In Teach we have a range of regular features exploring technology in the ESL classroom. We offer in-depth reviews with lesson plans, edurants on the sometimes fraught shot-gun marriage of technology and teaching in the ESL classroom, a framework on how to augment your teaching with technology and the occasional obliteration of some teaching silos!

Meat & Three Vege: Sausages or LMS

Introduction

This post focuses on the Sausage or Learner Management Systems (LMS) – or should it be Learner Socialisation Systems (LSS) – part of my ESL technology framework: Meat and Three Vege.

Technology in ESL is often sidelined on the one hand through inconsistent use across an institute, and on the other through the flooding of colleges with experimental products and web sites that distract rather than help.

My framework tries to address...

TEC² Up: Text Mining

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As stated in the main article, an ecological perspective of language learning and complex theory provide useful guidelines for developing materials. This lesson plan will try to incorporate those ideas and show how this could be realized through a LSS (Learner Social System).

In addition, the format borrows heavily from ideas presented by Scott Thornbury in Beyond the Sentence: Introducing Discourse Analysis. In his book he concludes that texts can be ‘progressively fine-tuned, elaborated, reformulated, critiqued, corrected,...

Meat & Three Vege: Peas or PLNs

This post focuses on the Peas or Personal Learning Networks (PLN) part of my ESL technology framework: Meat and Three Vege. Technology in ESL is often sidelined on the one hand through inconsistent use across an institute, and on the other through the flooding of colleges with experimental products and web sites that distract rather than help. My framework tries to address these problems through a back-to-...

Low Demand Tech: Writing & Grammar

This is the fifth in a series on demand high teaching with low demand technology which fits into my ESL tech framework: Meat & Three Vege: A nutritious college-wide framework for technology. In this video, I will be focusing on writing and grammar, and the tools that can augment your teaching and demand more from your students. These demands can be more easily made...

Review: Lessons from the MOOCosphere

This presentation attempted to give its attendees a bird’s-eye view of an iterative process in building and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The presenters, Chris Cavey and Neil McClaren of British Council (BC), go beyond the numbers, and share the lessons learned through various iterations of BC’s successful online courses. Their journey took them from...

In the Salt Mines: Bring out the Gimp Part 1

Introduction

Last year, I defined myself by what I didn’t like about ESL — comparing our industry to a pyramid of sh*t. The binariness of methodology debates in ESL had left me exhausted, much like a computer that can only work in zeros and ones. There are a whole lot more numbers out there and each number/methodology have made valuable contributions to how we teach English.

So, inspired by...

Meat & Three Vege: Carrots or Low Demand Tech

This post focuses on the Carrots or Low Demand Tech part of my ESL technology framework — Meat and Three Vege. Technology in ESL is often sidelined on the one hand through inconsistent use across an institute and on the other hand through the flooding of colleges with methodology-light  tech products that distract teachers from focusing on their students  (Weiner 2015). My framework tries to address these problems through a back to basics...

TEC² Up: Hulk Smash Pronunciation!

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I love comics: superheroes, epic battles and great representations of spoken English in the written form. What? Are you serious? It's true. Pick-up a comic book and you're more likely than not to find some examples of how English is really spoken. This is from Indestructible Hulk "I didn’t get half o’what that flyin’ whatchamacallit was sayin."

Hulk's grammar might not be so good, but he definitely knows how to smash course book dialogues until they start to resemble authentic spoken English. So, go find a coursebook dialogue and let your students unleash the power of the emerald...