Fluency for Free!


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Fluency for Free!

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. And no money
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fake_eyes/342753239/ Or indeed locked students in a language lab with grammar aids
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonstarbuck/1365393804/ The truth lies elsewhere
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucffool/8060991930/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/64540855@N07/5878418781/ In your own enthusiasm and ability
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/baejaar/6926452/ Lots of useful resources online, but no shortcuts
  10. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/yewenyi/339410676/ Indeed the true skill likes in navigating through the piles of detritus to find the hidden gems
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Primarily – that this isn't you
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photable/3392075408/ Quite the opposite – that you're bubbling over with ideas about what you'd like to do
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/3929959851/ Before we go any further, an aside about Web 2.0 – just what is it?
  18. 18. 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!
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/8619848204/ Lots of people posted their own resources and made them freely available for sharing
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcities/6691088967/ The good news for us is that this included language geeks!
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/susnybergh/3110655069/ So, we have whole world of digital creativity to explore
  22. 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sondyaustin/5167624035/ So which pieces of the jigsaw will you need?
  23. 23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/3605859807/ Gateways Human-reviewed listings of the best sites around
  24. 24. Gateways Examples
  25. 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/739173692/ Sites like Bab.la and Wordreference provide excellent online dictionaries
  26. 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/739173692/ Sites like Memrise and Busuu provide excellent online vocabulary resources
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. SOUNDS http://www.flickr.com/photos/sperkyajachtu/2996905976/ Tunein has a comprehensive listing of international radio stations playing online
  29. 29. SOUNDS http://www.flickr.com/photos/sperkyajachtu/2996905976/ Forvo 2,102,797 words 2,173,421 pronunciations 306 languages
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ ICDL provides free access to childrens' books with their limited vocabulary Excellent for beginners!
  32. 32. The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ Online newspaper and media listings provide useful links for more advanced learners!
  33. 33. The written word http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikwilliams/439384051/ Online newspaper and media listings provide useful links for more advanced learners!
  34. 34. TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Generate your own flashcards to help extend your vocabulary and grammar with Anki
  35. 35. TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Italki: Skyping to improve your language skills
  36. 36. TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ DuoLingo offers totally free high-quality online courses
  37. 37. TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Internet Polyglot also offers totally free high-quality online courses
  38. 38. TOOLS http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Join active online forums like the one at Fluentin3months
  39. 39. INSPIRATION Benny Lewis' account of how he went from mature monoglot to polyglot
  40. 40. INSPIRATION Follow the most productive blogs
  41. 41. INSPIRATION http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcbeth/521776647/ Follow the most productive blogs
  43. 43. SERIOUSLY!
  44. 44. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephens-pictures/2962923660/ If you can drive a web browser you can do it!
  45. 45. http://www.flickr.com/photos/grand_canyon_nps/5897611701/ So how do we find the stuff to get started?
  46. 46. http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5041738449/
  47. 47. http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/5635041452/ Thankfully for us, publishing is now as easy as falling off the proverbial log
  48. 48. 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
  49. 49. 1,000s of people blog on Wordpress so it can't be that difficult, can it?
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. http://www.flickr.com/photos/m-c/2330454874/ Treat it like your personal language learning diary
  52. 52. 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
  53. 53. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlpoulter/2255899768/ And remember you can do it anonymously!
  54. 54. http://www.flickr.com/photos/onlymoi/3871842847/ And you can enjoy knowing you've reciprocally shared back
  55. 55. Which neatly takes us back to systems like Diigo to help us manage all this information
  56. 56. Scoop.it – curating and displaying your favourite content created by you and others
  57. 57. Looking forward: what next?
  58. 58. Explore the links on the page we'll supply you with
  59. 59. Don't forget to give it a go and have fun!
  60. 60. Questions
  61. 61. Onward to the practical!