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BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive

BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Archive of online and downloadable quizzes from BBC Learning English
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Dozens of short multiple choice tests on vocabulary, grammar, and more. Do them online or download a PDF.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:19 AM

Useful as a filler or for quick finishers.

jillyfrees's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:09 AM

Ooh - this looks really handy. The trick is to cherry pick the right one for the right teaching moment! I've clipped it to Evernote and will try to remember to pick one out each time I'm looking for a quick activity in class or to add to the class blog as a student-directed review activity.

English@Holme's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:25 PM

Hundreds of quizzes on loads of different themes - something for everyone!

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5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers:

5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers: | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Free services for creating audio recordings: Vocaroo, SoundCloud, AudioPal, AudioBoo and Record MP3.  

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:25 AM

Obvious applications for language learning and teaching.

jillyfrees's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:11 AM

So much good stuff, Shona! Tag it 'audio tools' in Evernote and review what you use  - I'm enjoying the ease of use of Soundcloud at the moment, but it has some weird 'behaviours'.

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Ways to practise your languages

Ways to practise your languages | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
One from the archives, from my first year of post-Celta teaching. I've just found this file on my computer, last opened on 1st April 2008. I'm still pretty happy with it, although I'd probably make...
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Sandy Millin's advice to students on how to get practice reading, writing etc on their own or with peers.

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Indo-European language tree

Indo-European language tree | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Different branches of Indo-European part of the tree of world languages.

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Helpful to remind us that English is just one twig on the tree, and to measure the distance between it and your native language.

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Baiba Svenca's comment, July 10, 2013 11:35 AM
Great! I found my little twig easily :) Thanks for the scoop!
Roselink's curator insight, July 17, 2013 2:33 PM

It reminds me of my uni years ;-)

Anna-Liisa Hayward's curator insight, February 25, 2014 6:27 AM

This is very interesting, a lovely visual representation of the world´s languages

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What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn?

What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:24 PM

Interesting starting point for discussion of second language acquisition for course on learning strategies or general teacher education 

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Learn English for Free

Learn English for Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Learn English for free online. Download free audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and start learning English instantly. To learn more languages, please visit our complete collection of Free Language Lessons.
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5 Surprising Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Language Learning

5 Surprising Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Language Learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If your progress in a foreign language has fallen short of your goals, you may be sabotaging your efforts without even knowing it. Watch out for these five surprising language-learning pitfalls.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:27 AM

Uncontroversial advice for self-study

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:45 AM

An extremely interesting list. I'm going to use this for sure! 

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How to translate a video on dotSUB | Amara

How to translate a video on dotSUB | Amara | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
How to translate a video on dotSUB | Amara
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Nice tool for language learners: subtitling videos, translating into and out of English.

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Sign up for Copy and get 20 GB free!

Sign up for Copy and get 20 GB free! | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Copy is a cloud for people, friends, and companies. Use it to keep your computers in sync and your files available from anywhere and from any device. Sign up and get 15 GB FREE.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:30 AM

New free cloud storage.  Go via https://copy.com?r=idYrIO to get an extra 5GB.

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Free Online Karaoke

Free Online Karaoke | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

This is a great tool which matches up YouTube music videos to lyrics. Just enter the name of a singer you like then select a song. You'll see the lyrics appear beside the song. Great way to improve your language skills.


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Practice listening, speaking and reading all in the space of one track ...

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malek's comment, May 3, 2013 10:39 AM
Out of service for now
Ana Sclerandi's comment, May 3, 2013 11:16 AM
I've just searched for a couple of songs and artists and worked out for me.
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

Lol! just for fun!

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The Hobbit: Lessons On Movies.com: ESL Lessons

Lessons On Movies.com. ESL lesson plan on The Hobbit. Complete with printable handout, 8 online quizzes and mp3.
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New website from Sean Banville with EFL activities based on movie trailers.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 21, 2013 4:14 AM

EFL activities for intermediate learners and above, perhaps best as self-access/homework.

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BBC - Radio 4 The Listening Project - Home

BBC - Radio 4 The Listening Project - Home | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
The Listening Project is a BBC Radio initiative, in partnership with the British Library, to capture the nation in conversation. Listen to conversations from across the country, record and share your conversation.
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More listening opportunities.

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nicolaperry's curator insight, March 31, 2013 5:31 AM

Fantastic resource!

Marie Dossogne's comment, April 2, 2013 8:58 AM
surely for advanced esl students but great source for listenings!!!
Marie Dossogne's curator insight, April 2, 2013 8:59 AM

great source for listenings for advanced students

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10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner

10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Aaron G Myers says: "I would like to share ten free resources that I have used or newly discovered that will help you learn nearly any language that you  wish to learn.  I don’t see any of these as a silver bullet or as capable in and of themselves in taking you to fluency in your target language.  I don’t really believe in silver bullets!  They can all be a part of building an overall personal language learning program that will lead to success."

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Nice selection, including places to interact with native speakers as well as lists of resources.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:59 AM

Places to send your learners for more practice

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 12:25 AM

A nice selection of 10 free online resources that cover a vast range of languages in total. The programmes include the ability to chat with native speakers, submit your work to be checked by native speakers, online language games, flashcards, and more!

