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Readlang

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The online eReader for language learners. Import other websites or novel length texts and read them in a distraction free environment with one-click translation. After reading, review the new vocabularly with spaced repetition flashcards.

Via Nik Peachey
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Students, I've just tested this myself and it's a useful tool. Apparently it's also becoming more mobile compatible, which will be a postive development. There's an introduction video so watch it first and see if it's a tool that you'll put to use. I've added the extension to Chrome.

 

You can upload webpages for reading and if you're unsure of a word, click on it for the translation. This will appear in your word bank as a flashcard with some text ( this provides you with the context which is an intelligent feature). You can then run through your list of flashcards and learn the words. Remember to put them in context when you are doing your practice as this will help you retain them.

 

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carldowse's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:30 AM

This looks super interesting. It's only browser based at the moment, but if it were mobile device friendly as well I think this would be an even bigger hit with learners.

timsbox's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:52 AM

Le principe est génial ! 

Vous lisez un texte en anglais (n'importe quel texte trouvé sur le web qui vous intéresse), vous cliquez sur les mots difficiles pour avoir une traduction immédiate, puis vous pouvez réviser les mots sélectionnés !

Ce n'est pas très ludique mais très efficace.

En plus, c'est gratuit...

 

Adapté pour adultes et collégiens ...

Steve Ridout's comment, June 4, 2013 5:06 AM
Hey, Steve here, creator of Readlang. Very happy to see it shared here! It is already somewhat mobile friendly, in that the design adapts to smaller screens, and I use it on my iPad all the time. I hope eventually to develop iOS and Android applications too.
Resources for Language Students: varying levels
Reading material and images for language students looking for extra resources to practice their literacy skills.
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ESL English Language Learning - Adult Literacy - Listening & Reading - Audiobooks - Stories

ESL English Language Learning - Adult Literacy - Listening & Reading - Audiobooks - Stories | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
ESL English - Adult Literacy - Listening, Reading, Audiobooks, Short Stories, Songs, PET exam
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My students often ask me for free listening material to improve their language skills. This site created by Skip Reske has quite a large collection of listening resources which includes short stories, novels, music with lyrics, drama and more. This is popular with my students who are intermediate level and above.

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Verb conjugation in 100s of languages. Free on-line verb conjugator.

Verb conjugation in 100s of languages. Free on-line verb conjugator. | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Verb conjugation in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Danish and more. Both on-line and with Windows software. Language maps, grammar.
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This is a verb conjugation tool. It can be used for numerous languages.

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BBC Learning English - BBC Learning English Course Information

BBC Learning English - BBC Learning English Course Information | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Lower Intermediate Course
If your level of English is lower intermediate or thereabouts, this course is for you.
The course is broken up into weekly units and each unit is made of 5 sessions. A new session is published every day from Monday to Friday, so there is new material every weekday for you to study and enjoy.
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Some very useful multimodal resources here including a short course aimed at lower intermediate students. Certainly worth exploring.

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to do verb conjugation in English | Reverso Conjugator

to do verb conjugation in English | Reverso Conjugator | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Verb conjugation: to do conjugation in English, free verb conjugator, conjugation models, irregular verbs, modal verbs, verb tenses, verb moods
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A useful set of tools here for language learners e.g. dictionary, grammar resources, spell check, conjugation tool. My students find the conjugation tool a real help and make use of the grammar resources as well. 

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Writing for a Purpose

Writing for a Purpose | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Materials to improve the quality of discipline-specific student work   If you want to study at a British (or other English-speaking) university, you will have to write assignments – you can find out how here!   Writing for a Purpose includes: information about the types of writing and purposes for writing exercises to help you write examples from assignments that successful students have written
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Very useful multimodal resources here to aid in preparing students for university level writing. This project is a result of the collaborative efforts of the British Council and the University of Conventry.

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Welcome to Open Library

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Amélie Silvert
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Plenty of reading material here in the form of diverse genres and subjects. Books can be read online, downloaded in several formats and even borrowed for a couple of weeks. 

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un millón de eBooks !

