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Language-Learning Apps - BYKI Mobile for iPhone, iPad Touch and Android

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BYKI Mobile: Transparent Language's popular software is now available in a wide range of languages for smartphones.


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How using apps and online resources benefits ESL students with ...

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Though ESL classes can be extremely beneficial, they can also focus solely on the basics. ... Perhaps the greatest advantage of using online resources and apps for ESL students with limited resources is cost-effectiveness.

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Learn English

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Learn English free online. Lessons and resources to help ESL students learn to speak English. Join English Club free to learn online.

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ESL Song Lessons - tefltunes.com - Home Page

Song-based Lessons and Teaching Resources for EFL Teachers
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This resource explores using music as a language learning tool.  Students can select a level (beginner to advanved), a theme, a task, and artist if they choose.  The website will then generate lesson worksheets based on a song.  Songs are often familiar to many English language learners, making them a great resource to engage ESL students.   For example an intermediate level lesson on pronounciation and the theme "valentines day" generates the song "All I want is you" by Barry Louis Polisar.  The lesson worksheet consists of a term matchup activity, organising words from the song based on vowel sounds, and comprehension questions based on the lyrics. A great resource for ESL student working on an asynchronous course or learning English through a self-directed approach. 

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ESL WOW

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ESL WOW (writing online workshop) is an online tutorial that walks students through their writing.  The informational tutorials are given in animated video written text and audio to accompany.  The tutorials walk students through the whole writing process with videos for generating ideas, developing a thesis, mapping your ideas, developing your ideas, revising your work, and editing and polishing.  There are also resources on how to avoid plagarism and links to outside resources.  This is a great resource for students working on writing tasks for an asynchronous ESL class.  

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PinkMonkey.com-450+ Free Book Notes,Study Guides,Chapter Summary,Online,Download Booknotes

PinkMonkey.com-FREE BOOK NOTES/Online Study Guides,BookNotes,Chapter Summary,Plot Notes,Short Summary,Synopsis,Book Summary,Downloadable Notes
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Pink Monkey is a website that provides literature summaries of many books in the English language.  ESL students could take advantage of this resource to find a study guide to aid in their reading comprehension.  The literature summaries are not meant to replace reading the book, they are to help explain what is happening in the book.  When English language learners are learning asynchronously they may not always have a way to seek clarification in a timely manner.  Accessing literature summaries would help support ESL students in reading comprehsnsion.  

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ESLvideo.com :: Beginning Level Quizzes

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The list of all beginning level esl video quizzes currently live on ESLvideo.com.
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ESLvideo.com is an excellent resource for both teachers and students.  Teachers can use this resource to create quizzes based on popular videos.  Teachers can create the quizzes for a specific class and students can log in and take the quizzes (which are fill in the blank questions based on the video) and they get instant feedback so they can see how they did.  If students are working on learning English through a self-directed mode they can go to the website and choose a difficultry level (beginning to high intermediate) and watch the videos and take the quiz.  Example videos include things like music videos, movie clips, and book readings. This resource aids in ESL students practicing listening skills in an asynchronous environment.  Students get the practice and feedback they need, they can work on the material at their own pace and at any time, no need to meet face to face!

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GrammarCheck.net - Check your text online

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Grammar and spell check your texts online. Try it out now!
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GrammerCheck.net is a resource that provides an instant report that checks writing for grammer errors and corrects them.  An ESL learning English online through an asynchronous course may sturggle with getting timely feedback on their work.  When learning English we've discussed many times in EDUC5199 that immediate feedback and having errors corrected is crucial for students sucess, however this is difficult when students are not meeting in a synchronous classroom.  GrammerCheck.net is a way for students to check their grammer and they can see where their errors are and what the corrections are.  Editing is a very important part of the writing process, and this site allows ESL students in an asynchronous classroom to check and correct their grammer.  

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English Voices: ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking Practice

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This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening and speaking skills.
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English voices is a web tool created by Randall Davis that ESL students can use to practice their listening and speaking skills.  Students can watch videos and answer comprehension questions based on the video.  A very unique feature of this website is using voice thread which records students voice (and video via web cam if wanted).  This feature allows student to share their speaking and thinking with other ESL students worldwide.  All videos are recorded by a real person and text and speech are provided.  This web tool is ideal for asynchronous learning environments because it promotes the idea of a classroom community as students can share their audio and video recordings and view others.  Students can also improve their pronunciation by hearing the correct pronunciation (given by Randall Davis).  Overall this is a great ESL tool for asynchronous classrooms. 

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How To Learn a Language Through TED Talks - lingholic

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How can you use TED Talks to learn a foreign language? Can they be listened in foreign languages too? Find all the answers and much more in this article!
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TED Talks are conferences that showcase engaging speakers who give amazing lectures on a topic they are very passionate about.  These speakers are amongst some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers.  As a Science teacher I’ve used Ted talk videos often and I’ve founds students are always very interested.  The TED website has videos of these speakers translated in over 40 languages with subtitles which make them very suitable for a self-directed ESL student working in an asynchronous environment.  Instructors could use these videos to engage learners in a variety of subjects.  Students can hear the English word being spoken and also see their native language in text.  This is a great activity that involves authentic conversational English, spoken at a realistic pace by a real person.  Discussion in EDUC5199 has mentioned that computer moderated speech does not prepare ESL students for real life English speaking and listening situations.  TED talks have the potential to be a great tool for the ESL learning asynchronously.  

