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Twinvox

Twinvox | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Ricard Garcia:
Here's a good site for those who care about speaking! Excellent service where people can share their communicative skills as native speakers of a language as they share a good time with someone else who is willing to learn that language through a videochat within the twinvox platform. Find peers and start sharing your skills and learning for free from someone else the language you want to learn. Good initiative, indeed!
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Blogging English: Links

Blogging English: Links | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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Vanessa Vaile has a blog to support ESL/EFL learners with this nice list of links to places online for working on your language skills. A good place to start if you're new to using online resources for self-study.
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Poetry and the Art of Teaching Practice

Poetry and the Art of Teaching Practice | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Have you forgotten the way to my hut?
Each evening, I wait for the sound of your footsteps
But they are never there."

EFL teacher and trainer Anthony Gaughan describes a rewarding writing lesson based on the above haiku poem.

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Pick a plate

Pick a plate | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Which one is your favourite? Pick a plate and describe what's on it in your learning language!"

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Impress.js: Open Source Alternative To Prezi For Creating Presentations

Impress.js: Open Source Alternative To Prezi For Creating Presentations | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
" If you are looking for a free alternative to Prezi, then try Impress.js and Impressionist. Impress.js is a free presentation tool inspired by the Prezi platform that can be used for creating attractive presentations."
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Thank you for the scoop! But is it really as good as Prezi?
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TOP English Listening Websites

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A short list of good sites where EFL/ESL learners can practice their listening skills: BBC podcasts, Randall, ELLLO and some you may not know.

 

From the Speechy project website, which aims to sift online resources for English, French and Spanish to help busy teachers.

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100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better | OEDb

100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better | OEDb | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If you think that iPods are used just for listening to music, you obviously haven't been keeping up with the latest technology. To find out about the many different ways you can transform your iPod into a learning device, check out our list below.

 

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A very comprehensive range of downloads and resource sites for the iPod in learning: study guides, learning support, applications and downloads, podcasts and iTunesU and miscellaneous links and advice.  Mostly free, all indubitably educational.


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Collect and Curate Your Skills and Experiences Into a Personal Portfolio: Pathbrite

Collect and Curate Your Skills and Experiences Into a Personal Portfolio: Pathbrite | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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ePortfolios for teachers or learners?

 

Robin Good: Pathbrite is a new web service which allows you to collect, bring together and layout any kind of media content (from video clips, to images  and text) to create a visually compelling personal portfolio of skills and experiences.

 

In fact, Pathbrite can be used for any number of purposes that involve creating a good looking web presence in which one can easily bring together different types of content to create a "collection".

 

A music band video portfolio, a photographer book and list of achievements, a sport master illustrated hall of fame. 

 

From the official site: "Curate all your stuff to create beautiful portfolios.


Arrange and describe all your digital artifacts in a way that tells your whole story—tailored for any audience."

 

"Pathbrite ePortfolios are the best way to collect, track and showcase a lifetime of learning and achievements, and to get recommended pathways for continuous success."

 

Key traits: 

 

-> Aggregate everything about you in one place.

 

-> Import anything digital from any source, including a resume, documents, audio, video, recommendations. 


-> Publish and share your story on Pathbrite or with your selected social networks. 

 

-> Configure and personalize the layout of your portfolio.

 

Examples: https://beta.pathbrite.com/#!/public/Gallery/Collection%20of%20example%20portfolios ;

 

Try it out now: www.pathbrite.com 


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Pronunciation: phonetics, transcription, text-to-speech

Pronunciation: phonetics, transcription, text-to-speech | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

A dozen tools for pronunciation and phonetics: dictionaries, phonetic charts, speech archive, text-to-speech, collected on Meaki by Nik Peachey.

 

Nice to have it all together on one page.

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Download Video Clips from YouTube Easily: Wondershare vDownloader (Win)

Download Video Clips from YouTube Easily: Wondershare vDownloader (Win) | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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VDownloader is a free Windows sooftware that allows you to download a copy of your favorite videos from YouTube, Hulu, Vevo and other sites.