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Languages - OpenLearn - Open University

Languages - OpenLearn - Open University | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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Open Learn from the Open University in the UK, provides an interesting range of free courses and learning material. As language learners or practitioners you can access resources that are specific to language learning or utilize other resources for the purpose of language learning or teaching.

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Phraseum - language learning online

Phraseum - language learning online | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it

The Web offers huge opportunities to improve any foreign language you’re learning, from news stories, blog posts, comments and all that content. So, find sites with your favourite topics and read them regularly. Phraseum will help you save and organize all useful sentences you come across while reading, in order to learn them later.
You can organize your clips by tags (situation, meaning …) and personal categories (your projects, meetings …)
You can also search for and re-save phrases that others have saved
or discover phrases that match the topics of your interests in your Phrase feed.


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carldowse's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:18 AM

Vocabulary builing tool with a web clipper that can be added to a browser for quick additions to a tagged phrasebook - looks like a very interesting use of browser technology that promotes learner autonomy

Amadeu Marin's curator insight, June 7, 2014 8:23 AM

Excellent idea! A fantastic tool to build up a collection of useful chunks or phrases around topics, situations, etc.

 

LEARNING TIP:

Phraseum provides what they call a 'clipping button' that you

drag onto your browser bookmark bar. Then, while you're reading online, you can highlight a piece of text (collocations, chunks, idioms, etc.) you want to clip, then hit the Phraseum clipping button to save and categorize the phrase into your account to learn or use later.

 

You can also share the phrases and phrasebooks you create and subscribe to other people's.

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:29 PM
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This is a really fantastic tool for the collaborative learning of phrases and collocations. Every language learner should be using this.

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IELTS Speaking: Face the IELTS Speaking exam with confidence.

IELTS Speaking: Face the IELTS Speaking exam with confidence. | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Daily and weekly exercises to help you prepare for the IELTS Speaking exam.
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This website, which is published by Splendid Learning, offers some very useful resources for prospective IELTS candidates. It focusses on the speaking exam. They offer a range of free content in the form of videos, downloadable worksheets, online quizzes etc. As a learner you also have the option of subscribing to a course or being on a mailing list for regular activities related to IELTS. The activities are explained well. It's worth dropping into and exploring for yourself.

 

Other advanced language learners could naturally make use of this  material for language practise as well.

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Range of resources for all levels

Range of resources for all levels | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Business lessons available such as banking vocabulary and words spoken in everyday businesses
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Students, you'll find a wide range of resources here to work with from beginner up to business level. There are lessons, flashcards, vocabulary lists and more from Easy Pace Learning. They also have a Scoop.it page so drop in and browse through. Remember to put vocabulary in context. Don't just try to memorize words in isolation. Write your own sentences, short texts or for those who prefer animation tools such as GoAnimate, create your own narrative. Do it your way.

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On Blogging and Social Media: Is Scoop.it the new Twitter?

On Blogging and Social Media: Is Scoop.it the new Twitter? | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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This is a useful comparison here. I use both tools with my students for different purposes. 

 

Twitter enables then to read and engage in immediate conversations; they can follow topics of interest; familiarize themsleves with this genre; practice writing concise texts; practice filtering and improving search techniques etc.

 

I use Scoop.it on the other hand to filter resources and tools for them that they can dip into for their own personal use. I direct them to other topics and encourage them to search for topics of a personal interest; they can practice writing longer comments here and responding to any feedback they receive and can prepare this in advance, so time to reflect first before writing. You can encourage students to start their own individual or group sites based around project topics. 

 

Two very different tools which have been designed for different purposes but useful in their own right if used effectively and appropriately.

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Useful Expressions in English | Commonly Used English Expressions

Useful Expressions in English | Commonly Used English Expressions | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
From beginner, intermediate to advanced English sayings discover I H Bristol’s list of useful
English expressions for you to learn online for free.

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Quite a comprehensive list of expressions here for use from beginner to advanced. Click on a word and several suggestions will be revealed in context with a further explanation. Students you can even practice some extra exercises online. A few minutes a day is all it takes. Keep up the continuity and have fun.

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Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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Ferlazzo's site has an enormous amount of resources for English language students of varying levels. It can be used by both teachers and students.

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Macmillan Dictionary and Thesaurus: Free English Dictionary Online

Macmillan Dictionary and Thesaurus: Free English Dictionary Online | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
The Free Online English Dictionary from Macmillan Publishers.
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Plenty of fun games, quizzes videos and more on this site to help improve your language skills. Have fun!

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Simple English Videos

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Click here to edit the title

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These ELT videos by Vicki Hollett and Jay, are brief, cover a range of topics including business English and come with transcripts. This makes then very useful for Ss  to work with on their own. They are categorised into 'Vocabulary', 'Grammar', 'How Tos' and 'Songs and Stories'. 

 

Tip for teachers: don't just assume that your students have the necessary learning strategies to work effectively with audio-video material. Enquire about their learning behaviour and provide tips where needed. I often base lessons around these kinds of activities, draw information from the Ss, and discuss the pros and cons of the  strategies they provide. We then build on their contributions and create a pool of ideas that can be customised to suit the individual. I find these kinds of sessions give me, as a language teacher, great insight onto how Ss approach specific language learning activities. 

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BBC Learning English - The Sounds of English / Diphthongs - Programme 1

BBC Learning English - The Sounds of English / Diphthongs - Programme 1 | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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This is a series of videos from BBC Learning to assist with pronunciation.

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BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive

BBC Learning English | Quiznet archive | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
Archive of online and downloadable quizzes from BBC Learning English
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Some useful quizzes here for students to select and work on at their own pace. And of course plenty of other resources from BBC Learning English. This activity could be a step taken further, that is, students could be encouraged to create their own quizzes on paper for use in class, or have the teacher deliver them via a tool such as Socrative. Naturally the latter will depend on whether learners are digitally orientated and whether they have good access to devices and a stable connection.

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Video zone | LearnEnglishTeens

Video zone | LearnEnglishTeens | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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This is a  British Council resource. It's a selection of short videos with activities to complete. Transcripts are included which is very useful for aiding comprehension. Try and listen to the videos first in small sections before opening up the text. You could also attempt writing a brief summary of the videos that you watch to test your listening skills. Be creative. You can write a story, a poem, or try out some rapping. Play with the language and have fun with it!

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Foreign Language Vocabulary, Grammar, and Readings

Foreign Language Vocabulary, Grammar, and Readings | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
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This is a site has been designed as a collaborative project to help develop learners' vocabulary. There are several languages to choose from. It combines images, text and audio. In some cases you can adjust the level of difficulty. Learners even have the opportunity to help translate vocabulary. As a tip, I would suggest trying to use vocabulary in context and not just creating word lists. The former will aid the learner's retention.

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
International Children's Digital Library
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Wonderful collection of children's books here. A variety of languages, genres and cultures are represented. Extra activities, tips for searching and using the books in class and individually, are provided.

 

The ICDL ( International Children's Digital Library Foundation) have also developed apps for both the iPhone and iPad, so you can have access to the collection when you feel like it. They have also created the Story Kit app  (available on iTunes), which provides templates of stories that can  personalised and uploaded to a website to be shared with others if wished. Uploading them does not automatically make them available for public viewing.

 

Apart from providing enjoyable reading, many of the books have been translated into several languages by volunteers. This can be of benefit to language learners as they can check their comprehension by reviewing the text in their own language ( if a copy is available of course) with the language that they are currently learning.

 

Well worth a look.

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Learn Languages For Free Through Music Videos, Lyrics and Karaoke! English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch

Learn Languages For Free Through Music Videos, Lyrics and Karaoke! English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
LyricsTraining is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills, through the music videos and lyrics of your favorite songs
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Students, this is really a fun way to improve your listening, comprehension and to a certain extent writing skills. It's not just for English language learners but includes: French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German. You can choose from a range of music genres.

 

The idea is to click on a video and choose a level of difficulty. Lyrics scroll under the music clip as it plays and you have to gap fill. So you need to listen carefully in order to be able to fill in the missing word.

 

Try it out. It's a great activity for those inbetween moments when you feel like working on your language skills but want to do it in an informal manner.

