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Some great websites to encourage your English language learners to read and write outside the class using internet tools. For the full, free, voiced over presentation recording, visit …

Some great websites to encourage your English language learners to read and write outside the class using internet tools. For the full, free, voiced over presentation recording, visit

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  • Probably for most teachers, this is the main reason to do one.
  • In my experience, this is the difficulty – you’ll have some learners who will love doing this and creatively rise to the challenge, but some will find it very daunting ans so will just not do it….
  • Free, easy to use and as it comes from a big company (Google) it should be relatively stable.
  • This is the page you get to write a post. You can add text, pics, hyperlinks, etc.
  • Russell Stannard’s site has instructions for all sorts of tools and websites, including Blogger. These are video step-by- step instructions and are very helpful. They’re t the bottom right hand of the webpage. Direct links are…
  • These are just a few ideas…..
  • It’s really important to exploit the idea of audience that blogs allow. You could make it a part of the homework to comment on one or two other people’s blog entries by adding a comment. This will also increase motivation to ensure that blog entries are as correct as possible and as well presented (in theory!)
  • If you don’t want to set out on a big project and just want to put a technical toe in the water…
  • Blogging made easy. This isn’t a date stamped log – just a one off page to make, but it may be less ambitious to start with! Very intuitive to use, you can change the background, add text and graphics, sound etc and then save or publish. If you publish, you can send other people (teacher/ fellow students) the url and they can add comments, too.
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    • 1. Teacher training webinarsWebsites to get learners reading and writing For free voiced over presentation visit Jo Gakonga
    • 2. Websites to get your learners reading and writingJo Gakonga
    • 3. Why reading and writing outside class?
    • 4. Benefits• Promotes autonomous learning• Gives extensive language practice• Can be used to consolidate work in class• Can be used to extend work in class• Lots of possibilities on the net
    • 5. Difficulties• It’s too difficult!• Sorting the wheat from the chaff.• Motivation
    • 6. Reading sites• Storybird• Bookr• Lingro Writing sites• Blogger• Glogster
    • 7. Reading on the internet….There’s a wealth of stuff out there…..
    • 8. Reading on the internet….But the problem might be …. It’s too difficult!
    • 9. Storybird
    • 10. StorybirdFantastic illustrationsWide range of stories from children’s to much more universal.Can view on-line for free (or pay for a hard copy)× You need to be quite creative to write a storybird – limited choice of illustration.
    • 11. Similar, but easier for writing…Bookr
    • 12. Bookr
    • 13. Bookr• Really motivating.• Loads of pictures of everywhere and everything!• Easy to use and free.• Could be used as the basis for a presentation in class.
    • 14. Lingro
    • 15. Writing- Using blogs
    • 16. Blogs are great for improving learners’ writing.
    • 17. Advantages• Motivating• Can be multi-modal ie pictures, music, video etc
    • 18. Advantages• A real audience for written work.• Learners can read and comment on each other’s work.
    • 19. Challenges• Learners may not feel comfortable with the technology, which will reduce participation rates
    • 20. Blogger
    • 21. First, you need a Google account
    • 22. Then you decide what you want to call your blog…. Your blog title – this will show at the top of the page.Your blog url address – this will end in
    • 23. Now you decide what it will look like.
    • 24. And that’s all there is to it!
    • 25. Now to put something on it.
    • 26. On-line
    • 27. When you have your blogs…What could you do with them with your class?Think of three ideas.
    • 28. Writing about….• Their daily lives• Their home towns – (with pictures?)• Their pets – (with a video?)• Their favourite groups – (with music?)• A favourite website – (with a link!)
    • 29. And don’t forget..Reading and commenting on each other’s blogs.
    • 30. Glogster Edu
    • 31. Any questions?