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my seminar video

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The above video contains my seminar presentation on the article "The effects of authentic audience on English as a second language (ESL) writers: a task-based, computer mediated approach" By Chen and Brown.  In this video I describe the research findings from this article.  Essentially the authors found that using authentic tasks in a computer mediated communication environment increased the motivation and engagement of adult ESL students.  Students in this study were given the authentic task to create informational websites that gave real audience readers useful travel information about the country they are originally from. The article found that ESL students were very motivated in this approach to learning English asynchronously because they knew they were creating the websites for real people.  It also placed ESL students in the position of expert which motivated them to do their best.  Students wanting to learn English on their own in a self-directed way asynchronously could adopt a similar activity.  
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Learning English, 300+ lessons exercises and books

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All English lessons are listed below, start by choosing a category by clicking on the blue writing choose the level of your choice
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This website provides an easy to use self-directed approach to learning English for free online asynchronously.  There are several components to this resource including organized lessons to learn English in a variety of real life settings.  Lessons are organized into four levels (1-4) Some examples of lessons include ordering fast food, shopping for clothes, getting directions, telling time, etc.  In addition to providing a variety of lessons there is a forum function that is monitored to answer questions.  Support can also be reached through facebook and google plus.  In addition to lessons there are also exercises and discussion boards to communicate with other English learners.  The wide variety of lessons and authentic learning tasks make this a valuable and engaging tool for learning English in an asynchronous environment. 

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American English Pronunciation Practice (For ESL/EFL)

Game-like Minimal Pair Practice using Flash and MP3 Files
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This learning resource can be used asynchronously to aid in pronunciation.  The website contains a variety of resources that can be used in a self-directed model of learning English as a second language.  One part of the resource includes “Listen and Repeat” videos which provide a word visually give the learner time to practice pronouncing the word and then it is pronounced by a real person correctly.  Each word in the “Listen and Repeat” is practiced a few times and the person recorded in the video pronounces the word slowly and normally.  Something that has come up in discussion in EDUC5199 is the difference between practicing a language with computer generated speech and actual speech and how the two are very different.  This resource does a great job of providing real people pronouncing words both slowly and at a pace that would be used in conversational English.  Additional resources in the website include poems and songs, tong twisters, and minimal pair practice and quizzes.  
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Listen to News

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Learn English free online. Lessons and resources to help ESL students learn to speak English. Join English Club free to learn online.


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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

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Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective.

Here's a list with 50 of the best of these resources, containing lots of valuable content and tools.


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Here we can find  50 of the best links for teaching a new language.

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8 Great Online Resources for ESL/EFL Teachers

A selection of Internet tools that can be highly useful to teachers of English as a second (or foreign) language. The ever-growing Web has caused the

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xpatva's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:43 PM

One of the basic strategies ESL teachers abroad soon learn, unless they like doing things the hard way all the time, is where the best online teaching resources are (and how to use them).

wanderingsalsero's comment, June 29, 2015 3:00 PM
I think one of the challenges for teachers finding effective tools is 'finding tools that resemble something the students already like to do'. And what are the kids doing now: It's social media. That's why I think this tool that I found a few days ago is so cool and I plan in integrating it into the website I'm setting up. I've got my domain and everything: http://wanderingsalsero.gfriend.com . I was introduced to the owner of the company by a fellow I used to do some writing for and I'll be talking to him tonight to get more information about their planned expansion of the modules on the site but, considering it's all free anyway, even what they've got right now is very valuable.
wanderingsalsero's curator insight, July 6, 2015 7:25 PM

As I delve more and more into online ESL resources I have yet to see anything that compares to the gFriend concept. Not only does it address the immediate needs a the larger number of students (i.e. free, basic, and easily accessible) but it's just plan fun. The people I've given the site access to all say they love it. They're available here:

www.wanderingsalsero.gfriend.com

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Warschauer-Healey-1998.pdf

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This article by Warschauer and Healey is a nice overview of computers and their integration into language learning.  The article compares asynchronous and synchronous language learning environments.  The article mentions how email communication in asynchronous ESL environments is a great opportunity for students to have authentic writing experiences.  In addition to emails being authentic, they also allow the teacher/professor to give timely feedback to students also in email form.  Providing regular student feedback is a large time commitment however, and not all instructors have the time to spend time reading and correcting student emails.  When comparing two classes, one that had made journal entries in email and one that had written journals using paper and pencil researchers found that those using email communicately more frequently, and used more language functions.  Technology and email can be used as an engaging and motivating part of an asynchronous classroom especially when the tasks are authentic.  

