April 9, 2012
Continuing the theme of my last post, Yo NO soy Tuitero was the title of a recent report in El Pais Semanal. The article pointed out that while over 500 million people have a Twitter account that is only 22% of all internauts which certainly puts the statistic in perspective. The story continues with a list of famous people explaining why they would never use Twitter.
This is just one of many articles I have read recently not necessarily against Twitter and social media but pointing out that, despite their enourmous growth and popularity, not everyone uses them and not everybody thinks that they are all that wonderful or necessarily the future.
Technology certainly changes quickly (I have read a recent article treating IWBs in the past tense) and for me the question is always, not what the next big thing is, but rather what the last big fad left behind.
February 23, 2012
It is spring and conference timel. We are finalising preperations for the annual TESOL-SPAIN conference which takes place in Bilbao from March 9th. Check out some video and written interviews with some of the speakers here: http://www.tesol-spain.org/en/pages/42/meet-the-speakers.html
A little further afield is the IATEFL conferencce in Glasgow. They will also have a lot of conferrence material online so lots there for those of us who cannot make it also: http://www.iatefl.org/glasgow-2012/46th-annual-conference-and-exhibition
January 20, 2012
Here is a fun article from the Economist on how Governments regulate the names parents can give their children. You can’t call a child Lucifer in New Zealand for example but you can give them a name of up to 100 characters whereas in Massachusetts the limit is 40. Kids called Moon Unit or Pilot Inspektor are the result of relatively liberal lawas in America and Britain while in Calafornia it is impossible to call a child José because the accent is not accepted. The article continues to discuss the impact names may have on a child’s future. A large number of American girls called Georgia actually live in that state while Dennis is more likely to become a dentist than Walter. Having a surname beginning with an early letter in the alphabet can be a boost when looking for an academic position or a vote at the ballot box: coming first on the voting list or in bibliographies means you get noticed more! So when naming your child, think GOOGLE … how to get a name that will generate search results. My suggestion is the title of this post … too late for my own kids now …
Original article: http://www.economist.com/node/21542749
January 16, 2012
Here is a new blog written by Nik Peachey which will keep us all up to date with tech tools for our classrooms
December 5, 2011
Yes, my daughter did get her netbook (supplied by the local Government of Andalucia) working! And, I am amazed at the amount of material on it to help with studies, from typing program to maths etc and much of it in English. Apart from that, in less than a week my daughter has learned so many IT skills so my initial scepticism is unproven. Regardless of how it is incorporated into school / classwork the initiative has already encouraged IT awareness in one student. Following this up on a more global level, check out this site: it is extensive. http://www.techlearning.com/index
October 31, 2011
You may have seen this before but it is new to me: gibberish … how to speak English without making a sound, or rather, without making sense.
And more on the theme from this great blog post:
October 24, 2011
Here is a defence of translation in language teaching:
I certainly think translation has a role to play in the classroom. I think as teachers we would benefit from considering the whole issue of translation and comparing languages in more dept if we are in a context where we teach students who speak the same first language.
I have learned some fascinating things recently having read some books on translating Spanish-English. One of the points that struck me most was the difference there is in writing in Spanish and in English and how being aware of this can help us, as teachers, teach writing in English, particularly for exams, to our students.