 

VDownloader acts also as a good FLV and MP4 video player.

No registration required.

Free to use.


N.B.: You may also want to try out www.wontube.com where you can search for any video and download it immediately straight from the web.

More info: http://v.wondershare.com/wondershare-vdownloader.html ;


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Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net

Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"How to mimic natural English pronunciation and intonation through accent training and pronunciation practice using the shadow reading technique."

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Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing

Learning & Teaching Foreign Languages: Noticing | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

An example of the second language acquisition concept of "noticing," where learners see a gap between their own interlanguage and the target language, or come to understand a new target language feature.

 

This university learner also talks about her learning strategies for translation between two foreign languages, and how they developed over time.

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Learning English Online : Freiburg University of Education

Learning English Online : Freiburg University of Education | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

This new English language learning portal has been developed by a team at the Pädagogische Hochschule of Freiburg as a complement to the state of Baden-Würtemburg's school programmes (level A1-A2; there is also a German version of the site).

 

It offers a traditional language course (based on the imaginary family so beloved of school textbooks), then additional sections on the four language skills and  language areas (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation), some cultural options plus two extra sections called "magazine" and "videos" with links to external websites like the BBC.

 

A lot of different sections and links to explore, and more material to come.  I'd be interested to hear opinions ...

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Tiny Texts

Tiny Texts | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish..."

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This looks like a nice site: bite-sized English lessons - authentic news texts with audio, and a PDF with vocabulary and cloze exercises.
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Online Audio Stories| Short Stories and Audio Books Online

Online Audio Stories| Short Stories and Audio Books Online | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Online Audio Stories; short stories and audio books online for kids. Children's books online and downloadable audio books for free."

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Australia Network - Study English - IELTS Preparation

Australia Network - Study English - IELTS Preparation | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Australia Network - Study English - IELTS Preparation...
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1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue)

1000 images on the tip of my tongue (sur le bout de ma langue) | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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This "trilingual index of expressions with equivalent meanings" lets you look up idioms by category, see them in a sentence, hear the sentence spoken aloud, and work on interactive exercises to test your knowledge.

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English Tenses Timeline - For ESL EFL TESOL TEFL TOEFL Students Teacher and Classes for Quick Reference

English Tenses Timeline - For ESL EFL TESOL TEFL TOEFL Students Teacher and Classes for Quick Reference | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
English tenses timeline chart for quick reference to English tenses related to their placement in time for ESL EFL TESOL TEFL Classes and Students...
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Whistleless | Film English

Whistleless | Film English | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate (B1)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Communication and creativity

Language: Narrative tenses


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The wrong and right way to learn a foreign language

The wrong and right way to learn a foreign language | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"Linguist Stephen Krashen takes issue with the notion that people who want to learn a foreign language need to go through a grammar and vocabulary boot camp."
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Free public domain audio books for children

Free public domain audio books for children | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Free audio books that you can download in mp3, iPod and iTunes format for your portable audio player."

 

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Classic out-of-copyright stuff (Kipling, Twain, Dickens, the Wind in the Willows, a Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables)

 

 

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Stop and Learn English

Stop and Learn English | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Lots of EFL materials and tools for self-study (interactive objects, podcasts, videochat) aimed at Spanish learners but accessible to all.

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Larousse dictionaries

Larousse dictionaries | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Les dictionnaires Larousse accessibles gratuitement : monolingue et bilingues (français, anglais, allemand, espagnol, italien, arabe et chinois), dictionnaires des synonymes, des homonymes, des citations.

 

These dictionaries are free to access and great quality: you have audio plus some contextualisation, and you can consult monolingual or bilingual versions for quite a range of European languages.


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7 Ways to Maintain or Improve Your Foreign Language Skills Every Day During the Summer

7 Ways to Maintain or Improve Your Foreign Language Skills Every Day During the Summer | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"We know that language learning doesn't just happen in a classroom! The summer is a fantastic way to build on that by incorporating informal learning and exposure to authentic language."

Straightforward and upbeat advice for independent language learning using free resources without killing yoursefl.
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