ESL Teaching/Learning Resources

Recording sound/voice Presentation Skills Online Speaking materials  

Recording sound/voice

YouTube <> -- audio/video uploads can be made private or public, embedded or linked; create captions and subtitles for your uploaded videos

Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning ( -- CLEAR (Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University); Link to video tutorials with step-by-step guidance for creating video mashups: ; by Dennie Hoopingarner

VoiceThread <> -- -- free to use with registration for an account.  The following links lead to explanations, examples, and video tutorials. With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.  A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

SlideShare <> -- Produce narrated slide shows of pictures

Glogster <> -- a poster board with video and audio; great for creating an audio/video profile; can be uploaded to and shared with many social networking sites, e.g. Facebook

Audacity <> -- [1.5Mb] click to download this free, cross-platform software to record, amplify, fade, edit, copy, paste etc; converts audio files to .mp3 format. Important note: Download the Lame client in order to process the conversion to .mp3 files.  Select Export to .mp3 to save a file in this format.

RecordPad <> -- simple sound recording program for Windows and Mac OS X; Ideal for recording audio to add to digital presentations, small download under 500k installs in seconds

Fonetiks <> -- "The online resource for pronunciation and language study."


Presentation Skills

Effective Presentations -- Christine Bauer-Ramazani's PowerPoint slide show; good for use in teaching; advance topics with mouse clicks.

Computer Resources: Public Speaking <> -- 5 excellent points for improving presentations skills

Ten Commandments of Presentations <

Toastmasters International <> -- At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

Tips for Dealing with Nervousness <

On Giving a Talk <>

Effective Presentations <> -- by Jeff Radel; see the points regarding planning, preparation, outlining, important elements, practice, presentation, the moment of truth, and handling questions.

Effective Presentations < > -- by Kathleen Bauer

The Art of Communicating Effectively <>

Online Speaking materials

ELSA < English Language Speaking Assistant; free and for-pay versions; neutral American accent; training on 21 pronunciation skills & syllable stress (not on connected speech); see review of ELSA SPEAK

Learn English with English7Levels <> -- practice with phrases/sentences based on the functional approach (British English)--some errors (capitalization, punctuation); also audio stories for listening and reading along (with on-screen captioning)

IELTS Liz <> -- good for IELTS speaking but also general speaking practice with videos and exercises

Tandem <> -- an app for practicing speaking with native speakers of a chosen language; for use on computers or smart devices

Speaking <>   -- conversation starters, speaking tasks, phrases, links for various levels; videos for functional English--interrupting, supporting opinions, etc., from ESLGold

English Speaking Basics <> -- by; functional/conversational phrases and expressions for beginners; see English Speaking Basics I, English Speaking Basics II, English Speaking Basics III

Fonetiks <> -- "The online resource for pronunciation and language study."

RealEnglish <>  -- online videos that are useful for Oral Interaction at Beginner level, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Intermediate III, and Advanced; free registration

ESL/EFL Conversations <> -- audio conversations with scripts for beginners and intermediate learners; typed conversations can also be held with "Tutor Mike," a robot, but his answers don't always match.

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