Monday, 29 June 2009

LISTENING WEBSITES FOR THIS SUMMER

After the students' demands of websites which could offer good listening activities/practise, I have added these links below. Click on the link provided and enjoy yourselves.
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com

http://www.mansioningles.com/listening00.htm Listening activities with exercises online, scripts and different accents ( British or American ).

http://www.saberingles.com.ar/listening/index.html Listening comprehension exercises in American English in three levels (easy, medium and difficult).

http://www.rong-chang.com/qa2/
100 short stories for intermediate students to listen to and answer questions. There are two options, one at low speed and the other at a normal speed. There are also activities to practise your comprehension. Besides, you can listen and read the script at the same time.

http://www.esl-lab.com
Choose your level,listen to the text and answer multiple choice comprehension questions. You can also listen and read the script at the same time.

http://www.elllo.org
Most activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3. Click on a listening and you will see a menu on the right side which will provide you with other options.

http://a4esl.org/podcasts
Podcasts you can listen to online or download.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

PRONUNCIATION

PHONETICS: The sound of American English
This is a VERY INTERESTING SITE FOR STUDENTS OF ENGLISH that contains libraries of the phonetic sounds of English. Each consonant and vowel has an articulatory diagram, a step by step description and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. Choose a language and there will be a new window with the sounds.

MINIMAL PAIRS
To build your pronunciation skills, listen and practice speaking while you read - mp3 audio clips, one clip for each set (block) of lines, read across line by line, then down column by column.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

TIPS FOR THE SUMMER

Be safe and healthy this summer season by remembering some things to do.
Although you should make every effort to be safe all year round, it is especially important in the summer. Hot temperatures and more time spent outdoors could put your health and safety at risk.

Monday, 8 June 2009

WRITING THIS SUMMER

This summer you can keep on writing and practising your English. I will leave a question, a comment, an idea or a problem from time to time on SOLVR and I would like you to enter an idea, a solution or just an answer. The more you enter the better the activity will be.
Come on, people! help me out with this new idea. Click on the link above and write your comment.

VOCABULARY REVISION FOR THE SUMMER


Google Image Labeler is a feature of Google Search that allows you to label images and compete with other people who are online to know who the best is by adding words to a picture.
Once you get to the site, you can change your nickname and read the instructions of how things work.

When you are ready, you will only have to click on start labelling. A new window will be opened and all you have to do is write words connected to the picture and see if you have written the same words as your anonymous partner. You will know your result at the end of the two minutes given.

With this feature you could have fun and keep all your vocabulary active in your mind.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

GAMES FOR VOCABULARY - BASIC LEVEL


Welcome to Learning Chocolate! This web site tries to help students to memorize English vocabularies in an easy and efficient way, by using pictures, sounds and games.
After you click on the picture, you go to the first activity. Look at the laps (pestañas): match up 1, match up 2, match up 3, fill in, dictation. Each lap has a different activity. It is very entertaining and you can learn new vocabulary.

CHATTING ROOMS - ALL LEVELS

Free Conversational English Practice. World English now provide their regular visitors with the chance to practice their English speaking and listening skills online for FREE!

Using free chat software and a microphone and speakers (or headset) they can join in a group English lesson in their English chat room. Every free class is led by a native-speaker of English, who is also a qualified English teacher. Each free English lesson lasts for 30 minutes, and will involve the discussion of a number of different subjects during each lesson. A maximum of ten students will be admitted to their room. So be there on time to be sure of taking part in the lesson!

Sometimes the lessons are weekly, and at other times there might be two or three weeks until the next lesson.

This option is PALTALK. You have to download a software and that is all.

SPEAKING - BASIC LEVEL


SABER INGLÉS is a site that offers you the possibility of participating in role plays and, at the same time, you can improve your pronunciation. The first thing you must do is to download a free programme to listen to the dialogues. Remember that you need to have a microphone and headphones.
When you start the dialogue, you will see Merlin that will speak his part. Then you have to read your part. If your pronunciation is bad, Merlin will not answer you. So you will have to repeat again. When your pronunciation is good, Merlin will continue with his dialogue.
Enjoy the activity.