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MaWFest – MaWSIG’s first online festival

MaWFest – MaWSIG’s first online festival

Sunday saw a first for MaWSIG (IATEFL’s materials writing special interest group) — an online festival that could be attended by anyone, anywhere. Via three streams, participants were able to interact with editors and experts from Edtech as well as ELT and mainstream publishing. Three webinars, a Twitter chat and a Facebook panel chat ran, one after the other, with breaks in between for “switching rooms”.

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Will your app win the next YUDU award?

Will your app win the next YUDU award?

There’s a steady stream of great new apps every week, so how do you decide whether an app is worth the space it takes up on a device? More importantly, how do students and teachers decide which apps should stay and which apps should go? Is there any absolute standard we can employ? Laura Summers reflects on the winners of the YUDU Design & Technology Awards

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Social Enterprise in ELT – The E3 Project

Social Enterprise in ELT – The E3 Project

The primary aim of the E3 Project is to engage those with the lowest levels of spoken English, particularly women over the age of 30, who are isolated within diaspora communities but committed to living in the UK. This is based around three main areas; digital inclusion, positive integration and active citizenship.

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Slated translating keyboard app: reviewed

Slated translating keyboard app: reviewed

This app is both my dream and my nightmare. I love learning languages, and anything that enables me to understand and communicate in more of them is a fantastic tool. On the other hand, if tools like this get too good, my life’s work (as a creator of English language courses and resources) – and my future income – will be wiped out with a few swipes of a touchscreen.

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ELT Entrepreneurs – Paul Emmerson

ELT Entrepreneurs – Paul Emmerson

For the second post in our ELT Entrepreneurs series we take a look at Paul Emmerson’s recently launched site BehereBethere. It’s  a free and fun eLearning website for Business English where students can watch videos and learn about business from business professionals while improving their English. The site caters to three different levels and works on vocabulary and pronunciation.

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What did the British Council learn from the Exploring English: Language and Culture MOOC?

What did the British Council learn from the Exploring English: Language and Culture MOOC?

In the weeks since the British Council’s first MOOC ended, I’ve been asking myself what exactly we’ve learned from it. Did it ‘work’, as Nicola asked? My feeling is that it did – not only in terms of the numbers of learners it attracted but in what it achieved within the parameters we set for it. If it wasn’t the ‘true ELT MOOC’ Nicola described, that’s because we didn’t plan for it to be that.

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Barriers to entry

Barriers to entry

There are very low barriers to entry in teaching, and especially in the case of ELT. I’m sure many of us started out our lives as teachers with little more than a solid implicit grasp of the language we teach. Maybe, if we were lucky, we had a bit of input from a shoddy teacher training courses, and those among us that were particularly wealthy, or were required to in order to work in the country that they intended to live, paid for a 20 day intensive CELTA or equivalent up fron.

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News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Our last post before Christmas! It seems the pressures of online Christmas shopping are demanding as much project management as our regular workload!  We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a review of the year, but in the meantime we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the ELTjam team!

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Most of ELTjam’s energies this week have gone into finding the best  mince pies (so far, Waitrose Duchy Originals) but we were reading at the same time. Here’s what almost distracted us from the mission. What does 2015 hold for education? With the end of... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

With all the extra time we’ve eked out of the day by employing Nicola’s hacks for using Microsoft Word, we’ve had time to do loads of extra reading this week. Here’s a selection of the best. MOOCS won’t transform education Simon Nelson,... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

A busy week of interviewing at ELTjam Towers, but we managed to get some reading in between candidates. Here’s what we came across this week. A weekend of ELT This weekend offers the ultimate in EdTech choices. Either IATEFL’s first online conference or... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Most of what we’ve been reading this week has been CV’s thanks to the amazing response to our ads for project leads and editors. In between those, we’ve stumbled across these: IATEFL Online It’s a week until IATEFL holds its first online... Read more...

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