Monthly Archives: June 2015

“SPOKEN” = INSTAGRAM FOR AUDIO (ALL LEVELS)

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YouTube for videos. Instagram for photos. Medium for text. What about spoken experiences?

Spoken fills this void. It’s where the world finds a voice, either your own or that of others.

Spoken was founded on the simple idea that the human voice is more intimate than nearly any other form of communication. We’ve taken this idea and created a community around it; stories, experiences, all based on the spoken word.

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“Spoken”  is a new social network that is designed for sharing audio recordings of four minutes or less. Spoken describes itself as “Instagram for audio.” On Spoken you can upload audio recordings that are up to four minutes long then attach cover images to those recordings. All of your recordings appear in your profile where people can follow you and you can follow others.

Spoken does not have a built-in recording tool. You have to record outside of Spoken then upload your recording. I used Vocaroo to make the recording that I uploaded to test Spoken. Clyp is a simple and free app for recording on Android and iOS devices that could pair well with Spoken.

Applications for Education
Spoken could provide a good way for high school or college students to share audio recordings in which they reflect on learning experiences and or share advice with other students. As a teacher you would have to follow each of your students to hear their recordings.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/06/spoken-network-for-publishing-short.html#.VYrpp0uBDxN

WHY DON´T YOU EXCHANGE RECORDINGS ON YOUR SUMMER EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR CLASSMATES?

“KNOWORD”: A GAME TO EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

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“Knoword” is a fun fast-paced  and challenging game that tests your ability to match definitions to words. Knoword is played like this; you’re presented with the first letter of a word, its part of speech, and the definition. You then have to fill in the correct spelling of the word. If you enter the correct word, you earn points. If you don’t get it right, you lose points.

You don’t have to register to play Knoword, but you can register if you want to. Registering for Knoword gives you the option to keep track of your game statistics. Registered users can also earn badges based on their performances.

You can also find applications for Android and iPad or Iphone.

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WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A GO AT IT DURING THE LONG SUMMER SEASON?

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CAMBRIDGE WRITE AND IMPROVE (ALL LEVELS)

TRY IT. IT MIGHT BE WONDERFUL!!

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CAMBRIDGE WRITE AND IMPROVE

Cambridge English Write & Improve is a research project carried out by Cambridge English Language Assessment and iLexIR. As part of the research project you will be able to submit your writing and receive feedback on it. You can then use the feedback to improve your writing. WATCH THE VIDEO AND FIND OUT HOW…

NB. Once you have completed a written assignment, you will see that your speaking can also be assessed online. You just need to follow the instructions.CAMBRIDGE WRITE AND IMPROVE speaking

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AUDIOBOOKS (B2) A WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN THE SUMMER.

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“English audio books are a great resource for ESL students. As you are beginning to acquire and build your language and reading comprehension skills it will be important to also learn pronunciation and to understand the language as it is spoken. You can find a variety of English audiobooks online for free or for a small fee. You can listen to an audio book while fishing. After placing your catfish lure on your pole head out on the boat and enjoy a book and a day at sea. Depending on the type of stories you are interested in—you will need to search for topics or authors that will provide you with an engaging experience.

When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. English audio books provide an easy way to listen to a variety of action packed stories and then practice your reading comprehension skills. Once you have listened to the English audio book—you should be able to answer questions about the story that will reflect your understanding of the material. Once you are able to do this accurately—you should be able to move up to the next level.

Another benefit to English audio books is listening to the language spoken at different speeds. Since many people do not speak slowly with many pauses in between words—you will need to increase the speed that you understand the English language. The easiest way to do this is to find English audiobooks that offer one to three different speeds that you can listen to. As you gain confidence in your reading skills—you will be able to move up to a normal speed and still be able to understand the stories being read.

Overall, an English audio book is the perfect solution when you are learning the English language. Not only will you be able to practice your comprehension, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of many everyday words.”

Get started today.

(http://www.5minuteenglish.com)

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HELP ME FIND OUT THE BEST  FREE AUDIOBOOKS APPS FOR IOS AND ANDROID. CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY?

AUDIOBOOKS (A2) A WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH DURING THE SUMMER

 

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THIS IS A FUNNY WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR ENGLISH IN THE SUMMER. VISIT THE WEBSITE BELOW, CLICK ON AUDIOBOOKS, CHOOSE THE RIGHT LEVEL  AND START READING / LISTENING…

http://englishgradedreadersvideo.blogspot.com.es/search/label/Level%203

THE “NINJA” GENERATION (B2)

In a very memorable scene of the 2010 movie ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’,  Michael Douglas  visibly suffering from cancer gives a speech about the 2008 crash and the ‘NINJA generation’ in front of a college audience.

WATCH THE SCENE. WHAT DOES THE “CATCHY ACRONYM” STAND FOR?

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  • DO YOU BELONG TO THE “NINJA GENERATION”?
  • DO YOU FEEL HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE? CAN YOU SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
  • WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID THE SO-CALLED “BRAIN DRAIN” IN THIS COUNTRY?

SHARE YOUR FEELINGS WTIH US

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (ALL LEVELS)

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Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability…

“EDDPUZZLE” IN YOUR CLASSROOM”

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Edpuzzle is a great video resource to use when flipping a lesson or for personalizing learning. This easy-to-use site allows you to upload a video, crop it if necessary, and insert questions. When students watch the video, it will pause and not allow them to continue until they have answered a question. The questions can be open-ended or multiple choice. I can require students to watch the video at home or have them watch it individually during class. Edpuzzle enables teachers  to personalize student learning; in the past, everyone watched the same video at the same time and I would pause the video periodically to ask questions or give a handout with questions to the students. With Edpuzzle, students can rewatch a section of the video if they are unable to answer the question; therefore, it enables my students to watch the video at their own pace.”

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

https://edpuzzle.com/media/556f0ca07b0261c04eaeff2f

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TEACHERS NEED REAL FEEDBACK (LOW B2, B2, C1, C2)

WATCH THIS TALK DO YOU THINK THIS SITUATION COULD BE APPLIED TO THIS COUNTRY? TALKING ABOUT FEEDBACK, THESE ARE THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE

SURVEY ON MY PERFORMANCE AND THE COURSE. surveymonkey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-WJTLX2QD/

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation