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General Links / ESL Teaching and Technology
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:05:10 PM »
http://www.eslteachingandtechnology.com/Teacher_Page.html

This site has some useful information about how you can incorporate different types of technology into an ESL classroom.  They include hardware, like projectors and whiteboards, as well as software, like blogs and podcasts.

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General Links / Breaking News English
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:03:18 PM »
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

The Breaking News English offers a variety of news stories from around the world, both difficult and easy, in lesson format that you can use in a classroom to teach ESL.  Check out some of their examples.

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Funny or Cool Stuff / Check your accent
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:58:43 PM »
http://accent.gmu.edu/

This site lets you submit audio samples using a Quicktime plug-in to check what kind of accent they are in.

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http://www.esl-lounge.com/songstop.php

This site has a list of songs and song lyrics you can use in an ESL classroom.  I know this is a popular topic for teenagers and college students trying to learn English.

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Are there websites (or web groups) that have ESL blogging specially tailored towards certain interests?  For instance, let's say a group of ESL learners all like to watch superhero movies.  Is there a place already like that, or would you have to create your own?

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Audacity is a great program and it's FREE!  This makes it really nice.

However, if you're looking for a more professional program to edit audio files, you need Wavepad.

http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/

Wavepad can do a lot of things Audacity can't.  You can open audio files of any type and save them as any type.  For instance, let's say you have an MP4 from a Mac and you want to convert it to .wav so you can use it with a Windows program.  Wavepad can do that.  It also has all the editing features as Audacity, including amplification, speed alteration, noise cancellation, crimping, and a lot more.  One really cool feature is a text-to-voice module that lets you type any amount of text and it will say it!  Then you can save that file as any file format you want.

This software isn't free, but it does have a trial period.  Check it out if you like modifying sound files.

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In World of Warcraft (and indeed much of the MMO universe) there are a lot of acronyms being used by players to communicate.  Some of these acronyms are used in daily life (like with text messages) while others are specific only to that particular game (dungeon areas, character class names, cities, etc.)  Perhaps one way to introduce the concept of these is to use an MMO as your medium and use these acronyms/initialisms to communicate.  Give them a sample like this:

LFG BRD PST

Have them guess what it means, then let them know that it means "Looking for group, Blackrock Depths, please send tell"  Ultimately, it means the player wants to be in a group with other players to explore the dungeon Blackrock Depths.  PST (please send tell) means the player wants another player to directly send him a message saying that he/she is also interested in going.  At that point, the player can then invite the other to a group.  After which, the message changes:

LF3M BRD

Now this means "looking for 3 more Blackrock Depths"  A full group of players in WoW is 5, and with only 2 they will not be able to complete the dungeon.

There's a whole dictionary full of acronyms used in the game that you can apply to both gaming and other communication, like:

ty - thank you
yw - you're welcome
bbl - be back later
afk - away from keyboard
lol - laughing out loud
lfw - looking for work
wtt - want to trade
wtb - want to buy
np - no problem
kk - understood (lazy way of writing OK)
lw - leatherworker

The list goes on.

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Funny or Cool Stuff / Engrish
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:34:17 AM »
If you've ever traveled to an Asian country and seen the crazy English there, you'll appreciate this website:

www.engrish.com

Tons of stuff from China, Japan, and Korea.  Lots of laughs, and don't be offended if it's in your country!  Americans do this too, but with tattoos.

For instance:


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General Links / Music from Youtube
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:09:15 PM »
Know a good song you want to use for your introduction video and you found it on YouTube? Download it with a free online tool.

http://www.listentoyoutube.com/

Copy the link of the video you want to take and paste it where it says "Enter YouTube URL"  It'll take you to a screen where it will analyze the video and extract the audio portion of it (this may take several minutes, depending on the size and length of the video).  Then where it says "Conversion complete. Your file is being prepared for download..." you'll see a small link under it in orange that says "Click here to get your Download Link".  CLICK THAT ONE, NOT THE BIG "DOWNLOAD" BUTTON BELOW IT.  That's an ad and you don't want the spyware and tracking cookies it will give you.  No, look for the small text just under "Conversion complete."  It will take you to another page and then you click "Download MP3."

If you can't figure it out, send me an email (or talk with me IRL) and we'll figure it out.

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Funny or Cool Stuff / Funny Pictures/Animations Thread
« on: January 21, 2014, 12:59:06 PM »
Let's get this party started!  Post your favorite animated gifs, pictures, memes, or anything of the sort!

For instance:


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