Fact or Fiction Report by Pearson and ELTjam

blogI’m very proud and excited to announce that Fact or Fiction report has been published by Pearson and ELTJam

In this report, some of the best-known and most exciting up-and-coming names in ELT to explore 10 of the biggest and most talked-about teaching methods and technological advances in the ELT industry. They are:

  • Technology has the power to transform English language learning and teaching
  • Learning how to use technology is much easier for young people
  • Online learning will never be as effective as classroom learning
  • Technology can help low-level learners use authentic materials better
  • Computers are as effective as humans in assessing learners’ English proficiency
  • There is such a thing as learning styles
  • Grammar is still the best basis for a language learning syllabus
  • Mobile and social media, e.g. text-speak, are having a negative impact on the English language
  • Real-time translation services signal the end of language teaching as we know it
  • English measurement scales, e.g. CEFR, accurately show how proficient learners are in English.

In this report, I have explored the belief that implementing technology is easier with young people. I have talked about my technology integration experience with my young learners over the last seven years.

You can download the report from here. 

Hope you enjoy! Please let me know what you think.

Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog: Week in Review

shutterstock_192681254Here is this week’s blog posts in case you have missed any: 

Piclits is a picture writing tool that gives you images and keywords. You can drag and drop on the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story and the meaning of the picture. You can download or share the picture with others.

Five Card Flickr generates five random images from Flickr or it lets you to choose your five pictures and then asks you to write a story about these five pictures by putting them together.

Just Paste It is a tool to  share your text, embed videos and your pictures online with others.

Magnetic Poetry is a web tool that you can play with magnetic words to move over on a white background to write your poems.  

Draw A Stick Man is a creative tool that your learners would love to play with. You simply draw a man and you watch it come to life. You read along the sentences and complete the episode, let’s say the story, by drawing things that the story asks you to do.

Enjoy!

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Throwback: Draw a Stickman

shutterstock_217758364I am sure you have played hangman or draw a stick man to tell a story when you were a child. And now, here is a story that will take us back to our childhood!

Draw A Stick Man is a creative tool that your learners would love to play with. You simply draw a man and you watch it come to life. You read along the sentences and complete the episode, let’s say the story, by drawing things that the story asks you to do. These interactive stories engage children while they are reading, following the story line and thinking creatively to solve the problems.When you finish, you can share your story with others via different social networking websites.

Here are some ideas to use this tool in the classroom:

Children can guess what will happen next, and find creative solutions to the problems.

When you finish playing with it, ask them to write it as a story and share it with each other.

They can create their own stick man stories by drawing pictures as a post activity.

You can check the gallery and talk about the other characters.

Children can talk about the feeling of the character in different situations.

Children can write a story for the third episode and choose the best one in the class.

Children can write adjectives to describe each episode.

You can also use this tool as a story starter for further adventures.

Have fun playing!

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