With over 250 entries on the user group sites, both Sussex and Oxford trials are well underway. Here at Sussex students seem motivated. When asked to comment in their journals on the VLE about how they choose entries from the list to move into their favourites folder one participant commented:
I usually label stars for some important academic words and interesting slangs [sic]. I think these two kinds of words are really difficult to learn, especially the slangs and some native ways of saying. If we want to study English well, and to be native speakers, we must master these ways.
Favourite entries so far are FYI; hash brown; pheasant; cohesion; provoke and suspense drama.
Over the next couple of months we will be visiting various conferences in order to share our experiences and introduce LingoBee to as many practitioners and students as possible. This week, Tom Ottway (LingoBee manager, Sussex) was manning the LingoBee stand at BETT in London. On February 11th, both Emma Procter-Legg and Rebecca Adlard (researchers) will be presenting at the StudyGroup Teachers Conference in Brighton, where delegates will also be able to talk to the team in the app room. We will also be delivering a joint presentation at IATEFL in Glasgow in March.