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Language Learning with Digital Video

  Language Learning with Digital Video (co-authored with Paul Driver) is for teachers who are interested in using a range of video in the language classroom, from documentaries to You Tube clips and learner-generated material. The book contains a wide variety of generic, easy-to-use practical activities as well as a number of ready-made worksheets for

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The Moving Image: A History of Video in ELT

Abstract: From the BBC’s crash course Follow Me in the 70s to the 90s concept of “Active Viewing” and today’s You Tube Generation, how has the role of video changed in the last 50 years? This personal journey will trace how the moving image has moved on and analyse the part it may play in

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“No Listen the Ask”: Emerging Identities in Transnational Spaces

How do we present ourselves in today’s digital world? Using examples from You Tube and other sources, this talk shows how identities are constructed through repeated performance and how people adopt pragmatic strategies to engage with each other online. English’s role is crucial in this as a dynamic, emergent and social phenomenon and one that

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The Power of Image: Developing a visual literacy in the language classroom

Thanks to digital technology, never have we been able to access, create and manipulate such a great variety of images in so little time. This workshop analyses ways images have been traditionally used in the language classroom – as visual aids or as prompts to language production – and seeks out some alternative which place

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Building the Speaking Skill

With CLT’s emphasis on a functional syllabus, real-life language and authentic materials, the speaking skill has naturally become more prominent in the classroom. And yet, what kinds of speaking really goes on in today’s class and why do students struggle so much with this skill? The answer may lie in the kinds of tasks that

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La Era de la Imagen

Analizamos como se han usado tradicionalmente las imágenes y el vídeo com recurso didáctico en el aula y ofrecemos nuevas alternativas para su uso en la edad digital. Hacemos hincapié en 1) la necesidad de interpretar las imágenes y el vídeo en vez de sólo describirlas, 2) fomentar una respuesta crítica y creativa por parte del alumno,

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Working with Images

Working with Images contains over 75 practical teaching ideas for the language classroom. Activities involve the use of both low-tech and high-tech images and are suitable for a very wide variety of teaching contexts: young learners and adults; specialised and general English; richly- or minimally-equipped classrooms. Activities can be used in any order, at any

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What’s your metaphor?

How do we talk about learning and teaching language? How can metaphors help us make sense of what teachers and learners do? How can they represent a force for change? These are some of the questions that this talk will raise. We will begin by analysing metaphors for a) the language learning process itself, b)

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The Digital Image

This practical talk will look at the way electronic media can help us place the image at the centre of our classroom practice, enabling learners to visualize or “picture experience” in new and exciting ways. In so doing, we will explore the notion of how best to develop visual literacy[1] in the language class –

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