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LLT Journal: Discourse Functions and Syntactic Complexity in Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication by Susana Sotillo

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This article compares asynchronous and synchronous leanring environments for teaching ESL.  The article found that asynchronous discussions gave students more time to plan their writing which meant more time to edit, check spelling and grammar, and improve punctuation.  The authors found that students learning asynchronously had better quality of writing when compared to synchronously.  Another advantage to the asynchronous ESL classroom is that all discussion forums are available for the duration of the course allowing students to access it throughout the course any time they choose.  This makes course materials much more accesible.  Throughout the course of EDUC5199 the debate of asynchronous vs synchronous has been discussed at length.  The discussions in class suggest a blended model that involves both as there are benefits and drawbacks to both. 

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90,917,Integrating_call_obryan_2007.pdf

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This article explores the idea of integrating CALL activities in the form of podcasts into the traditional classoom to enhance language learning. Some of the podcast topics include English slang and idiom, learning songs, and repetative stories about everyday events such as shopping, going to the movies, and vacationing.  The article brings forth the idea that podcasts may be a good supplement to textboks.  Podcasts can be used for students to practice listening to English, and also to practice speaking by recording their own podcasts.  The podcasts can also be shared with other students.  The podcasts give students exposure to real life English dialogue which is recorded by a real person.  Podcasts would be a great addition to an asynchronous learning environment for ESL students.  

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The Effect of Computer Mediated Conferencing and Computer Assisted Instruction on Student Learning Outcomes | The Sloan Consortium

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The Sloan consortium is an online learning society that is devoted to e-learning research.  The article posted her assesses how Technology impacts student learning.  Something that has been discussed in EDUC5199 is ensuring that technology is being used to aid learning and not simply being used.  This research has found that computer mediated conferencing (CMC) and computer assisted instruction (CAI) did in fact improve student learning.  A key point of the article is that exploratory learning improves students academic ability.  This article supports the idea of learning asynchronously.  With the right tools, resources, and guidance, I feel ESL students can be very successful learning English asynchronously. 

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English Grammar Blog - Stay posted when grammar rules change!

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Be first to know when grammar rules change. Follow or like us to stay up to date; and subscribe to our newsletter for free exercises, lessons, and reviews.
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This resource provides ESL students with the "nitty gritty" of English grammer.  EnglishGrammer.com has online lessons in all topics of English grammer from adjectives and adverbs to spelling and punctuation.  Each lesson has a comment box where students can collaborate, and students can also connect with the makers of EnglishGrammer.com through google plus, facebook, and twitter.  The site is organized in a way that would make navigating easier for an English Language Learner.  This site would aid in an asynchronous learning environment as it would act as a resource for students to find information to ensure they are using grammer and phonetics properly.  

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6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process

6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com “Today’s young people are using a range of…
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Google Docs is a great tool that allows students to work on documents from any computer anywhere.  The article posted here describes how google docs can be used as a great resource that could allow ESL students in an asynchronous learning environment to collaborate in the writing process.  In the activities presented in this article, students can give each other instant feedback 24/7.  Google docs has many built in tools that would be very beneficial to ESL students such as a researh tool, grammar and spelling support, and a dictionary.  This brief article gives great insight into how instructors could incorporate google docs into teaching the writing process.  

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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

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What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!
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The website above reviews 5 useful ipad applications for ESL students.  This resource would be helpful for a self-directed ESL student working through an asynchronous platform however it does require they have access to an ipad (which may not be the case for all students).  That being said the interactive ability of i-pad applications can aid in student engagement and learning transfer.  One of the apps that could be very useful is the sentence builder.  For an ESL student working asynchronously they may not have the ability to have regular feedback on their sentence structure.  Having access to a sentence building tool would improve the quality of their English writing ability.  The website also has a comment section where people can share their experiences with different ipad apps to aid in English learning.   

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Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online

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Free online dictionary, thesaurus, spanish-english and medical dictionaries, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and many more high-quality Merriam-Webster language resources.
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The meriam-webster dictionary site offers an easy way for ESL students to look up meanings of words while working asynchronously online. The website does much more than give a definition of a word, it also offers a pronounciation tool, examples of sentences using the word, examples, and illustrations describing the word. In addition to the dictionary look up function this resource also includes free quizzes and games such as crosswords, word searches, and word scrambles.  Quizzes test learners knowledge of vocabulary, identifying pictures, spelling, and answering true or false questions. 

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Activities for ESL/EFL Students (English Study)

Free Online English Learning: Study English with Quizzes, Tests, Crossword Puzzles, Exercises and other activities for students of English as a second language.
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This website has many resources that could be used for ESL students and it is organized by other languages, so if an English language learner’s native tongue was Japanese, they would select the “Japanese-English” link for resources.  This resource is appropriate for an asynchronous learning model as students can work away at material at their own pace and content is there for their review any time.  The resource includes interactive quizzes, reading tips, important words to know, and many other learning activities.  This resource is unique in the sense that it accommodates to a wide range of native languages to make learning English as a second language less intimidating.  Coming from a Science background I appreciate the inclusion of Science vocabulary as well. 
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