Category Archives: Teacher trainer

EFL WEB EXPLORER: Primary and kindergarten

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

ESL Video Quiz

ESL Video Quizz is a good site to do video listening with qizzes on-line.

The videos are divided by level and categories. Just an example of what you can find for your students. I hope you like it!

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Blups! I’m trying to find out why the post code does not work.

Well the WordPress support has informed me that this service is not supported by WordPress, so it’s useless to copy their code here.

Tech explorer: Blip tv

blip.tv is a video sharing service with a serious focus on video blogging and podcasting. With blip.tv you can easily upload video and share it with the world.

If you want to learn a little molre about this powerful free tool for teachers go to their walkthrough

AUTHORING TOOLS: Language Game Makers

languages-on-line

Languages on line is a project lauched written by the Australian  Languages Online Team at the State of Victoria.

It offers  the following resources for language teachers and students:

Software to make your own interactive tasks…
Memory Game Maker 3.0
Tetris Game Maker 1.4
Matching Game Maker 1.3
Sentence Game Maker 1.2
Comprehension Task Maker 1.0
Free downloadable templates to create your own multimedia language games and activities. Use your own text, pictures or voice recordings:

VIDEO: What are Game Makers?

Ready made activities to learn French, German, Indonesian and Italian.

Over 220 engaging interactive tasks and games and 190 printable worksheets that introduce, reinforce and recycle vocabulary in these languages. They are self-paced and self-correcting and can be repeated as desired. Activities are presented in 35 topic-based sections, and include recordings by native speakers.

AUTHORING TOOLS (3)

4TEACHERS.ORG is a professional site for teachers who want to use technology with their students. It offers a good choice of authoring tools under subscription. You can always use them on a trial base.

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE IN ELE

A “community of practice”  is basically a group of teachers who meet on-line to exchange information and help each other with their technological problems. They experience new tools together and discuss their pedagogical advantages. It is for sure one of the most helpful fields where teachers wanting to apply CALL techniques should always get involved. Have a look at the slide-show  Dr. Esperanza Roman showed at Expo-ELE Comillas 2008 about the topic.

“CALL” IN THE CLASS: Writing blogs

This is the writing blog I have started for my students at BASICO2 at the EOI. They send me their tasks via the blog. We have a look at them in class. We suggest which points are worth considering in every letter. They check in groups for possible mistakes and correct them. We do a class correction and do some revision on writing rules (punctuation, spelling, for, etc.)

It’s good practice and they seem to get very responsible at sending their tasks on time.

EFL WEB EXPLORER (8) / READING SKILLS (1)

If you are already an intermediate or advanced student and you like reading good literature, you might be a target audience for this site exclusively dedicated to literary work.

Red Room is the online home of many of the world’s greatest writers. It’s a place for the literary community to promote their work, express themselves, and connect with their favorite authors. The Red Room is a site where Teachers, Students and Researchers can get the most reliable author and book information on the web because their content is generated by the authors themselves.

You can see the full list of Red Room authors and even create your own Member Page.

On their “about” page they give us a hint about the site’s name:

“Red Room was named after both a place and a literary tradition. The famous Red Room of the White House is an extraordinary place where revolutionary behavior occurred in a small parlor. For example, when Franklin Roosevelt wouldn’t allow female reporters at his press conferences, Eleanor Roosevelt held her own press conferences at the same time for the women. The conferences were so popular that the male reporters started attending, and the President had no choice but to integrate his press conferences in order to get any attention. A tradition of civilized revolution on behalf of disenfranchised writers is carried on in the modern-day Red Room.

“The Red Room” is also the name of four different literary works of different genres, by very different authors, spanning a century. One of these works, written by H.G. Wells, is about confronting fear itself, alone in a small room-a relevant allegory for writers. Red evokes passion, action, and drama, providing the perfect backdrop for literary creation.

Greetings!

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

 

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.