Monday, August 26, 2013

Week#6 - Social Networking and Site Building Tools

Site Building Tools, Odds & Ends

To Do:

TTP Padelt Demo (full page)

    Make a Wordle   

    Play around with Photofunia or other photo tools

    Social Networking Guide

    To Do: 

    Take a look at some of the Social Networking Groups and sites below that might be of interest.  Bookmark and/or join if you like.

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Week#5 - Presentations, Mapping, & Graphic Organizers

    Hour#1: Presentations

    Take a look at the Presentation Guide.

    Things to Do/Try

    Hours#2~3: Maps, Mind Maps, and Graphic Organziers
    Things To Do/Try:
    • Look at the guides you're most interested in.  Use Diigo to bookmark anything of interest. 
    • Add a placemark (where you live, favorite restaurant, location of first kiss, etc.) to our 3+3 Experimental Map
    • Check out the TTP in SoCal Map, add placemarks if you find them.
    • Experiment with a mind mapping tool like Gliffy or
    • Look for Graphic Organizers you can use in your lessons
    • Review previous tasks and topics (e.g. audio, video, activities, presentations), work on your blog, and/or check out your classmates' posts via SilverReader
    • Watch other videos from the AESOP School Video Page

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Week#4: Going Mobile & Media (Part2)

    Mobile Tools

    Assorted Recent Bookmarks

    Media Part#2

    Things to Try:  (try at least one or two of the tasks below and then follow your learning passions)
    • Upload or record a video using WMM.  Then edit it, and add a title, subtitles, credits, transitions, etc. Save it as a wmv file and upload it to your blog. 
    • Crop and resize an image and post it to your blog and/or your Google Photos. 
    • Look through some of the Pronunciation Resources on the Megalist of Websites page. 
    • Upload an audio file to Dropbox or PBWorks and embed a flash player for that audio file. 
    Once you've tried one or two of those tasks, you can review previous CALL Skills and Resources , work on your blog, or take a peek at what's ahead.  (e.g. Mapping Tools,  Presentations, and Graphic Organizers)

    Always remember to use Diigo to bookmark and share sites of interest. 

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    Week#3 - Media (Part1)

    Warm-up Review

    In-class overview of the Video Guide
    • Sites that use video for language learning
    • Posting Videos on your blog
    • Downloading YouTube and other online videos
    • Editing videos with Windows Movie Maker
    • Watching TV Shows and Movies online
    • Screen capturing & sharing
    Things to try...

    -  Look at the Video Guide  Explore the sites listed there.  Use Diigo to bookmark those or other video sites of interest.
    - Go to, find any video of interest and post it on your blog (instructions here)
    - Use a video download tool (like Torch or to save a video file from a YouTube Video
    - Use Windows Movie Maker to edit that video.
    - Use your webcam to create and post your own video on YouTube.  Become a YouTube Star!  Guide here

    Explore the Audio Guide

    Things to do/try
    • Look at resources, use Diigo to bookmark interesting ones
    • Try to record an audio file online or with Audacity
    • Try to extract audio from an online video
    • Try to make a Voki chatbot and post it on your blog

    RSS Readers  (allow you to subscribe to any site with rss)
    We'll be using but there are many other options.
    Download this file. (save it in c:\temp)
    Log in to  using your gmail account.
    Click on Settings, import/export tab
    Click 'Import' and select the ttp3-3.opml you just saved.

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    CALL 3+3 TTP 2013

    Computer Assisted Language Learning for the Teacher Training Program  at  Busan University of  Foreign Studies
    Trainees will be using this site as their primary source of materials and assignments, but as an open content course, all are welcome to make use of the content and join in the conversation.  
    More about the course here

    Online Reading Resources


    Reading Portals

    Free lesson plans and materials provided by the International Reading Association.  You can search for materials by keyword, grade level, and resource type. They also provide a variety of materials on reading-related professional development.

    Popular in American Classrooms. More than 1000 leveled books (27 levels), multiple genres, comes with worksheets, flashcards, supplemental materials.  $100/classroom, but provides a sample of free materials.

