Mobile Learning: Small Devices, Big Issues

By Flora, Coco, Manty, and Olivia   Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Ly1FOHIa4 Due to the skyrocketing development in IT, learning in the 21st century is not restrained in a fixed geographical location any longer. As the video shows, mobile learning has taken place in and out of the classroom. It is time to embrace mobile learning in our life! […]

DO YOU LEARN “DISTANCELY”?

Post by Brenda, Lily, Julie and Phoebe Introduction Technology‐mediated Language teaching at distance is now geographically widespread around the world as a well-established means of extending access and opportunities to language learners in both public and private settings. The feature of all forms of distance language teaching are that teachers and learners are physically separated, […]

On Becoming Facilitators of Multimodal Composing and Digital Design

Post by Krystal, Yvaine, Aria and Eva When you think about writing, what are the ideas that pop into your head? Are you still thinking about characteristics like sophisticated, long paragraphs, or closely related to paper? Probably yes. Under the influence of standardized writing tests, ESL learners are all familiar with the ongoing privileged format […]

A fun way? Learning through Digital Multimodal Composing (DMC)

By Ariel, Erin, Phyllis, Stefanie. “There are things I feel shy and difficult to speak directly about with English … Video production allowed me to accompany my on-screen narration with my favourite music. This make me feel more comfortable about English speaking …” (a student’s reflection on a DMC programme) Image Credit: cdd20 Pixabay License Do you encounter similar problems to this […]

Can you learn a language through online gaming?

by Tina, Cathy, Catherine and Ariel A screenshot of My Café. Image credit: Cathy Zhu What do you think of the screenshot above? Does it remind you of some experiences?             Hi, welcome to Tigerville! Our Township has gathered 12 residents of coffee-lovers from different countries. We share recipes, participate in coffee festivals and […]

Welcome to My Cool Website — the Combination of CMC and EFL Learning

By Christine, Heidi, Carina and Sophia. Almon, a teenager emigrating from Hong Kong to the United States, was quite desperate about English learning in the beginning and had little hope for his future as poor English proficiency means few job opportunities. However, only after about one year, Almon had made great progress in English and became much more […]

Translanguaging in Facebook: What have we learnt from a student in Serbia?

Conducted by Warren, Samson, Charlotte and Connor Summary Introduction “I am what I am, no matter what language I speak,” the words were told by a hip-hop artist named Aleksandar, a student of a Serbian university, whose multilingual posts on Facebook and translingual attitude drew Schreiber’s attention. Schreiber (2015) investigated how Aleksandar used multiple linguistic […]

Teachers’ Self-initiated Professional Learning Through PLNs

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks As a possible ESL teacher in the future, have you noticed that our everyday life is increasingly mediated by technologies and so is our classroom? More and more online applications like Canvas are being used and at the same time videos, images, or useful links are more often seen during […]

Commenting on YouTube Videos to Learn

By Daniel, Tiffany, Lyla, and Vanessa Source of video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSZf4gxlmXw Please click the hyperlink above and skim through the comments. How many languages could you identify in the comments? Did you pick up something from the comments? Do you think these netizens also picked up something through commenting? Looking at these video comments, you can […]