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Browzine is a free app for accessing articles from your university’s library. Available for both iOS and Android on tablet and phone, it’s an attractive way for students (and teachers) to look for and read articles. To give you a quick overview, I’ve made a short video. I think the […]

EAP App Review: Browzine


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One thing we experimented with on this summer school was creating interactive online content for students using a special software programme called Articulate Storyline 2. Over the last year we’ve begun to develop a bank of materials that could be used either to integrate directly with classroom materials, supplement as […]

Using Technology to manage a pre-sessional: part 4 – creating ...


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In a previous post I gave an overview of the various options available for creating portfolios for EAP students. I concluded that while there are many tools out there that allowed for summative assessment of students’ work – basically collecting everything into one place at the end of the course […]

Using technology to manage a pre-sessional: part 3 – managing ...



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In the previous post about managing the summer school, I talked about how we used a WordPress site to manage information flow on our pre-sessional summer school. Let’s look a little more closely how we handle the classes themselves and specifically the day to day communication between the teachers and […]

Using Technology to manage a pre-sessional: part 2 – using ...



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For most EAP teachers, presentations and PowerPoint are synonymous. Certainly for some students they are exactly the same thing. But Microsoft and Office are no longer quite the ubiquitous tools that they once were, students carry around a range of different devices and many of them may not even have Powerpoint […]

Alternatives to Powerpoint for EAP students



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A few years back a rep from a company called Sonocent came to see me to demo a software programme they had developed called Audio Notetaker. With this, you could record audio from, say, a lecture and the speech would be represented as coloured blocks with spaces in-between representing the […]

EAP Tech Tool: Audio Notetaker


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One of the best decisions I’ve made as the learning technologist at our school was to persuade my boss to buy a class set of Chromebooks a few years back. Now, before I get on to explaining why it was such a good idea, a quick word about what a […]

EAP Tech Tool: the Chromebook


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Portfolios can be used for a variety of purposes in EAP. They can be used to assess students’ knowledge, showcase exemplary work, give students a sense of progress throughout the term or year or even as a feature of a CV or application for a job or higher degree. Portfolios […]

E-portfolios in EAP



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Ok, so my last day of IATEFL (not the last day of the conference by the way, but I had to get back for work reasons) and I saw a few more sessions that touched on both technology and EAP and were worth reporting back on. First up was a […]

IATEFL Day Two


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I’ve just finished day one of IATEFL here in Birmingham and just wanted to share a few notes from a couple of the sessions I went to that are relevant for both technology and EAP. First off was Supporting postgraduate EAP students: teaching tips and technology tools by Angela Smith, […]

IATEFL Day One


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I’m in Birmingham for IATEFL for a few days so hope to blog a little about some of the sessions I see here with a particular focus on any connected to technology and EAP (ideally both!) Gloriously bad weather as I arrived here today, torrential rain and a nice long […]

IATEFL 2016



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In my previous post, I talked about how we set up our online course in learning technologies for EAP teachers and the thought processes we went through in choosing our participants, deciding on the platform and selecting the course content. In this post I’d like to talk about the nitty […]

Diary of an online course: part 2


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A few months ago I wrote about an online course we were planning for EAP teachers in learning technologies. As the course is just about to finish, I thought it might be useful to write a short summary of the process of setting up and running the course over a […]

Diary of an online course: part 1


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As EAP teachers our main job is to help students to improve their language skills, but we also often end up giving advice on studying generally that don’t strictly relate to English. Things such as note taking or Powerpoint skills are not strictly language issues but many of us address […]

Four web tools for smarter studying



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A vague title for something quite specific. Embedding is when you take media from one website or source and put it into another website. So, when you go to a website and it has a YouTube video on the page, that’s embedding. Or when you take a posterboard from a site […]

How to embed stuff in your VLE


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There, I’ve said it…not sure if I’ll keep my job or not, but I felt I needed to get this off my chest. Now, let’s just qualify this to start with, I’m not sure I actually hate corpus linguistics per se. What I think I hate is this cloud of […]

I’m an EAP teacher and I hate Corpus Linguistics


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By now, most people have heard – however tangentially – the expression ‘flipping the classroom’ and the idea of providing out of the class input or activities that will then feed into what happens in the class. For most EFL/EAP teachers, this doesn’t seem strikingly new or revolutionary. Perhaps for […]

EAP tech tool of the week: Zaption



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  Do any of these sound familiar: You plan for a lesson using the internet and that’s the day your school loses its connection. You plan to take the students to the computer room to do some writing, but you forget to book it and someone else is in there. […]

5 rules for making tech work in class


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When I show students and teachers Mendeley, I normally get two reactions. The first is, ‘wow, that’s amazing’ and the second is ‘I wish I’d known about it sooner so I could have used it for my degree/masters/PCGE/Diploma etc’ So what is it? Well, it’s a web service that stores […]

Tech tools for EAP students: Mendeley