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Writing for a Purpose | LearnEnglish | British Council

Writing for a Purpose | LearnEnglish | British Council | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

From the introduction to this learning resource on writing for EAP students:

 

"If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between "essays" and "reports", and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.

 

Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.

 

Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.

The 13 Genre Families are:

Explanations

Exercises

Literature Surveys

Methodology

Recounts

Research Reports

Essays

Critiques

Event Recounts

Public Engagement

Case Studies

Design Specifications

Problem Questions

Proposals

 


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Nicely designed e-learning resource with integrated activities.

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Steve Kirk's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:54 AM

This is a great collection of learning resources, designed by Andy Gillet (@UEfAP | http://www.uefap.com/) for the British Council. The resources draw on the BAWE corpus work done by Hilary Nesi and Sheila Gardner, published as Genres across the Disciplines: Student Writing in Higher Education (CUP). Students (and teachers) can learn about the 13 genre families identified and their relevance to UK university study. The website materials are ESRC funded - and free for all to use.

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725 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

725 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Download 700 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.
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Courses in languages, literature, science, economics, and many other disciplines.  Learn English while focusing on something else, or learn the particular kind of English you need.

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Digital literacies toolkit

Digital literacies toolkit | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed and developed byeLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students:

explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.

Please use the buttons on the right for further information and to send us feedback.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:31 AM

Not specific to language learners, but succinct coverage of essential issues in bite-sized chunks (digital identity, copyright and plagiarism, personal learning networks) which will be useful to teachers and learners alike.

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:58 PM

Basics of digital literacies

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Poplingual: The Best of the Language Learning Web--

Poplingual: The Best of the Language Learning Web-- | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Poplingual.com curates and aggregates the best of the web about language teaching and learning.

There is too much information out there, and it helps to have a a friend as a guide. My students and I have prepared Poplingual to be our “go-to” site for information about language learning and teaching. We hope you will join us!

And if you have any suggestions or links, send them on!

Joseph Poulshock, PhD

Editor, BeeOasis.com

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Listings of recent posts on popular sites for ESL/EFL learners and their teachers

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525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Download 525 free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
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Lots of English audiobooks in mp3 format

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Anne Macdonell's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:30 PM

nice and free

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 1:04 AM

Great way to have fun and enhance listening skills.

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Free English TV - Watch Online TV Channels - Free Internet TV

Free English TV - Watch Online TV Channels - Free Internet TV | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Beeline TV: Watch free internet TV channels. Live English Television Online.
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39 English-language TV channels - US, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Russia, Iran, New Zealand ...

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LaMP Teaches You a Foreign Language via Movie and YouTube Subtitles

LaMP Teaches You a Foreign Language via Movie and YouTube Subtitles | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Windows/Web: LaMP, or Lingual Media Player, is a neat program for learning a new language through watching videos—one of the best ways to become more efficient in a foreign language.

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Worth a try for language learners: load your movie, select subtitle files for target and native language, and the player shows everything together.

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Vobok - Audio broadcast app

Vobok - Audio broadcast app | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Share what you have to say to your followers. Give news, updates, advice, tips, tricks, previews, and more. Share with Facebook and Twitter, and support your broadcasts with trending Topics and imagery.


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Susan's comment, May 23, 2013 3:02 AM
Great for oral and listening practice
RitaZ's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:48 AM

Good for listening and speaking practice!

kathy dressel's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:30 AM

add to list of free apps

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VOA Special English: read along on YouTube

VOA Special English: read along on YouTube | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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VOA Special English - karaoke-style videos where each word is highlighted in turn as the speaker reads.  This one is an agricultural report.

 

While these videos certainly support autonomous language practice, some imagination is required to make them effective for learning.  I suppose minimally a teacher would need to make sure the text was comprehensible, but I'm not sure what a good task or learning activity would look like either.

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Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Aaron Myers blogs about learning languages on the Every Day Language Learning, and has this blogroll offering a variety of perspectives on the same topic.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 25, 2013 1:33 PM

Send your students to read how other people are tackling the task of learning a new language.

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:27 AM

Interesting blogs to look at for teacher training for teaching foreign languages

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8 Famous British painters listening quiz.

8 Famous British painters listening quiz. | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

An easy listening game about British painters, using learning apps, Quia and Rhinospike.


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Listen to audio descriptions of paintings and painters, then choose from a list of answers.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:08 AM

Nice use of online tools to create listening exercises.  Learners could do this too for speaking practice with the goal of creating quizzes for other learners.

sarspri's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:49 AM

Be sure to click to open the audio portion of the activity.

 

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Podcasts: Independent English

Podcasts: Independent English | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
(You can listen to this blog post while you are reading. Just click below.) Part 1: Part 2: podcast (noun) a recording of a radio broadcast or a video that can be taken from the Internet To listen ...
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ELT blogger Sandy Millin has these tips to help students use podcasts to learn English.

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Roselink's curator insight, March 13, 2016 3:08 AM

ELT blogger Sandy Millin has these tips to help students use podcasts to learn English.