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Australia Network - English Bites

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Australia Network - English Bites
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English Bites is a program on Australia Network, which complements the television service. Its aim is to help people to improve their knowledge of the English language. Each day of the week there is a new story dealing with an up-to-date topic, which provides a detailed review of language, terms and usage.

The story is presented in form of a video-clip together with a transcript. In addition, the website provides word definitions of difficult vocabulary, as well as vocabulary exercises in form of a quiz. In general, the website is more appropriate for adult learners of English as a foreign language, concerning topics as well as language level. It is not easy to navigate through the surface, since it offers so many links and adverts. This way,  students  would probably get lost and distracted from the activities. Nevertheless, for more advanced students it can be an informative and entertaining way to improve their language skills.

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luisa pasquali's comment, January 24, 2013 8:00 AM
In my opinion this website s pretty well structured. It is true that it is not very easy to navigate but I think once you get the hang of it, you will not have problems. I agree about the fact that the website it´s more appropriate for adults and not beginners learnears of English. What I like the most about this site is that all the videos have transcriptions, which may be very usefully for a learners.
Benjamin Binzer's comment, January 24, 2013 8:01 AM
I agree, it's really not easy to navigate through the website which is a bit annoying. I also agree that the website is more appropriate for adult learners and therefore not really useful for secondary school, not even for 10th grade in my opinion.
What I want to add is that you can prepare and do exercises for an IELTS test. So if a pupil wants to go to USA, for example, you can recommend him this page as an exercise page. The test itself seems helpful, but I am not an expert concerning IELTS.
Markus Hartmann's comment, January 24, 2013 8:04 AM
The site is especially designed for learners from Vietnam and Indonesia, since there are also translations in these languages
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Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning

Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 24, 2013 2:05 AM

A search for English videos brings up 288 video and audio files, graded by CER proficiency level, which you can browse by title.

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LearnEnglish Kids | British Council |

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Janine Schira's comment, January 24, 2013 8:33 AM
There are a lot of opportunities for kids and teens to learn English and also a page for teachers, but you have to sing up. There is also information for parents. I would say this is a homepage to suggest to parents asking for hompages to learn English.
Bettina Theiss's comment, January 24, 2013 8:33 AM
a good and appealing desing of the site
Maryam's comment, January 31, 2013 7:22 AM
It's a good website for young learners because it is very colourful and playful. The games are great fun and the whole website is useful for all learner types.
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TOPICS Online Magazine | ESL/EFL | Sandy Peters and Thomas Peters

TOPICS Online Magazine | ESL/EFL | Sandy Peters and Thomas Peters | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

Every English speaking person in the world can contribute an article to this online magazine,  so that everyone can read it.

The problem about the website is that there is no 'about me' section. You do not know who created the page and for which purpose. We can only guess that the main idea is to collect information about different countries, customs and cultures by the inhabitants of the country itself in order to get insights that are as authentic and reliable as possible.

Regarding the fact that the authors of the articles are normal people from all over the world and not journalists, we do not know about the factual correctness of the website. The people only share their personal experiences and points of view.

Although TOPICS Online Magazine is a magazine that publishes different issues, there is no respective date of publication. The only time designation the reader is given stretches from 1997 to 2010. Therefore it is not very up to date.

The site is very interesting because it covers various topics like traditional food, clothing, customs as well as different exchange students' reports and lots of other exciting topics.

The possibility to contribute an own article makes the page interactive, dynamic and even more interesting.

At first glance the navigation seems to be very easy and well-arranged and there are lots of personal pictures included which support the text and make it attractive. But if you click on one link you are lead to another page with lots of further links which you can only see when you are already on the page. There is an attempt to include all the available links on one page but it is very hard to find the icon that leads you to an overview of all the already published issues.

We think it is an interesting and motivating method to get the pupils to write a text because it is very  authentic and they do not have to be afraid of making mistakes because the site aims at learners of the English language and therefore especially designed for them. Besides, they can chose their own topic depending on which experiences they would like to share.

A possible problem could be the fact that there is no correction program that corrects the pupils' mistakes. Thus it would be very time consuming for the responsible person of the website to read and correct all of the articles.

All in all, we can say that the idea of the page is very good and the outcome is very interesting to read but it is not up to date and the navigation is too confusing.

