Category: e-learning

The vodka is good but the meat is lousy

The vodka is good but the meat is lousy

As the (very) weird and (less) wonderful 2020-2021 academic year draws to its close, many language teachers will be thinking about how best to use the whole online experience to enrich future teaching and learning. A timely moment then to reflect further upon online translation tools and the practical and pedagogical implications of their vertiginous…

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Flights of Fancy (Blogging Course 2021)

Flights of Fancy (Blogging Course 2021)

The clocks have moved forward, curfew in France has been pushed back to seven o’clock in the evening and spring stirs. In spite of everything students continue to study and teachers to teach. This year’s 16 collaborative blogs written by second-year students are proof that enthusiam and perserverance and creativity continue to flourish. I would…

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Why bother with blogging?

Why bother with blogging?

Because it’s fun and it enhances language learning. Today begins the second-year undergraduate remote blogging course for the third year running. I started the ball rolling by posting a message in the forum welcoming students and asking the following question: why develop a blogging course for students enrolled in English? The short answer was because…

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Masked, bimodal and distance teaching

Masked, bimodal and distance teaching

Radio silence since September! Did I lose my voice? What happened? Well here’s what happened. I fumbled my way, masked and panting through September. Quite often breathless and sometimes even dizzy as I rushed from classroom to classroom.  I became expert at mad gesticulating to make up for mumbling in a foreign language. Only muffled…

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Chattering Classes 2

Chattering Classes 2

Online real-time written conversations in English. A facet of digital literacy. As explained in the previous post on this subject, we have been using online chats with our third-year undergraduates as a means of replacing classroom conversation workshops during lockdown. In the last week of online chatting, I took the opportunity of informally asking students…

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