Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

CALL

  1.  Google form for feedback collecting or testing
  2.  Blogs:www.wordpress.com
  3.  Teaching and learning platform:https://www.edmodo.com/home
  4.  Shorten the website address:https://bitly.com/
  5.  Glossary:www.wikispaces.com
  6.  Cloud storage and organizationwww.evernote.com www.scoop.it www.dropbox.com
  7.  The more frequent the words, the bigger they appear.http://www.wordle.net/
  8.  Creative Commons: CChttp://creativecommons.tw/about
  9.  Working with people of the worldwww.iearn.org (http://taiwaniearn.org/)  www.rockourworld.org www.webquest.org http://www.flatstanley.com/

Entertainment

  1.  picture database of cats with funny captionshttp://www.lolcats.com/
  2.  commercial writinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tCtM8UEQv8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ2EKswyTao

ESP: BBC learning Englishhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Grammar

  1.  Movie and grammar exercisehttp://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/
  2.  Grammar exercisehttp://www.usingenglish.com/

Listening

  1.    watching MV and lyric-typing at the same timehttp://www.lyricstraining.com/
  2.    Listening materials with scripts, videos, slides, notes…http://www.elllo.org/
  3.    Youtube: CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  4.    Listening exercise for various levels and topicshttp://www.esl-lab.com/
  5.    TED talkshttp://www.ted.com/
  6.    Youtube: RSA animate
  7.    Youtube: the history of Englishhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexKqvgPVuA

Reading

  1.  Simple English Wikipedia:http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  2.  The internet movie script databse (including South Park scripts for role-play)http://www.imsdb.com/
  3.  Lit2Go: Literature ready for use with MP3 files, PDF, .txt files and many more ready to use.http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/
  4.  Background knowledge and culturehttp://www.openculture.com/

Speaking

  1.  Praat: doing phonetics by computerhttp://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/
  2.  Alien invader cosplayhttp://digitaldebris.info/
  3.  Famous speecheshttp://www.history.com/speeches
  4.  Lip sync battlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q

Vocabulary

  1.  collaborative editing platform for glossaryhttps://ntnuglossary.wikispaces.com/
  2.  word games onlinehttp://www.wordreference.com/
  3.  online collocation dictionaryhttp://www.ozdic.com/
  4.  British National Corpus  ctrl + f to locate target wordshttp://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/
  5.  Candidate for a Pullet Surprise by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zarhttp://grammar.about.com/od/spelling/a/spellcheck.htm
  6.  Vocabulary testhttps://www.vocabulary.com/
  7.  Answer more questions, donate more rice to the poorwww.freerice.com
  8.  Common errors in English usage:http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors
  9.  Idioms with graphics and explanationshttp://humanities.byu.edu/elc/student/idioms/idiomsmain.html
  10.  idiomshttp://www.certifiedchinesetranslation.com/idioms/

Writing

  1.  Google doc for simultaneous peer-editing
  2.  Add text to create postcards, posters, ads, etc.www.addtext.com
  3.  Conversation ballons: superlamehttp://www.superlame.com/
  4.  Images with short descriptions and linkshttp://www.thinglink.com/
  5.  Interactive multiple-choice questions to address common writing problemshttp://www.tolearnenglish.com/
  6.  Tripadvisorhttp://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/
  7.  Grammar & compositionhttp://grammar.about.com/
  8.  Postcard exchangehttp://www.postcrossing.com/

Comprehensive materials

  1.  VAK survey VAK survey http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vak.html
  2.  Watch videos, listen to texts, fill in blanks, recite texts:  http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index/all/all/easiest
  3.  Pocketfilms: “The Desk” (7 mins)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_kIyihNd-A
  4.  Stop searching; start learning. Learning website databasehttp://www.mentormob.com/splash
  5.  Breaking news English; professionally-tailored worksheetshttp://breakingnewsenglish.com/
  6.  Audiobook for reading and listeninghttp://esl-bits.net/index.htm
  7.  TESL Journals, jokes, conversation questionshttp://iteslj.org/
  8.  Interactive games, esp word-based games (wbg)http://www.manythings.org/
  9.  Visual-audio exercises for various topics; practical business writing samples in the right columnhttp://www.teatime-mag.com
  10.  handouts and resources for various topics and levelshttp://www.eslflow.com/
  11.  comprehensive materials, great for senior highshttp://www.ego4u.com/
  12. British Councilhttp://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
  13.  Learn English in view of cultural differenceshttp://corecorner.pixnet.net/blog
  14. Grammar, vocabulary, background knowledge, quizzes in the left columnhttp://www.eslcafe.com/

Using apps to learn English

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 27 日 in Technology
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This is an edited reblog from “9 Most Popular iOS and Android Apps to Learn English Languagehttp://bit.ly/16Ca0WH and “ESL Apps: 15 English Language Learning Apps for iPhone and Androidhttp://bit.ly/113kyLW written by Anastasia Koltai

1. Intro to Letters takes you through every letter in the English alphabet. Students can tap a letter they want to learn about, and the app will tell them what the letter means, examples of how it is used and what it sounds like in different words. Then you can do exercises, flashcards and puzzles with each letter. To help students write the letters, the app offers a tracing program for practice.

