Flash Video Big Books This is a great site for anyone interested in using story telling as a key component of their courses. Some free stuff but the books you have to buy are pretty cheap and excellent quality. Highly recommended.
Wordle - Create word clouds This is a fantastic little site for anyone wanting to be creative with Language. It creates key word diagrams on any topic in an arty way. It is a great way to introduce a topic or allow kids to create a keyword list to help them prepare for a speaking test
You can imitate the spotlight function of an interactive whiteboard using powerpoint. These two examples were done for a secondary school but the idea can be used for any text. It doesn't work with pictures as what you are revealing has to be the same colour as the background. However it is useful for reading practice as you vary the speed at which the highlight shape moves over the text. I will try and upload a video explanation of how to do this at some point but you are exploiting the use of motion paths in the custom animation of powerpoint. You can make the exercise easier or harder depending upon the size shape you use, the motion path you choose, the speed it moves and how often it repeats that move. Here are 2 movies of the powerpoints working.
POWERPOINTSDownload SPEED READDownload SPEED READ 2
I love using songs in language teaching. They present a perfect excuse to match rythm to the natural cadence of the spoken word, can be used for endless repetition that would otherwise be tedious and can be great fun with different actions.
I have experimented with Apple's garageband software and two of these tracks can be downloaded here.
One is a tune written about pets to practise j'ai and je n'ai pas called "Mon Serpent Vert". The other is a rehash of the Adams Family theme tune which is a good tune to practise verb conjugations to.
Welcome to my first post on this page. I created this site to accompany the work I am doing in UK Primary and Secondary Schools and to provide a focus for anyone else to share ideas on this theme. I strongly believe that effective language learning takes place when children have an emotional and creative engagement with the activities they are involved in.
I hope that this will become a forum for colleagues to share ideas. I will be posting some of my own and feel free to use any of the materials linked on this site. The only proviso is that if you use them, give some feedback as to how they worked.