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Check out these model communities of practice: Writing for Webheads / Webheads in Action
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Monica Lowy's http://www.everydayenglish.com provides an opportunity to learn target idiomatic expressions by means of Realaudio and video on a trial basis at a cost of nothing to the student. There is a $25.00 email package that is offered but for ESL learners looking for freebies, there are free lessons on a trial basis..Monica Lowy has taught ESL in Madrid and has an RSA certificate from International House, a well-known language academy in Europe and the rest of the world.
Vance teaches a course at EFI called (at a suggestion from Dave Winet) Writing for Webheads
The EFI (English for Internet) has a website at http://www.study.com. Dave Winet, head guru at EFI, is creating compelling environments in online teaching using The Palace, ICQ, Real Media, Vosaic, and lots of other way cool stuff; e.g. realtime simulations or seminars using, for example http://www.homestead.com/efi or InterSpace (http://www.ntts.com)
EFI teachers have produced websites at the URL's below.
Virtual Schoolhouse EFI: The Vsefi is teaching LIVE on the internet. Students meet synchronously with their teacher, generally at The Palace. Get a schedule of Vsefi classes at http://www.study.com/schedule.html.
Here are Dave's new instructions for getting to the VS/EFI at the Palace:
There are two ways to get there -- one requires downloading a 'client' (a program that stays on your computer); the other requires a 'java-capable' browser (which both Netscape and IE are nowadays, unless your version is really old...)
2.HARDER BUT BETTER WAY:
There are instructions with graphics on how to do this at http://www.study.com/palace.html
More sage advice from Dave Winet: To put a picture into your Palace briefcase, open the digitized picture in any photo manipulation program and RESIZE it to 60 x 60 pixels. Then do edit/copy. Then open Palace, open the briefcase, click NEW and then edit/PASTE Then with your mouse MOVE the pic around until it looks good in the little window on the lower left...then save.
Pretty slick ... http://www.globalenglish.com. Try it for free, then subscribe for a fee.
http://www.i-to-i.com. This site provides an opportunity to volunteer in a couple dozen countries. It also provides online TEFL training, for a fee. (February 2003)
Peak English, http://www.peakenglish.com/, provides "online interactive English" material that your students can register to do (free). Features include: core curriculum lessons, listening lessons, coaching practice, games, reference, etc. It's a slick site
From Dale Hinchey on TESLCA-L: "One of the latest web innovations in TESL/TEFL is an on line course which teaches simple English spoken discourse. The course is organized for specific times , in classes of 12 students, and requires participant's computers to have a sound card , and a microphone. http://www.englishtown.com will take you to the home page which will load a photo of a cartoon image which represents a city -downtown area. In the upper left corner of the screen there will be a small school building with a sign " E F English school ". If you click on that it will take you to a page which offers the on line speaking course. You have to send an E-mail to the course administration for more information."
Several teachers posted their websites to the TWO-L list. Here are two still up as of January 16, 1999:
Pete Pinney has a web presence at: http://chena.uaftvc.alaska.edu/faculty/ppinney.
Dave Schelle will be teaching an online composition class this fall to high school seniors "and upon successful completion, they will receive both high school credit and college credit ... The class attempts to be a stand-alone internet class: there's no text to purchase, no worksheets to mail, etc. All resources are electronic. You may find more information on it at this address: http://www.dci-press.com/schools/HHS/honors/home.htm
Dana writes from Korea: "I just launched my webpage, and it has some EFL material some of you may like. ...."
Ruth Vilmi consistently posts interesting work on the web. Here is one example: "At HUT, I have been trying to develop authoring programs to suit my purposes. I believe that the students should, in groups, write their own adventure games , add obstacles (language exercises) , pictures, sounds and even video clips and then play each others games, and publish them on the WWW for others to play. ... do have a look at the limited work my students have done. ...You can play the games ... Login as a guest - you don t need a password:
also: "... under my International Help page (from my home page) - you'll find a few good Spanish links, including some interactive exercises ..."
Elaine Hoter's "English Through the Internet" at:
ESL courses on the Web to students all over the world; and/or, courses for ESL teachers.
There is "a free online English programme with currently over 3,000 subscribers (April 1999). It provides a new lesson each week, and, yes, teachers may freely photocopy them if they wish." - Paolo Rossetti
Martin Holmes says this about his online English Writing Course: "It consists of about 180 pages of material, including 44 pages which are mail-in html forms, through which students submit their work. When I was writing it (which took six months), I found that I had to write little "helper" programs to auto-generate the tedious HTML for multiple-choice questions and that sort of thing. Most of the course is behind password-protection, but one whole unit (Unit Three) is available for a browse if you're interested!
Greg Younger is teaching a business presentation skills class to managers from different Samsung companies. The URL is:
Nancy Hildebrandt reports on an @home.com article: "Mid-career professionals return to online schools to further their education....Online education breaks down many of the barriers except cost." Two of my browsers refused to access "home.com" on presentation of the above url on January 16, 1999, but Nancy goes on to give the following links relevant to that article:
"There are several different ways to take classes over the net. These will give you an idea of some of the approaches available for continuing adult education. I would urge you all to click the links to the class projects and assignments (especially at Spectrum University) as they show the creative ways in which the students develop ways to teach themselves." - This was taken from either Neteach or TESLCA-L, source not recorded.
Here are some other examples:
Joe McVeigh, University of Southern California, reports on TESLCA-L:
1) The CALL Interest Section of TESOL at their Academic Session in Seattle gave a wonderful panel on on-line courses. The outline of that persentation with the complete presentations of four of the panelists and links to their own technology-enhanced courses are at the following address. Most of these were talking about classes which used the WEB to enhance their courses as opposed to delivering the course over the internet.
2) The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on an analysis of WEB based courses in which the top rated course was the American History class at the following address:
From: Waddah Abdelsalam on TESLCA-L: Here are some distance learning sites that you may find interesting:
You can also find interesting resources at the American Studies Center
site, Salzburg, Austria. It can be found at
Western Michigan University will present "Advanced English Composition On-Line for the International Community" a 12 week course offered entirely on the internet. This noncredit course is designed for those who wish to improve their English writing skills and is intended for non-native speakers of English. Cost is around $600. The class was again running on January 16, 1999, and may be previewed at http://vms.cc.wmich.edu/~kubota/englishonline.html
The Technology Coordinator Arun Kumar Tripathi has an archive on Distance Education: http://www.tcworld.com/archives/disted.htm
From Ben Schneiderman's keynote speech at WorldCALL 1998, Melbourne: Sci.virtual-worlds is a USENET newsgroup, dedicated to the discussion of virtual interface technology, http://www.hitl.washington.edu/scivw and http://www.otal.umd.edu/SHORE (Student HCI Online Research Experiments); also Tools for HCI Education and Training at http://www.awl.com/DTUI and the Teaching Technologies page of the University of Maryland's Academic Information Technology Services at http://www.inform.umd.edu/TeachTech
Dr. George Mitrevski has a Knowledge Design site with: "a tutorial on how to write Form Mail exercises, where the student fills in a form and the answers are e-mailed to the instructor, a group of students, or an entire class. It's located at http://www.auburn.edu/~mitrege/knowledge/index.html"
Here's a bag-o-tricks and tools Dave Winet sent out to the faithful recently:
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