ToD Nominated for ELTon Award

2012 ELTon Award Nominee
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Hey, guess what! Truth or Dare for English Language Learners has been nominated for an ELTon. Now I’m sure you’re wondering what that is. Think Oscars for English-language materials/program design. The ELTon Awards is a program of the British Council designed to “recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching,” hence the ELT. And we made the short list for 2012. That means a panel of some of the world’s foremost authorities in educational materials design took a close look at Truth or Dare for English Language Learners, giving it the thumbs-up and a nod towards the short list. Pretty cool, huh?

Truth or Dare for English Language Learners was nominated in the Innovation in Learner Resources category.

Nominated learning resources are assessed on the basis of three criteria: innovation, practicality and effectiveness. The 2012 ELTons will be awarded at a ceremony in London, England on May 23, 2012. Keep your fingers crossed!

From the British Council website: “The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals.”

Game Use Survey Compiled

Results of the Speekeezy Game Use Survey are in and can be reviewed here.

Thanks to all those who took part. We had excellent participation with 513 respondents altogether.

While there is probably nothing revelatory about the results, a number of fallacies have been put to rest once and for all.

Anyone with an interest in the use of games in the English language learning classroom will find the comments especially good reading. 239 respondents shared insights on Favourite Games while 151 left extensive observations behind in the final comments section.

Catalyst: Sample Content

The How-to section of the Instruction Booklet that comes with Truth or Dare for English Language Learners is excerpted from a work-in-progress called variously “Conversation Dynamics,” “Catalyst ESL/EFL Handbook” or more typically, just “The Book”. The title is also a work-in-progress.

Following remarks made on the TESL-L Listserve on the topic of using word associations as a source for student-centered, communication-enabled, hyper-hyphenated conversation topics a number of list participants requested more details.

For that reason I’m including a selection of pages from “The Book” which can be downloaded as a PDF below.

Please note that this very much a work-in-progress and is most definitely going to change in the coming weeks. A number of security measures have been implemented including the disabling of printing and copying in an effort to protect my interests as copyright holder in the work. Feel free to try out the techniques described therein in your own day-to-day teaching but please respect the copyright of the work by refraining from attempting to circumvent these security features.

Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, rants or observations through the commenting feature of this Blog or take it back to TESL-L for a wider discussion.

I will be looking for testers once Beta testing commences later this spring so those hoping to get a more comprehensive look at the approach should send me an e-mail through this site.

Catalyst: Sample Content