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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/saint_george/5657629352/ Welcome to Fluency for Free FLUENCY FOR FREE Melanie Leggatt, Modern & Medieval Languages Melanie Leggatt Ian Mackey, Information Services Modern and Medieval Languages Ian Mackey Information Services
  • What you can achieve with a computer, a network connection and your inspiration Based on a graduate training session entitled The Web, my browser and me
  • And no money View slide
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildlife_encounters/9653885788/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aloshbennett/619307160/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/21561428@N03/4921273523/ Historically, an assumption that success was guaranteed if you threw cash at an expensive language-learning package View slide
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/fake_eyes/342753239/ Or indeed locked students in a language lab with grammar aids
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonstarbuck/1365393804/ The truth lies elsewhere
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucffool/8060991930/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/64540855@N07/5878418781/ In your own enthusiasm and ability
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonivc/2283676770/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelposition/2897189903/ You can avoid the financial cost – it's time and effort that count
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/baejaar/6926452/ Lots of useful resources online, but no shortcuts
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/yewenyi/339410676/ Indeed the true skill likes in navigating through the piles of detritus to find the hidden gems
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/8256699@N02/1967059535/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/anno-nuem/8604562885/ A bit of a gallop so lots of supporting links available online after the session if you sign the attendance sheet and leave your email
  • Primarily – that this isn't you
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/photable/3392075408/ Quite the opposite – that you're bubbling over with ideas about what you'd like to do
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisamac/213744007/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/italian_bicycles-e-bay/5921636493/ You just need the tools to make it happen
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ihtatho/627226315/ Introducing you to these tools, where to find them and the possibilities is the focus of this session
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/49509398@N02/6726040327/ The good news is that today we are spoilt for choice because of Web 2.0 and be
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/3929959851/ Before we go any further, an aside about Web 2.0 – just what is it?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/8482322048/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bostontx/4461314652/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveholmes/6718556763/ Initially with Web 1.0 we all tooled up and went shopping, then something changed. . . We stopped being merely consumers and started creating instead. Web 2.0 meant write access for all!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/8619848204/ Lots of people posted their own resources and made them freely available for sharing
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcities/6691088967/ The good news for us is that this included language geeks!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/susnybergh/3110655069/ So, we have whole world of digital creativity to explore
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sondyaustin/5167624035/ So which pieces of the jigsaw will you need?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/3605859807/ Gateways Human-reviewed listings of the best sites around
  • Gateways Examples
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/739173692/ Sites like Bab.la and Wordreference provide excellent online dictionaries
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/739173692/ Sites like Memrise and Busuu provide excellent online vocabulary resources
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/739173692/ Sites like Lang-8 allow you to connect with native speakers who will Help you with your written language – of course you need to help them too
  • SOUNDS http://www.flickr.com/photos/sperkyajachtu/2996905976/ Tunein has a comprehensive listing of international radio stations playing online
  • SOUNDS http://www.flickr.com/photos/sperkyajachtu/2996905976/ Forvo 2,102,797 words 2,173,421 pronunciations 306 languages
  • SOUNDS http://www.flickr.com/photos/sperkyajachtu/2996905976/ On demand audio recordings from native speakers Of course you have to help out others too. Try Rhinospike
  • The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ ICDL provides free access to childrens' books with their limited vocabulary Excellent for beginners!
  • The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ Online newspaper and media listings provide useful links for more advanced learners!
  • The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ Online newspaper and media listings provide useful links for more advanced learners!
  • TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Generate your own flashcards to help extend your vocabulary and grammar with Anki
  • TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Italki: Skyping to improve your language skills
  • TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ DuoLingo offers totally free high-quality online courses
  • TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Internet Polyglot also offers totally free high-quality online courses
  • TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Join active online forums like the one at Fluentin3months
  • INSPIRATION Benny Lewis' account of how he went from mature monoglot to polyglot
  • INSPIRATION Follow the most productive blogs
  • INSPIRATION http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcbeth/521776647/ Follow the most productive blogs
  • START YOUR OWN BLOG!
  • SERIOUSLY!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephens-pictures/2962923660/ If you can drive a web browser you can do it!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/grand_canyon_nps/5897611701/ So how do we find the stuff to get started?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5041738449/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/5635041452/ Thankfully for us, publishing is now as easy as falling off the proverbial log
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/27624703@N02/2574884033/ And if you can use a web browser and drive a word processor it's easy to do it with style too
  • 1,000s of people blog on Wordpress so it can't be that difficult, can it?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcmos/3674715600/ You don't have to publish for everyone to see until you're ready It can be somewhere for you to organise all your favourite links, record your thoughts and your progress
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-c/2330454874/ Treat it like your personal language learning diary
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlos_maya/5165377895/ But if you do decide to share your experiences you become part of the online language learning community too
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlpoulter/2255899768/ And remember you can do it anonymously!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/onlymoi/3871842847/ And you can enjoy knowing you've reciprocally shared back
  • Which neatly takes us back to systems like Diigo to help us manage all this information
  • Scoop.it – curating and displaying your favourite content created by you and others
  • Looking forward: what next?
  • Explore the links on the page we'll supply you with
  • Don't forget to give it a go and have fun!
  • Questions
  • Onward to the practical!