Category Archives: CALL PEDAGOGY

DESCRIBE THE VIDEO (place, time, characters, what they are doing)- 1

  1. Vamos a visionar el vídeo del siguiente enlace.

2. Abrimos Vocaroo. Lo grabamos y, cuando estemos satisfechos, guardamos nuestra grabación en mp3.

3. Podemos editarla para mejorar el sonido, o cortarla si es muy larga (Audacity).

4. La subiremos al foro de voz de la clase, para que la supervise nuestra profesora. No usaremos nuestro nombre, sólo el número de clase.

5. Finalmente haremos una entrada en nuestro blog (portafolio) y subiremos la grabación con el enlace al vídeo.


Education World: Multiple Intelligences: A Theory for Everyone

Education World: Multiple Intelligences: A Theory for Everyone.


Starting up voice forums and discussions for the Foreign Language Class is now possible with a couple of new tools which have been active for the last few months.

– One of them is Vaestro. This is “the first site on the internet to intiate voice discussions in a forum format”. You can talk to your friends, host interactive podcasts, or use it like an audio blog. You can even use it on your web site for free.

This software may be valuable in education as you can use it to start Asynchronous Voice Discussions, which will leave students some time to organize their ideas and prepare the points they will explain in advance. Everybody can listen to classmates voices and arguments in class or outside. In Foreign Language Learning it is a valuable tool to practise oral tasks and share them with the rest of the class group or level.

The only thing you need in order to start a FORUM is to registre, then you can use a microphone or upload an MP3 file.  You can even set up international FORUMS without having to rearrange your schedule based on timezones .

-Another good one is Voxopop, which has already been tried for language practice. The Education, Learning and Language Forum started in February 2009 and has already more than 2,000 members. There are some other language forums such as English I Talk, Talking about 6 minute English , or BBC MB members. I will start my own language practice forum with my students next year. I hope I can talk about the results then.

These two webs add to the suite of voice resources and software that many teachers have been using in their language classes so far.

I will do a quick revision to  the most popular ones:

Audacity is some recording and sound editing software to be used off line. It is free.

Podomatic is a  podcast site where you can record or upload your podcasts and show them in your “Podcast” (a pocast blog). It includes a new tool to create slidacasts.

Blip TV, Odeo, iTunes, the Internet Archive, Wikiworks are webs where you can host language podcasts online to be heard in class or by your students at home. They are also useful to create slidescasts, since they provide you with the necesary URL link required in sites like Podomatic.

– Voicethread is also a collaborative tool to create podcast, text and image presentations. A good tool for collaborative work.

If you want some more information about the tools you can use for your Language Class, you can have a look at Web 2.0. an English Course, my content based course on the use of Web 2.0. to express yourself and communicate in English.

EFL Web explorer: Listening and tapescripts

Yaper is an excelent video tool for English students to see and understand videos at different levels. A community of people who upload video segments togetehr with their scripts.

It is interesting to see their introductory video to see the many possibilities you can make use of


(International Education and Resources Network, Red Internacional de Educación y Recursos).

This non-profitable organization joins more than 4000 schools from about 90 countries. It offers a common platform for teachers and students to use the Internet to develop collaborative projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. The projects showed on the site must pursue some curricular objectives and give an answer to a fundamental question: How will this project affect life quality in our planet. Resources are available in different languages, including Spanish.

iEARN Latina:
iEARN México:
iEARN España:


I have already updated the links on my page about the use of webquests in the English class. It is a quick reference guide with some websites where you can get first-hand information about the use of this interesting teaching technique. I would also recommend to have a look at Isabel Perez’s site on this topic (a link on the left-side bar), she read her PhD dissertation on the use of webquests to enhace vocabulary acquisition.


Angeles Hernandez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning- Theoretical backup and class use

TEACHERS’ CORNER: An anthropological introduction to YouTube


Nik Peachey is a technology consultant, trainer, writer and instructional designer. He has just edited this video presentation on the educational possibilities of web 2.0 for language use.


No means is a good means if we don’t know how to use it. No teaching method is a good method unless the teacher masters the educational priciples behind it, all of which is patently obvious. However this is what Bolton and others remind us as regards to the use of ICT in foreign language education. ICT is not a method, let alone a self access course. Students must be clearly guided on using the new tools. Learning to Learn Languages with ICT – But How? is an article worth reading for those who are thinking of introducing ICT in their lessons.

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ECML European Centre for Modern Languages, Council of Europe

There are workshop reports, publications, national reports on foreign languages in European schools, project forums, and research resumés. Under Resources > Thematic Collections, there is a special section on ICT and Multimedia, offering 12 Workshop reports on the theme.

Consult also project reports under Innovative Approaches and New Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Languages. Unesco IITE Information and Communication Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages: State-of-the-Art, Needs and Perspectives A publication exploring the availability of technologies for foreign language teaching and associated ICT issues.