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Janine Schira's comment, January 24, 2013 8:09 AM
I really like the page. One of the first sentences when you enter the page says: "This publication offers learners of English the opportunity to express and publish their ideas in English to an online audience." So I think the purpose of the page is, to give language learners the opportunity to write about a certain topic. You can look at several class projects and as a teacher submit your own class project. There is a email adress to contact if you want to submit. I think it is a great motivation for a class to write articels that will be online. Perfect for a writing project about any topic. It's also free of adds what is really positive in my oppinion.
Türkan Aslan's comment, January 24, 2013 8:32 AM
I also like the gape. It is quite motivating with pictures, exercises,etc. i think
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Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online

Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
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.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

The website is designed by Encyclopaedia Britannica and therefore pretty reliable.

It is America’s leading provider of language information for more than 150 years. It offers high validity and also various options for easier search.  For example: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Spanish-English, medical, etc. The site is up to date, as it has the copyrights for 2013.

Nevertheless, the website isn’t very attractive, because of many advertisements, boring design and a bad overview. It seems unstructured, because of the arbitrary choice of text size/type and color.

Educational Potential:

As it is a dictionary as any other, it does not offer anything special. You can get the same information from other websites. The educational value is also not very high, because it simply offers word explanations and is not very interactive.

It’s not suitable for an English lesson, because of the mass of advertisement, which may divert and unintentionally influence the pupils.

All at all, the page offers valuable information about words of all kinds, but it does not offer anything special for English learners.

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Bettina Theiss's comment, January 24, 2013 8:24 AM
I also think that the structure of the page is unclear. It's just another online dictionary.
Canan Ates's comment, January 24, 2013 8:24 AM
But in my opinion it is very good that it is an English-English dictionary because so the English learners don't just lean back and search the word in an other language.
Maryam's comment, January 31, 2013 7:19 AM
I think it is great that you have the possibility to hear how the words are pronounced and that you do not only get the translation but also definitions, synonyms, illustrations etc.
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busuu - Online kostenlos Sprachen lernen

busuu - Online kostenlos Sprachen lernen | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
busuu.com ist eine kostenlose Online Community zum Sprachenlernen. Verbinde Dich mit Muttersprachlern aus aller Welt und nütze unsere online Sprachkurse.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

Busuu. com is a language learning community. It is created by two men from Liechtenstein and Austria, who both speak a lot of languages. They wanted to build a community where you can learn a foreign language without paying as much money as for products on the market.  It is sponsored by “Points”, so some quality is assured.

The homepage provides you with lessons in many different languages on different topics and focuses mostly on vocabulary.  There are some Grammar lessons as well, but you can only work on them when you pay money for a Premium Account. The homepage is stimulating and motivating because you get rewards with every completed lesson, so your language garden grows and grows. Also you have to opportunity to chat and talk to native speakers. So there is  authentic use of language.

Using the homepage in a classroom or recommending it to language students in our opinion is questionable. The homepage starts with the basics which are really easy for students who already know a bit of English. Also they can chat and talk to all kinds of people,  whose background we don’t. We find it questionable if it is good to let students chat with strangers. Otherwise it is really motivating and maybe nice for the students to talk and chat with people that actually speak the target language.

If you use it in the classroom you need a lot of time and preparation. You have to set up accounts and explain the homepage. The good point is that the kids can work individually. Our tip is to provide extra activities to the vocab that is provided on the homepage.

Working with the homepage is fun and interesting, but maybe more suitable for adults who want to learn a foreign language, than children.

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Janine Schira's comment, January 25, 2013 8:05 AM
I found another hompage like busuu. It's also nice but not as motivating you just earn points. I don't know how much you can learn without paying, but I am on my first lesson of Swedish :)
Janine Schira's comment, January 25, 2013 8:05 AM
http://www.babbel.com/homepage
Janine Schira's comment, January 25, 2013 8:13 AM
too bad, only one unit without paying...
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Englisch lernen und üben | Spotlight Online

Englisch lernen und üben | Spotlight Online | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
Englisch online lernen und üben, mit unterhaltsamen Übungen und Tests zu Grammatik und Vokabular, sowie Audio und Video.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

Spotlight is a magazine which can be found on the internet as well. It provides different teaching material and exercises from different teachers and language editors. On the website you can’t find an ‘about me’ link, so we thought that the page is written by different people. For us the website looks very serious and factually correct. Because of the connection with the magazine and the different authors there is no danger that something incorrect is published.

