in 1992 (or 3?). At that time, that most excellent book, “Classroom Dynamics” (OUP ) and bearing a dedication to…
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My Nominations for the Edublog Awards 2009 – A note of thanks

<![CDATA[ It doesn’t happen to anyone any faster than it has happened to me! I created a Twitter account last December during the riots in Athens. I learnt about hashtags and and about finding out and sending news very quickly but as an educator I didn’t really start using it till May. This was also…
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My Nominations for Edublogs Awards 2009

<![CDATA[ …And my nominations for the Edublog Awards 2009 are: Best individual blog Karenne Sylvester’s Kalinagoenglish http://kalinago.blogspot.com/ Gavin Dudeney’s ThatS’Life http://slife.dudeney.com/ Best individual tweeter Shelly Terrell  http://twitter.com/ShellTerrell Best new blog Ken Wilson’s Blog http://kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com/ Digital Play http://digitalplay.info/blog/ Best class blog Christina Markoulaki http://markaki-students.blogspot.com/ (Maria Markaki Language School) Best resource sharing blogs Larry Ferlazzo’s http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ Nik…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy I – ReadtheWords, Voki & Xtranormal

<![CDATA[My first post in the series is about three applications ReadtheWords in which an avatar speaks out a text you have pasted into a text box Voki which does the same but which also allows you to record your voice not xtranormal which allows only text to speech but which offers a range of animations.…
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