The Virtual Round Table Conference is an annual web conference for language learning technologies that is taking place on 20-22 April 2012 as a free web conference.
You can actively participate submitting as guest speaker by 1 April filling in the form at the “submission” area in the website. Visit the community and participate!
The EU project GLOSSA (LifeLong Learning Program KA2 – Languages ) organizes free Greek language online courses (C1 and C2 levels) that will start in November 2011.
Project partners are the following institutions:
- Action Synergy S.A. (Greece) – Coordinator of the project
- Hellenic Culture Centre – Κέντρο Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού (Greece)
- 12classes Greek School of Hungary (Hungary)
- Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Madrid – Public Language School of Madrid (Spain)
- Centro Ellenico di Cultura- Ellenic Centre of Culture (Italy)
- Recherche et Formation Marie Haps asbl (Belgium)
- Consulting Balear de Programacion (Spain)
- Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
- Kindersite Project Ltd (United Kingdom)
From the 1st of August 2011 till the 31st of October 2011 , applicants can register for free registering through the following form.
An e-mail will be sent to all registered users providing a username and a password which will be used to do a preliminary language test to check the level needed to follow the online courses.
If you have questions you can contact the project team at: email@example.com.You will also find more detailed information about the project on the website at: http://www.ellinikiglossa.eu (available in Greek and other languages).
IWB Language Lesson is a site that provides several lessons to be used with the support of an IWB and that can be purchased at a low price. You can have a look to a .pdf description of the chosen lesson before buying it.
Currently there’s the chance to have Spanish Smart Board lessons and ELL Smart Board lessons.
To have a closer look and more detailed information you can acces the website where all the features of those educational products are listed carefully.
Follow the link: http://iwblanguagelessons.com/
The 2011 EVO sessions will start on January 10 for a total duration of 5 intensive weeks, you are still in time to register!
A complete description of the available online free courses is given in the following wiki, where you can find the list of sessions, the names of the moderators and a link to the specific sessions with the weekly content.
Hurry up if you are interested in participating!
TEFL.net is part of the EnglishClub.com community and is designed exclusively for teachers.
In the section “guest” you can find several interesting interviews such as the one here proposed: Tara Benwell interviewed Nergiz Kern about teaching English in the virtual world Second Life.
Speaking about the opportunities made available for a language teacher Nergiz said:
There are some things you can do in SL that are difficult, impracticable or too expensive to do in RL, such as changing appearance quickly, which can make it more interesting to talk about appearance and is not limited to what the learners are wearing in class. Instead of looking at pictures of let’s say the Seven World Wonders, learners and the teacher can visit them together, climb up the pyramids or walk into a tomb to discover its secrets, visit different countries, museums, galleries, shops, take snapshots or buy stuff and bring them back to class to talk about them. Instead of imagining being in a room looking at a picture, learners can walk into and around a room, interact with the objects, for example: sit on a couch, watch a film, grab a cup of coffee, move the furniture, redecorate the house, and describe what they are doing. You can also drag all kinds of “realia” out of your pocket (inventory) whenever you need something–even whole planes, cars and houses or unusual objects that not every teacher has at home to bring to class. You can change their colour, texture, size, etc to elicit certain language. You can meet people from all around the world and work on projects with them for almost no cost at all. SL also offers multiple communication channels making it possible to give feedback to students without putting them on the spot or interrupting their presentation.
You can read the complete interview in the TEFL.net website.
Do you want to take part to a very motivating English class? a quite interesting approach has been activated byDr. Doris Molero (Pionia Destiny in SL), Nika Beck (Dorka Nemeth in SL) and Heike Phillip (Gwen Gwasi in SL). the three Professors organized a Medieval role play to teach English in the sim Artstonia in the virtual world Second Life(village: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Artstonia/217/117/127, Romeo and Juliet Castle: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seanrath/150/203/23) and you can read both the course description and lessons plan in their dedicated blog Learning English in a Medieval World.