    English reading from
    A reading portal that includes articles on reading strategies,  reading level tests,  links to free books, level based readings with pre-reading vocabulary and post-reading quizzes.

    From a U.S. public television station, resources about teaching reading., author Interviews, and  themed booklists.
    Excellent resource for younger students learning to read, but most content is too childish for middle schoolers.   

    Sources of Reading Materials - Assorted Literature

    English E-reader - a nice selection of graded readers that include recent publications Public domain audio books available for browsing. Easy to search, nice interface. ReadPrint
    Thousands of of classics online - some free, some not. Site also includes reading groups, discussions, and reviews.

    The Literature Network
    Mostly old classics, but some books by H.G. Wells, Henry O. and Jonathon Swift might be age-appropriate.  Some books also include quizzes and discussions.

    The Online Books Page
    Project Gutenberg Children
    Fighting the Whales
    More than 1,000,000 books available, but many are old or not age-appropriate.

    Booksie Young Adult Section
    40,000+ plus short stories, novels, and essays written and published by users.  Other users can comment on stories (which usually includes very authentic teenage language)

    Dozens of stories for use as ‘Mad Libs’. Good part of speech practice.

      Reading Materials - Storybooks and Read Aloud

    International Children’s Digital Library
    The Alien
    1000’s of children’s books from around the world , sortable by age level and book type.

    Story Online
    Videos of famous people reading storybooks. Includes printable handouts with activities, but not the original text of the books.
    FreeKidsBooks    Free downloadable storybooks.

    Allows users to make their own visual stories using contributed illustrations. Thousands of user generated stories to read and discuss.

    Children’s Storybooks Online
    Illustrated books sorted by level (young children, older children, young adults)

    Tarhell Reader
    Hundreds of easy-to-read  user-generated books illustrated by using Flickr photos. Children's Library
    Thousands of copyright-free children’s books in a variety of formats (e.g.pdf, mobi, html).
    List of Children's Books for Reading
    Links to many sources of free children’s books and reading material

    A collection of 365 short stories for language learners. Each story include a slowly read audio and there are also quiz and dictation activities for each story. .

    An assortment of stories, poems, and tongue twisters - some with audio recordings.

    A few dozen American folk tales retold within several basic easy-reading paragraphs.


      Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Discussions

    Affiliated sites that provide book reviews, author interviews, and reading lists.

    Reviews, recommendations, ‘best of’ lists,  and discussions of recent books


      Sources of Reading Materials - articles and news stories

    Eight different sites (e.g., and that have thousands of lessons on a variety of topics.  Each is based on a short text and provides a variety of print-ready activities and sometimes audio recordings.

    BBC news stories with activities and downloadable materials and audio
    Daily subtitled video news with a transcript and teaching materials.

    ManyThings Reading
    Hundreds of short readings (many from Voice of America) with audio recordings. Also includes a large collection of jokes.

    Sources of high-interest authentic reading materials for adolescents

    Time for Kids
    Simplified articles from the magazine, Kid reporters, and lesson materials. Seventeen magazine
    Fashion, Beauty, and Celebrity articles aimed at teen girls

    Teen Ink
    Fiction and non-fiction writings by teens for teens

    Discovery Girls
    Aimed at tween girls. Main magazine unavailable online, but blog posts and discussions are.

    AImed at teen girls - full text of stories on style, health, advice, entertainments, and fun. Some content might be to ‘adult’ for middle school students

    Originally a scouting oriented magazine.  Includes video game reviews, jokes, and blogs.
    Print-friendly materials on countries, animals, and science.  The site also has a variety of videos, games, puzzles, and photo activities.  

    Produced by National Wildlife Federation.  Many animal-related articles and some comic style stories.  The site also includes games and print-ready handouts, posters, and activities.

    Students from around the world meet to talk about issues, present their ideas, and respond to other children. This site also includes a chat forum with live message exchange.


