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Walid Chaafi: Podcasts- The Forgotten Tool

by Walid Chaafi Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia Technology has advanced and brought new technologies into the fields of education. Teaching languages is not an exception. There are many ways to use technology to teach any language, one of them is Podcasts. Podcasts are the forgotten tool that educators as well as students can reply on to enhance teaching and learning of any language and mainly speaking and listening skills. As a teacher of English, I use this tool with my students and it is a success. In this article, I will explain how to use podcasts for better results. A Podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. How do podcasts work? A podcast is a digital audio file located on a web server (1 + 2). Teachers and students can subscribe to the podcast via a program such as iTunes or Netvibes (3). This program is then …

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Walid Chaafi: Practicing listening and speaking with technology

by Walid Chaafi Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia If you have been teaching a foreign/second language since a long time, you may come cross many problems finding suitable resources before the revolution of the web. But now things has changed for good. The focus will not be on any specific language as this article can be applied to any taught language, which is known as EFL /ESL. I will focus in this article on the online audio and video materials which may help in improving the listening and speaking skills. The web provides teachers and learners with lots of opportunities to work with online audio and video- both listening to, watching it and creating it. There are lots of materials online. However, before accessing these materials it is important to consider what to use and how you are going to use them with your learners. Recent improvements in technology design and connectivity have led to significant developments in web-based video communications. It is now not only very simple and easy to connect and communicate across the …

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Walid Chaafi: The STOLEN and the 7 Cs- how to innovate and give a humanistic touch to T&L

by Walid Chaafi Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia “One key competency that employers across the board value in employees is the ability to think creatively and logically in order to solve problems.“ The American Diplomacy Project The role of the school is not only to provide knowledge; it helps create good citizens who are able to fit in their roles in the future and why not even in their current situations. Educators make lots of emphasis on the technological side, and they forget, most of the time, about the human side of teaching. We do not want to produce robotic-like students who just do as they are told! We want humans who are able to think and fell, share and care. In this way, educators are not just giving knowledge but, through all means, they apply educational policies that are considered the best for the students and the country. There is two sides for educational situations; academic which is the acquisition of the knowledge, and personal which is the acquisition of skills and ethics that are …