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Lingro is an online tool that allows you to look up words on any website just by clicking on the words (without leaving the website to look up words on another website).


The creator of Lingro, Artur, came up with the idea when he decided to practice his Spanish by reading Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal. As a competent but non-expert speaker, he found that looking up new vocabulary took much more time than the reading itself. Frustrated with how slow existing online dictionaries were, he wrote a program to help him translate and learn words in their original context.


Here is how you use this tool:
  • Go to your favorite newspaper's website (or any website that has text in it)
  • Find a news article you want to read
  • Copy the link and paste it into the bar at the top of Lingro's homepage.
  • Choose your dictionary (Many language pairs are available.)
  • Click the arrow.
  • Now all the words on that page are clickable dictionary entries. Simply click on anything you want to look up/translate.
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Beginning Readers / Easy Short Stories
« Last post by Ruth Chung on March 16, 2020, 11:10:31 PM »
One way to engage beginner readers is to read lower level short stories. This is an easy to use site with beginner-level ESL short stories: https://www.eslfast.com/. What is great about this site is that there are different levels for different levels of readers, with a lot of short story options.

One way I might use this site in class is to assign a group of students different short stories to read and then act out for the rest of class. This might engage beginning readers to understand the text, to use vocabulary words aloud in the context, and because of the friendly and fun nature of the activity, hopefully students are motivated to do the reading and to understand it.

Beyond this site, there are plenty of lower-level beginner books that can serve as a replacement for this activity.
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Beginning Readers / Music Base Spanish learning
« Last post by lv5 on March 13, 2020, 11:56:26 PM »
 Here an excellent website for teachers that want to teach Spanish. This website has lots of videos and fun activities. Rockalingua has been created by a group of Spanish teachers with many years of experience.
https://rockalingua.com/

 
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Vocabulary / Teach Language through fun activities & games
« Last post by lv5 on March 13, 2020, 11:44:58 PM »
 Here is an excellent website that it's handy for teaching various languages through fun activities and games in a different language. I have used the Spanish sections, and it's beneficial.

https://conjuguemos.com/


 
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This site provides a ton of different PDFs of questions/examples that learners could potentially come across on the IELTS or in academic English in general. Each chunk focuses on a particular grammatical issue, and there are some that address common issues in academia such as emails to academic staff and how to correct these emails. Each PDF is a bit dense in terms of overwhelming the learner with potential questions and examples, but instructors could choose to pull examples from each category depending on what they are focusing on in their class. It's a good bank to use, even outside of high-stakes testing. :)


https://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/lesson-plans/level-advanced.html
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Assessment of Reading / Assessing Reading Fluency for ESL
« Last post by erinrr2 on March 13, 2020, 10:53:37 PM »

This site provides sample assessment forms that are broken into categories such as performance, portfolio, and content knowledge. Many of these sample forms are very basic and geared toward younger, less proficient learners, but these can still be great informal tools for teachers to keep track of their students' progress:
https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/using-informal-assessments-english-language-learners




This link within the site mentioned above redirects to some information and sample criteria of how to grade students' speaking fluency. Although oral skills are often tested in some capacity in language classrooms, these tend to be more formal, end-of-term assessments that are higher stakes. This rubric is interesting in that it focuses on particular aspects of spoken fluency that I haven't seen before (at least as a language learner myself) since my experience with fluency assessments have been on my ability to communicate in the spoken language. This one is specifically for assessing learner's reading fluency which is pretty neat!https://www.colorincolorado.org/article/assessing-fluency
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Mini-Books: A writing and reading project / ESL-Reading
« Last post by lv5 on March 13, 2020, 08:56:29 PM »
 Here is a website with essays for ESL students to practice reading and learn about United States Culture. Stories for Beginners (1) 200 short stories + audio & exercises for ESL/EFL beginners to practice reading and listening.


https://www.rong-chang.com/reading.htm
 
 

 
 
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Reading Activites (during reading) / Q & A reading activity
« Last post by eunjeong10 on March 13, 2020, 05:05:14 PM »
Mostly reading classes are done with questions and answer activities that go well at any time. I think this is another activity you can do for comprehension check as a during reading activity.


Preparation: you have a text and split the text into several sub-sections (it depends on how many groups of students you have in your class).


In class:
  • Have students read the text.
  • You divide your students into smaller groups of 3-4 students and assign each section to each group.
  • Ask each team to create questions based on the section they are assigned. The questions could be about the content, vocabulary and/or discussion questions. The teacher can present some model questions beforehand.
  • After creating questions, each group asks the other groups their questions.
Teachers could give reward points for correct answers to make the activity more competitive!


*If you want to focus on grammar, you can have students use certain sentence structure (e.g. passive voice) when they create questions.
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Summary & Paraphrase / somebody-wanted-but-so-then approach for teaching Summary
« Last post by eunjeong10 on March 13, 2020, 04:27:53 PM »
As an ESL language teacher, I found it challenging to teach how to summarize effectively. This is because all students are from various cultures with different standard of doing summary. They might not be familiar with summarizing using their own words by doing restructuring all idea they've learned from the original text. One thing you can do as a language teacher is somebody-wanted-but-so-then approach. This approach is the way to teach students how to write an effective summary. It covers all of the essential points/components of a summary. For example,[/size]Somebody: who was the character?
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  • Wanted: what did the character want?
  • But: what was the conflict?
  • So: what did the character(s) do to solve the problem?
  • Then: how did the story end - how was the situation resolved?

  • [/size]I am attaching a good material you can use when you're teaching writing summaries with this approach. This includes several models of chart for your students and guidance how you can implement this approach for your class. [/color]
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Beginning Readers / Short Stories
« Last post by eunjeong10 on March 13, 2020, 03:42:52 PM »
https://www.eslfast.com/


This has a lot of short stories for beginners (also various levels of learners). The strength of this website is that it provides audio recordings for each story, and help improve reading pace. So if you click 'start reading,' each phrase is automatically become focused by being highlighted according to WPM (which was preset) so that readers can follow the highlighted phrase as the highlight move on to each phrase.
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