Archive for June, 2014

miscellaneous news and article June 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Microsoft demos breakthrough in real-time translated conversations

It’s been an interesting evening here in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation.

During his conversation with Walt and Kara, Satya discussed his views on how we’re evolving to a more personal, more human era of computing, and I had the good fortune to join Satya on stage to demo – for the the first time publicly – an exciting new capability we’re developing for Skype…..

[Official Microsoft Blog]

Microsoft Office PowerPoint add-in: Office Mix

Online lessons made simple
Turn your PowerPoint presentation into an interactive online lesson. We call this a mix. Everything you need to create and share your mix is included. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. It’s like a screencast, but better. All you need is Office 2013 and the free Office Mix add-in….
[Office Mix]

Father-son developers create service that offers different languages in a single video

There’s always been a certain je ne sais quoi about going to a foreign film. First, it absolutely confirms that you know how to read (kidding). But second, it implies that you can read between lines of dialog you don’t understand, and which are often minimally translated, to get the heart of a story….
[TheNextWeb news]

Group Video Calling Goes Free On Skype For Mac, Windows And Xbox One


Skype introduced group video calling officially back in 2010, and offers support for up to 10 people, but the feature has been a premium service for paying customers since it exited beta. The group calling feature is now free, however, with Skype announcing general availability for everyone on Windows, Mac and Xbox One today.

[TechCrunch News]

Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available

Friday, June 6th, 2014



Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available
We are happy to announce that Volume 18, Number 2, of Language Learning & Technology is now available at It is a special issue on “Game-Informed L2 Teaching and Learning” with guest editors Jonathon Reinhardt and Julie Sykes. The contents are listed below.

Please visit the LLT Web site and be sure to sign up to receive your free subscription if you have not already done so (


Also, we welcome your contributions for future issues, which should be done online at If you have questions about this process, check our guidelines for submission at:

CASLS interCom articles June 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014


International Dialects of English Archive
Source: IDEA
Are you exploring different dialects of English with your students? Are you looking for audio samples of speakers of different dialects? The International Dialects of English Archive is a repository of audio clips of native English speakers from all over the world. Each audio clip is well-documented with demographic information about the speakers.
Access IDEA at


May 2014 Issue of TESL-EJ
Source: TESL-EJ
The May 2014 issue of TESL-EJ is available at
In this issue:
Shogo Sakurai, Corrective Feedback and Student Uptakes in English Immersion Classrooms in Japan: Is the Counter-Balance Hypothesis Valid?
Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, Thai Elementary School Teachers’ English Pronunciation and Effects of Teacher Variables: Professional Development
Enas Abdullah Rajab Hammad, Palestinian EFL Teachers’ Attitudes Towards English Textbooks Used at the First Three Grades of Elementary School
Kay Hong-Nam, ELL High School Students’ Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategy Use and Reading Proficiency
James Buckingham, Open Digital Badges for the Uninitiated
Plus reviews of books and media articles.