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Learning on Rails

Learning on Rails

It’s possible that we’ll discover that providing the student with highly relevant, engaging content will be more effective than crafting learning experiences on rails (à la our current, item-response-theory-influenced “adaptive learning”).

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Review: Writing For a Purpose

Review: Writing For a Purpose

Writing for a Purpose is a collaboration between the British Council and Coventry University aimed at improve the writing skills of English Language learners heading to an English-medium university, specifically those in the UK. The project, funded by the Economic and... Read more...
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...

News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, what with people on holiday or travelling the world on business. But even when we’ve not been doing much writing, we’ve always been doing lots of reading. Here’s a rundown of what’s caught our... Read more...
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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