When learning a foreign language writing and speaking are the two most frustrating skills students have to deal with; the former being a real stone in the shoe that may lead to quitting. There are many reasons for that, but the basic problem is that writing is a very demanding skill, it needs to be highly organized and structured. On top of that the person(s), whom the piece of writing is meant for, are not present, what implies an extra effort in providing the information in full, nothing can be left aside. I bet you are already yawning or put off just with the thought of it. Well, it is time for you to take a look at the website I am introducing today Writing Fun. Jenny Eather has gathered all the basic types of writing and made a useful presentation using the latest technology in order to help ESL students with their writing skills. There you will find explanations, exercises, printables and examples of how to write and organize your ideas in formal and informal pieces of writing. By the way, I must thank Laura Martín (ESL teacher at EOI Las Palmas) for the tip.
Larry Ferlazzo and JJ de Haro, two twitter users I devotedly follow, have posted about this infographic which can help us understand the growth of the Internet and its influence on the enviroment. A good way to learn about statistics and vocabulary related to enviroment and internet. Thanks to WordStream for making it and 2ndgreenrevolution for sharing.
Infographic by WordStream Internet Marketing
Power of storytelling – Prezi is simple: You Write, Zoom, Arrange.Using these simple means, you can express many things – with great impact.Here are some basic examples such as timelines, TOC, Zen likes.
In their words:
“Prezi is an application – an editor that lets you create prezi presentations. However, unlike many applications, Prezi can be used directly from an internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari) without the need to install anything. Prezi can also be installed (we call this Prezi Desktop) so you can use it without internet access.
We support both ways of working with Prezi, since there are many advantages.
By using Prezi from an internet browser, you can:
- Easily share your prezis for collaborating with others
- Easily send your prezis and show them to non-Prezi users
- Log in from any computer, access your prezis and work on them
- Our licenses include the ability to export a Portable Prezi, which can be used without internet access so you can safely hold your presentations anywhere
By using Prezi Desktop you can:
- Work on your prezis without internet access
- Quickly insert large media files – there is no limit to file size
- Easily upload prezis to Prezi.com, so you can enjoy all the advantages listed above”
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>Having fun everyone? Hope so, you still have another week before lessons start. This post is just to announce that we are back to the classroom on the 14th and 15th of September. I still do not know exactly what levels I will be teaching, but I have made the decision to keep up with this blog for all of my students, past and future. So you are welcome to make any suggestions you think it may help us all improving. Come on in and start giving ideas, my ears and eyes are excitedly open. Looking forward to reading and hearing from you.
C U Soon.