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Language Learning and Technology

Since 1997, this refereed journal  disseminates research to foreign and second language educators worldwide on issues related to technology and language education.  It is published three times per year (February, June, and October) and is published for free on the World Wide Web, at no cost to either authors or readers. Please be aware that authors maintain copyright over their individual articles and should be contacted regarding any questions about republication rights.

Introduction to Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

This is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers online resource module. It aims to raise awareness of the basics of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). ,This includes a description of CALL, its historical development and an overview of different types of programs. AS well, different approaches to using CALL software in the languages classroom are explored, from whole-class teaching to distance learning.

TED Talk Siftables

MIT grad student David Merrill demonstrates Siftables.  These hockey puck-sized, computerized tiles that can be stacked and shuffled in one’s hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

How to Wordle Podcast

This is one of a myriad of How to videos for educators intending on using technology creatively and efficiently with their materials production and in real-time with their students. This video demonstration, How to use Wordle for teachers from Teacher Training Videos dot Com, is an example of how Russell Stannard skillfully explores technology from the teacher’s perspective. The video demonstrations are separated logically via a menu saving viewers time as they can access the aspect of each technology pertinent to their requirements.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

CLEO has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario’s legal aid system, CLEO works in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.

Breaking News English

With a selection of over 1,900 original, free news English lessons spanning 7 levels.  Each lessons cover current events/current affairs topics on World News, Business News, Entertainment, Technology, Science… and more. Every two days a topic appears with a 26-page handout, 2-page mini-lessons, speed reading, 5-speed listening, mp3s & 30+ online activities.

An audio resource run by a team of experienced English as a Second Language professors. Each podcast is supported by a learning guide.  These  8 to 10 page guides  include all of the following: complete transcripts, definition, sample sentences, comprehension questions, additional explanations, cultural notes and learner tips.

Hot Potatoes How To Videos (Installing Hot Pot)

This resource is  a set of How To use Hot Potatoes from downloading the software, install the software  to various means of creating digital assessments.

Digital literacy

Wikipedia’s definition of digital literacy. Digital literacy is distinct from computer literacy and digital skills. Computer literacy preceded digital literacy, and refers to knowledge and skills in using traditional computers…

Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century

Jones-Kavalier and Flannigan contend that literacy today depends on understanding the multiple media that make up our high-tech reality and developing the skills to use them effectively.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

In this Ted Talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity in this fast-moving and entertaining talk. He believes that working to be happy could be backwards.

Create your own Online Video Quizzes at ESL Video

ESL video allows you to make custom interactive (self marking) quizzes. Locate or upload a video on YouTube, use the easy widget to input questions and bring in the students to take the quiz based on the video or audio content.

Christmas – Fill in all the gaps

This Hot Potatoes generated activity can be used or as model for Hot Pot functionality or linked within your own course.

Christmas – Match

This Hot Potatoes generated activity can be used or as model for Hot Pot functionality or linked within your own course.

English Vocabulary Quizzes using Images

These Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary are a part of The Internet TESL Journal’s Activities for ESL Students.

BBC Learning English

There are so many resources and activities from the BBC at the link.  They have been creating and sharing language learning resources for 70 years.  This a great site to explore.

TESOL CALL Interest Section

TESOL’s Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section exists to define issues and standards in the field of computer-mediated language instruction, promote research and development in the area of computer-based language learning and disseminate information about CALL to ESL/EFL educators worldwide.

Esolcourses’s English for Beginners

This is a free English language website with a focus on English language teachers looking for lesson ideas to use in the classroom, and adult learners who want to study English independently. Lessons are also suitable for teaching literacy, numeracy, functional skills, and general classroom use in schools.