    Kidjutsu, Comics for Kids
    Free comics sorted by type and age level

    Dr. Frost   Comic    Discussion
    International comics translated into different languages (mostly English)

    Large selection of comics for sale, but with a decent selection of free ones which change weekly. Some might not be appropriate for middle schoolers.

      Korea-related Materials

    Short articles about Kpop in English

    Short Kpop articles and musician profiles

    Kpop celebrity news and very active discussion forums

    Includes Kpop news, event reports, and current event stories

    Kpop lyrics romanized and translated into English, along with some Kpop news stories
    English lyrics for Kpop songs
    English Subtitles (.srt files) for Korean movies and TV shows

    English Language Bloggers in Korea

    English Discussions about life in Korea

    Transcripts, Subtitles, & Lyrics
    Sites that contain lyrics for thousands of popular English songs
    A-Z Lyrics
    Lyric Training (interactive with music videos

    Transcripts for English Movies & TV Shows
    Internet Movie Script Database
    Movie Scripts & Screenlays

    Sites where you can download .srt files (subtitles) for English movies & TV Shows
    TV Subtitles
    OpenSubtitles   (Korean Subtitles)  
    Subtitle Seeker SubTitleSeeker

      Extensive Reading

    ER Central
    Dedicated to developing an Extensive Reading and Extensive Listening approach to foreign and second language learning. Lots of potential resources - many still ‘coming soon’.

    Rob Waring’s ER Page
    A variety of resources and explanations of What, How, and Why of ER

    Extensive Reading Foundation
    Graded reader lists, Yearly awards, professional organization information

    Korean English Extensive Reading Association (KEERA)
    Bilingual site that  fosters learning and academic excellence by working with members, institutions, and individuals to create a safe, fulfilling, and academically enriching environment for Extensive English reading education in Korea.

    Online level tests from different publishers.
    Ace Reader’s Free Reading Test

    Book Report Forms


      Assorted Tools for Teaching Reading
    Screen Readers  List of options at:
    Speakit: Chrome Extension
    Dictionary Extensions  
    Google Dictionary

    These can be useful for quickly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words online.

    Other Options

    Online HIghlighters
    Diigo   (browser plugins: )
    An excellent social bookmarking tool that allows you to bookmark sites online, highlight certain sections, and add sticky notes. Diigo Search for reading+efl links:

    Standalone Chrome Extensions


    Tremendous resource for reference, asking language questions, and printable handouts.

    Tells how common a word is based on the British National Corpus.

    Google Translate
    Aside from translation, provides authentic usage examples from the web, pronunciation, and a saveable phrasebook.

    Provides a graphic representation of how words are related and provides nuanced definitions.

    SImilar style to Visual Thesaurus

    100,000+ articles that use a more basic level of English. easier sentence structure, and more limited vocabulary

      Assorted  Sites and Tools not specifically related to reading
    Mobile friendly, make-your-own  flashcard site with thousands of existing sets. Automatically creates learning activities, games,and quizzes from the sets.

    Speech-to-text animation.  Users can choose a character design and either type what they want the character to say or record the audio.  

    ELLLO (English Listening Laboratory Online)
    Provides audio and video of people having authentic English conversations. Recordings include a transcript and activities for vocabulary development and comprehension.

    On the street interviews with native English speakers. Each video comes with a transcript and learning activities.

      Mobile Tools & Resources

    Amazon Free Downloads
    Search Amazon’s kindle store for terms like ‘young adults’, ‘teen books’, ‘children’s literature’, or a specific title or genre. Then sort by ‘Price: Low to High’. You will need to set up an Amazon account, but once you have done so, you can download the Kindle file (.azw) to your computer. You can then use a program like Calibre
    ( to view the book or convert it to a pdf or other mobile formats.  You can also convert the tile to simple text, if you’d like to use that for presentation materials.


    The free version  comes 25 short stories that can be used to assess the students reading fluency and comprehension. Premium versions ($2~$4) includes 250+ stories.  

    Hundreds of comic strips viewable on a mobile device.


    Reading Bee ESL English
    Uses readings on current events, science, health, economics, US history

    Level-based reading comprehension activities