Here are the new games to practice vocabulary. While preparing these games, I used a template created by elearningbrothers. There are just six games for now, new games will be added soon.
Poetry is not a common way to teach and learn English in our country (Turkey). I try to use different kind of poetry activities with my all students. When it is presented in an attractive way, I think everybody enjoys a good piece of artwork and tries to write his or her own poem. After those poetry based lessons, I suggest my students some poetry web pages and apps. Here you can find a short list of them.
Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Improve your English by practicing with poem activities.
With the Poetry Foundation’s universal app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.
ReadWriteThink’s mobile apps for poetry can be used to write different kinds of poems such as acrostic, diamante, haiku and theme. They can be really helpful for children and beginner level adult students as they can create their poems very easily with the given words. My favorite app is Word Mover.
Poetry everywhere is a program run by Poetry foundation. It’s possible to download iPhone app or you can visit their website to read and listen to the poems of great poets.
Ever wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Poetry Creator/Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.
The Quotes app has more than 5,000 carefully selected quotes and phrases to motive, inspire and wake up the poet inside you, making your day much more enjoyable. You will see the life with much more optimism and hope, sharing with the people around the harmony of someone that still believes that positive thinking can change the world.
There are some new vocabulary games for A1 level students. Generally I create my own templates for these games and quizzes by using Articulate Storyline. But this time, I used a template created by Tim Slade. He is an eLearning Designer and shared this template with Articulate Community.
I changed some actions and colors and prepared some fancy quizzes for my students. Click on the links below to see them online.
There are a lot of apps and programs to tell your stories, but Adobe Voice is my favorite. I have been using it for a couple of months and created a lot of videos with my students and friends. It’s really easy and fun to create something with it.
To use this app, you just need to have an iPad, no need to pay for visuals or music. It has a rich library of beautiful icons, high quality pictures and cool background music.
Here are some of my stories;
One Morning ( a poem by Dan Wielsen)
Fame ( a poem by Dan Wielsen)
Just Because ( a poem by Richard Brautigan)
Mean Boss ( a funny story told by my students)
A Birthday Present (another funny story told by my dear student Arhan)
A Perfect Life (a poem by my A1b students)
This is my third post for mobile apps. I think it’s really important to use at least one application for language learning. There are a lot of free apps, these are my favorite ones. Try them or search for your favorites. The thing is, we have to use them regularly. As you have already noticed, just downloading them cannot help you a lot.
Supiki is a funny and really useful application. First, you watch a short animated video, then learn target idioms and daily usages. Finally you make a dialog with Supiki. A character asks you questions and Supiki records your answers. After then you can listen to your dialog, also you can compare yours with other users. appstore
Some apps are so amazing that I get surprised when I see they are free. Booktrack is one of them. It allows students to read with a movie-style soundtrack or create their own soundtrack for their story. It’s sure that this app is not only for students or lessons. Anyone who likes reading will enjoy having this app. It is possible to find it on app store, Google play or use online.
In the beginning, human beings communicated only using symbols.
Language complicated things. Suddenly, there were many words to describe the same idea.
Think attempts to slowly teach the player to think visually and uses these learnings to construct more complicated ideas further into the game. Can you take a look at a bunch of images and figure out what ideas we are trying to communicate?
Learning phrasal verbs can be difficult for most of us. I can’t guarantee that you will learn them easily with Phrasalstein, but you will definitely have fun while learning with it.
Starmaker is not a language learning application, it is for karaoke. But, who can deny that listening and singing songs in English help us a lot to improve our fluency, pronunciation and vocabulary? If you like singing, Starmaker is a must for you.
Most of us watch TV series and films to improve our English. Since they are too long, it is not easy to watch them again and again. However, we should do as it is the thing which makes us better. So, you don’t have time and energy to watch them again, what should we watch? My answer is: Short films. I think they are perfect for language learners in a lot of ways. Here can be watched some of my favorites. Search on Vimeo or YouTube to find yours.
.:One Man’s Loss:.
.:WhoMadeWho – Running man + The Sun:.