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It has links to MANY digital literacy resources, recommended apps for students, and Online learning tools & resources. It’s a good resource for any computer training you may want to give to your students.
It also has a link to DigitalLearn.orgwhich has short but detailed presentations designed to teach users how to do specific actions online. These videos can be VERY useful in your classroom. I’ve used the online health information to teach my students how to access MedlinePlus. Check out these examples:
There is a new page “Convocation -2019” under the Great Workshops category that captures some of the information shared in our recent meeting. Please check it out and send me any more links or information that should be shared from those sessions.
The Central Blog has a great page called “Around Raleigh” that can be very useful in our classes at this time of year. With pleasant weather finally arriving and spring break around the corner, it’s a good time to let our students know the variety of interesting attractions in Raleigh. It’s also perfect for a practical Around the Town lesson.
The Around Raleigh page lists previously published Civics blog posts that describes museums, parks, pools and so much more.
In the recent ELPS Professional Development session, there was some discussion of graphic organizers. They can be part of the support and scaffolding that teachers supply to students. Many graphic organizers are used in various academic endeavors so it is important that students get familiar with them.
The Teacher’s Blog has a new link category on the left sidebar called “Web Tools- Graphic Organizers.” Please take a look and you may find the perfect template to use as is or one that you can customize for your lesson. The first link for Teach-nology is of special interest because within the list of graphic organizers is a link to
The next category in our series of getting to know the English Blog is “Pronunciation”, an area that our students struggle with. They can use these links to help them with making specific sounds, discriminating between sounds (using minimal pairs for example), reductions and stress tips.
Let’s look at the highlighted external links:
Starfall – is favored by many teachers. Although geared for children, it’s extremely useful for adult beginners. The “Learn to Read” section has good sound families exercises.
A thanks to Elizabeth Reed for introducing me to a series of videos that can be easily used in our classes.
Take a look at the “English Speeches with Big SubTitles” – it has inspiring speeches ranging from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” to Will Smith “How to Face Fear” to Jack Ma Alibaba’s “We Never Give Up” and many more. Videos range from as short as 2 minutes to about 1/2 hour. Each has clear, large subtitles that help our students follow the speech easily.
Here is an example:
A link to this video series has also been added to the Video category on the left.
The 5th category in our series of getting to know the English Blog is “Listening”, a topic that includes songs and who doesn’t like music? This category is focused on practicing listening skills through natural dialogs, dictations and song exercises.
Let’s first review the highlighted external links:
Real English – lessons with videos showing random people on the streets from different English speaking countries talking.
Randall’s Listening Lab: Many of you know this site has hundreds of short audios. Choose your level and topic. Listen to a conversation. Take a short quiz to see how much you understood. You can do more vocabulary exercises, too. Great to use in the classroom too!
Daily ESL is a new spin-off from Randall’s Lab. It helps students build their speaking skills through Conversation Starters centered around every day topics.
Dictation Finder – index that makes it easy to find a dictation topic you like at the right level for you.
Talk English – has over 900 short audio /video lessons around every day conversions, business dialogs and grammar structures.
Lyrics Gap Exercises and Lyrics Training both have hundreds of popular songs with pre-made exercises at easy,medium, hard levels. Listen up and fill in missing words in the song lyrics.
We have two page of more links here – one focused on songs ….Song Links and the second on any other type of listening activities ….More Listening Links. Please look through some of the links on these pages to see what is available.