Two websites, Breaking News and Listen a Minute, for learning English, with engaging games that students really love playing at home or in class. Therefore it's their great tools for educators who want students to carry on the learning once they leave the class room. Both websites are free. Breaking News is more ideal for slightly more advanced students, and Listen a Minute is better for students a lower skill level. They both feature comprehensive lesson plans, with some fun learning games. If the students have access to computers in class this is a great way to use technology in education, as the students can have some friendly competition with the games, and could also work in groups to work on the tasks. Watch these videos and quickly learn about the websites and what they offer.
5 useful websites that provide news in English material for English Language Learners. Becase these news sites are from a variety of countries, using them all will expose your students to wide variety of different English speaking accents. One of the most helpful features of these sites is that they can read the content out loud, slowly and clearly, making this a great online tool for language teachers. This is a really useful set of training videos both for teachers and students. A quick review of where to find the sites and how to use them.
One of the most popular language learning technology sites on the internet with literally thousands of flash cards to revise learning in all sorts of languages. There is content here in literally 100s of languages and the tool is very easy to use. This is an ideal tool for educators to show to students. Students can revise vocabulary anywhere using their SMART phones, tablets or computers. Teachers can quickly create lists of words to study which can be converted into flash cards with both the images and the sounds. You can also create games from the lists that the students can do. The basic tool is free and is an ideal online educatonal tool for revision of both words, phrases and even grammar. In fact the technology could easily be used for other subject areas. I have also produced an advanced set of training videos that highlights some of the more advanced features in working with Quizlet- Online Learning Tools for Students & Teachers-Advanced Features in Quizlet
Quizlet is a very useful educational technology tool that helps students revise vocabulary. This technology tool can be used by both teachers and students. Teachers can set up classes and students can access hundreds of vocabulary revision cards which can include both sound and visuals. The great thing about Quizlet is that teachers can access the thousands of pre-built flash cards that already exist in many languages so there is no need to create new flash cards. There are flash cards in hundreds of languges covering vocabulary, grammar, phrases and expressions. In fact this technology could actually be used to revise a whole range of subjects though it is essentially used to revise vocabulary. These Advanced Features in Quizlet are the second set of videos. If you have not used Quizlet before then I suggest you start with this set of videos. Key Tools for Educators-A Full Introdcution to using Quizlet
Breaking News English is one of the largest sites for learning English. The website takes contemporary news items, simplifies them and then builds a whole range of activities around the news item. There is learning material both for students and for teachers. For teachers there is an enormous amount of content that can be used in the class along with the MP3 audio file. So teachers can use the tool to offer listen material to their students and then use the many pre-prepared activities that are availble to use with students. For students there is a whole range of games and activities that mean students can work independently at home. This set of videos takes you through all key features in Breaking News English. Breaking News English offers content at a range of levels. If you are looking for lower level listen content, then you might be interested in this site. Great online tools for languge learners- Listenaminute Listening Content in English
Lyrics Training is a great teacher technology tool. Students can use it to learn the words of songs. There are songs in all languages such as French, English and German. Students can chose a level and begin to learn the words of the songs. This educational technology is interactive as students listen and complete the words of the songs. It provides a score, a help button and if students sign in, they will see a record of all their songs. This is an ideal online teacher tool for students and great for encouraging their autonomy. The tool is free and literally has 1000s of songs. One of the most popular technologies I have ever shown to students and ideal for making them more independent.
These videos go through 8 different websites which are great for improving English language pronunciation. These learning with technology sites focus on simple practice of pronunciation such as dipthongs, vowels, consonants, minimal pairs, phonics and using a phonemic chart. These are suited to autonomous learners working through exercises in their own time. Those featured are: English Online, English File, Spoken Skills, BBC Learning English, Ship or Sheep, Simple English, Many Things and Word Builder.
These videos show 9 different websites for learning with technology. These are great for improving spelling ideally for mainly younger learners but a few for adults as well. Some use British and some use American pronunciation. They offer a variety of different activities for improving spelling. Each has an element of listening, too. Sites include BBC Bitesize, which allows embedded in a blog, the phonics based Word Builder, which lots of contents. two kinds of spelling bee - one which shows a visual thesaurus. Others shown are BBC Spellits with lots of games. Spelling City, where you can unscramble sentences. Some of these simple educational technology tools show how words are used in context.
Listen And Write is a language dictation tool to help improve your listening skills by using news articles. These videos go through all the different parts of the website to show why it is such a useful tool. This is a popular learning with technology tool for autonomous students. There is a range of different material and levels depending on your students' ability. Uses American English. The site is regularly updated with current news items. There are three modes. Can listen to the whole news item or have it broken down into parts with optional auto repetition in order for learners to complete the dictation. Contains hints with suggestions for checking unfamiliar words. Works at both sentence level and as a word level activitiy which becomes a gap-fill exercise.
Listen A Minute is an online site for teachers and students to use which offers lots of ready-made reading material and audio files to use in class. Content is all free and arranged alphabetically by topic. It is primarily aimed at lower levels and is similar in style to Breaking News English. For each topic there is a downloadable text file and an audio which can be played straight from the site or downloaded as well. There are several interactive activities which need no adapting. There are two types of quiz based upon the text which both offer different ways of reconstructing the original, either in chunks or as a whole. In addition, there are suggested tasks for homework. This is a great online technology for students too as they can listen to the audio, follow the text and then do the online quizzes.