2. Hello-Hello English was built in part by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It uses a teaching method called Mobile Immersion to create a virtual environment that guides learners visually to develop functional language skills. It comes with 30 conversational lessons based on real-life situations. Animated lessons, games and exercises allow students to practice speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

3. SpeakingPal English Tutor is an interactive app that uses a mobile phone’s speech recognition capability. It features a series of 5-minute mini-lessons, dialogues, interactive exercises, role-playing and language activities. Using the speech recognition technology, this app provides instant feedback on the students speaking performance and a review mode for later. It is available on iPhone and Android for free.

4. Conversation English features 20 lessons, each with video dialogue, conversation listening and reading, comprehension, vocabulary and sentence completion. The app follows an ongoing storyline about a group of friends and their relationships. By following the story, students learn English idioms, expressions and vocabulary. This is a great app for students who wish to practice more conversational English. Its available for download on iTunes.

5. Supiki English Conversation Speaking Practice app is an iOS app to improve your conversational skills.

6. Busuu is an app featuring comprehensive vocabulary, dialogue and interactive tests, students will learn more than 3,000 words and expressions. It covers 150 topics using day-to-day situations. This app is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. It is available for download on iPhone (including iOS 4, optimized for retina display), iPad, iPod touch and Android. It comes with 20 free learning units, with full content available for purchase.

7. ESL Daily English features a podcast for ESL students for beginning to advanced English learners.  Each podcast episode can be translated to native language and comes with a detailed learning guide. You can socialize and comment with other students to discuss the episodes. Available for Android only!

8. Sentence Builder, an iPad application, is  one of the most popular ESL apps for younger students, according to Edudemic.com. It provides vivid images and videos, then shows various words and phrases you can piece together to form the right English sentence to go with the image.

9. Voxy is suited for both the beginner and advanced learner. It creates personalized lessons which adapt based on the student’s level, interests and goals. It features skill-based lessons based on specific goals. Students can take private lessons with a certified, native English-speaking tutor to improve their speaking skills. Tutors provide detailed feedback on student performance. Tests focus on the words and phrases students are exposed to throughout the course and if they pass, they get an award. It can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android.

10.  LearnEnglish Audio and Video features English learning podcats and videos, which is a good way to get English immersion.

11. LearnEnglish Grammar helps users improve their grammar skills.

12.  MyWordBook 2 is described as an “interactive vocabulary network” from which users can download word lists.

13.  Wordshake is a game that resembles Boggle; it gives users a grid of letters and a time limit in which to find as many words as possible.

14.  Their vocabulary apps include free and paid apps about phrasal verbs and a series called English Vocabulary in Use for elementary, intermediate, and advanced learners.

15. Cambridge offers grammar in the form of English Grammar in Use, which includes Activities, Tests, and Essentials at several levels.

16. Kids English Vocabulary is an app designed for students just beginning to work in English. This app is a great introduction for beginners just starting to learn vocabulary basics.

17. English Verb Trainer offers education and practice on common English verbs. This app is particularly handy because it can run offline, so students don’t need to have a connection in order to practice. This app can help students learn how to conjugate that pesky ‘be’ verb and many others.

This is the very first article posted  on this blog with a main purpose of facilitating English learning and idea sharing. The following websites are categorized in perspective of language skills or fields of language learning. For instructors and advanced learners, you may go through these websites and find some food for thoughts. For others, please follow this blog because the author will demonstrate how to use technology to improve your language proficiency. Have fun!

Technology

  1. Google doc for collaborative writing and editing online; Google form for feedback collecting or testing http://bit.ly/1eYBN6j

  2. Blogs: www.wordpress.com

  3. Teaching and learning platform: https://www.edmodo.com/home

  4. Shorten the website address: https://bitly.com/

  5. Glossary: www.wikispaces.com

  6. Cloud storage and organization www.evernote.com  www.scoop.it  www.dropbox.com

  7. The more frequent the words, the bigger they appear. http://www.wordle.net/

  8. Creative Commons: CC http://creativecommons.tw/about

  9. Creating classroom games and activities http://www.classtools.net/  http://www.toolsforeducators.com/  https://jeopardylabs.com/  http://www.spellingcity.com/  http://www.listen-and-write.com/ http://www.eslgamesworld.com/

  1. Creating cartoons, e-books, and photo stories http://www.toondoo.com/  http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/06/04/the-best-ways-to-make-comic-strips-online/

  2. Creating newspapers, magazines, or magazine covers http://www.scoop.it/t/creating-newspapers-in-the-classroom  http://www.themeefy.com/home.html

  3. Action Maze and Hot Potatoes http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/index.php Sample: http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary/version_2/examples/landlady.htm

