Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.
You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two
Here are this week’s choices:
3 Reasons To Dump Round Robin Reading and What To Do Instead is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic.
10 Best Free Listening Websites with Quizzes to Practise for Listening Exams is from Blog de Cristina. I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.
Thanks to The Backseat Linguist, I learned about The Language Muse. It appears to be Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) attempt to break into the English Language Learner market. It will take any text you give it and automatically turn it into a zillion different learning activities you can either assign electronically or via paper.
I have lots of concerns about tools that spit out automatic activities (see “textivate” Has Potential, But…..), but you might want to try out The Language Muse. You have to request a password, and I received one within twelve hours. It seems free to use now, but I think it’s a safe bet that ETS will be charging schools in the not-so-distant future.
Here’s a video about it:
Google Translate has made some new advances. Read about them at these two TechCrunch posts: Google’s smarter, A.I.-powered translation system expands to more languages and Google makes its local reviews easier to use when traveling with automated translation. I’m adding them to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate.
This Elementary Teacher Didn’t Find Art Books That Connected With Her Students, So She Wrote Her Own is from a Miami radio station.
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes:
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) April 28, 2017
— TESOL Intl Assn (@TESOL_Assn) April 24, 2017
I’m adding this last tweet to The Best Guides To ESL/EFL/ELL Terminology:
— Alison Schofield (@educatorbmls) April 7, 2017