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Learning Technologies in EAP

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Your corpora-tion is appreciated....

Your corpora-tion is appreciated….

…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 1st December at 10.00 (UK time).  And this is really our last proper unit in the sense that unit 8 – the final unit – is quite short and is just designed to wrap up the course with no new content. So we wanted to make it a good one and as our punning title suggests, it’s on the topic of corpus linguistics and the web tools that can be used to explore corpora for useful information about academic language and to help create classroom activities. It’s a big topic and for that reason this is another two-week unit.

Oh, just one thing to remind you about: even if you aren’t anywhere near unit 7, in the first topic we talk about the end-of-course group meeting we run for participants in the final weeks of the course, which are totally optional by the way. We put a link to a poll where you can let us know your availability. If you don’t think you are going to get to unit 7 anytime soon but would still like to attend, please go to this link and let us know your availability.  Don’t worry, you can still attend the meeting even if you are still working through the unit.

It's all about the apps..

It’s all about the apps..

Well, this week we are back to our usual one-week unit, this one on the divisive topic of mobile phones (available Friday 24th November at 10.00 UK time). Most teachers have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these mobile devices. We know that they can be useful in so many ways as there’s so much power packed inside them and so many learning opportunities in the apps you can download, but at the same time they can be incredibly distracting for students during the lessons. We don’t want to skirt this issue. In fact, we address it head on at the start of the unit but then go on to explore how we can exploit these device in and outside the classroom.


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Kialo is an attempt to make online discussions less polarised by organising points for and against so that a topic can be assessed in a

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Unit 7: Discussion – using corpus tools in the EAP classroom

OK, we’re keen to hear what you have to say about these text tools. You ran a text through various ... Read More

Unit 7: Feedback and comments

If you have any feedback or comments at the end of the seventh unit, we’d appreciate them. These can be ... Read More

Unit 7: Course forum – reflection on teaching with corpus tools (optional)

OK, now you’ve hopefully had the chance to use these tools with students, we’d love to hear how it went ... Read More

Unit 6: Discussion – how to use mobile phones in an EAP context

We’ll leave this discussion more open as we’re getting near the end of the course and you may want a ... Read More

Unit 6: Sharing your experiences (optional)

Feel free to tell us whatever you want, but you can use the questions below to help guide your reflection: ... Read More

Recent forum comments


Reply To: Unit 2 Discussion: Socrative and Quizlet in an EAP context

1. Which of the two tools do you think would be most useful to use with your students? Why? I ... Read More

Reply To: Unit 2 Discussion: Socrative and Quizlet in an EAP context

I totally agree with you about how EAP syllabus often skip teaching lexis and even grammar, and mainly focuses on ... Read More

Reply To: Unit 4 Changing your VLE use

Thanks @zul VLEs lend themselves to a variety of useful functions enabling students and teachers to extend their teaching and ... Read More

Reply To: Unit 1: Reflections on teaching with Padlet

How effective was your use of Padlet for the students? Did they engage with it? Find it interesting? How easy ... Read More

Reply To: Unit 4 Changing your VLE use

Since the company I am working for has a limited/not yet developed VLE, I tried using Padlet from the start ... Read More

Course guides

A guide to Edpuzzle

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A guide to TED ED

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A guide to VideoAnt

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Frequently asked questions

How long is the course?

The course is 10 weeks’ long and the course modules are released on a Friday at 10.00 (UK time)

How many hours a week will I have to study?

We estimate around 3-4 hours a week. We understand that you have busy working lives and we don’t want to pile too much on top of that. We also hope that it integrates well with your teaching, so some of those hours are a natural part of what you do anyhow. 

What are the key dates on the course?

To help you organise your life around this course better, here are some of the key dates and tasks that need to be completed.   If you are unclear about any of them, don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Friday 24th November: Optional reflective assignment set.

Friday 8th December: Final unit released.

Friday 15th December: Official end of course.

Monday 12th January: deadline for optional reflective assignment.

Friday 19th January: removal of access to course (after this date, all participants who successfully complete the course will be given permanent access to a self-study version with all the guides, tips and tricks, etc.) 


Do I ever need to be online at a specific time?

Generally, no. The idea behind the course is that you can work through it at times in the week that are suitable for you, whether that’s early morning, evening or weekends. There are only two times during the course where you may need to be online at a specific time. Around three weeks into the course we give you the option of an online one-to-one chat with one of the tutors to discuss progress. Also at the end  of the course we run a webinar to sum up the course and share experiences. And both of those are optional anyhow, so it’s really your choice. 

What do I need to do to complete the course?

You need to complete all the modules and contribute reasonably to the course forums. At the end of the course there is a short final reflective assignment for you to complete but this is completely optional and you only need to do it  if you wish. If you do all these things, you will finish the course successfully and qualify for a certificate. There is no assessment/pass mark as such as we view this as a formative and developmental course.

Will I get a certificate at the end?

Yes, you will, issued by the ELTC, University of Sheffield. However, there are no credits attached to this course, it’s purely developmental. Please note though that to receive the certificate, you need to complete all the modules and contribute sometimes to the course forums.

Will I have access to the course after it has finished?

In some form, yes. Participants who complete the course and submit the assignment will be given permanent access to a self-study version of the course containing most of the content and will be able to access the course forum via a special group set up. 

I'm having technical problems on the site. What do I do?

If you are having any technical issues with the site or working through the course, please contact us on and we’ll respond within 24 hours to deal with your problems. 

How do I access the course on my tablet or phone?

You should be able to access the website on either your phone or tablet just by going to the browser on your device and going to the site link. Most of the content should be visible and should fit well onto a mobile device.

How is my data used on this site?

This site stores your name and email address upon registration as well as any comments you make on individual posts or forums. Your personal data is not shared with any other individuals outside of the course tutors. Forum posts are visible only to the course tutors and other participants.

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