Internet roundup

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, but I’ve found a few useful things which you might like.

1) Wikipedia – the free online encyclopaedia (<spelling?) has launched a Simple English version of its website. They only have 60,000 articles (compared to the many million in the normal version) but for students who feel inspired to read the internet, or for teachers to find a lower level reading this could be the place. Why not create a scavenger hunt on the web. Brilliant!

2) Ted.com – a while ago I mentioned this extraordinary site. Famous and well-known experts talk for about 10 minutes about their ideas. Great listening practice for students! The best thing is – I only noticed this week, most of the videos have an English subtitles option! You can turn it on and off – so see how much students can get for gist first then put the video on again with subtitles. They have 100s of videos so use the search option to find something related to your subject area. Amazing!

3) From time to time I see some fun videos on YouTube that people send me. All of these are to do with sport. The first is an amazing slo-motion video of surfing – it shows what happens to the water when a wave breaks, beautiful.

Another amazing video of a guy riding his bike in the most unusual places in Edinburgh (up trees, along fences etc.)

And finally this one – probably my favourite YouTube video of recent times: Ronaldo (and Lula, Pele and many others!) singing “I will follow him” from Sister Act. It’s a Brazilian video and so helpfully includes subtitles back into Portuguese. Hilarious!

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One Response to Internet roundup

  1. guarany says:

    Absolutely peachy, Dave.
    The videos are great. I’m sure a lot of opportunities for authentic communication in English naturally emerge whenever you share these in class. Why? Because it’s relevant. Students want to know about their teacher’s personal life, tastes, likes and dislikes. I mean, you’re not only choosing to use these videos because they contain grammar point A or B, but simply because they’re personally meaningful to you. In one of his writings, Paul, an Israeli scholar, recorded something every [EFL]teacher should reflect on and practise:we are all living letters, constantly read by our students.
    Students can tell whether their teacher is genuinely excited about what they are saying or doing. They can quickly tell the great teacher from the mediocre one. Teachers can only inspire their students if they themselves are fired-up about and believe in what they do. And then, when that happens, studying English becomes much more than merely going to school, opening your books to page X and doing your homework. It becomes a fulfilling socio-interactional experience laden with significance and relevance through which knowledge is co-constructed. It becomes real.

    Thanks, pal.

    Fernando

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