Monthly Archives: May 2008

SOME WEBS TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR INSIGHTS INTO ICT CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

 

ISTE’s Web site, www.iste.org, provides possibilities for ICT integration in the curriculum. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is in fact an organization which leads through presenting innovative educational technology books and programs, conducting professional development workshops, forums, and symposia; and researching, evaluating, and disseminating findings regarding educational technology on an international level. The site contains coverage of many topics relevant to the educational technology community.

Shambles is also a useful website designed to support the international school communities (teachers, support staff, administrators, students and families) in 17 countries in South East Asia. Lots of schools worldwide are now finding Shambles a useful resource. Its mission is to help with the needs of the education community whether they are teaching and learning, administration, revision, examination boards, jobs, or just help with assignments. Today it has become a powerful tool to search for It websites that have been recommended and approved by teachers. It actually contains a database of over 25,000 education webs. Interesting for CALLing purposes is the ICT in the classroom page.

In Europe a good reference site with a great deal of research and information on curriculum integration of ICT is BECTA. Becta is the British Government’s lead partner for the development and delivery of information and communications technology (ICT) and e-learning strategy for the schools and the learning and skills sectors. www.becta.org.uk. Its mission is to deliver educational excellence for all by supplying leadership in the innovative and effective use of ICT. They aim to positively influence strategic direction and policies relating to the use of technology in education. They are continuing to develop and share our understanding of the ways in which technology can help to transform education, challenge assumptions and act as a catalyst for change.

 

VOCABULARY PRACTICE (B1, B2)

Webs with vocabulary practice to do on your own

http://www.isabelperez.com/grammar.htm#Vocabulary

LISTENING 4EOI

Go to the following link on this site to do some listening practice. Make your own choice. All the sites in this collection are non commercial and have good quality sound, they have been tried and selected by language teachers from all over the world.

Resource centres

ECML European Centre for Modern Languages, Council of Europe

There are workshop reports, publications, national reports on foreign languages in European schools, project forums, and research resumés. Under Resources > Thematic Collections, there is a special section on ICT and Multimedia, offering 12 Workshop reports on the theme.

Consult also project reports under Innovative Approaches and New Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Languages. Unesco IITE Information and Communication Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages: State-of-the-Art, Needs and Perspectives A publication exploring the availability of technologies for foreign language teaching and associated ICT issues.

USEFUL BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CALL (Computer Assisted Language learning) and Internet for Language Teaching and Learning

  • BEATTY, K. (2003), Teaching and Researching Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Pearson Education, Longman.
  • BUTLER-PASCOE, M.E. & WIBURG, K.M. (2002), Technology and Teaching English Language Learners, Allyn & Bacon.
  • CHAPELLE, C.A. (ed.) (2003), English Language Learning and Technology: Lectures on Applied Linguistics in the Age of ICT (Language Learning and Teaching, 7), John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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Some webs for upper-intermediate practice

I have just opened a new page with some webs containing grammatical exercises and practice for upper-intermediate. You can click here to go to the upper-intermediate grammar page on this blog

Intermediate practice (B1-B2 European framework)

Go to INTERMEDIATE (B1-B2 European Framework), the page on this site where you can explore our selection of sites to practice intermediate grammar points at your own pace and convenience