Category Archives: CALL assessment

SOME WEBS TO PRACTISE VOCABULARY AND SPELLING (2)

I’d like to share a great tool for practicing spelling and learning new words, that I’ve just come across.

At spellingcity.com you can practice and enhance both your vocabulary and spelling, by listening to lists of words which are pronounced alone or in a sentence and spelt out.

This free tool, which can be used as a refresher on the overhead projector or at a language lab for individual work ,  contains over 30,000 words including plurals, contractions, past and future tenses. You must register to make the most of it. Then you can make your own word list to do sound and sentence practice, some tests and play computer games. It uses a real person’s voice to represent the individual words after which they give you a whole sentence.

The pick a game section let you practice games with your own word lists or other peoples’ lists. You can play Word Search, HangMouse, Unscramble, Audio Word Match, Which Word?, Missing Letter or Unscramble Sentence

Angeles Hernandez
Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theoretical backup and practical issues

ASSESSING WRITING ON-LINE

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.