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36 Tools for Digitising your ELT Course Book

36 Tools for Digitising your ELT Course Book

Vocabulary development

Wordle Get students thinking about
http://www.wordle.net/ the vocabulary from the
create texts they are studying.

Wordnik Get students finding out
http://www.wordnik.com/ more about words and
creating their own word
lists.

FlickRiver Brainstorm topics using
http://flickriver.com visual to stimulate
vocabulary and existing
knowledge.

Going beyond word level

Phras.in Get students to
http://phras.in/ hypothesize and check
collocations.

PhraseUp Students can find out
http://www.phraseup.com/ words that are commonly
used together.

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Pronunciation

Forvo Get students to do
http://www.forvo.com/ pronunciation research and
find out about other
accents.

HowJsay Get students to explore
http://howjsay.com/ word stress and find
related words.

Making example sentences and texts more interesting

Flickr Poet Students can make visual
http:// records of sentences or
www.storiesinflight.com/ illustrate short poems or
flickrpoet/index.php paragraphs.

Phrasr Create visual slide shows of
http:// sentences or short texts.
www.pimpampum.net/ http://
phrasr/ www.pimpampum.net/
phrasr/?id=27157

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Transl8it Students can translate
http://transl8it.com/ example sentences to text
speak and keep them as a
record. They can build up
text speak dialogues.

PhoTransEdit Students can translate text
http:// to phonetic script and keep
www.photransedit.com/ their example sentences or
Online/Text2Phonetics.aspx short texts in phonetics

Going beyond sentence level

Telescopic text You can show students how
http:// to add detail to sentences
www.telescopictext.org/ and they can examine
sentence structure. they
can also practice adding
detail to their own
sentences.

Developing receptive skills

WallWisher You can create receptive
http://www.wallwisher.com/ skills work which draws on
varied sources and
different types of media.

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Simply Box You can create reading
http://simplybox.com/main tasks that exploit multiple
texts and get students to
collect their own selections
of texts.

Twurdy You can find texts based
http://twurdy.com/ around key topics for lower
levels far more easily.

Tag Bulb Students can explore
http://tagbulb.com/ multiple sources and media
types based on a theme.

Checking comprehension

Urtak You can create yes no
http://urtak.com receptive skills tasks and
students can compare their
answers with others.
You can get students
thinking about discussion
topics.
You can get students
creating polls.

Intervue Me You can get students to
http://intervue.me answers comprehension
questions verbally using
video.
You can create discussion
questionnaires for them.

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Getting deeper into a text

Cue Prompter You can develop students
http:// gist reading skills.
www.cueprompter.com/

Cloze Test Creator You can create instant
http://l.georges.online.fr/ interactive cloze test tasks.
tools/cloze.html

Momorizenow You can create instant
http:// dialogue builds and gap fill
www.memorizenow.com/ activities that test students
abilities to recognise word
relationships.

Developing grammar through receptive skills

Bat Lyrics You can find songs that link
http://batlyrics.com/ to key grammatical
structures or lexis.

VYou Set up your own grammar
http://vyou.com q&A video booth. Get
students to ask you
questions.

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Getting students practicing functional language

Dvolver Students can create
http://www.dfilm.com/live/ dialogues. You can create
mm.html short scenes that illustrate
time relationships.

Makebelief Comics Students can create
http:// dialogues and link them to
www.makebeliefscomix.co context.
m/Comix/

Xtranormal Students can create
http://www.xtranormal.com/ dialogues or news reports
or more complex animated
scenes.

Developing students speaking skills

MailVu Students can send in
http://mailvu.com/ reports and homework
tasks verbally using video.

AudioBoo You can record and publish
http://audioboo.fm audio directly from your
classroom.

Controlled practice

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Voxopop You can create discussion
http://www.voxopop.com/ tasks. You can set drills
and get students to listen
and record their responses.

Listening comprehension

Listen and Write Create your own listening
http://www.listen-and- activities for dictation or
write.com/ listening close tests.

ESL Video Create your own viewing
http://www.eslvideo.com and listening tasks based
around video from
YouTube.

VYou Get students to listen and
http://vyou.com/ interact with real people.

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Developing writing skills

Sync In Get students to work on
http://sync.in/ text collaboratively in real
time.

Write or Die Get students to write and to
http://writeordie.com/ focus on fluency and
drafting ideas rather than
accuracy.

Posterous Get students writing and
https://posterous.com/ publishing while integrating
different media into their
blogs.

Bookr Get students to write
http:// illustrated reports.
www.pimpampum.net/
bookr/index.php

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