Tag Archives: Research in EFL

Are flashcards effective? フラッシュカードで語彙を覚えるかどうか


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Common Writing Mistakes

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English is full of traps, even for native speakers. Fall into one of them, and most people won’t notice or care if it is spoken English. In writing though, especially when you sit for exams, things are more complicated.

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MAJ: Best Moodle Innovation Award ベスト・ムードル・イノベーション賞について

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Peter Parise‘s insight:

Planning to go to this conference. Hope to learn a lot since I am new to Moodle.

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Corpora Info Page

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Corpora- Text Corpora list.

A listserve for conferences, publications, programs, recent corpora, and other resources.

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Many Eyes

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Data visualization site by IBM open for public use. Ideal for presentations, discussions, poster sessions, and other classroom activities. For language learning, click “Visualization types” and look at “Analyze a text” for word clouds and word trees etc.

 

Enjoy!

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The “March” of Time….. and a new academic year “Springs” into action!

For those who live outside of Japan, one thing I would like you to know is that we start the new year in the Spring. In fact not only school but anyone starting a new job usually gets under way from April 1st. Everyone’s life seems to restart in April, just in time for the cherry blossoms…..There is talk about changing over to starting in September like the rest of the world, but if we did that the symbolism would be lost…

So much for poetry…. on with the nitty gritty…

I will be moving on from Rikkyo University to be to serve as a trainer for teacher development in Kanagawa prefecture to teach elementary, junior high and high school teachers language teaching techniques and cultural awareness.

It is a fresh start for me, and one that has a lot of potential and a lot of challenges too. Where can I take my research from here?

At Rikkyo the concepts of  fluency development, vocabulary and syntactic priming, vocabulary development, and using data visualisation became part of my research and teaching practice. Even though we had a very specific teaching approach, I felt Rikkyo supported me in my research interests and will always feel a great deal of gratitude for the Discussion Center and the staff there. There is a real community of teachers, and I really felt supported. If you get a chance to teach there by all means take advantage of it.

With Kanagawa I will hope to bring what I have learned to public school teachers, but also I hope to be an example of someone who can be enthusiastic about teaching. Interesting things are falling into place and I hope I can make a worthwhile contribution.

Post presentation thoughts and thanks

Sunday evening, finished the presentation. Thank you Anne for working with me on this. I appreciate it a lot! It is much easier to present as a pair than alone. Ibaraki JALT is a fine group of people! Thank you for your support and warm-heartedness.  Tom and Yasue’s presentation was excellent too! Thank you for doing this with us!

Now, I am just going to vegetate for a bit. Put the books and the papers away! Tomorrow’s another day. Tomorrow’s a work day. Tomorrow never knows…..

Wordle! A Colorful Way to Present Word Frequencies

Wordle: High Fequency Words in Oral Communication Textbook

Wordle: High Frequency Words In Oral Communication Textbook_with Fucntion Words

I found one interesting website which uses word frequencies to create word clouds, that is http://www.wordle.net created by Johnathan Feinberg. I created these clouds from one of my high school’s Oral Communication textbook and made a giant print for that schools faculty art exhibition. This seems like a more visually pleasing way to present word frequencies to students in contrast with ranked frequency lists.  I am curious about how other teachers would use this material in their classrooms.

If you go to the site, you have the option of uploading a text and creating a composition. Also you can also use links to get material directly from the internet, and you can also gather tags from a del.ici.ous user. Give it a try and see for yourself.

Video Interview with Paul Nation.

I discovered this on ELT News and felt it was too good to be left alone. For those interested in Vocabulary research and teaching, I recommend his books and definitely see his lectures. I was fortunate to have studied with him back in my graduate school days at Temple University. Many thanks to Darren Elliot for the video!

http://vimeo.com/7142707