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EFL Web Explorer: Games: ESL Games World

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EFL WEB EXPLORER: VOICE TOOLS

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: Free pictures and Power Point templates

Following my English course on web 2.0. some people seemed interested in sites where they could get free pictures and resources for their class blogs. We were speaking about Creative Commons and waht you could do with the sites which have this licence.

I showed them the way to get free pictures, using Flicker.

Another nice place for Primary school teachers is Pete’s Power Point Station, with a collection of slide shows. I also suggested having a look at those templates in Brain Betty’s .

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 (4)

Today I will comment on one of this comprehensive sites you can go to whenever you look for something new to learn. Usingenglish.com was opened in 2002 and is written by a group of teachers. The reference section includes a good glossary of idioms, phrasal verbs, irregular verbs and grammar terms.  

Students includes tests and polls and articles on English usage. At the English ESL forum, they answer your questions about English usage.

Testing is a good source for English tests and quizzes, questions bank and selected online tests.

Forum.

Teachers is a good section with articles on teaching uses and resources written by other ESL teachers.

EFL WEB EXPLORER (1)

I’d like to begin a series of posts to review some educational sites which I consider good resources for EFL teachers and students alike.

The first site I will mention has been developed for native speakers of English, but it might  well workfor EFL teachers and students, as far as they make a good choice of  places to visit and consider integrating their practice into their own curriculum. It is FUNBRAIN.COM. There are a few pages with some quizzes or rules for language practice which could as well work with students whose mother tongue is not English. Check these interesting sections and have fun while you learn: