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I asked at the Webheads in Action for some language exchange blogs that we could use as an example for Networked-based language practice. Here are a few answers I received.

Greetings from Japan.
There are some podcasts with student-generated content at
Japancasting, by Steve McCarty
Let me know if you have any difficulty,

I have been a Bawer sice 2006 but I have never participated in this
group, since I have been very busy preparing my doctoral dissertation
for the last two years.
I am preparing a course for adult students focused on the Web 2.0. and
another one for teachers at secondary school. Both groups will be
totally newbies and I would like to show them good examples of class
blogging and podcasting.
I know there will be a good assortment of all kind of blog and podcast
practice in the group.
Can I make a list? I will post it on my blog
http://angelesherna ndez.wordpress. com/

Hi Angeles,
Here is my class blog in 2007:
Hope it will be of help!
Regards from Sudan

Hi Ángeles,

here are the blogs I have had with students:

I hope this helps!

Kindest regards from Brazil,



Robert Godwing Jones from Virginia Commonwealth University has recently written an introductory article on online tools for writing assessment. From Text Editors and Proofing Tools to electronic portfolios he refers a good number of tools which can help students with their writing process. The article offers some hints on some current pedagogical possibilities. You can access the article through his regular column EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES at Language  Learning and Technology.

For those who don’t know much about CALL, Language Learning and Technology is a referee site to keep updated on all kind of technology applications to language learning and teaching.

Vocabulary practice Básico 2 (Level A2 EUropean Reference Framework)

If you want to do some more vocabulary practice, choose some of these sites:

Si quieres hacer más práctica de vocabulario, escoge alguna de las siguientes webs.

  • 1. Language Guide : This site is specially useful for the students who want to learn the words and how to pronounce them. Basic vocabulary on many areas with full spelling and pronunciation.

Esta página es especialmente valiosa para aquellos que queráis repasar vocabulario básico sobre áreas generales. Es un diccionario visual, donde te presentan los temas de vocabulario y a través de diversos clics, obtienes la ortografía de la palabra (spelling) y la pronunciación.

  • 2. Many people learn English through a blend of methods — by taking English classes, reading books and watching movies in English, and studying English with English language software. Playing word and vocabulary games can be a valuable part of learning English.

Mucha gente aprende inglés mezclando diferntes métodos: con clases, lectura de libros, o viendo películas y estudiando la lengua inglesa con software especializado en el aprendizaje. Jugar a los juegos de vocabulario puede resultar de gran ayuda. Esta página web ofrece juegos de vocabulario que van acompañados de su correspondiente pronunciación.

  • Some more interactive vocabulary practice to do on your own

Práctica de vocabulario interactivo de uso individual.


Webs with vocabulary practice to do on your own

Intermediate practice (B1-B2 European framework)

Go to INTERMEDIATE (B1-B2 European Framework), the page on this site where you can explore our selection of sites to practice intermediate grammar points at your own pace and convenience

Yahoo Groups

Yahoo groups is one possible way to start your own community to practice the language you are learning. This is the list of Yahoo groups I belong to


These are my class yahoo groups at the moment


Internet for EFL- An old classification

In 1999 I wrote a website after an exploration of webs, which could be useful to learn and practise English on Internet. Here is the result.


“Internet en el aula” is the first major event on the use of Internet for language teaching and learning in Spanish language. It was launched last April, 1st and will be on until October, 30th, with presential conferences in Barcelona, Granada and Madrid between June 26-28.

There will be on-line workshops and debates.

CALL Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice:

What are Communities of Practice?

A good article with a comprehensive list of communities of practice for language teachers was written by E. Hanson-Smith. “Communities of practice”, can be seen on-line at [last visited May, 2008].

In her article Elizabeth mentions a list of Communities we reproduce in this entry. Those with an asterisc are the communities we belong to:

Academic Writing [electronic group]. 2003, Dec 31. E. Hanson-Smith, Moderator.     Available at Mainly a support group to provide email, exercises, writing activities, and resources to teachers and their classes.

Australian Flexible Learning Framework [Website]. 2000; updated 4 Nov 2004. Accessed 5 Nov 2004 at The original grant program ended in 2005, and AFLF now offers a mix of online, on-land, free, and fee-based programs.

* 2005. Moderators: B. Dieu, A. Campbell, R. Amman. Available at
Teachers using blogs share their students’ work with other teachers and students.

