Technology, Gaming Research, & More #TESOLFr Highlights

Part 3 of 3 TESOL France Highlights

Recently, I saw some amazing technology presentations at the TESOL France conference. Thanks to TESOL France president, Bethany Cagnol (@bethcagnol) and the other conference organizers for selecting great presenters! These presentations were given by our ELT Twitter PLN.

Presentation Highlights

Unlocking Learner Motivation For Digital Natives by Paul Maglione- I really enjoyed this presentation by @paulmaglione, which provided insights to the teenage brain and learning! My favorite slides are #40 and #43 where Paul shares what we can adopt from videos games into our teaching and tweets from adolescents in Italian that give a glimpse into what they feel about learning English. I recommend you check out the English Attack website which integrates language learning and gaming principles.

Teaching English to Scientists is Fun by Elizabeth Anne– I enjoyed how @eannegrenoble helped her scientists learn specific English vocabulary. She taught me about a new exciting tool, E-Lang, which allows you to enter any vocabulary list you have created and check how it is used in context in any online article. You will see the frequency of the words used. Also, this website has listening exercises and makes text corrections. Click tabs 3 and 4 to use.

Check this! by Valentina Dodge- Sorry to miss @vale360‘s presentation but heard it was recorded. Rumor has it I missed a fantastic presentation which showcased various techniques for handling learner accuracy and dealing with corrections or feedback when delivering blended learning courses. The presentation highlighted English 360, an innovative way to create materials. I saw a previous presentation about this website and highly recommend you check it out because really there are so many cool features to create interactive online materials. Here is Valentina’s presentation, Biodiversity & ELT.

English360 – Cambridge University Press from Atelier Transfert on Vimeo.

Captured on Video by Lindsay Clandfield– Sorry I missed Lindsay’s (@lclandfield) presentation that highlighted ways of using new kinds of videos and creating and subtitling videos. One tool he’s a master at is Overstream. Watch his film, Harrator, which was shown during the presentation!

Gems on the Web by Russell Stannard– Russell (@russell1955) is always a joy to watch. He’s really enthusiastic about web 2.0 tools and demonstrates them live in his presentations. Check out the video tutorials of the various websites he shared including Storybird, Writing Fun, and Mailvu on his website, Teacher Training Videos.

Using Podcasts in Foreign Language Teaching by Marianne Raynaud- Sorry to miss this! Marianne demonstrated how to make effective use of podcasts for standard listening comprehension, lab work, and homework assignments.

AVALON Language Learning in Second Life by Heike Philps– Sorry to miss this! Heike (@heikephilp presented about the AVALON EU project which aims to explore language learning in Second Life with 26 partners in 8 EU countries. Watch Heike’s Ignite presentation below:

Performance-based Business English: Boosting ROI for both students and HR by Cleve Miller- Sorry I missed @cleve360‘s presentation but was excited to see 3 Youtube videos of his presentation. Watch Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3.

My Presentation! Global Class Projects: Extending learning beyond the classrooms– Watch the live webinar and find all the resources in this Global Projects wiki.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. Thank you for sharing the conference highlights. It is always a learning experience to see teachers use technology in engaging ways with their students. The learning and connecting never ends. Thank goodness for that!

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