How important is it for students to be able to access learning materials on their smartphones? This post looks at some fascinating trends.
Peter Waters explains how working in the Gulf provides unlimited opportunities for teachers to initiate ICT projects — and describes how this positive atmosphere benefits both teachers and students.
Micro-learning is a new learning strategy aimed at closing knowledge gaps with bite-sized lessons. The new version of the IELTS Tips app, launched last week, applies this theory to IELTS preparation. Test-takers install the app and it pushes out a handy IELTS prep tip every morning for them to read on their way to school or work.
When she took over the self-access centre at Hong Kong Education University, Dr Jessie Choi realised that ‘physical learning material was no longer a strong attraction.’ This is the story of her vision of a new approach to self-access language learning, based on social interaction.
What level of service should you demand from your ESL software supplier? Samuel Sheinberg draws on 20 years of experience with NAS Software to offer some tips.
The requirement for a 7.0 in IELTS Writing is stopping nurses in the Philippines from travelling to the UK, and is proving a headache to the National Health Service. Dr Victoria Clark describes how her team is analysing the problem and coming up with solutions.
Andrew Stokes explains the vision behind ELTons finalist Practical Writing: helping students with all the texts they write (including WhatsApp); and finding a rationale to match technology to activity type.
‘We like your online placement test,’ said the teacher at Taiwan’s Asia University, ‘but with 1,000 freshers and only 20 computers, we’d be halfway through the first semester before we could even sort out our classes.’ Read more
Teacher involvement is fundamental to the success of online resources. Julia Ker from the University of Surrey talks to Andrew Stokes about how the Language Study Area makes a success of self-study resources through awareness building, advice and, above all, teacher participation.
Paul Liu from the Future Education Research Center in Guangdong discusses the role of online learning in China, and considers the uneasy relationship between teachers and computers.