I recently experimented with QR codes on one of the pre-sessional courses I work on. The aim of the experiment was to see if I could create opportunities for and encourage more self-study outside of contact time but while students were still in the building. Two of the basic principles […]

Using QR codes to promote self-study

The recording of the Learning Technologies in EAP webinar can now be accessed here. There were a few technical issues at various points, so feel free to skip over those, but overall it went off successfully and there were some excellent presentations. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and […]

Recording of Learning Technologies in EAP webinar

The Learning Technologies in EAP Group is an informal association of English for Academic Purposes tutors that are interested in or have special responsibilities for developing the use of technology among teachers and students. Our goal is to share ideas and promote best practices in the use of technology in […]

Webinar: Learning Technologies in EAP, Wed 11th November, 17:30-18:45

What is it? It’s difficult to describe what the Swivl is so perhaps easier to show you what it is, how it works and what you can do with it in the classroom. Watch this video where I go through the basic features.   If you didn’t watch the video, […]

Tools for Learning Technologists: The Swivl

photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc As a middle-aged man teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and technology (sometimes) to students half my age I do wonder about the term ‘digital native’ and how it absolves me of a lot of responsibility. My students seem so at ease with […]

Digital literacies for EAP students: who’s responsible?

Digital Storytelling is the creation of personal or factual narratives using a range of multi-media and using some form of online webtool or app to make it available for people to read and interact with. So, for example, a student might create a slideshow of a recent trip he/she’s been on and then record audio to describe the photos. Or they might detail a recent news event by pulling together youtube videos, tweets, web articles and then connecting them or explaining them with their own text.

Digital Storytelling in EAP

I’ve just created a list of mobile apps that are useful for EAP students to to develop both their English and academic skills, feel free to share it among your own students and teachers: Mobile apps for language learning If anyone would like to add to the list, you can, […]

List of mobile apps for EAP students

If you asked me what one tool I couldn’t live without in my job as a learning technologist, there’s an easy answer – Snagit by Techsmith. Snagit is a software programme designed to to help you do two things:  take screenshots of your computer screen and annotate/edit them to insert […]

Tools for Learning Technologists: Snagit

Quizlet is a very popular website for creating flashcards for self or class study. To see what it can do, go to this page where I created a list of academic English terms. Along the top you can click on flashcards (1) to see the vocab cards (click on the […]

EAP Tech Tool of the Week: Quizlet

This is the first in a weekly series of useful websites, apps and devices that could be used in the EAP classroom to engage and interest students. They will be as practical as possible, focussing on the practical steps of how to use them as well as some suggestions for […]

EAP Tech Tool of the Week: Socrative

What is a Google Doc and why might we want to use it in the EAP classroom? Before getting onto the practical applications, let’s first clarify what a Google Doc actually is. This isn’t meant to be patronising for those who already know, rather an acknowledgement that not everyone has […]

7 Ways to use Google Docs in the EAP Classroom

There is a plethora of technological tools for students to assist the use of an additional language is many contexts. There are also myriad sites devoted to the discussion of use, development and exploitation of these tools, whether this is in EAP or beyond- and many of these are excellent. […]

What is the future of Google Translate and EAP?

What kind of work does a learning technologist do in EAP? This is a job title that’s only come into existence in the last few years so there’s naturally some confusion about what it involves. For me at least it often involves explaining that I don’t know how to fix […]

What does an EAP learning technologist actually do?

I think our field is generally fairly poorly served on the internet, there are not a huge number of sites dedicated to EAP or developing the types of skills EAP students need. However, there are a few out there worthy of consideration and which I feel confident recommending to my […]

What are your favourite EAP websites?

  Mendeley is probably the most user-friendly reference and article management software out there, but for a long time you could only use the mobile app on iOS.  However, you can now access your Mendeley library on your android phone or tablet here. You can’t really manage references from the […]

Mendeley on Android

At the recent BALEAP conference there were a number of sessions exploring the use of corpora  and concordance tools with students in class. I have used a few of these in the past myself, such as Lex Tutor and COCA, with my own groups but I’ve never been entirely satisfied […]

Helping EAP students develop better vocabulary learning habits

My students live obsessively on their mobile phones and tablets, sometimes too much so and most of us have had that mental debate about whether to let them use their phones in class. Given an idle moment in a lesson, most students will find some surreptitious way to check their […]

cross-platform productivity apps for EAP students

As a learning technologist for EAP students, I see one of my main roles as helping level the playing field for them. Linguistically, they are always going to have to work twice as hard as the native speakers on their university courses. Reading articles, taking notes on lectures, writing essays: […]

Why EAP students and teachers should care about text expansion

Here are a few ideas for warm-up activities using technology.  1) QR Codes vocabulary quiz A fun activity you can do with your students is using QR codes to revise vocabulary. If you are not sure what QR codes are, they are those strange barcode like things you see sometimes […]

Five warm-up activities for EFL students using technology

Over the last term I’ve been teaching an options class called English through Technology. The purpose of the course is to combine straightforward English language learning with elements of digital literacy relevant for our students future studies at university. So, for example, students have been learning how to use different […]

Motivating students through website creation