interactive exercise technologies

Reminder: New Blog at http://tinyurl.com/d48ge4

Posted on November 25, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Contribute your Questions, EVO - CALL IS - TESOL, interactive exercise technologies, Interviewees, Lessons Based on our Videos, Plagiarism, Real English for the Deaf, Reviews, The 2008 Videos, Webheads | Tags: , , , , , , |

Reminder:

New Blog at

http://tinyurl.com/d48ge4

However this “old blog” has

good archives about Real English and

the Deaf, the Webheads (1) and (2),

Real English Victiom of Extreme Plaigiarism

and other items of interest to

ESL EFL students & teachers,

especially Real English users 🙂

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Students: Try the Real English LESSONS / Teachers: Please explain to your students!

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, interactive exercise technologies, Lessons Based on our Videos |

This is the old Real English blog. The new one is here: http://the-original-real-english.blogspot.com/
I just visited Google Analytics for the very first time, and I was happily surprised to see that total unique visits to the Real English site have increased by 200% during the last 30 days. Maybe it’s because I have been doing online  presentations about the site. Maybe it’s because David has generously helped me create some buzz about Real English on his popular site the EFL 2.0 Classroom. Or maybe it’s because I’ve recently begun using the English Star player, with a choice of subtitles in English, French, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, finally enabling me to begin attracting a few visitors from those Asian countries.  Probably a combination of such things.

I was intrigued, so I looked deeper: only  4% of the visitors are doing the Real English Lessons, while 27% of visitors come to this old wordpress blog, which I don’t even update regularly!

This is crazy. The best thing about the RE site is that students can actually learn English with a minimum of motivation. I spend almost all my time improving the lessons, and improving the videos for the lessons, to capture students’ interest, increase their motivation (I hope), encouraging them to get to work. But most students only look at the index type pages with videos, apparently, and go no further.

Excuse the tired adjective, but it really is fun to learn English on the RE site.

Here is a 3-step procedure I recommend, and it’s really simple:

1 – When you arrive at the Real English site, click on the “New Lessons” link.  There’s a really big one in the upper right corner.

2 – From this “New Lessons” page, choose ANY lesson you like.

3 – You arrive at a Lesson index page, for example lesson 29 home. Click on  “Exercise 1” or the picture under “Exercise 1”, or even the Real English logo on the left. Any of these links will bring you to Exercise 1 where the fun begins.

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Say it! Listen to yourself. Listen to your teacher. Say it again.

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, interactive exercise technologies, Lessons Based on our Videos | Tags: , , |

The New Open Source Recorder

The New Open Source Recorder

The Real English lessons now include a Record function. I have found very useful places for it so far in every exercise in lessons 1 to 7, and right after I finish writing this post, I will continue this job, beginning with lesson 8 and will continue until all the many hundreds of Real English exercises include this function.

Students now will speak. “Say it!” they are reminded, every step of the way. They listen to the teacher speaking in the exercise, or the interviewer and the person answering the questions in the video, and are again reminded Say it!

They record themselves. They listen to themselves, and then they listen to the model (the “teacher audio” or the video), and then once again record themselves, in a pleasant cycle of acquisition, without forgetting to type, or click, or drag in the exercise where they are working!

Thanks to generous Open Source folk who make tools like this, we can all offer our students more and more. Check out any lesson between 1 and 7 to see it in action. Requires Java. Here’s an example of its use on the Real English site. Support is here.

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