The website is always up to date, because every month a new magazine is published. One of the categories was updated last week, which shows us that the page is very current.

The site is very interesting and stimulating, because it provides a lot of different exercises,  for example for learning vocabulary and grammar. But after a while it could be boring, because most of the tasks are multiple choice questions. It is very easy to navigate through the page, but in our opinion it is not very attractive for young learners, because of the colour of the page. It looks too serious for primary school children.

We think that the page is more useful for teachers, because there are a lot of materials which can be printed out and used in the foreign language classroom. Only for very motivated learners the page can be useful to develop their language skills.

Every link works very well and provides a lot of information. Especially the audio site can be interesting for learners. It loads very fast and works well.

All in all, the resources of the page are very rich in information and provide good material for teachers and also some good exercises for motivated learners.

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Rolf Haier's comment, January 24, 2013 8:05 AM
In most of the points I agree with you. I also like the page and I think it can be really helpful for finding material and also for everyone to improve his/her language individually because the topics are sometimes broad and sometimes narrow. So you can search directly for topics you're not sure about (e.g. "either, neither or too") or practice with broader topics (e.g."using the past simple"). But I don't think that it is easy to navigate through the page because so much is offered. Especially for younger learners there is too much stuff on the sites overcharging or distracting them and it's not self-explanatory.
Princess Consuela Banana Hammock's comment, January 24, 2013 8:07 AM
I like the various material that is offered for English teachers on this site. I would like to use some of it in the future.
Janine Schira's comment, January 24, 2013 8:27 AM
I also like the teacher page a lot. Lot's of good activities for the classroom.
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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language

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This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

The person that created the site is Randall Davis, a native speaker born in the mid-west of the USA.   He has got an undergraduate degree in Spanish education and a master's degree in TESL (Teaching English as a secondary language). The page was last updated at the beginning of 2013.

The site works well and there aren’t any broken links. On the right there are several links in order to get along with this page. The links like “add link”, audio help „or “favorite resources” provide a lot of help. In addition to that there are several youtube files. They are very interesting and show the designer of the page in various situations. This is a very good to motivate the learners. To use this site you need a browser and a media player. You don’t need extra player software because the media files use an embedded Flash player to make this site easy to use.

The site is divided into the three levels easy, medium and difficult. For each listening piece you can find a pre-, while- and post listening task, an idiom and a vocabulary list. Even though the site provides a wide range of topics, many of them might not be in the interest of pupils. Also, the number of texts is limited and no new texts are provided. All listening pieces are in a very good native language, but some of the texts seem to be too fast and difficult for pupils.

Despite the critique: This site is great for additional listening practice, especially because the good task offer and the very authentic language.

It is more interesting for a mature learner but I wouldn’t recommend it to students below 8th grade, especially because of the design of the website

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Türkan Aslan's comment, January 24, 2013 8:25 AM
In my opinion, this site looks quite confusing. There are too many links. You can easily get lost.
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Phonetics: The Sounds of English and Spanish - The University of Iowa

This site contains FLASH animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

The website was created by the University of Iowa. The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, German, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Academic Technologies are responsible for the sounds used in the website.                                                                                                                                   The Page is factually correct and has pictures and videos that show how and where different sounds are produced. The visitor/learner can see and hear the different sounds. There are native speakers who pronounce the sounds. Even a step-by-step description that shows which anatomic parts are used to produce the sounds is included. The content is up-to-date, although its last update was in 2005. It is easy to navigate on this website. It uses good colour combinations, nice pictures and the structure is very logical. Unfortunately the page is not very motivating, because it’s always the same and there is no differentiation. We would not recommend it for starters, but it can be useful for improving oral skills, if you already know about phonetic signs and language. The page does not create an authentic context, therefore we would not use it in a language learning classroom.      In term of functionality the site works perfectly, there are no broken links, everything loads quickly and the sounds, videos and animations are good.

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Magdalena Koscielski's comment, January 24, 2013 8:25 AM
I think it is great that you can choose between three languages at the beginning: English, German and Spanish.
You can open all windows and take a look at them at the same time. So you are able to compare e.g. fricatives, topic phonetics.
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The Internet Picture Dictionary

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Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners.
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1.      Accuracy

This site was designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Italien and Spanish language learners of all ages. It is also a completely free, online multilingual picture dictionary. It provides some other picture dictionaries and links that can be useful.

