Category Archives: Technology

Podcasts for ELLs

Here’s a great site for using podcasts with ELLs.  Podcasts are portable (you can stream them from any computer with an internet connection, or download them and take them to go on an mp3 player or phone) and they provide students with opportunities to listen to real English speakers in a communicative context.  Great practice for our ELL students!

https://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html

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Deciphering Dying Languages

Here’s another story from this morning’s NPR.  Here’s the gist; creating computer programs to run linguistic analysis on unknown languages to determine commonalities, and possibly using this software to categorize some of the world’s dying languages.  Really interesting stuff!

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/30/352661301/certain-english-errors-may-decipher-clues-to-dying-languages

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Kids and Screen Time

Heard this on NPR this morning; very interesting stuff about the impact of switching screen time for face time… couldn’t embed the audio, but follow the link.  It’s well worth it!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/09/30/351521488/kids-and-screen-time-cutting-through-the-static

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Picture Dictionary!

Be careful with this one, as it does have a lot of advertisements on the site, but this is a great resource for building vocabulary!

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/wordlist/english/pictures/

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Spelling & Vocabulary Resource

SPELLING CITY is a great resource for classroom teachers.  You do have to register, but it’s (mostly) free, and the resources on there are excellent for mainstream classroom students and ELLs alike!  Check it out!

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Great Phonetics Resource

Shared via our EDU 583 Moodle site, this awesome resource from the University of Iowa provides a lot of great information about the different sounds of the English language.  The app is available for Apple and Android devices, but it’s also available in a web format using the links at the top of the page!

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#

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Terakki English Language Teaching Conference

This week was 1st Terakki ELT conference hosted by a lot of my extremely talented and knowledgeable colleagues from Terakki Schools in Istanbul, Turkey.  Way to go, guys!

http://www.teltconference.com/

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