*Learning with Computers [Online community]. Moderators: G. Baya, et al. Available at
Offers 6-8 week sessions focusing on topics in online teaching learning. Beginners are welcome. Community members contribute resources (see the archive at for the 2007 sessions), and participate in TESOL CALL Interest Section’s Electronic Village Online.

*Learning Times [Online community]. Available at
Uses Elluminate, a voice and video conferencing system with many helpful features for presentation management; a number of thriving communities meet regularly.

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. [Online community]. Available at
Resources contributed by members of the many discipline-wide “communities.” Sponsors online conferences and facilitates collaborations among members in the various disciplines.

The Reading Matrix [Online journal]. 2003. Accessed 4 Nov 2004 at
Offers online tools, annual online conference, and opportunities to share comments about the journal’s contents.

Real English Online. 2003. Moderators: E. Hanson-Smith and M. Marzio. Available at
Provides self-help in-service for the many teachers around the world who use video and audio media on the Internet. Ongoing collaborations to produce exercises and activities with video. Many student members use resources and links independently. Members regularly participate in EVOVideo, a session of the TESOL CALL Interest Section’s annual
Electronic Village Online.

SANTEC: Educational Technology and eLearning for Development. [Website]. 2003; updated Sep 11, 2004. Accessed 5 Nov 2004 at
E-list fosters collaborations in support of education and development in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

*Tapped In [Online community]. U.S. National Science Foundation, Sun Microsystems, and SRI International Center for Technology. Available at
Offers virtual offices, text chat meeting spaces, and archiving for a wide range of educational communities, both K-12 and tertiary.

*Webheads in Action. 2001. Moderator: V. Stevens. Available at
ESL/EFL teachers provide peer mentoring and experimentation with new Internet technologies, particularly for communications and multimedia. Weekly online voice chats and occasional online “convergences” are offered.

*Webloggers. 2005. Moderators: A. Campbell, B. Dieu, and G. Stanley. Available at
The initial YG is now supported by the Blogstream Salon every Sunday at TI, and the group fosters the community blog at (2005), available at

Improve your Listening Comprehension


The following websites have been selected for their good language learning quality.

They can be used both by students who want to do examination practice on their own or for teachers to use the podcasts or videos in their lessons.

The webs in this classification belong to any of the following categories:

(1) News services
(2) Language Laboratories
(3) Teachers’ webs
(4) Organisations, both private or public
(5) Individuals
(6) New suggestions
(7) Recently added and not classified yet

News services (1)

  • BBC World Service: Listenings and video with tapescripts, quizzes and vocabulary exercises.

  • BBC Video Nation: Videos of different British people speaking. Includes comprehension tests.

  • English Bites Australian news clips with transcripts, vocabulary help and multiple choice quizzes.
    “English Bites is an informative and entertaining way to improve your knowledge of the English language. Featuring a new story each weekday English Bites provides a detailed review of language, terms and usage.”

  • Literacy Net – CNN Story Archives – Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. Your can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story.

  • Euronews is the site of the Euronews TV service where you can see the news online. This site is very useful because you get also the script of the news you are watching, so you can listen to the news and read them at the same time.

Language Laboratories (2)

  • Breaking News: A web site by Sean Banville with reading and listening practice at seven levels.
  • Learning English with the CBC (Radio Canada) Web pages with listening podcasts intended for those who do not have access to formal learning facilities or who wish to improve their language skills on their own or at home.

  • ELLLO: English Language Listening Lab Online. Listen to English speakers from all over the world. Over 400 listening activities that include quizzes and texts. New listenings every day.

  • Efl/ESL English On line resources A websiet developed at the “Centre de linguistique appliquée de l’Universite de Franche-Comptée” with the following listening resources:

Beginners Dictations:19 exercises with illustrations. A mini course for real beginners
Real English Video Dictations Real people interviewed in the street. EFL / ESL Listening Exercises Created with Hot Potatoes
Elementary to intermediate levels
Here, There and Everywhere : 21 stories for learners of English. Text Reconstruction / Dictation exercises. False beginner to advanced levels
TV Commercials: Ads from the 60s. Find the difference exercises. Intermediate level
Fairy Stories: Text Reconstruction / Dictation exercises. Intermediate level
Telephone Expressions Dictation: Intermediate level
Movie Trailers: Text Reconstruction / Dictation exercises.
Advanced level

  • AnglesOnline: Check songs and trailers . Fun for kids to learn grammar and enjoy songs, video is very good with clear sound and perfect English for NNS.

