• A brief history of the IATEFL LTSIG Posted by Pete on 29 October, 2014

    LTSIGThe IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, prompting a moment of retrospection. Much has changed over the years – most notably the size of the SIG, which now claims around 500 members, and its reach – it can now be described as a truly international organisation. Nevertheless, much remains constant. The hard-work and commitment of committee members; the vision of the SIG co-ordinators; the energy and dedication to run events which can be quite life-changing for local attendees, and the desire to bring out a regular journal which describes, analyses, reviews and criticises the latest learning technologies in the field of language teaching.

    The rest of this article is available to LT SIG members on the LT SIG website.

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  • Plenary talk at CULI-LITU conference, Bangkok Posted by Pete on 22 October, 2014

    10629304_10152718020206855_1035628467112532113_o10484163_10152360184187617_5664360718853907660_oIt was a great experience, delivering the plenary at the first CULI-LITU conference in Bangkok, Thailand last week. The food rivalled (or surpassed?!) Malaysia! The opening ceremony was graceful, and at the end we all piled onto the stage for this photograph!

    Many thanks to the hosts and to the conference organiser, Monthira, who helped me so much due to her great organisational skills!

    Here is the list of academic references, plus a number of books on the topic of m-learning, along with the link to the (free) White Paper on apps and tablets in schools Shaun Wilden and Diane Bannister. Enjoy!

    Mobile learning

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  • References – M-learning – MICELT, Kuala Lumpur Posted by Pete on 21 October, 2014

    10680119_10152636768601855_568698068530256069_o[1]Finally! My References for the session on ‘Smartphones and tablets’ at the MICELT conference in Kuala Lumpur last month!

    Mobile learning

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  • Reviews in brief – EL Gazette Posted by Pete on 1 October, 2014

    platform1Just published – the EL Gazette, with Pete’s usual Reviews in Brief page….

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  • Handout – MICELT: 22 apps for for language learning and teaching Posted by Pete on 29 September, 2014

    Here is the one-page app handout following my workshop at MICELT earlier this month.


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  • MICELT Conference, Kuala Lumpur Posted by Pete on 25 September, 2014










    I loved the MICELT conference in Kuala Lumpur, for many reasons. Chatting and networking – it was great to talk to Ivor Timms; to attend Alan Maley’s session on theory and practice, and to speak to B. Kumaravadivelu despite a pathological inability to pronounce his name…there were some hairy moments when it came to setting up the tech but nothing the sound crew couldn’t overcome. I cannot bring myself to mention the food – apart from saying it was awe-inducing.

    I’ll be posting up a Handout soon of the 22 apps we looked at in the workshop (I counted them) and the References for the plenary on Apps and tablets, but it won’t be imminently – life is rather full post KL.

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  • Launching the Vocabulary Organizer Posted by Pete on 27 August, 2014








    It was a great last Friday in the first week of the pre-sessionals here at the Centre of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University. At long last, I could GIVE my students a Vocabulary Organizer, as opposed to describing one, or giving a pilot version. Am encouraging students to use it, now, and hope it benefits them as they continue their studies on their Masters Courses next academic year.

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  • IATEFL BESIG 2013 Prague Conference Selections Posted by Pete on 10 August, 2014

    photo (21)IATEFL BESIG 2013 Prague Conference Selections is now available on the BESIG website for members.

    Great to see ‘More apps in Business English’ (left) published in this eBook. It can be downloaded in .epub  and .mobi formats, or viewed online as a flipbook.


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  • Macmillan hosts one-week sale of bestselling apps Posted by Byron on 23 July, 2014

    This week (Mon-Fri inclusive) Macmillan are running a sale on all of their MacEd mobile apps. This includes the premium version

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    of the Sounds app, all 5 IELTS Skills apps, and the Macmillan Diccionario Pocket. Apple and Android versions are included. All apps are available for a fixed price of £1.99/$2.99/EUR 2.69, via the usual app stores. Worth knowing about and passing on!

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  • Online dictionaries – Modern English Teacher Vol. 23/3 Posted by Pete on 23 June, 2014

    UntitledI love dictionaries. What’s more, my students love dictionaries. I remember when I first saw a CD-ROM dictionary. The presenter demonstrated, “If you don’t know a word in the definition, double-click on it, and you are taken immediately to a definition of that word!” This was my introduction to hyperlinks, and I was hooked. Since that memorable moment, I have used both print and electronic dictionaries with my learners, moving from CD-ROM to DVD-ROM, to online dictionaries and apps, deftly sidestepping the ubiquitous electronic dictionaries so beloved of my students.

    For the complete article, please see “Using online dictionaries in English Language Courses’ (Pete Sharma) in the latest edition of Modern English Teacher Vol. 23/3

    It’s a cracking issue with articles on augmented reality, designing mobile-based learning experiences, teaching through Skype and Blended Learning.

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