Here’s a rundown of my top takeaways from my inaugural IATEFL, as well as a few tips for other teachers thinking about checking it out for the first time …read more
We introduced the concept of Learner Experience Design (LXD) within ELT back in 2016. Since then, we’ve continued to develop it, and it now forms the bedrock of most of the work we do with our clients in the design and development of learning products. At our recent InnovateEdTech conference in London, we took the opportunity to ask some of the delegates and speakers what Learner Experience Design means to them. Here, we share some of their fascinating responses – both from within ELT and beyond.read more
With the 52nd IATEFL conference kicking off next week, we’d thought we’d share what we’re going to be up to. Here’s what we’ve got coming up over the conference week. We hope you can join us!read more
The potential impact of AI on English language teaching and learning has been the topic of hot debate for some time, with computational linguists and language teaching professionals clashing over the benefits and drawbacks of integrating the technology into a language...read more
It is not what you are selling that is important, it is the result of what you are selling that customers care about.read more
According to Blended Learning consultant Richard Osborne, language trainers need to take a hard, objective look at their reasoning for considering eLearning as a meaningful tool for their training.read more
Dr. Katie Nielson, Chief Education officer at Voxy, gives her take on the translation approach to language learning.read more
Here are five trends in educational technology that are already making serious waves.read more
Believe it or not, it has been eight months since teachers, students, trainers, materials writers and publishers from all over the globe descended on Barcelona to talk all things learner related. This year, we decided to take a more lighthearted approach to InnovateELT …read more
Businesses across Europe are gearing up for the 25th May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) finally comes into effect and there are some significant changes to be made.read more
As we begin gearing up for IATEFL Brighton, we wanted to give you the heads up on a few things that we’re cooking up for the conference.read more
I could clearly see the how EdTech was starting to affect ELT and I wasn’t going to resist it or surrender to it. Instead, I wanted to get engaged. The question was … HOW?read more
We speak to Scott Granville, award-winning writer and producer, about his mission to create dramatic narrative videos for English language learners …read more
We hosted our inaugural InnovateEdTech conference in London on the 11th November. Jemma Hillyer, Digital Publishing Specialist, came along to the day and here she shares her thoughts on the event …read more
InnovateEdTech 2017 is this Saturday! The event features hands-on workshops focused on solving learner problems and talks by speakers from across the EdTech sector. Most importantly, it’s about the opportunity to share experiences and to connect with others facing similar challenges in using technology in education. Over half of the delegates are teaching professionals, but there are also attendees from educational publishing, technology companies and academia. It’s taking place in East London on the 11th November.read more
Over the last six months we have partnered with Enrol Yourself to run three LXD Meetups in different places in London. In organising these events, we’ve realised how much more there is to know about LXD and how helpful it is to share experiences and ideas with others in the group. This post looks at five of the key things we’ve learned already and invites you to join us for the next one.read more
ELTjam sat down for a chat with Dr. Claire Dembry, Principal Research Manager in ELT at Cambridge University Press, to talk about how the wide-ranging research she was engaging in was impacting the conversations that were taking place around CUP’s products … especially when it comes to learners actually speaking …read more
All things considered, it seems there is still some way to go before ELT course materials – and the teachers that use them – are able to address pronunciation in class appropriately and effectively.
Laura Patsko is a language consultant specialising in the practical applications of linguistic research. In this post, Laura addresses how pronunciation is currently being addressed by ELT publishers and content creators, and what could be done to better support English learners.read more
This post is based on Michael Carrier’s talk at InnovateELT 2017 in Barcelona, English for the underserved – technology to close the digital divide. Much of our work in ELT technology helps ‘first world’ kids with first world tech access. This post looks at the other world – the next billion learners, in rural areas of Africa & Asia. These learners and communities have difficulty accessing electricity, connectivity, textbooks – we can fix that with new EdTech.read more
ELT editor and materials writer Katy Asbury gives us her take on ELTjam’s Learner Experience Design training and the impact it had on her perspective on teaching.
One facet of product design is knowing your audience inside out through User Personas, a clear set of personas setting out goals and needs of different Users, which guides your design. How could we use this approach to help our different learners? I decided to create my own set of Learner Personas and apply these to my digital product to consider how and where improvements could be made.
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