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.
We are thrilled to announce a new Innovate event in London this autumn, the Innovate EdTech Conference 2017. The theme of the event is The Age of Learner Experience and it will be held in East London on Saturday 11th November 2017.read more
Today was the fourth day of ALTA’s Machine Learning for ELT Summer School in Crete and we focused on psychometric testing for the first part of the day and then vocabulary acquisition later in the afternoon. As with other days, this summary is the information as I understood it. I welcome all corrections, clarifications and comments.read more
This week ELTjam are at the ALTA Machine Learning Summer School in Crete and you can read regular updates of what’s happening here on the blog. Today, Day 3, we had an insight into the human element to the Write & Improve product, both in terms of the annotation done to the the text by human annotators, and the insights that teachers can get into their learners’ progress. This post is a summary of the day and a list of questions it would be great if we could collectively answer!read more
All this week ELTjam are at the Machine Learning for ELT Conference in Crete. This post looks at the Day 2 action, including more detail on automated error correction techniques, error correction related to content words, the importance of Learner Experience Design (LXD) with all this theory, and finally a look at the Write & Improve product from ALTA.read more
This week is the ALTA’s Machine Learning for Digital ELT Summer School here in Crete, and ELTjam will be blogging (hopefully each day) from the event. This is a summary of the input from Day 1, where we discussed natural language processing, automated essay assessment and error detection and correction. A big day!read more
Here at ELTjam we love making connections and exploring ways of doing things better (and, ideally, in a more fun way!). One such connection we are super grateful to have made recently is Daphne Walder. Jo and Tim met Daphne at the Amplifica Internacional conference in Sao Paulo back in March where they were presenting on Learner Experience Design. Sparks flew and conversation flowed, and it was clear that we all had a lot in common in terms of what we wanted to achieve in ELT. One thing led to another and, well …read more
On the weekend of the 5th/6th May, ELTjam and Oxford TEFL organised the InnovateELT Conference in Barcelona. The theme of the weekend was Power to the Learner and we heard from people across the industry about ways in which we can think more about what learners want and need as they progress on their language-learning journey. By way of a summary, here the ELTjam team share some of their most memorable takeaways from the event and we link to other posts that talk about the conference.read more
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