Corpus-based Dictionary Construction for ESP

corpus-based dictionaryI enjoyed many tech sessions at VenTESOL, but sadly missed the workshop on  Corpus-based digital dictionary construction for ESP, by Julio Palma. Luckily, Julio has kindly shared his presentation on the aptly named Slideshare, so you can see this by following the link below. Julio explores the use of Sketch Engine. Thanks for sharing, Julio


mater citeMasterCite is app developed at Warwick University helps students to improve their referencing and citation skills. I downloaded it last year. It covers APA 6, MLA and Chicago 16th but not the referencing I usually use with my students, which is Harvard. I understand this is similar to APA. Useful info on the differences here: Wonder what they use in universities Venezuela….

Socrative in the classroom

IMG_0571There’s a difference between asking students to put up their hand to vote, and voting using technology – such as voting on a mobile phone. One of my favourite tools is Socrative.  Here’s a lesson idea.

Prepare your quiz on the Socrative teachers’ app. Click on ‘Manage quizzes’. Click on ‘Create a quiz’ and give your Quiz a name, such as: ‘controversies’. Then, follow the on-screen instructions. Quiz formats include: Multiple Choice, True / False, Short answer. Devise questions of interest to your group. Finally, click ‘Save and exit’. 

In class, ask students to download the Socrative students’ app onto their Smartphones or tablets. Students without a suitable device can pair up with a colleague. Link your tablet to the electronic projector and give the students the room number. Students are asked to type in their names. Click on ‘Start a quiz’. Select your quiz and choose the option ‘Teacher Paced’. The students see the questions on their screens. After each vote, you can click to display the result. Voting using mobile devices can provide variety to a lesson, and produces a high level of student interest when the result is revealed.

OU course – English: Skills for Learning

OU course

English: skills for learning is a free course which lasts 8 weeks. There are approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace. The course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills needed to succeed. You need to create an account on the OU website first.

You’ll be introduced to academic reading and effective note-making strategies. You’ll develop your essay writing. You’ll look at academic style and vocabulary-building strategies. You’ll also enhance your understanding of sentence structure and punctuation. You will learn through a range of engaging activities aimed at extending your existing language skills.