Language Teaching Tomorrow

The first issue of Language Teaching Tomorrow was published connection with the 2nd International Week for Language Teachers organised in May 2015 in Tampere and Jyväskylä, Finland, by JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The aim of the journal is to offer language teachers in higher education the opportunity…

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Foreign language learning through presentations in authentic settings

Petteri Ruuska MA (Educ.) senior lecturer, Spanish and English JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland petteri.ruuska@jamk.fi Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-19 Abstract The report considers presentation ‘in authentic settings’ as a tool in language learning with FL learners with B1 skills. A project was carried out during a Spanish course in Jyväskylä, Finland; adult learners prepared brief presentations on…

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The International Week 2015 for Higher Education Language Teachers in Finland

Tarja Haukijärvi Head of Language Centre Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland tarja.haukijarvi@tamk.fi Pirkko Pollari Head of Language Centre JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland pirkko.pollari@jamk.fi Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-18 Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and JAMK University of Applied Sciences have organized together international weeks for higher education language teachers in Finland since 2013. The…

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Bremen’s Tutorial Language Program – A mixture of autonomous and collaborative learning

M.A. Christine Rodewald Fremdsprachenzentrum, Universität Bremen, Germany rodewald@uni-bremen.de Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-17 Abstract The tutorial program of the Foreign Language Centre of the University of Bremen provides special support for independent learners. The students can choose the language they want to learn autonomously over the course of one semester. Using self-assessment tools, the students check their levels…

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Students’ use of English outside the classroom and its impact on teaching the four skills: a best practice example of an online writing project

Mag.Dr. Marlene Miglbauer University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria marlene.miglbauer@fhwn.ac.at Tuula Kotikoski Senior Lecturer JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland tuula.kotikoski@jamk.fi Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-2 Abstract This paper discusses the results of a survey of about 160 students at two tertiary education institutions in Austria and one in Finland against the background of teaching the…

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Language assessment for tertiary institutions: How can the Cambridge English Scale help?

Gillian Horton-Krueger Head of Assessment Services Northern Europe Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK Horton-Krueger.G@cambridgeenglish.org Arek Jaworski Head of Marketing Northern Europe Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK Jaworski.A@cambridgeenglish.org Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-3 Abstract The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It is built on our existing results…

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Engaging language learners online: roles, methods and practice in blended learning environments

Birgit Phillips Senior Lecturer & English Language Coordinator Burgenland University of Applied Sciences, Austria birgit.phillips@fh-burgenland.at Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-4 Abstract This paper describes the implementation of blended learning in the course “English for Health Professionals I”, a mandatory course in the first semester of three Bachelor programs at the FH Burgenland, using Moodle. It describes the transition…

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Challenges and Problems in Learning English for Part-time Students in Vilnius College of Technologies and Design

Zita Braziuniene Teacher of English Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania z.braziuniene@vtdko.lt Ruta Kalytiene Teacher of English, Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania r.kalytiene@vtdko.lt Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-5 Abstract Vilnius College of Technologies and Design is an institution of higher education offering fifteen part-time study programmes in design and engineering. In order to find out…

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Portfolio as a tool for enhancing learner autonomy and life-long learning

Jaana Oinonen Lecturer in Finnish and Communication JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Language Centre, Finland jaana.oinonen@jamk.fi Suvi Uotila Senior Lecturer in English and Swedish JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Language Centre, Finland suvi.uotila@jamk.fi Paula Vuorinen Senior Lecturer in English and Swedish JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Language Centre, Finland paula.vuorinen@jamk.fi Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-6 Abstract This article discusses…

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Development of intercultural communicative competence awareness tools and teaching material for Languages for Specific Purposes courses

Dr. Miguel Ángel Candel-Mora Department of Applied Linguistics Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain mcandel@upv.es Dr. Inmaculada Tamarit-Vallés Department of Applied Linguistics Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain itamarit@upv.es Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-7 Abstract Research on language teaching of larger global lingua francas like French, Spanish or English emphasize the need to consider cultural diversity and intercultural communicative competence…

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Supporting collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom

Reet Soosaar Lecturer in English, MA University of Tartu, Pärnu College, Estonia reet.soosaar@ut.ee Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-8 Abstract High youth unemployment is the challenge facing today’s young people. Many universities feel the need to prepare students for a new reality and try to facilitate the process of acquiring entrepreneurial skills. This article sets out to emphasize the…

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Do online collaborative activities foster autonomy on second language reading and writing?