  4. Teaching ideas http://www.edutopia.org/

  5. Creative projects using pictures & photos http://www.picpick.org/en/  http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/10/11/the-best-online-sources-for-images/

  1. Creative lessons with the music: a radio show http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/10/15/the-best-online-karaoke-sites-for-english-language-learners/  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/  http://www.winoke.co.uk/

  2. Creating a movie http://windows.microsoft.com/zh-TW/windows7/products/features/movie-maker

  3. Creating a survey www.surveymonkey.com  http://www.polleverywhere.com/

  4. Working with people of the world www.iearn.org (http://taiwaniearn.org/)  www.rockourworld.org  www.webquest.org  http://www.flatstanley.com/

  5. Taking a virtual tour http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/08/11/the-best-resources-for-finding-and-creating-virtual-field-trips/  www.secondlife.com

  6. Technology in the classroom http://ilearntechnology.com/  http://www.speechyproject.org/ http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

 Entertainment

  1. picture database of cats with funny captions http://www.lolcats.com/

  2. commercial writing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tCtM8UEQv8  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ2EKswyTao

ESP

  1. BBC learning English http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

 Grammar

  1. Movie and grammar exercise http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/

  2. Grammar exercise http://www.usingenglish.com/

 Listening

  1. watching MV and lyric-typing at the same time http://www.lyricstraining.com/

  2. Listening materials with scripts, videos, slides, notes… http://www.elllo.org/

  3. Youtube: CBS Radio Mystery Theater

  4. Listening exercise for various levels and topics http://www.esl-lab.com/

  5. TED talks http://www.ted.com/

  6. Youtube: RSA animate

  7. Youtube: the history of English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexKqvgPVuA 

Reading

  1. Simple English Wikipedia: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

  2. The internet movie script databse (including South Park scripts for role-play) http://www.imsdb.com/

  3. Lit2Go: Literature ready for use with MP3 files, PDF, .txt files and many more ready to use. http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

  4. Background knowledge and culture http://www.openculture.com/

 Speaking

  1. Adrian Underhill’s Interactive Phonemic Chart http://www.onestopenglish.com/upload/public/attachments/37/osephonemicchart.swf

  2. Phonetics: The Sounds of American English http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

  3. Praat: doing phonetics by computer http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/

  4. Alien invader cosplay http://digitaldebris.info/

  5. Famous speeches http://www.history.com/speeches

  6. Lip sync battle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q

 Vocabulary

  1. collaborative editing platform for glossary https://ntnuglossary.wikispaces.com/

  2. word games online http://www.wordreference.com/

  3. online collocation dictionary http://www.ozdic.com/

  4. British National Corpus  ctrl + f to locate target words http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/

  5. Candidate for a Pullet Surprise by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar http://grammar.about.com/od/spelling/a/spellcheck.htm

  6. Vocabulary test https://www.vocabulary.com/

  7. Answer more questions, donate more rice to the poor www.freerice.com

  8. Common errors in English usage: http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors

  9. Idioms with graphics and explanations http://humanities.byu.edu/elc/student/idioms/idiomsmain.html

  10. idioms http://www.certifiedchinesetranslation.com/idioms/

 Writing

  1. Google doc for simultaneous peer-editing

  2. Add text to create postcards, posters, ads, etc. www.addtext.com

  3. Conversation ballons: superlame http://www.superlame.com/

  4. Images with short descriptions and links http://www.thinglink.com/

  5. Interactive multiple-choice questions to address common writing problems http://www.tolearnenglish.com/

  6. Tripadvisor http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/

  7. Grammar & composition http://grammar.about.com/

  8. Postcard exchange http://www.postcrossing.com/

 Comprehensive materials:

  1. VAK survey  http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vak.html

  2. Watch videos, listen to texts, fill in blanks, recite texts with a bonus system http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index/all/all/easiest

  3. Pocketfilms: “The Desk” (7 mins) Pick a film; transcribe or produce a script; check the script; roleplay and make a film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_kIyihNd-A

  1. Stop searching; start learning. Learning website database http://www.mentormob.com/splash

  2. Breaking news English; professionally-tailored worksheets http://breakingnewsenglish.com/

  3. Audiobook for reading and listening http://esl-bits.net/index.htm

  4. TESL Journals, jokes, conversation questions http://iteslj.org/

  5. Interactive games, esp word-based games (wbg) http://www.manythings.org/

  6. Visual-audio exercises for various topics for both instructors and learners; practical business writing samples in the right column http://www.teatime-mag.com

  7. handouts and resources for various topics and levels http://www.eslflow.com/

  8. comprehensive materials, great for senior highs http://www.ego4u.com/

  9. British Council http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/

  10. Learn English in view of cultural differences http://corecorner.pixnet.net/blog

  11. BBC Learning English http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

  12. Englishpage http://www.englishpage.com/index.html

  13. Englishclub http://www.englishclub.com/

  14. Grammar, vocabulary, background knowledge, quizzes in the left column http://www.eslcafe.com/