This looks like a very cool English game that uses all kinds of shows to teach. Thinking that ESL teachers will want to test this one out.
Mau Butler send me this message about this new site:
Hello Vicki, I've been an ESL teacher for 20 years, in several countries, and a reader of your coolcatteacher blog for a while. Congratulations. You do excellent work. :) For the past 3 years, I've been building a very innovative approach to teaching and learning English, which is now ready to use. Considering your work, I thought you'd be interested in trying it out. It's called Tripppin and I strongly recommend you see it for yourself on www.tripppin.com but this is us in a nutshell: "Tripppin is an English practice platform, which blends offline and online learning experiences into a game, a music channel, cooking shows, animation, entertaining videos shot around the world, and excellent support for English teachers everywhere." Hope you can have a look :) Thank you.
This is interesting. A debate on the pros and cons of blogs in French. This would be perfect for the French teacher trying to integrate social media. Nice cross curriculuar project. You'll want to follow this teacher "rossod" who is a French teacher with some interesting lesson plans.
A panel of language teachers ranging from French, German, Spanish, Welsh, and more. You can click on their names on this list and download their lesson plans.
Ted Talks for Language Lovers.
Some iphone apps for language learning. I think it is important to know how to download and use a translator even if you cannot speak the language - such as the mandarin pro app I used in China last week.
Virtual worlds and language learning are gaining steam with Middlebury Interacting languages releasing their Middworld online product. Here is what they told me:
"immersive virtual academy for language learning as MiddWorld Online launches today. Aimed at K-12, students will be fully immersed in the language including “Passport City,” made up of fun extracurricular activities offering students additional opportunities to practice their target language.
The highlight of “Passport City” is an innovative online 3D roleplay game, developed as a virtual world using authentic environments and cultural activities—bringing to life the experience of being in a foreign country. "
Truly, we should focus on the things "spell check won't catch" as these are the things that we'll have to truly be required to REMEMBER.
Foreign language learning social network. There is also tutoring available on this site. From the creators in my inbox today:
"We've revamped our site to make social networking easier, where you basically get feeds of what your friends on the site are doing. Plus, we've added a new feature, the Notebook, where members can submit their writing and get it corrected by other members of italki. It's a great way to practice and perfect writing skills. We think this is a very valuable tool for mastering another language, in addition to the oral practice you can get on our site with language exchange partners, and the chance to hire a personal 1-to-1 language instructor in our Marketplace."
MAjor innovations in Language Learning are happening in the form of some of the first and best edu-gaming sites. This site is paid for by parents and uses voice feedback to let students "level up."
Here is a lovely cross- curricular project that the spanish teacher and I did together. She came to me and said, "I want to use this but will you help me on the technology side, I don't have to understand the technology to use the technology." My answer is YES! We took 2 days, did it in class, and there is a rich project that also gives her a legacy to hand down to other classes and for others to use and share.
In this, students are taking tours of countries. They will play this and critique it in class using the teacher's hook up between her computer and large screen tv.
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