Adobe Voice Projects

Adobe_VoiceThere 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;

 11 Ways to be Average (voiced by İlknur S. )

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)

Apps for Learners (III)

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.

supukiSupiki 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

booktrackSome 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.

ThinkIn 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?

PhrasalsteinLearning 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.

 

starmakerStarmaker 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.

 

Short films worth watching

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.

.:Validation:.


.:Certified:.


 

.:One Man’s Loss:.


.:WhoMadeWho – Running man + The Sun:.

 

 

 

Newsmart, a new web application for Business English

Newsmart is a free web application that lets you read the Wall Street Journal and learn Business English at the same time!

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First you become a member, you can reach news stories offered. Most learners use news stories to improve their vocabularies and have an opportunities to use English. However, it can be a problem if there are too many unknown vocabularies. With this application, it gets easier as you can see the meaning of the unknown words when you double click on them.

Also, there are some vocabulary,grammar and comprehension quizzes while reading an article. So, it helps you to understand the main idea of the story. As long as you give the correct answers, you gain points and some badges. This makes reading more exciting and enjoyable.

This application can be really helpful for higher level students and learners, especially for business levels and someone who is getting ready for the exams like TOEFL, IELTS or YDS.

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Pirate Wars – Online grammar quizzes

Learning grammar was a nuisance, boredom, for me when I was a student. Now, I am a teacher but I can’t say that I fancy teaching it. Most of my students also don’t like doing grammar exercises as they want to learn the rules while using the language. Because of this, I have been trying to share some alternative resources in this blog.

However, we cannot deny that getting better at grammar is really important and helpful since it provides you the structure you need in order to organize and put your messages and ideas across.

So, I started to create some game like grammar quizzes by using Articulate Storyline, which is a wonderful tool to create e-learning courses.

Pirate Wars is one of them. You can play these ‘games’ online. Visit Online Activities page to find more.

I hope they can be useful during your language learning journey.

Simple Past

 Simple Past or Past Continuous 

Superlative Adjectives Quiz Game

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