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BBC Languages offers a great (and free!) opportunity to learn some basic phrases in Spanish, Greek, German, Arabic and 37 more languages!
There is an MP3 file to go with each of them so… which one will you go for?
What is online learning?
Last resort for some?
First choice for others!
Watch this brilliant TEDx talk by John Green and decide for yourself!
Biteslides [http://www.biteslide.com/] is a great tool I recently discovered on the Internet. I think ESL teachers of younger students will particularly like this:
It is not free, but you can get a free 30 day trial
It is perfect for use in classroom as well as assigning homework. It takes about a minute to register (you need to provide your email address) and you can start sceating your first Biteslides class straight away!
It can be just plain text:
Or a collage of your own images and stickers:
Biteslides sounds like a great tool for younger ESL learners of Beginner/Elementary adult class. It probably makes more sense to do it in class a a small group activity when working on a small project or presentation. Biteslides isn’t very different from a PowerPoint, but it has lovely stickers and backgrounds. Biteslides allows you to search and add images from Google and videos from YouTube.
Sounds fun! Have you tried Biteslides? Any other presentation/project tools for younger ESL learners you know about? Please share!
Story…boarding? – I hear you say. Is it something like couch surfing? In the world of fancy terms of iFingers and password fatigue, it is easy to get lost in translation.
Storyboarding is a great way of telling a story or describing a step by step process, which makes it a great tool for presentations in ESL classroom. Tired of PowerPoint? Try StoryBoarding! this storyboard was created by using www.storyboardthat.com. And it’s free! All you need to do is create your storyboard and show the slides in class or share the link with your students!
You can choose any background to fit the purpose of your presentation:
And have fun with it! Makes a great group activity!!!
I can imagine storyboarding as an amazing tool for kids classes and beginner-elementary level classrooms, as well as student presentations. What is your favourite presentation tool?
One of my favourite websites for resources, latest publishing news and webinars – http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/
I especially recommend to subscribe to their webinar alerts and get updates into your email account. Needless to say that the topics are varied and the speakers are excellent.
Another great thing is the free resources on all levels, ages and areas of interest – these include lesson plans, video materials, sample exam papers, etc., etc. Excellent IELTS resources, and straight from the horse’s mouth!
What are your favourite ESL websites?
As defined by Teaching English (a website for teachers by the British Council), unplugged teaching is: “Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation, taking out external input such as course book and technology and letting the lesson content be driven by the students rather than being pre-planned by the teacher. Based on the ‘Dogme ELT’ approach to teaching, its origins lie in an article written in 2001 by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings called ‘The roaring in the chimney’. They later wrote ‘Teaching Unplugged’, a comprehensive guide to this type of teaching and winner of the British Council ELTons award for Innovation in 2010.” (by swiffin on 26 March, 2014)
What that really means is that learners are truly at the center of the lesson and they take control over what sort of language is being taught to them. A simple example would be when talking about travelling ask your students to bring whatever realia they wish (connected with travelling, of course!) to class and build your lesson around it.
Have you tried it before? If not, why? Would you like to? Please share your experiences!