Tag Archives: language lab

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:

CALL BILINGUAL SPANISH-ENGLISH MATTERS

Highly interesting is the site that Elvira Barrios introduces at the Xing Community Internet en el Aula.

It is basically a tool for Spanish teachers of bilingual areas who would like to learn and be able to use the English class language and instructions.

The Spanish name of the site, Sistema de Apoyo al Uso Funcional del Inglés en el Aula Bilingüe SAUFIAB (Supporting system for the Functional use of English at the Bilingual Classroom), describes the functionality of this online language lab.

Different functions are covered throughout the 9 units in which the system is divided: language for social purposes, providing feedback, general movement, grouping students, working with materials, working with resources, developing skills, questioning and control and discipline.

We strongly recommend a visit. It may last a little to download, but then it works fast.

AUTHORING TOOLS: LANGUAGE (1)

The Centre for Language Applications and Research at the Michigan State University has developed a set of language authoring tools based on spearhead technologies for language learning.

CLEAR’s Rich Internet Applications is a research and development lab with free tools that language teachers can use to create online language teaching materials – or have their students create activities themselves! Once they have made them they have their own individual link to the activity which can be embedded easily into your own web lab.

Audio Dropboxes (put a dropbox in any web page; students’ recordings get put into your dropbox automatically)

Conversations (record prompts for students to do virtual interviews and conversations)

Mashups (combine media elements to create a new resource for language teaching)

Viewpoint (record or upload videos to link from other sites or embed inside your own web pages)

SMILE (tool for creating interactive online exercises)

MIMEA: Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment (German, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian; online video clips and activities)

BROADCAST Podcasting for Language Teaching