Dr. María Luisa Carrió-Pastor Senior lecturer Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain lcarrio@upv.es Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-9 Abstract In this paper, my main objective is to analyse if the use of the online collaborative activities improves learners’ autonomy on second language reading and writing. My purpose is twofold, to study if students improve reading and writing skills in…

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Tourism and foreign language teaching: Podcasts for listening comprehension as key to success

Klaus Pfatschbacher Lecturer for French, PhD University of Applied Sciences IMC-FH Krems, Austria klaus.pfatschbacher@fh-krems.ac.at Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-10 Absract Our workshop addresses the following questions: How can a lecturer apply podcasts for listening comprehension in class? How can students benefit from this approach? In how far does podcast listening comprehension relate to student-centered and competence-oriented learning (based…

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Enhancing task-based language teaching (TBLT) through technology: some theoretical and practical perspectives

Dr. Jeroen Lievens LUCA School of Arts, Belgium Faculty of Industrial Engineering Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium Center for Language and Education, KU Leuven, Belgium Jeroen.Lievens@kuleuven.be Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-11 Abstract Information and communication technologies play an ever-increasing part in how 21st century students come to understand, experience and shape their relationship to the world. The practice of “task-based…

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The ESP/EFL teacher’s role in distance learning

Genovaite Snuviškiene Lecturer of English Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania ges@vgtu.lt Abstract The article attempts to highlight the importance of the ESP/EFL  teacher’s role in  the considered case of distance learning. The strategy of teaching English to the undergraduate engineering students that are less advanced in the English language requires teacher’s  multiple competences. The considered…

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Some organization forms of out-of-class activities while learning foreign languages in the technical higher education institution

Galina Chernenko Senior Lecturer the Syktyvkar Forest Institute, Russia Ksenia Chukileva Senior Lecturer the Syktyvkar Forest Institute, Russia chukileva_k@mail.ru Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-13 Abstract The article is devoted to the increasing role of out-of-class work while learning foreign languages in a technically oriented higher education establishment. In the article the definition of the independent work, its forms (individual,…

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10 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers

Christine Coombe Dr. Coombe is faculty member at Dubai Men’s College in the United Arab Emirates. She chaired the TESOL convention in Tampa, Florida in 2006 and served as president of the TESOL International Association from 2011 to 2012. ccoombe@hct.ac.ae Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-14 The question of what makes someone a good teacher is relevant for all…

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Computer Aided Learning / Teaching

Gerhard FH Schmittinger Lecturer, MA, THED. University Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Germany sss@edugames.eu Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-15 Abstract The computer can be an invaluable teaching aid which not only relieves the teacher of cumbersome routine tasks such as marking, but allows students to practice their skills with an ever patient „electronic teacher“. Limited lecture periods mean limited contact time with…

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Ready – Set – PITCH!

Henri Annala Senior Lecturer and International Coordinator Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland henri.annala@tamk.fi Marianna Leikomaa Senior Lecturer Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland marianna.leikomaa@tamk.fi Urn-address: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:jamk-issn-2343-0281-16 Abstract This paper describes an experiment carried out by two English teachers at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland. The preparation and implementation of the experiment are…

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Language Teaching Tomorrow

The first issue of Language Teaching Tomorrow was published connection with the 2nd International Week for Language Teachers organised in May 2015 in Tampere and Jyväskylä, Finland, by JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The aim of the journal is to offer language teachers in higher education the opportunity…

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