This Old Dog’s New Trick
I’m not sure if I told you this before but I got a Hotmail account in 2000 exclusively to communicate with my daughter who was on an exchange to Brazil. I had one contact. When she got back in 2001 I thought I’d close the hotmail account because I didn’t see what further use I’d have in my life for technology and I’m terrified of computers. Ha! God must sit up there and laugh.
12 years later I had a website with my books as downloadable pdf’s. I had LinkedIn and Facebook pages. I was a frequent speaker and webcaster at technology conferences around the world (especially since developing the pronunciation app). My latest tricks are teaching online with Skype and hosting webinars on Google On Air.
None of this is easy for me. I’m still afraid of computers. Please find below a link to my latest audio to power point project “a slidecast” if you will. It shows how to use the app for pronunciation and the method is so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it.
My children can’t help laughing when I text (in full sentences) or tweet – because they don’t do that yet, but I am slowly mastering new fields in technology. It turns out there was more available for me through technology than I ever could have imagined.
Until next time,
Brain Power by Rita Baker
Understanding and solutions if you are a teacher, student or parent. About 8$ on Amazon, Brain Power explains in layman’s terms how the brain works/learns new information and in turn shows how modern education can easily do better. Here is an pirated post from Teresa Almeida d’Eca (Lisbon) that gives a summary of Radical Teachers, the new book and what we are all doing to change the face of education.
I’ve been working with a small group of colleagues that came together through Judy Thompson in LinkedIn. In November 2012 we met f2f in Lydbury, England, hosted by Rita and Duncan Baker at their Language Center and we founded the Radical English group.
We believe in a totally different approach to teaching English, in tune with Rita’s post “it’s time to take a radically different approach to teaching and learning English”. Each of us has an area of expertise and we’ve been sparking one another to carry it to the next level. So far we’re more a support group rather than a group with a single project. We spread the word about one another and promote our ventures.
Judy (in Canada) created the EPA: English Phonetic Alphabet. She has published for a few years and is now online and has an app.
Rita in England just published her first e-book, Brain Power. It’s a very interesting read aimed at the education world, above all, at common people. Do take a look! It’s on Amazon
I just finished proofreading my e-dictionary based on a pronunciation strategy I came up with in class and out of the blue 10 years ago. It’s based on bridging the L1 and the L2. Pronunciation Made Easy.
The other members are Peggy Tharpe (California, USA), who specializes in pronunciation and accent reduction, American English for Arabic Speakers is her first book. Jennifer England (a Canadian in Spain), who’s involved in projects and learning programs on her site English Laboratory, and Judit Tárczy (Hungary), who uses word boards to teach vocabulary to Young Learners. Each of us is doing work that we enjoy, as you will see in our RE website in the “All about us” tab. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter and follow our blog.
I also invite you to visit my own website where you have more information about my project. Do read the blog and follow it. You’re very welcome to leave comments.
I wanted to introduce Radical English and hope you join us in this exciting new year. Enjoy! 🙂
The evolution of teaching English is happening right before our eyes. #radicalteachers is how to follow on twitter.
Until next time,