Category Archives: CALL tools

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

Tech explorer: Ning

Ning is a powerful tool to set up social networks and online communities. It is also a good tool for blended-learning. I would recommend you to go to the Online Classes space and visit the possibilities offered by the online courses. It is also worth checking the tools they have used to develop their learning projects (there is a list on the left side bar). URL: http://onlineclasses.ning.com/

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING IN PLAIN ENGLISH

         Social bookmarking is used by thousands of people to cooperate on project exchanges.

         If you are interested in learning how to use social bookmarking at the EFL class, we suggest you reading Godwin’s article in Language Learning and Technology.

         In order to get a general overview of what it is all about, you can also see the following presentation released by Commoncrafts in August last year. Like all their presentations it is easy to follow and understand by intermediate students.

         If your students’ level is not high enough to follow the presentation, you can get it subtitled in different languages through dotSUB (translations) . I hope you enjoy the video!

 

 

TEACHERS’ CORNER: An anthropological introduction to YouTube

EFL WEB EXPLORER (5)

Just a good site to teach or learn pronunciation. Phonetics Focus is a wonderland for phonetic practice: games, flashcards, charts, etc.

WEB 2.0 FOR EFL/ESL TEACHERS

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.

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

The teacher, the explorer and the most useful tech tools

Most teachers have grown at a time of no technology. We were instructed in the most traditional methods, including the grammar translation or the audiolungual methods. In order to introduce technology in your lessons, most expersts agree that there should be a shift to new conceptions of methodological arrangement and introduce certain changes in the roles of teachers and students. But above all, the teacher must also get the spirit of the explorer to take advantage of this ongoing technological change and fast developing market. To help us, teachers, with this issue there are places where we can feel in shallow waters. One of them is The Centre for Learning and Performance technologies, where you can get a good map of useful tools you can use for teching and learning purposes. This is the site where they have the Top 100 tools  that you may have heard about. Besides this updated list  voted by the teachers themselves as the most useful on the WWW, there are also some guiding courses to show you how to use them. If you want to keep up to date with emerging tools and technologies, then read Jane Hart, the Head of the Centre. She makes a short daily posting highlighting a new tool or resource of e-learning interest in her blog, Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day

Angeles Hernandez- Computer Assisted Language Learning – Theoretical backup and practical issues

BLOGS IN PLAIN ENGLISH

TWITTER IN PLAIN ENGLISH

One more of the educative Commoncraft videos
http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter