BBC Learning English — April 19, 2017

BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English is a great FREE website for language learners.unnamed

The BBC always has high standards, and this website is no different. This website offers a wide range of English lessons, articles and games. These often focus on topics like stories in the news, the latest English words and phrases, and even a series of videos that focus on English pronunciation in incredible detail. Yet, there is no interactive speaking feature, although the post-listening activities provided are a great way to check understanding and enable learners to hear the correct pronunciation of words. Therefore, this is a great resource for practicing listening skills.

However, unfortunately, this platform is more suitable for people with some previous experience in English, not complete beginners. Hence, it is designed for intermediate and advanced English learners to study English by learning BBC style videos and radio broadcasts. Consequently, it would benefit students with poor English, as well as those who wish to improve on their language and gain awareness of the latest news in the target language. Additionally, it allows learners to submit any questions electronically and receive responds quickly, without the need to get off their chairs!

So why not give this convenient & effective website TODAY?!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/

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British Council — April 14, 2017

British Council

This is my personal, all time favourite website for learning and improving on the English language!

The British Council provides a great platform for English learners to learn the language from the very BEGINNING! It is also useful for learners of all ages; as it targets both adults, teens and kids in three, separate sections. Each of those sections features a wide variety of interactive lessons, videos, games and podcasts to learn just about any skill. This means that no matter what level you are at or what topic interests you, you’ll always find something on British Council.

The segments target different areas of the language, including the foundation of the language such as grammatical rules and tenses, and lead to test practice and tips, such as preparations for the IELTS test.

Moreover, materials are designed in a way that provides an opportunity for learners to practise the new information through a variety of activities, available for learners with different learning strategies. As a result, after you are finished listening or watching, each video and podcast has an exercise for you to complete so you can make sure you understood everything.

Although this website could seem confusing and over-whelming for beginners, there are support areas where you could submit any questions and receive expertise advice. Furthermore, there are discussion boards under many of their activities so you can enquire and talk about what you learned with other students. The mobile app version of their lessons lets you learn on the go too!

Give this website a chance by clicking the link below, I’m sure you’d love it as much as I do!

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http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/

YouTube Vlogs — March 4, 2017

YouTube Vlogs

YouTube is the biggest video-sharing website in the world and ranks among the top three most-visited sites on the web; it allows users to upload and watch different types of videos. It is a platform that consists of 300 hours of video uploaded every a minute! These include news reports, talks, step by step tutorials, shopping hauls, spoken word poetry, ‘vlogs’ and many more!

A vlog is a video blog, a form of blog for which the medium is video, and is a form of web television. Yet, a personal vlog is an online video which records an individual to deliver information that they intend to introduce to people..which can be GREAT FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS! 

However, although all recommended platforms require the use of internet, YouTube videos in particular are heavier to load than other mentioned programs. Hence, consuming this website would take up more internet allowance than other applications which consist of text rather than visuals. Therefore, this would not be ideal for learners in third world countries, with limited access to the internet. Yet, it would not be too costly for them to make an investment in return for the great ADVANTAGES listed below!

Watching online vlogs would enable ESL learners to:

  • Be exposed to natural English speech.
  • Listen to different accents, in a click of a finger!
  • Watch the language being used within context, great for comprehension without the need of L1. English subtitles are also provided.
  • Improve all four language skills.
  • Get the opportunity to learn different styles of speech including; everyday, frequent and slang words, that may not be taught in the classroom.
  • Build up & improve vocabulary.
  • Have a variety of different types of vlogs to choose from to suit their needs and personality, e.g. daily vlogs, special occasion vlogs such as Christmas and birthday, and travelling vlogs such as the one attached below.
  • A FUN way to learn & stay engaged!

Click here to join the YouTube family 🙂 >>>

RefME – Referencing Made Easy — February 5, 2017

RefME – Referencing Made Easy

No more referencing problems for your assignments and essays.

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The RefMe application has over 7,500 citation styles, including Harvard, MLA and APA. This free application is free and can downloaded in your mobile phone.

All you’d need to do is scan your book from the comfort of your couch; but it would require internet on your device in order to transfer the reference list onto your email.

It is also easy to use:

  • Scan the book or journal barcode using your mobile phone camera, then choose the reference style you want.
  • It can also reference websites by just copying and pasting the URL address of that website.
  • It can manage your bibliography when working on Word 2016 for Windows and Word for iPad.
  • The application could be downloaded on both Android and iOS.

Yes, its just that simple and saves a lot of time!! Why not try it out.

http://www.refme.com

 

 

TED talks! — February 2, 2017

TED talks!

TED is a website which contains video talks about different topics, such as technology, science, education, business, entertainment, lifestyle and many more. Also, the talks have subtitles in different languages for those who wish to read subtitles in your own languages.

This is a good resource for international students who come to study in UK universities. Students could search for or pick the topic they are interested in, and proceed to watching the talk. It could also be used by any students that are looking to improve their listening skills. On the other hand, this variation of videos are quite long, and they may not work as well with complete beginners as most of the talks include advanced terminology. Yet, beginners can use this tool to scaffold to a proficient level as they receive input that is higher than their current proficiency level, and get the gist of lexis from the context. 

Benefits:

  • Students can practice their listening as English is not their first language.
  • The talks are similar to university lectures and the way lecture are presented.
  • Students could practice taking note while they are listening to the talk.
  • Teachers can use TED talks too. This could be done by asking students to listen to a specific video chosen by the teacher and at the end of the talk, the teacher could provide students with questions to test their listening and comprehension skills.

Go ahead students and teachers, give it a try!!  

http://www.ted.com/

 

Quizlet — January 30, 2017

Quizlet

 

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What is Quizlet?

Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by high school sophomore  Andrew Sutherland in 2005 and now contains over 400 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.

Why Quizlet?

  • It is a great way to engage your students.
  • It is free..
  • It makes it easy to learn new vocabulary!
  • Simple to use for students and teachers.

How does it work?

  • Find It : Use what your friends have already created, or search all of Quizlet.
  • Create it : Type in the exact material that you need to know.
  • Join a class : Find your classes to share and learn together.
  • In the classroom : Quizlet is great at school, for individual or class study.
  • Friendly Competition : Show off your scores and your knowledge.

And now learn it your own way! There are six different study modes:

  • Flashcards : Flip through and familiarize yourself with the material. HOWEVER, learning through flashcards would be more beneficial if students created the cards themselves, this way learners are more likely to memorise the new vocabulary (Nation, 2001). Hence, it would be best to use this tool alongside some input and creativity from the learners.
  • Learn : Track your progress and review the things you got wrong.
  • Scatter : Match words to their definitions and try to finish faster than your friends.
  • Speller : Type what you hear. Works in 18 different languages.
  • Test : Prepare for the actual test with an automatically graded quiz.
  • Space Race : Earn points by typing in words before their definitions vanish off screen.

Sign up for Quizlet:

Bibliography: Quizlet LLC “Quizlet”. Quizlet.com. Quizlet.com, 2013. Web. April 10, 2013.

Nation, I.S., 2001. Learning vocabulary in another language. Ernst Klett Sprachen.