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Foreign and second language teachers exploring the web (first in 2012, now in 2013), mulling the integration of technology, musing on how that relates to language learning and teaching, plus our own professional development as educators.
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Learner Autonomy and New Learning Environments - [Oct 2011, special issue] Language Learning & Technology

Learner Autonomy and New Learning Environments - [Oct 2011, special issue] Language Learning & Technology | Internet 2013 | Scoop.it

[Excerpt from special issue commentary]:  "The areas of autonomy and technology in language education have a potentially very close but in practice often also uneasy relationship. [...]  Technology has the potential to not only provide access to resources for learning in a superficial sense, but also to offer increased affordances for autonomous learning. Opportunities for interaction, situated learning, and support for learning outside formal contexts, have greatly improved because of technology. These affordances are not yet always capitalized on"



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A nice collection of open access articles about autonomy in language learning, including blogging, intercultural communication, self-access centers, collaborative digital video projects, and more.

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Deanna Bradford's curator insight, January 18, 2013 12:37 PM

Awesome articles about autonomy in language learning + technology

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Structuring Personal Learning Environments for Students: Useful Guidance from Wendy Drexler

Structuring Personal Learning Environments for Students: Useful Guidance from Wendy Drexler | Internet 2013 | Scoop.it

Listen & watch as a 7th grade science student navigates through and narrates her Personal Learning Environment.

 

"In the project to educate our students to be digitally savvy and empower them to use the resources of the web to best pursue their own passions in learning as well as to research, evaluate, ..."

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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | Internet 2013 | Scoop.it

LISTENING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.esl-lab.com

Multiple choice comprehension questions on graded audio recordings of scripted dialogues, plus vocabulary and grammar exercises.

 

http://listenaminute.com

60 second recordings of scripted monologues, with gap-fill, spelling, and discussion exercises.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Huge range of listening (audio, video) and pronunciation (transcription) resources with learning activities.

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/media/spelling-challenge-v2/

Oxford dictionaries spelling challenge: type each word you hear to see how well you can spell

 

http://www.cdlponline.org

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

 

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

 

http://tinytexts.wordpress.com

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

 

http://www.eslradioandtv.com/

Scripted audio and video clips with optional captions and comprehension questions.

 

http://www.lyricstraining.com/

Fill in the blanks as you listen to and watch music videos.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/video/blog/

The US Public Broadcasting Service features a daily video news report with transcript and discussion questions.

 

EXTENSIVE LISTENING

 

http://www.webofstories.com/

Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

 

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

 

http://audioliterate.com/

Streaming and downloadable free audiobooks

 

http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

Fairy stories and classic books to listen to and read online or via podcast.

 

http://www.chockadoc.com/nostradamus-2012/

Over one thousand full-length documentaries in English on a variety of topics.

 

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.

 

 

Live audio/video chat

http://www.practicespeakingaforeignlanguage.com

http://www.twinvox.com

https://www.verbling.com (chat with native speakers)

http://livemocha.com: Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).

 

 

 

PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION

 

http://www.cambridge.org/other_files/Flash_apps/Pronunciation/

The phonemic chart plus sounds, stress and intonation exercises.  

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

The Sounds of American English: articulatory phonetics of vowels and consonants with animation, video and transcription

 

 

 

 

 


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 6:40 AM

My second year English majors found more listening than speaking activities, but some daring individuals tried out a number of free live audio/video chat sites designed for language learning.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 6:42 AM

What university students in France choose to work on for a complementary self-study assignment in an introductory class on phonetics for pronunciation skills.