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7th April 2014



You've probably heard lots about Moodle, the framework for providing online courses. Have you thought about having your own? At Developing (a sister site of Developing we provide you with your own Moodle for only $12/month. Your Moodle installation comes with 2GB of space & 20gb/month of bandwidth.

We set it all up for you & you provide the courses. You don't need to provide the actual course, this can simply be an online presence, a way of keeping in touch with your students, a meeting place with individuals or whole classes, an extension of your lessons.

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We like it so much that we run our own online development courses at Developing with Moodle.
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If you are thinking of tackling the Cambridge DELTA modules, we are running online Module 1 & Module 3 preparation courses at Developing
These are three month courses lead up to the exam/entry dates. For more information on both courses:

Chester School
Cambridge ESOL CELTA
in Madrid, Spain

A recent article in the Guardian asks:

Can I successfully learn a language online? Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?

The Guardian Online Learning Challenge

More on this story:
• I'm learning French... to be more like George Orwell

• Will I be able to learn Spanish with just my smartphone?

• Forget French, Russian is the language of love

And then there's the page for The Case For Language Learning:

All worth checking out.


When teaching vocabulary it's sometimes very difficult to get the exact meaning across to the students. This is especially so the more advanced the learners are as the language becomes more diverse & subtle. One way of looking at meaning is called 'Componential Analysis'. This aims to sort out the subtle differences between similar words. It is basically a chart that has the words that you're focusing on on one axis & on the other the different collocates or components that go to make up the meanings. Check out the some blank charts & try to fill them in.
Then click the link to see the suggested ideas for each.

They are easy to design but do need a bit of thought. Give out the chart & ask your students to fill it in - tell them to use their intuition - does it sound right to them? Then they can compare with your version & discuss possibilities. You do need to be very clear about the possibilities before giving them to your students.

I first came across this in a book called 'The Words You Need' & 'More Words You Need' by Rudzka et al (Longman) - I'm not sure if they are still in print, although you may pick up secondhand copies on Amazon.

Online teacher development courses on Developing - individualised one-to-one course for ELT/ESOL teachers at any level of teaching experience. If you are interested in following one then do get in touch for more information.

Happy teaching!


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