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How to effectively use online tools and resources with your students

ELT MOOC by Jason R. Levine on WiziQ.

This is a professional development massive Open Online Course in listening and pronunciation techniques.

MOOC team organisers:

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Sylvia Guinan

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How to effectively use online tools and resources with your students

  1. 1. How to Effectively Use Online Tools and Resources with Your Students by Jack Askew
  2. 2. This Presentation Will Cover 1. Problems learners have with improving their pronunciation. 2. How to solve these problems. 3. What resources we can use to help with specific sounds. 4. How we can use email and other online tools. 5. Examples of how I have done this. 6. Focus will be on group lessons.
  3. 3. Pronunciation Problems for English Learners (1) Unable to produce specific sounds. ● Specific problems in your niche. ● /t/ and /d/ for Spanish speakers. ● Vowels. ● /r/ and /l/ sounds for Chinese speakers.
  4. 4. Pronunciation Problems for English Learners (2) Lack of exposure, practice, and evaluation ● Most traditional lessons, but especially group lessons. ● Difficult to evaluate everyone during the lesson. ● Some students are shy in the classroom. ● Homework usually focuses on reading and writing, and listening and speaking aren’t practiced.
  5. 5. How We Can Solve These Problems Specific Sounds ● To be able to say these sounds, need to know how. ● Feedback and evaluation. ● Practice: build muscle memory. More General Exposure, Practice and Feedback ● Include pronunciation in every lesson. ● Resources for outside the class. ● Evaluate our students in private.
  6. 6. Blended Learning ● ● ● ● Resources Download materials. Exposure, practice, and evaluation. Communication. What We Need ● Email ● Social networks ● Website
  7. 7. Resources for Specific Sounds ● ● Consonant Chart - /t/ and /d/ in Spanish and English
  8. 8. Resources for Specific Sounds Videos of Different Sounds - /r/ and /l/ sound for my Chinese students
  9. 9. Practicing Specific Sounds Audacity - To record your own drills. ● All for one and one for all. ● I went to school, saw a snake, and felt stressed. ● The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.
  10. 10. Sending These Sounds Dropbox - Send these recordings. Can also upload them to your website.
  11. 11. Evaluating Your Students Soundcloud Student uploads recording You give feedback
  12. 12. More General Exposure, Practice, and Evaluation Example Using Phrasal Verbs (sort out, bring up put up with) ● Go through the traditional teaching methods. ● Normal to give written homework or exercises. ● Instead of doing this, bring in linking and extra practice at home.
  13. 13. More Exposure and Practice at Home (2) Using Audacity, Dropbox, and Email Record different phrases: ○ We’ve run out of it. ○ Don’t bring it up again. ○ I’ve had to put up with it for too long. Make them available through Dropbox. Send an email with the link to the students to download. Use Soundcloud to evaluate your students.
  14. 14. Using Soundcloud to Evaluate Your Students Example with the first conditional ● My Russian students struggle with this tense. ● Have problems with intonation and linking. ● Used the film Taken as an example of the first conditional. “If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
  15. 15. Using Email to Bring Everything Together provider is Can use regular email but an email service better: ● Can send homework and resources before or after the lessons. ● Can send this automatically on a schedule. ● Reminders about homework and lessons. ● Build your own list for the future.
  16. 16. Thank You + Free Ebook You can download my free ebook on how to teach online here: