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Online Tools for ELL

Online Tools for ELL is a module designed to take participants into the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enhance teaching and learning by using online tools and resources to implement with English Learners.
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  • Getting Started
    • Welcome, Overview, Outcomes
    • Introductions and expectations

Listening Tools

  • ELLLO: English Listening Lesson Library Online:
    • It has over 1,000 audio slideshows, games, exercises, songs, etc. — all geared towards developing conversational skills.
  • Read The Words:
    • Lets you convert any text - from a document, blog, or website - into audio with your choice from a variety of voices. You can then embed the voice player into your site. English Language Learners can easily copy and paste an essay they’re writing to hear if it sounds “right.”
    • Lets you copy and paste pretty much anything you want and the convert the text to speech.You can choose the type of voice (it uses ATT technology), the rate of speed (there are numerous settings), and even customize pronunciation for certain words. You choose to see the text when you’re listening to it being spoken. And you can create private groups if you want.

Speaking Tools

  • Blabberize:
    • It allows you to upload an image, have the mouth’s image move in a comedic way, and then “speak” your voice. Students can use their own photos, or a famous person, cartoon character, etc. Blabberize can be used in the same way ESL/EFL teachers sometimes have students use puppets — students can feel more comfortable speaking when it’s not really “them” doing the talking.
  • LiveMocha:
    • This fast-growing language-learning site has an incredible number of features. For speaking, not only can users send their recording to whomever they choose, but there’s also a social network component that lets others provide feedback. Another nice aspect of the site is that it’s structured so that users are responding directly to prompts from LiveMocha’s scaffolded teaching/learning system.
  • SmashMash TV:
    • A new web application that allows you to grab images or video off the web and then do an amazing number of fun things with it — animation, insert text, create “talking lips” to say what you want the image to say, and a bunch more.
  • Vocaroo:
    • A super easy way for students to record a message — of any length — and then place a link or an embed code on a student or teacher website. It’s got to be one of the most simple ways for audio recording out there — no registration is required and you just click “record.”
    • Message boards with real voices! Voxopop talkgroups let you discuss your interests and passions with people from all over the world, using your real voice. It's a whole new way to talk online. Find talkgroups to join, or start your own and spread the word.

Vocabulary Tools

  • Chuala
    • On this free site, which you can use without registering, you hear the pronunication of English words and you can record your own pronunciation of the same word to compare the two (assuming you have a microphone, of course).
  • Sight Words With Samson
    • It’s clearly one of the best websites out there to learn sight words — for English Language Learners or younger native-English speakers. There’s audio support for text and a lot of interactive fun exercises. One of the best things about it is that it also shows sight words in the context of sentences — in both audio and text. In an ideal world it would also show an image illustrating the sentence, but you can’t always have everything.
  • Starfall
    • The established site that is rivaled by no other in providing accessible literacy activities to Beginning English Language Learners.
  • U.S.A Learns
    • It’s an incredible website to help users learn English.  Even though it’s primarily designed for older learners, it seems very accessible to all but the very youngest ELL’s.  It’s free to use. Students can register if they want to save their work and evaluate their progress.
  • VocabSushi
    • With VocabSushi, flash cards are a thing of the past. The best way to build your vocabulary is not rote memorization. It's seeing how words are used in everyday language. VocabSushi helps you prepare for the ISEE, SAT, ACT, GRE or other standardized test by teaching you vocab words with real-world, contextual examples found in the daily news.
    • Thinkfinity: Free educational resources for teaching & learning that includes: videos, games., lessons, and so much more!

Writing Tools

  • Dvolver: Students can easily and quickly make short animated films and write dialogue for their characters.
  • Google Docs for collaborative writing
  • Online book creation with Bookr
  • BBC Bitesize Revision for Writing:
    • It’s geared towards a younger audience (and perfect for English Language Learners), but their multiple activities are just great
  • Create a Tale:
    • Students can….create a tale using step-by-step instructions including images.
  • Newspaper Clipping Generator:
    • This site provides a variety of browser based imaging tools and toys, that let you very easily apply a special look to your pictures.
  • Webspiration for mindmapping and content dictionaries
  • Writing Fun:
    • It would be difficult to design a site that was more attractive or more supportive to students organizing many different types of essays.
  • Writing Help:
    • It's from the Time for Kids Website. It's a site that shows great models of writing for different sections.

Bringing It All Together