June 26, 2011

Task Challenge #8 - Expressing opinions with LIVETYPING

To present challenge #8, I elicited language students could use to write a comment expressing their opinion. 
At home, students were asked to use LIVETYPING to write their opinions about the statement "Some people spend fortunes on their pets". 

These are some of their writings:

well, in my point of view this is totally unnecess

I think that some people spend way too much money

In my opinion, you can spend lots of money in your

June 21, 2011

How to turn your ppt into a webinar

Suppose you have created a ppt to use during a presentation. After presenting it, you would like to share it in your blog. Then, what you can do is record yourself presenting using a tool such as AUDACITY , upload your ppt at SLIDESHARE and then synchronize the sound with the slides.

It's a great exercise for anyone who would like to rehearse before a presentation.

This is a SLIDECAST I created after presenting at the Braz-tesol conference in 2008. After sharing it at twitter this last week Luiz Reikdal asked me how to do it.

This is a TUTORIAL showing how to do it. First, upload your ppt to slideshare, then go to MY UPLOADS, click EDIT below the presentation you would like to add an audio to, click CREATE SLIDECAST , add an mp3 audio previously recorded and synch it with your presentation.

June 12, 2011

New E-BOOK: Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools

I have the pleasure to share with Life Feast readers my most recent book
"Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools"

As the title says, I've selected 45 webtools according to the skills they could be used to foster: SPEAKING, LISTENING, READING and WRITING activities for language teachers.

The book also includes LINKS to several examples of the proposed activities.

My special thanks to Shelly Terrell, David Deubelbeiss and Kiran Budhrani who kindly allowed me to link  and mention their work.

June 2, 2011

Task Challenge #7 - Dialogue with Phrasal verbs

We're close to the end of our semester and about to finish our Tasks Challenge. During this semester, I've proposed different challenges to students asking them to create animations, comic strips, audio recordings using content recently covered in class.



This is the example I showed them

GoAnimate.com: Challenge 7 by anamariacult

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Here are some of their animations, CAN YOU IDENTIFY WHAT PHRASAL VERBS THEY USED?:

GoAnimate.com: excuses by Júlia

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!
GoAnimate.com: Challenge #7 by juliana-pst

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

More animations can be found at the SCHOOL WIKI.