2.      Currency

The English Picture Dictionary is up to date. It has been updated in 2013. But the other language picture dictionaries were last updated in 2010.

3.      Content

It is very interesting and stimulating for young learnes. Because it includes not only the meaning of the words but also the pictures, exercises, flashcards..etc. Besides, it is easy to work on it. On the left column there are “search” and “activities” parts. By clicking on it, students can learn and test themselves. There are also more educational sites that students can benefit from. On the main part, they can search words by letter or by category. But the search engine does not work here. At the bottom of the page, there are language options which are English, French, German, Italien, Spanish.

Educational Potential

It could be useful resource for beginners to improve their language competence independently because it is motivating for learners. But it could be very easy and boring for advanced learners. English teachers can use the pictures or flashcards in their lessons.

4.      Functionality

The site does not work so well in terms of searching any word. It always directs you to the same page. However, there are not any broken links. There is also no video or animation work. But you are not allowed to download or use the images in the dictionary for any purpose.

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Katharina Scharbert's comment, January 24, 2013 8:22 AM
I also don´t like the page very much. Some links don´t work very well and most of the exercises aren´t motivating. A positive aspect is that the page is well structured.
Simon Kinzl's comment, January 24, 2013 8:22 AM
As a matter of fact, you're actually done with the page after a few minutes, because the exercises are very simple. Maybe suitable for elementary school. Besides, there is no real motivating effect for the user, such as gaining points. You also don't have to answer the questions on your own if you just click on the button "Show correct answers".
Carina Heilig's comment, January 24, 2013 8:27 AM
I don't like this page, too. It doesn't work, especially there are always the same pictures to every category. And if you search a word it can not be found...
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Create Your Own Comic | Games | Marvel.com

Marvel.com is the source for Marvel comics, digital comics, comic strips, and more featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and all your favorite superheroes.
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Bettina Theiss's comment, January 24, 2013 8:32 AM
that seems to be a lot of fun
Canan Ates's comment, January 24, 2013 8:35 AM
I think this site is very attractive for boys like you could see if you look at the commentators ;)
Magdalena Koscielski's comment, January 24, 2013 8:37 AM
This site is great because kids are very intrested in comics and superheros.
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Australia Network - English Bites

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Australia Network - English Bites
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

English Bites is a program on Australia Network, which complements the television service. Its aim is to help people to improve their knowledge of the English language. Each day of the week there is a new story dealing with an up-to-date topic, which provides a detailed review of language, terms and usage.

The story is presented in form of a video-clip together with a transcript. In addition, the website provides word definitions of difficult vocabulary, as well as vocabulary exercises in form of a quiz. In general, the website is more appropriate for adult learners of English as a foreign language, concerning topics as well as language level. It is not easy to navigate through the surface, since it offers so many links and adverts. This way,  students  would probably get lost and distracted from the activities. Nevertheless, for more advanced students it can be an informative and entertaining way to improve their language skills.

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luisa pasquali's comment, January 24, 2013 8:00 AM
In my opinion this website s pretty well structured. It is true that it is not very easy to navigate but I think once you get the hang of it, you will not have problems. I agree about the fact that the website it´s more appropriate for adults and not beginners learnears of English. What I like the most about this site is that all the videos have transcriptions, which may be very usefully for a learners.
Benjamin Binzer's comment, January 24, 2013 8:01 AM
I agree, it's really not easy to navigate through the website which is a bit annoying. I also agree that the website is more appropriate for adult learners and therefore not really useful for secondary school, not even for 10th grade in my opinion.
What I want to add is that you can prepare and do exercises for an IELTS test. So if a pupil wants to go to USA, for example, you can recommend him this page as an exercise page. The test itself seems helpful, but I am not an expert concerning IELTS.
Markus Hartmann's comment, January 24, 2013 8:04 AM
The site is especially designed for learners from Vietnam and Indonesia, since there are also translations in these languages
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MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
MakeBeliefsComix.com is an educational comic strip creator from author Bill Zimmerman. Create, print, email and post to Facebook your original comic strips through this site!
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

The creator of the Page is Bill Zimmermann.  He has been a follower of comics since he was a child. Over the years Zimmermann became a comic writer himself and he also wrote background literature (Make Beliefs: A Gift for Your Imagination, 1990; Make Beliefs for Kids of All Ages, 1996). As a journalist and editor he won prizes and he got well known for his interactive comic pages, which forced young people to make up their minds about certain circumstances.  Further on he created comics, which taught children historical content. Altogether he wrote 18 books  and published in many major newspapers.

