Category Archives: CALL-COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING

EFL web explorer: Authoring tools

Authoring tools at CLEAR – Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.

http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/ria/

EFL WEB EXPLORER: Primary and kindergarten

Interactive learning for children
http://www.abcmouse.com/

EFL WEB EXPLORER: Writing Fun

An interactive writing help site that includes downloads to save for off-line use.
http://www.writingfun.com/

Improve your listening (English: intermediate-upper intermediate)

IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING

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

New suggestions

  • 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

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.

  • BBC Learning English – Beyond the Postcard: Watch the videos and answer the questions.

  • CNNHYPERLINK “http://edition.cnn.com/video/” video and podcast offer news reports and interviews on video and podcasts.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • PhrasalVerbDemon.com: 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
    ESLPod.com 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)

  • Poets.org 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 “http://en.yappr.com/welcome/Welcome.action” The premier community for English learners where you can Watch Fun Videos Meet People Improve Your English Contribute Contributing to the yappr.com 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.

  • www.eflvideos.com 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.

Recently added and not classified yet

  • http://potatopals.podomatic.com/

  • Carla’s Listening plus at Ning. A nice space where participants leave their own messages on a presentation.

  • This podcast is for native speakers of English, but it is great fun.http://www.thewordnerds.org

  • Itesl for language teachers have published a whole page of links to recent podcasts some individuals or teachers are creating for the practice of EFL listening comprehension. here is their list.

Tech Explorer: WIZ iQ

This new free e-learning tool can be used to get in contact with your students.

“Wiz IQ is a place where you can teach and learn using an easy-to-use Virtual Classroom. You are welcome to give private and public live online classes, teach for free or earn money teaching. As a learner you can attend public classes on various topics from academics to anything under the sun.”

URL: http://www.wiziq.com/

You can see an English tech-tool in action about Ning at the following blog URL: http://learn-english-wiziq.blogspot.com/2008/11/introduction-to-ning-social-blogging.html

An English content-based course on WordPress

I have been using WordPress to write and edit a content-based course .

The experience has been satisfactory so far.  You can see how it was organised clicking on the course web: A Web 2.0. English Course.

EVO 09

Only a quick post to say that EVO sessions have already started. 

As usually, they come with plenty of food for thought. However suggesting all the issues are , it is impossible to follow them simultaneously. Here I leave the list of sessions for those who might be interested in catching up:

Becoming a Webhead
This is a hands-on workshop where participants explore Web 2.0 tools and share the best ways of using them in their teaching practices.

Blog-based Lesson & e-Portfolios

 

Collaborative Writing
 In this session, the most popular computer-mediated communication tools for collaborative writing, blogs and wikis, will be introduced and some activities with word processors will be carried out. Discussions and exchanging of points of view will be provided by WiZiQ sessions in this comprehensive workshop. 

Conflict Resolutions for English  Language Learners
Designing Interactive Activities for the Young learner EFL Classroom
 
Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces
Building a Professional ID in the 21st century 
Digital Storytelling in ELT Classrooms
The aim of this session is to show how to use Windows Movie Maker software while creating and editing videos; and at the end of the session participants will have the chance to create their own videos and publish them online.  
 Enhancing Lessons with Web 2.0
During the session, participants will create their own blogs and Web 2.0 instructional items, participate in asynchronous and live discussions, complete topic-specific readings, and develop a lesson plan applying web tools to a relevant teaching/learning context.  

EVO Video 09 Planning Video Projects
This session will help teachers of EFL/ESL develop lesson plans for video projects to use with their students of various levels. 

 

Images4Education
Exploring Images in the 21st Century Classroom
In this six-week online workshop, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices.

Internet for Beginners

Mentor2Mentor

Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include managing, processing, and interpreting a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications. This course seeks to heighten awareness of these considerations, and to enable participants to explore ways of dealing with them in professional and interpersonal development as well as work with students.

NNEST: Networking Solutions for Professional Development
This is a discussion-based session about the issues facing Nonnative English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) in TESOL. Meet the experts and renowned researchers in the field. Learn and Share. Let this EVO experience inspire change in your teaching career and make a difference!

 Teaching English through Drama: Dramatic Questions, Dramatic Answers
This session will focus on the questions raised by participants. Soliciting issues from members, the issues will be discussed in “threads.” Participants may join as many discussion threads as they feel able to handle.

 

Tips and Tricks for Online Teachers 2009
This workshop aims to provide online and blended-class teachers with tools and ideas for their classes. It will familiarize teachers with some of the advantages of online teaching. 

Virtual Worlds & Language Learning
This session will take a broad look at the current situation online by looking at organisations and individuals who are involved in language education in Second Life

What’s in the Library for ESL/EFL Students?
The library is no longer limited to 4 walls. Whether your students need to find reading material for pleasure or for classes, or to conduct research, the library is the place to start. This session will introduce teachers to ways that they can use the library and its resources with their ESL/EFL students.

To register go to their EVO wiki.