A great collection of internet webby stuff as recommended by visitors to the Learn English Network.
Could be a web site, a Twitter feed, a Facebook page, a Google plus page, forum, video, basically anything on the net.
Janko Design - I like gadgets, and I like gadgets that have been well designed. This site seems to have an insight into some amazing stuff out there, and I love looking in from time to time. From knives that have been melded into forks, to computers you can wear, it's fun and well written.
This month's blog is called Drawing Board. It's a series of comics that are witty and amusing. In the words of the author, it's called "Drawing Board" because of the saying "back to the drawing board", which means to go back or start a project or idea from the beginning.
What is Churnalism? Well (you won't find it in your dictionary - yet) it's basically the rewriting of press releases. You'll find examples of churnalism all over the internet, and you can check the originality of the writing on this site. In their own words, it allows you to compare press releases with national newspaper articles to see whether the articles are churnalism, rather than journalism. The Churnalism churn engine will tell you what percentage of the article is cut and pasted from a given press release. The results will tell you how much of the article has been cut and paste, and how many words overlap. You can also compare the original article with possible Churnalist articles.
This month's blog is called Controversies in ELT. Now I don't know about you, but I love a good controversy, and whether you are an ESL learner, or teacher, you should know what's being discussed out there.
Here's a quote from the blog:-
"In my view, language teachers should constantly question the assumptions on which their work is based; improvement comes from debate and controversies fuel that debate."
I agree we need debate, but we need to include the learners in that debate. What do you think?
ThxThxThx is a series of thank you notes. If you don't know what a thank you note is, shame on you. The author, Leah Dieterich, was always told by her to write thank you notes. So she does.
!Note - If you hadn't worked it out, 'thx' is short for 'thanks'.