Alternative pages are  

  http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/make.

  http://marvel.com/games/play/34/create_your_own_comic

 

The site is quite useful for pupils to learn in a creative and playful way. It’s almost independent from the learning content. Since the pupils do not have to draw, they are able to focus on the dialogues, which improve their competences in writing and speaking.

The options of differing characters are limited. There are only a handful of figures with uncertain facial expressions.

To sum up the page, it is a practical addition for English lessons. Not much preparation is needed to come up with a lesson.

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Hilal Sahin's comment, January 24, 2013 8:19 AM
I think that the website furthers creativity and imagination of the pupils and is a lot of fun. Moreover, I like that there are lesson plans offered that give teachers an idea of how to use the page in the classroom.
Annett Deisling's comment, January 24, 2013 8:23 AM
Although it is a quite nice idea and is surely motivating for the pupils, I`m not sure if it is a useful source for improving English. Visitors of this page are not supported at all in writing and creating dialogues. The task is very open and does not provide many instructions, so it rather addressed to older secundary school learners. But it functions more as a game that focuses on fun. Besides, the navigation is not so easy and it takes time to overlook all the possibilities learners could use in order to create a Comic. In my opinion it suits more as a final task, after for example, the criteria of a good Comic have been established together in class and can now be applyed. This web page has more of a playful character than a useful tool for really learning a language.
Türkan Aslan's comment, January 24, 2013 8:35 AM
This is a very good site especially for young learners. You could prepare lots of creative and intersting materials for them.
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Englisch Lernen mit Englische Grammatik Online

Englisch Lernen mit Englische Grammatik Online | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
Englisch lernen mit Übungen, Tests, Erläuterungen, Vokabeln, Prüfungsvorbereitung und Übungsblätter rund um englische Sprache und Kultur.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

Accuracy:

 All of the page creators appear very competent because of various qualifications and experiences.

 On the first sight, the content of the page appears reliable and factually correct. The content is also very appealing. Compared to a similar website:  “englisch-hilfen.de”, this pages contains more suitable and useful material.

 

Currency:

The content is mainly up to date because exercises and activities are linked to actual topics and events, for example The UEFA Championship. Besides, there are actual links and information concerning language courses in foreign countries, for example in Australia. There is a forum where users of the websites can collaborate. Users are also able to give their feedback to the website. The last actualization of the page was in December the 10th, 2012.

 

 Content:

Generally the page doesn´t appear very stimulating because there is too much text and information on the main page and the visitor of the page might be overwhelmed of the amount of opportunities. Pupils might get discouraged and demotivated. The page does not have a motivating and attractive design.

 

All in all, it is easy to navigate. Different categories have different colours and there is a kind of menu at the left site of the page.

 

Educational potential:

 The website could be a tool for learners to enhance their English independently because pupils can chose from a variety of different exercises that are related to different topics.

There is no reason why an English teacher cannot use this website in class.

 

Functionality:

The site works well, we could not discover any broken links.  Pages generally load quickly. All links worked. They don´t use large files, sounds and videos.

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Bettina Theiss's comment, January 24, 2013 8:09 AM
I mainly agree to the insights given above. This site can be a useful language learning tool most of all for young learners. In my opinion there are too many advertisements which is a bit disturbing and distracting.
Princess Lulali's comment, January 24, 2013 8:11 AM
I agree, the page seems to be up to date and useful for learners. I also think the page doesn’t appear very stimulating but it is easy to navigate through the page. This site is a good task for pupils to practice their English.
luisa pasquali's comment, January 24, 2013 8:11 AM
I definately agree, the website does not have a very appealing and stimulating design, but on the other hand, it is easy to navigate and pupils, especcially young ones, could work with it.
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Dvolver Moviemaker

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Dvolver Moviemaker. Make digital movies online.
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Markus Eberhardt's comment, January 24, 2013 7:56 AM
I've never seen something comparable. It's nice but the choices to create the movie are a little bit limited.
Janine Schira's comment, January 24, 2013 8:17 AM
I agree Markus... There are not really a lot of choices. I think to work within a classroom the "Make Believe Comix" which are also on this side, are much better.
Rolf Haier's comment, January 24, 2013 8:34 AM
I like the moviemaker. I think the students have to focus on the production of language when there are not too many options for how to create the movie. Nevertheless it should be good fun for them.
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Learning English - Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation

Learning English - Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation | Language Learning with Technology | Scoop.it

Words in the News

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This website is made by the British Broadcast Company (BBC). Since this website is published by a media enterprise we think that the content is reliable.

