Category Archives: Pronunciation

EFL WEB EXPLORER (6): Videos with scripts

Yolango is site with a growing number of authentic videos in English which are all graded from easy through to difficult, and all have a transcript, as well as related activities to help students’ learning.

EFL Web Explorer: comprehensive sites

English Study Direct is a site written by academic professionals with he following specific aims:

  • to promote quality online English courses that offer personal tuition
  • to provide an organised database of links to quality learning resources for students
  • to provide a database of links to quality web resources for teachers and researchers
  • to provide a database for consultancy services in academic English online to promote quality online English courses that offer personal tuition

It includes a useful Language Tests section where you can find Free Practice Exercises for students.

In this section you can do practice on:

a) Listening & Speaking

b) Reading & Vocabulary

c) Writing & Study Skills

d) Grammar

e) English Language Exercises and Activities – mixed

f) Test Practice – IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, Cambridge

EFL WEB EXPLORER (6): IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING ON THE INTERNET (1)

An excellent site with videos to do listening comprehension practice is Video Jug. Life explained on film.

It is an amazing site with all kind of How-to’s videos. The videos are good practice for any kind of sudents, with the exception of absolute beginners. Besides, the films are wonderfully edited and you can get their script. They don’t speak fast and the videos cover all kind of everyday activities.

For all these reasons it is a good resource both for students and for teachers to use in class. They may be used with the projector. You can get the script before the class and make some adjustments for a listening comprehension practice which you can make into a printout.

The videos on food are an excellent resource for vocabulary and describing process.

I strongly recommend to see and use these videos.

Angeles Hernandez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Santander
CALL and ICT Language Learning

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.

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

SOME WEBS TO PRACTICE VOCABULARY (1)

Vocabulary.com.il is a fun site dedicated to helping you build reading, phonics, or English language skills. They offer Free Online Word Games which are specifically designed to build language skills and motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary.

Following their mission they have  built a site full of  vocabulary games separated into hundred of categories. “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. Not everyone is able to learn English through the immersion method, by moving to an English speaking country and only hearing and speaking English until they are fluent. “

They include a section for teachers where they explain some creative ways to use this web in class.

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

SONGS IN THE LANGUAGE CLASS (3)

One wonders if there is something new you can do on the World Wide Web.

I’d like to show you a site where you can listen to songs with subtitles. Good place for those whose natural intelligence resides on music. My English on line com encourages individual students to listen to a 10 minute’s piece of news or songs a day.

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