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poetryarchive.org

poetryarchive.org | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
City lilacs In crack-haunted alleys, overhangs, plots of sour earth that pass for gardens, in the space between wall and wheelie bin, where men with mobiles make urgent conversation, where bare-legged girls shiver in April winds, where a new mother stands on her doorstep and blinks at the brightness of morning, so suddenly born - in all these places the city lilacs are pushing their cones of blossom into the spring to be taken by the warm wind.
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Resources for listening to poetry

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 9, 9:51 AM

Listen to poety and read along.  Use it for shadow-reading, to practice intonation, or to pick up vocabulary of a literary nature

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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

TED talks: beyond coursebook accents | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Do you ever use TED talks in your classes? This nonprofit organisation, with the tagline ‘Ideas worth spreading’, is a great place to find interesting authentic audio.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Nice selection of different accents for awareness raising or teacher education

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:59 AM

Wonderful and inspiring talks.

Ramon Gomes's curator insight, November 22, 2014 7:29 PM

This is the best programme for talks ever!!!

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English Communication for Scientists

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English Communication for Scientists is a brief guide on how to communicate more effectively in English, no matter how much previous experience you have.

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This looks great for university ESP courses, aimed at learners themselves rather than teachers.

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Steve Kirk's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:54 AM

A six-unit online course in science-oriented writing.  There are some interesting tips here for speakers of different languages...but no differentiation by academic discipline. Some generalisations do, of course, hold, however, and so there is some useful material here - if taken critically. See what you think.

 

Illustrations here and there by the Times Higher Education cartoonist, Jorge Cham.

 

Thanks to @annehodg for bringing this to my attention.

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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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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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WeSpeke

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WeSpeke is a free and open global language platform and marketplace cultural exchange where users teach, learn and practice languages.
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Anyone tried this out?

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Asma Ben Aîcha's comment, March 23, 2013 9:58 PM
Done (y)
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Do tell! What did you do? How did it work out?
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Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées

Fleex - apprenez l'anglais avec vos vidéos préférées | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Grâce à fleex, apprenez l’anglais avec les vidéos que vous aimez. A partir des séries TV et films stockés sur votre disque dur, fleex construit à la volée une vraie expérience éducative pour vous permettre d'améliorer votre pratique de la langue. A court d'idées ? Choisissez dans notre catalogue l’une des 1000+ vidéos que nous avons sélectionnées pour vous !

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Reportage ici

http://www.numerama.com/magazine/24361-fleex-apprendre-l-anglais-grace-aux-series-tv.html

 

avec 3 kilomètres de commentaires - l'apprentissage de l'anglais par les films en VO, sous-titrés, doublés, ça suscite de vives émotions ...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Videos for French learners of English.

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Australia Network - English Bites

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Australia Network - English Bites

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Markus Hartmann's comment, January 24, 2013 11:04 AM
The site is especially designed for learners from Vietnam and Indonesia, since there are also translations in these languages
Helen Baumung's comment, January 20, 11:10 AM
this australian network website provides lots of videos that can help improving your english skills. Basics like how to use plurals or pronouns. But i don´t really know how stuff like "finding homes for unwanted dogs" can help improving the language (besides of listening to the language, but you could just watch a movie in English then ;-) ) Anyway, clear website, easy to navigate and find the episodes of english bites
Tobias Mielke's comment, July 14, 11:32 AM
Australia Network created the page in cooperation with IELTS. The Topics are up to date and well organized, they provide you with Information, videos and tasks and answers. It can be very usefull for English teachers because the given PDFs reduce the time you need to prepare a lesson. Also students have the chance to search for topics they are interested in and get a lot of Information, tips and tasks to do on their own.
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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | Learning technologies for EFL | 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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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.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:42 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.

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EnglishCentral.com: listening and speaking practice

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

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My second and third year English majors at the University of Nice overwhelming chose this website to practice their listening and speaking skills.

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Advanced EFL/ELS speaking

Advanced EFL/ELS speaking | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Speaking links for advanced students collected by Phil Wade.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 14, 2012 2:43 AM

No recent activity here but some resources worth looking into.

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Practice Speaking A Foreign Language

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Sounds of English: pronunciation of American English

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"Sounds of English is a website designed for learners of English and their teachers. It combines material made by both Sharon Widmayer and Holly Gray."  Last updated 2010.

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

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A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Ideas for structuring presentations

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 4:07 AM

Nice outline of different ways of organising presentations based on a story or stories, with examples of TED talks which follow each plan.

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Websites for language exchange

List of free social websites for language learning and exchanging.

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A mixed bag of sites for individual, punctual exchanges or more formal institutional links, and some new to me.

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Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning

Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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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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VOA Special English: read along on YouTube

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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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Podcasts: Independent English

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(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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How To Teach And Learn A Language Via Video Chat - Edudemic

How To Teach And Learn A Language Via Video Chat - Edudemic | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Connecting with other learners can always be a useful tool - and for language learning, connecting with native speakers of the target language is just about the best practice you can get.

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The Mixxer - a free educational website for language exchanges via Skype | The Mixxer

The Mixxer - a free educational website for language exchanges via Skype | The Mixxer | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, January 17, 2013 4:24 PM

les offres de ce type sont en augmentation

nanouch's curator insight, January 26, 2013 8:22 AM

Seems very interesting, but I need time to test and see how it could be embbed in the lessons.

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RhinoSpike : Foreign Language Audio on Demand!

RhinoSpike : Foreign Language Audio on Demand! | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

RhinoSpike is an online language learning community tool that lets users around the globe connect and exchange foreign language audio files. Get any foreign language text read aloud for you by a native speaker!

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Home page says: Submit some text that you want read aloud in a foreign language.  Record your voice for an Audio Request in your native language.  Download the audio file for your submission.  Learn the language through real, native input.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 15, 2013 2:39 AM

This could be nice for language teacher training: have trainees make and request recordings and evaluate the outcomes.

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French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics

French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

LISTENING

 

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

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

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.rivieraradio.mc/home.asp

English-language radio based in Monaco - listen online or at 106.5

 

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.

 

video game walkthroughs

Gamers record screencasts of themselves playing a game and post the video to YouTube.

One student recommends Amnesia White Night (Morfar; strong language and mildly violent/disturbing warning)

http://youtu.be/Vt_y5VE0JiQ

 

SPEAKING

 

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.

 

https://www.verbling.com/

Live audio or video 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://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://englishonthe.net/?s=shadow+reading

Advice on a technique for improving pronunciation by reading along with a scripted recording.

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These are the websites my third year phonetics students mentioned most frequently during their final oral exams this week.  

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Student picks for self-access oral practice: the video game walkthrough was new to me ...

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advancedspeaking

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Speaking links for advanced students collected by Phil Wade.
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Web of Stories

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"Watch videos of famous scientists, authors, movie makers and artists telling their stories and be inspired to record and share your own."

 

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So many possibilities for learning and teaching languages.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Text to Speech Tools for Schools

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Text to Speech Tools for Schools | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Richard Byrne says "Text to speech tools can make the web more accessible to some students. These three free tools can be helpful to students who need a little support when reading articles on the web."

 

 They all run on Chrome.


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