The content of the website is very up to date; new material is provided almost every day. The page offers a lot of different sections like “Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation”, “General & Business English”, “Quizzes” etc. All the topics are edited in a very interesting way and are stimulating the learning of English. To support the English learning process, they provide videos, podcasts, quizzes, vocabulary which are always related to a certain topic. There is also the possibility to download further exercise material.

We think that is a useful resource for helping young learners to improve their English. It could be used in school lessons or students could work independently; but in our opinion we would say that this site is not appropriate for learners younger than 6th or 7th grade.
Summarizing we can say that it is a very helpful and trustworthy webpage for English learners.

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Rolf Haier's comment, January 24, 2013 8:25 AM
I can agree with the others. I like the variety of the exercizes and topics very much. Especially I like the topic on idioms.
Asli Burcan's comment, January 24, 2013 8:29 AM
That it offers free materials for teachers is really good. And I also liked quizzes that students can test themselves. This website has so many things to be used in language classrooms from sport to society...
Simone Weinbach's comment, January 24, 2013 8:33 AM
As I am a big fan of quizzes I like the quizzes offered here a lot. The topics chosen are interesting and there is enough help provided.
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English Vocabulary - LanguageGuide.org

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Practice English vocabulary, the alphabet, and numbers. Place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud.
Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

LanguageGuide was written and designed by Thomas Blackmon, who is a software developer and not an expert on the topic. He calls himself a language enthusiast. The parts we checked on were correct and reliable.

Although the page hasn’t been updated for half a year the content is up to date. The aim of the page is to introduce new vocabulary to the learners and to support it with images, audio examples and listening and speaking quizzes.  Most of the vocabulary is relevant for the students because it belongs to their everyday life.  However,  the design is not very stimulating it is easy to navigate through the page. The design of the objects is plain and boring, but easy to recognize. English teachers could use it to check on already introduced vocabulary and for pronunciation exercises. Students could use it at home individually, e.g. like a dictionary. The site works well and the files load quickly.

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luisa pasquali's comment, January 24, 2013 8:17 AM
I don´t really like this website, there is not much to do, especcially concerning the grammar part. A little bit more stimulating the vocabulary part, but I think pupils would get bored working on it. Maybe, teachers could using it for vocabulary ideas, but to be honest there are other much better structured and appealing webside I would consider if I were a teacher.
Türkan Aslan's comment, January 24, 2013 8:18 AM
I like that it also provides supplementary pages in different languages. Pupils who don`t understand the language very well can check the meaning in their own language
Katharina Scharbert's comment, January 24, 2013 8:28 AM
I agree that there is no great variety of activities. But it is a nice page to learn new words or to practice words with the help of pictures. The words are very useful for pupils because they are linked to everyday life. I also think that the navigation through the page is quite simple.
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Euline Cutrim Schmid's insight:

The website is created by `Cambridge English Online`, which is a company that creates interactive educational websites. The company exists since 2002 in Great Britain. They work together with The British Council, BBC and Cambridge University Press.

The site contains only linguistic topics that can be explored via games.

The structure of the website seems confusing and there is a lot of advertisement, which makes the whole site looking unprofessional. There are too many colours and information on one page. Because of that you easily lose the overview.

If you click on the label of the company you get to an apple advertisement and not to the website of the publisher.

In our opinion the page is too confusing for young learners to use it independently and on their own. Children will lose the focus on the important things by following advertisement links.

Teachers should use only single games or some ideas and material e.g. the phoneme flashcards. If we want the children to work with this program, we give them the link which leads you directly to one certain game.

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Markus Eberhardt's comment, January 24, 2013 8:12 AM
It is a good idea. I like the content of the site, but I agree that the design and the structure of the website could be better. I think that the exercices are too difficult for pupils, but most of all are suitable for students. It is a pleasing way to practice linguistics.