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Learnification

Learnification

We now have young learners and very young learners, learner differences and learner profiles, learning styles, learner training, learner independence and autonomy, learning technologies, life-long learning, learning management systems, virtual learning environments,... Read more...
Product Review: Lexicum

Product Review: Lexicum

Lexicum  is an app designed to help “the 1.5 billion learners around the world with mastering foreign language vocabulary”. It sets itself apart from repeating a word (“boring and ineffective”), personal vocabulary books (restrictive in terms of the order in which the... Read more...
Our Journey to the App Store

Our Journey to the App Store

At ELTjam, we’re always interested to hear from people who are developing ELT products outside of the traditional publishing framework. For this post, we’re delighted to welcome Curt Ford to the blog to discuss his app American Voices. Over to Curt …

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ELTjam Digest eBook

ELTjam Digest eBook

We know some of you are busy. Others like to catch up on their ELT news whilst on the underground, in the bath or somewhere far far away from wifi. Some of you like to highlight and add notes, maybe you like to know where you were in a post if you leave and come back,... Read more...
Product Development – Part 1

Product Development – Part 1

On my first day at ELTjam, I was pitched at. Tim, Laurie and Nick (the ELTjam founders) sat me down in the meeting room at the Hackney Wick co-working space where myself, Nick and Hristina are based, and they tried to sell me their product ideas. This week, we take... Read more...
Review: Murphy’s Grammar in Use App

Review: Murphy’s Grammar in Use App

Raymond Murphy’s English Grammar in Use was first published by Cambridge University Press in 1985 and has been the go-to grammar book for hundreds of thousands of learners and teachers around the world since then. With the print version now in its fourth edition, CUP... Read more...
What publishers and writers can do about piracy right now … and in the future

What publishers and writers can do about piracy right now … and in the future

If you haven’t already read Nick Robinson’s excellent post on ELTjam about book piracy and the lively conversation it’s started, go check it out. To sum it up, just about every ELT textbook that’s ever been published (including mine) have been ripped off by pirates and put on innumerable free PDF download sites all over the Internet. I’m obviously not going to link to those sites, and if I were you I wouldn’t visit them or ever download things from them. Baby Jesus is watching.

The conversation on the original post has branched off in many directions: Is piracy really that bad? Is copyright law generally a moral thing? Are authors totally screwed? And so on. One thing I think hasn’t been addressed fully is what we can do to limit piracy or make it work for us. Expanding on suggestions I’ve made in comments on the original post, why can’t some of these things be done?

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week: more debate on copyright and piracy; endangered English accents; what Google’s up to with Google Glass and auto-completing emails; Ricky Gervais teaches English; and what’s in the latest issue of Modern English Teacher.

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week: the introduction of elves, knights and dragons into the classroom; how psychology could influence exercise design; and thoughts on whether adaptive games could replace assessment as we know it. We’re also learning to code, and finding out what ‘adaptive design’ is. Happy reading.

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week, Skype goes sci-fi and turns into a real-time interpreter; Philip Kerr’s thoughts on left brain / right brain; Nicola Prentis bemoans the lack of ELT presence at the Cambridge education startup weekend; China de-prioritises English in favour of maths and Chinese language; depressing news about the university sector; and Knewton expands northwards. Happy reading!

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