  • A site for phrasal verbs which has many listenings with tapescripts and exercises that focus on phrasal verbs.

Teachers (3)

  • Dy-Tech Hot Potatoes quizzes based on movie clips:

Some suggested activities:

Patch Adams
Butch & Sundance
The Postman
Field of Dreams – Voices
Stepmom – Serious
The Shawshank Redemption -Life
School of Rock
The Return of the King -Mordor
Lord of the Rings – Middle Earth
Gone with the Wind – No Lady
Jersey Girl
I am Sam – In the “best” interest

  • Sub beta is a site with short video podcasts which can be seen with or without subtitles. Go to the languages section.

  • Arlyn Freed’s ESL/EFL Listening Resources with reviews of web sites (audio and video)

  • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

  • Randall’s Basic Self-Study Guide

  • Free Classic Audio Books Digital Narration for the 21st Century. Whole books are also available on the internet for those who love to read along as they listen, or to download to an iPod or other device. It offers a selection of complete books whose copyrights have expired, including Heidi, Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, Emma, and several volumes of classic short stories.

  • VOA News have good news stories for listening with accompanying language learning apparatus .VOA has many articles of general interest in “Special English, ” which is slower and with a limited vocabulary and grammar, so it is very good for beginning adult learning.

  • English-Trailers.Com You can watch movie trailers and do exercises on them. Scripts available.

  • Cyber Listening Lab. The OWL project Nuria Casas has written a few interactive and multiple choice listening exercises for the EOI students.

  • Interesting Things for ESL Students: Listening, and their Podcasts. The front page (also called “Many Things”) has links to additional exercises based on VOA audio.

  • Kevin McCaughey’s English Teachers Everywhere If you like Kevin’s site, please drop him an email and let him know!

  • ESL Pod CardsThere you can find information listenings about famous cities or famous people with their biographies as well as the transcripts, duration of the listening piece and worksheets to work with them.

  • English as Second Language podcast is run by a team of experienced English as a Second Language professors with over 30 years of high school, adult, and university ESL teaching experience. Dr. Lucy Tse writes scripts and story ideas for the podcasts, and records many of the dialogs and stories. The host for the podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who helps read the scripts and provides explanations for them.

  • More than just words. This particular link is a particularly interesting one and its authors mentioned that it was completely free and they wanted as many students to use it as possible as they are collecting research data through it.

  • Storynory Free Audio Stories It’s a wonderful collection of children’s stories, called Storynory:

  • Open Culture offers podcasts in many different languages and at different levels, and I guess it will be useful for those who teach languages other than English too. I tried some recordings in French and they were very interesting.

  • This I Believe offers audio and the script. I hope you like it.

Organisations (4)

  • the site where American poets read their own poetry.

  • Listen to English. Here you’ll find most varieties of English on different topics.

  • At Watch and Listen you can watch BBC shows that come with a tapescript and a note on vocabulary.

  • At MP3 Downloading and Podcasting the BBC gives full details of the podcasts it is making available and how to download them or to subscribe to the recordings as podcasts. Most of these recordings are only available for up to a month after the date of broadcasting. The page also gives a brief description of the contents of each series. For advanced work (and personal enjoyment) I find most of these broadcasts excellent. They are not teaching materials, certainly not language teaching materials – they are about politics and the arts and life around the globe. But as listening material they are hard to better. You can listen to them on your PC or on an MP3 player

  • OM audio: Free Online Conversations

  • At Agenda web they have classified exercises by matter and language level. They all belong to other sites. The good thing about this site is that they have classified it for fast choice and delivery.

  • Yapper:HYPERLINK “”The premier community for English learners where you can Watch Fun Videos Meet People Improve Your English Contribute Contributing to the community is an excellent way to improve the site for everyone while practicing your English. You can already edit translations; very soon you will be able to post, transcribe and translate videos yourself. Just click on a video to get started.

  • is part of the Better@English group of English language learning websites. This company collects the best ESL, EFL, and ELT videos to help you learn English. The videos are organised by language levels.

New suggestions (6)

  • VideoJug- Life explained on film: Lots of videos on any kind of topic. Good pace. You can see the script clicking on the little square under the screen. It is worth playing aroud and stick to them.

See these examples:

How to concentrate

How to develop a super memory

Recently added and not classified yet (7)