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#InstagramELE challenge

The #instagramELE challenge, originally developed by Pilar Munday, asks students to take pictures of things that represent various vocabulary words. Although it was designed for practicing Spanish vocabulary it an be easily adapted for use in other languages. A brilliant

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How to learn a new language: 7 tips from TED Translators

Polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project shared their secrets to mastering a foreign language. The strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real Make language-learning a lifestyle change Play house with the language Let technology help you out Think about

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Research study reveals that students use social media to enhance their language skills

Research survey study on more than 700 university students at Morocco revealed that they use social media, mainly Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn, to enhance their foreign language skills. Download and read the full article (registration is needed, yet it

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Oral corrective feedback in second language classrooms

The “Oral corrective feedback in second language classrooms” by Roy Lyster, Kazuya Saito and Masatoshi Sato offers a massive literature review on the research conducted on giving oral corrective feedback in second language classrooms. The research identifies several types of

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A provisional list of evaluation criteria for SLA technologies

A thoughtful article on how SLA software should be evaluated for its fitness for purpose. Does the technology facilitate learning? How would you measure this? The following list – a work in progress by Scott Thornbury – is very helpful.

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