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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

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cool-new-websitesI had an interesting conversation or rather, "snippet" of conversation today. We were discussing language learning/teaching websites and the person I was talking to blurted out, "Just give me the top 5, NOTHING ELSE!".

Now, I think too much it seems. So much does depend on the context. The age of the students, their learning styles, your class environment, access to the internet, curriculum objectives, L1 etc......... However, I was on a roll, so I stated my top 5.

The internet has offered up so many great sites over the years. See my top 60 video below (or click here for the interactive version). These 3 however, have rose to the top and stood the test of time. Interesting how neither are about skype or meeting people. Just plain old fashioned learning.... Only one without "audio". Each one, I've linked to the full tutorial on the ELT and Tech wiki.

1. Voicethread. http://voicethread.com Without a doubt, revolutionary. More of a platform than a site. It changed the way we interact as learners/teachers online. See our own community's Voicethreads - used by tens of thousands around the world!

2. Quizlet. Flashcards and language go together. But the teenager who created this through  games and voice. Wow!   See our post about quizlet.

3. Tarheel Reader. http://tarheelreader.org Under the radar, this site I found at its start and I'm still just overjoyed by its simplicity (it was developed for the learning disabled - and my contention is that language learners are learning disabled). Can't praise it enough. See our recommended tarheel readers.

4. Storybird. http://storybird.com Wow! Narrative/stories are the backbone of language and literacy. This site takes it to a new and beautiful level. Create stories with amazing illustrations.  Read Storybirds made by our members.

5. EnglishCentral. http://www.englishcentral.com Think of a video corpus. You can "mine" thousands of videos and pull up vocabulary you want. You can speak and get feedback. All in an environment with engaging content. I'm part of EnglishCentral solely because I can help and see how powerful the technology really is. See our page about EnglishCentral.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 12, 2011 at 8:09pm
I haven't visited Storybird in ages, so I thought I'd go check out the art... WOW One thing to realize, you need to hit the reload button to see more art sets... not sure why they did it that way, I'd rather it was set up in pages. But the art is quite gorgeous and inspiring!
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 12, 2011 at 8:26pm

I haven't been to Tar Heel Reader in a long time either, so I checked it out. Signed up for the free trial of Route 66 (which Tar Heel is now affiliated with, according to the site). I must be missing something, it didn't seem very useful?

Tar Heel is gorgeous as always : )

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