Want to take your English teaching or learning skills to even higher levels? Do you want to spark more interest in your language lessons or come out of a recession or plateau? Combine the use of a variety of language learning techniques with ever-evolving technology to promote your success. Here are some helpful ideas and websites to get you started.
A Blog or Blog is no different than a dairy you keep online. You can write instructions, essays, or submit whatever information you want. Graphics and images may be included to illustrate written material. Audio and audiovisual files can also be embedded in a blog for added impact. A teacher can post a reading or assignment where students can comment directly online. No paper, no clutter, and you can view it almost anytime. Blogs are getting easier to use and access, and many sites let you create one for free.
ONLINE VIDEO / AUDIO
Most professionals have one or two email addresses. Your email can now be a communication tool between you and students. Email can now include the use of images and audio or audiovisual clips as well as message text. Students can send assignments as attachments or paste them into the body of the email. They can ask questions and get timely feedback without waiting for the next lesson session. Teachers can send instructions, updates, or other information to students individually or as a group without having to wait for the next scheduled lesson session.
No computer? No problem. In many parts of the world, e-cafes are so cheap that they are actually a suitable alternative that students can easily afford. Entire “communities” of young learners are based on hangouts in e-cafes in some cultures. Talk to your students about it. You may be surprised.
USING ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING / LEARNING
Use of online games, EFL practice sites, student and teacher forums, communities and events has exploded in many parts of the world in recent months. Virtual communities and online reference libraries now allow students to solve problems, research an article, or complete assignments that previously took a disproportionately large amount of time faster. For example, a few sites worth mentioning include:
A website that provides free access to screen-readable books
This is a site that has a long list of virtual libraries of almost every genre and links over 900 mostly Spanish language libraries.
This site connects an advanced academic network of Latin American libraries.
This site allows you to access and read a large number of his collected works online and includes exhibition pages.
o The official Gutenburg Project website contains a comprehensive list of English literary works that fall into the Public Domain. Online at: [http://promo.net/pg/]
Try some of these helpful ideas and websites to start combining the use of various language learning techniques with the ever-evolving technology to explode your English teaching and learning achievements. If you need more information about using this or other new technologies to increase student interest and motivation to make your English teaching more effective, feel free to email me with your questions or comments.