How Cloud Computing should be Changing our Pedagogy


One of the most amazing technological advances in recent years, in my opinion, is cloud computing. However, as teachers we have only just begun to see its implications.

For those of us in homogeneous EFL environments, like Japan, getting students to communicate with each other spontaneously using the target language is one of the biggest challenges we face. And yet, we have opportunity to circumvent this obstacle using technology.

Imagine an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) environment where students from different countries are being matched within a project group. Target language communication would be a must in this situation. Impossible?

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Practical Teaching Ideas

Teach pronunciation with this 5-step smartphone approach

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How do you teach pronunciation in your language classroom?

At a TED event a couple of years ago I caught myself turning-off whenever one of the presenters had a strong accent. This experience kicked me into gear to start looking for ways I could more effectively teach pronunciation in my language classroom.

This post shares an approach to teaching minimal pairs (MP) which incorporates student’s smartphones. You can find a more detailed description of my work on this component here.

Before you get started, students will have to download the free apps, Pronunciation Power (ProPower) and  Dragon Dictation.

Step 1: Share a list of about 10 minimal pairs. (e.g., rot & lot)

Minimal Pairs demo

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How are you going to grow in 2014?

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Now that 2013 has left the conversation, how do you plan on growing your teaching skills in 2014?
To help with your planning, I thought it would be worthwhile starting a discussion about some of the upcoming conferences with a focus on Computer or Mobile Assisted Language Learning. Please feel free to suggest any other events which would be of interest to DMLL readers in the comments section below.

Japan based

Paperless: Innovation and technology. Chiba. February 1.

The 6th international symposium on digital technologies in foreign language learning. Kyoto. March 29.

The Fourth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom. Osaka. April 17~20.

JALT PAN SIG Conference . Miyazaki. May 10~11.

JALT CALL Conference. Nagoya. June 6~8.

The Japan Association for Language Education and Technology (LET) Conference (Japanese website). Fukuoka. August 4~6.

JALT International Conference.  Ibaraki. November 21~24 (Tech workshops will be staged on November 21 )

Asia based

CAMTESOL. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 22~23.

Language in the Online and Offline World. Surabaya, Indonesia. May 27~28.

Korea TESOL 2014. Seoul, Korea. May 31.

Asia TEFL 2014. Sarawak, Malaysia. August 28~30.

GLoCALL 2014 (Joint conference of Asia Pacific CALL and Pacific CALL). Ahmedabad, India. October 9~11.


TESOL 2014. Oregon. March 26~29. If you cannot make it, feel free to sign up for online presentations at the Electronic Village. Registration, January 6~12. (Online presentations begin on January 13)

CALICO conference 2014. Ohio, United States. May 6-10.

Second International Workshop on Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains: Lifelong Learning on the Move. Ávila, Spain. May 7~9.

Antwerp CALL 2014. Antwerp, Belgium. July 7~9.

EUROCALL 2014. Netherlands. August 20~23.

All the best for your professional development in 2014.