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Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary

Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
See and hear the meaning
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Vidtionary is a video dictionary. It's a visually attractive project and will be useful for students and teachers. The videos are very short and can be selected by collections, categories, parts of speech, or browsing through the tags. At some stage in the video, the word that  you are exploring will appear on the screen and is pronounced a couple of times. This is a real aid for learners as they have a visual context which is then reinforced with the written word and audio. 

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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it

A free online Talking English Pronunciation Dictionary - simply mouse over your entry to hear it pronounced. American and British spellings, with alternative pronunciations.

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Learners of English, this is a very simple but practical tool here. Type in any word then hold the cursor over it and you'll hear how it's pronounced.

 

In order to actively engage with it, how about recording your own pronunciation of the word and then comparing it with the pronunciation dictionary? You can also record yourself using the word in a sentence. This  will help you put the word into context which will make more sense to you and may just help trigger the correct pronunciation for you.

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Readlang

Readlang | Resources for Language Students: varying levels | Scoop.it
The online eReader for language learners. Import other websites or novel length texts and read them in a distraction free environment with one-click translation. After reading, review the new vocabularly with spaced repetition flashcards.

Via Nik Peachey
Patricia Daniels's insight:

Students, I've just tested this myself and it's a useful tool. Apparently it's also becoming more mobile compatible, which will be a postive development. There's an introduction video so watch it first and see if it's a tool that you'll put to use. I've added the extension to Chrome.

 

You can upload webpages for reading and if you're unsure of a word, click on it for the translation. This will appear in your word bank as a flashcard with some text ( this provides you with the context which is an intelligent feature). You can then run through your list of flashcards and learn the words. Remember to put them in context when you are doing your practice as this will help you retain them.

 

Try it for yourself.

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carldowse's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:30 AM

This looks super interesting. It's only browser based at the moment, but if it were mobile device friendly as well I think this would be an even bigger hit with learners.

timsbox's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:52 AM

Le principe est génial ! 

Vous lisez un texte en anglais (n'importe quel texte trouvé sur le web qui vous intéresse), vous cliquez sur les mots difficiles pour avoir une traduction immédiate, puis vous pouvez réviser les mots sélectionnés !

Ce n'est pas très ludique mais très efficace.

En plus, c'est gratuit...

 

Adapté pour adultes et collégiens ...

Steve Ridout's comment, June 4, 2013 5:06 AM
Hey, Steve here, creator of Readlang. Very happy to see it shared here! It is already somewhat mobile friendly, in that the design adapts to smaller screens, and I use it on my iPad all the time. I hope eventually to develop iOS and Android applications too.
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Learning English - 6 Minute English - How noisy is 'too noisy'?

The Queen loses her temper: why noisy drummers angered Dame Helen Mirren. 6 Minute English: 9 May 2013
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I was just browsing through Twitter and came across this link posted by BBC Learning English. I actually use these podcasts with students but hadn't thought about scooping the link.

 

Students, these are the types of podcasts that you can engage actively with on your own to improve your English. They are 6 minutes long and come with a text. A few suggestions: 

 

- Have a look at the image, the text and the question given. Think about what it has to do with the recording. Look up any vocabulary you are unsure of and create new sentences that mean something to you. Write them down.

- The first time around listen to the entire recording and try to get a sense of what it is about (the gist). This may not be a problem for some and others will need to relisten. Remind yourself of the questions again.

- Listen to the recording this time in small chunks 1-2 minutes and try and pick up as much information as you can. Can you answer the question yet?

- There is always a text given. Read the text through. Does it sound familiar in your ears? Is there anything that you feel you didn't hear during the listening practice?

-Listen again to the podcast either in short chunks or straight through and follow the text. Stop, pause and rewind if you are having comprehension difficulties. Look up any problem vocabulary if it doesn't make sense to you in the context given.

- Try and answer the question.

- Additionally, with podcasts or videos and especially where a text is given you can practice recording your own voice using an app such as Dragon (which will dictate, so you will see your voice as a text), or AudioNote. Record your voice and compare it to the podcast recordings. Does you recording flow or are you stumbling over some words. This can be a fun exercise and only takes a few minutes a day. A little bit a day really does help improve language skills.

 

Good luck with your English practice.

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