Last Links Ever?

Posted on December 21, 2012 by

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Welcome to the Mayan Apocalypse. That’s right, after today, there will be no more world, and thus, no more links.

…or not.

Today is the last day of the semester, though, and I’m more than a little sad to be leaving my students, but I can’t say I’m not excited about vacation! Time to relax, travel a little, brush up my Georgian, and plan new lessons for January. Time to catch up on some sleep and eat way too much delicious holiday food…

So, I guess you’re expecting some links? Today we focus on some of the ways the internet helps with language learning. We have online video lessons, language exchange, Georgian-English translations, and the applications of social media. Maybe you can learn a new language over your winter vacation! Anyway, without further ado:

How much could you learn with just five minutes a day? – A new concept in TEFL – microlessons available on smartphones, interaction through video blogs – perfect for the 21st century!

Language Learning Service Verbling Launches Google Hangouts-Powered Classes, Adds Support For 9 New Languages – Another tech-powered language learning tool. This one pairs students learning each others’ language and offers them structured practice with each other. Now if they could only figure some way to pair this with chatroulette…

Translating Online: Which site has the right stuff? – A review of eight Georgian/English online dictionaries, with a handy chart. Written by yours truly.

Facebook success highlights challenge of turning friends into learners – Social Media is definitely a motivating factor for many students who study English, although it could be a mixed blessing. Many TEFL companies have used facebook to try to motivate and attract students, but how effective is this tactic?

Happy Apocalypse!

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