Monthly Archives: April 2013


What is Toponimo?
Toponimo is a crowd-sourced location-based dictionary for language learning. The Toponimo project has developed out-of-classroom collaborative activities using Toponimo software with NFC and GPS enabled mobile devices. Our vocabulary scavenger hunts use interactive posters embedded with NFC tags. Toponimo has been designed to be used inside or outside of buildings. We are running workshops to help students and teachers design their own activities using NFC tags.
Who needs Toponimo?
Toponimo is for language teachers and for anyone wanting to learn a new language. Our present activities have been designed for our International students who are studying the English language but we are looking for European partners via the European Grundtvig programme to replicate the methodology across all European languages.
Why is it innovative?
Toponimo is an innovating and original teaching and learning tool for teachers and students. It is the only app which links language learning tasks to a crowd-sourced location-based dictionary. Toponimo will help lead the shift from the traditional teacher-led classroom to real-life language learning experiences centred on students’ interests. Toponimo provides the opportunity for students to contextualise language at different locations and will make vocabulary easier to understand, learn and remember. Toponimo bridges the gap between formal and non-formal education and fosters autonomous learning. Toponimo increases the quality, variety and excitement of learning a foreign language.

ESOL & EFL: Whats the difference?

One of the problems I had when first entering the English language learning field in the UK was making a clear distinction between ESOL and EFL. On the surface the difference seems clear, ESOL is for foreign students resident in the UK whereas EFL is for foreign visitors to the country looking to enhance their English skills. Recently, I stumbled on a report written back in 2007 titled ESOL and EFL: An Unhelpful Distinction? written by E. & A. Williams. The report presents an in-depth historical overview of both ESOL and EFL, highlighting the key differences between each strand. As the title of the article suggests the authors go on to recommend that ESOL and EFL  should be amalgamated. Whether you agree with this recommendation or not, the article is an informative read.