Keeping up with the Digital Revolution in the Language Classroom: 4 Skills meet 21st Century Skills

 
 
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LISTENING:

Earworms

This app adds music to listening content in a variety of langauges, providing extra impetus to listen. (Paid app)

iTunes podcasts directory is a great resource for listening materials. If you don't have iTunes, you can download it free here. When you open it on your computer, go to the iTunes Store and select 'Podcasts." Everything here is free! You can sort by catergory by clicking on the icon that looks like and eye in the lower right hand corner.

ESL Podcasts
News sites are a wonderful resource for listening materials; but beware of the level of broadcast speech. Breaking News English is an example of simplified news for ESL students.. So is the slow speed of reading on VOA's LearningEnglish

I have a sample of my text, Impact Listening 2, online with audio files and a guide to teaching strategies with the material. (the Impact Listening series website has more links to online materials)

FL Podcasts / Webcasts

One teacher uses BBC's French News, which is geared to students at the intermediate level to teach Listening Comprehension to adult students. BBC also offers news in German, Spanish, and over 30 more languages.

Voice of America broadcasts news in Spanish, Chinese, and French (for Africa), as well as many other languages.

Make Your Own Audio
To record audio, you can use Audacity (Mac or Windows) You can use a built-in microphone on some computers, but using one with a headset usually works better. Save your file in .wav format or in .mp3 format. Another way to record on Mac is using Garage Band, which will save the file in a format native to iTunes.

Use Other Online Resources
On-line resources to reinforce classroom material: Student teacher annotated bibliography from TRED 257 (Second Language Acquisition)

SPEAKING:

SKYPE: See full article about Mixxer on the NCLRC website, by Ben Redmonds

"Skype’s innovative software offers instructors the opportunity to promote international language exchange, but only if they make use of fitting complementary applications. Don’t expect students to connect with a capable and enthusiastic language exchange partner by casually browsing the profiles of 200 million plus Skype users. Instead, point them to the Mixxer, an online language exchange database provided by Dickinson College, which hosts a global community of over 13,000 members. The Mixxer helps Skype users find an exchange partner by narrowing their search according to native language and one of 28 available target languages.

Facebook also has a number of language exchange sites. Here is one based in London.

 
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