Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages - iPhone app recommendations - Lisa Caplan All of these best iPad books for kids use digitization to enhance the reading experience, not divert attention from it. Where there are frills, I prefer to see them focus on education instead of playtime. There are great books for pre-schoolers but also for older kids, a somewhat under-served sector. And, for those aimed at school-aged readers, I primarily looked for educational offerings, since there are iBooks, eBooks and digital comics for fiction fans. Here are eight amazing iPad reading apps for kids from 2011. Another Monster at the End of This Book… Starring Grover & Elmo ($3.99) This classic Sesame Street book is a sequel to The Monster at the End of This Book. The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore ($4.99) This adaptation from the short film which shares its name, was the most delightful surprise of the year. Auryn - The Little Mermaid ($0.99) The prose is the original by Hans Christian Andersen, so what’s not to love? There’s No Place Like Space!
BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips Pronunciation Activities Minimal Pairs Click here to see a selection of ideas to practise minimal pairs (words which differ in only one sound, such as "cat" and "cut"). There is also a minimal pairs list here if you want some ideas to use with the activities. Sss, zzz and shhh Click here for an activity to practise the sounds sss, zzz and shhh which can be a problem for most nationalities. Homophones Click here for a worksheet to practise identifying and distinguishing between the spellings of 16 common homophones Short Vowels (a, e, i, o and u) handout. A short lesson plan to practise short vowel sounds. Long Vowels (a, e, i, o and u) handout. A short lesson plan to practise long vowel sounds (magic 'e'). Er, or and ah (/ɜ:/ /ɔ:/ and /ɑ:/) activities. Activities to introduce "er", "or" and "ah" sounds, with spelling hints and lots of follow-on practice. Pronunciation of words with "CH" Some ideas for lessons to practise the /tʃ/, /ʃ/ and /k/ pronunciation of the letters 'ch'. Ear and Air - pronunciation of /ɪə/ and /eə/
Using the webcam to develop pronunciation - EnglishUp Developing students’ pronunciation is vitally important to help them achieve a good communicative speaking level. The best time to work on pronunciation is when we first introduce new language items such as grammatical structures, vocabulary or expressions. This should ensure that they learn them from good clear models and are able to include references to pronunciation features in their notes. The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of. Find out about Aptis for Teachers Syllables on fingers When learning new words and especially longer words, students often have problems identifying how many syllables the word contains and which syllables are stressed or emphasised. Tap on the fingers as you say the syllables and lift your right hand finger to indicate the syllable which is stressed. Pointing intonation Best
Adrian’s Pron Chart Blog Kid Safe Browsers for iPad and iPhone by Natalie Parents know that it’s not safe to allow children unrestricted access to the internet. You wouldn’t let little Jimmy run around all willy-nilly in a strange city and you surely wouldn’t allow anything of the sort in cyberspace, right? The issues with internet access and children come in many forms. With the growing popularity of internet access to mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, monitoring internet activity isn’t so easy as plopping the computer in the living room and keeping a watchful constant eye over young shoulders. Fortunately, the tech world has heard the rally cries of concerned parents and a number of kid-safe browsers are available to allow your child internet access in a safe manner. Quintura KidsPrice: $1.99 Available for a very affordable $1.99, Quintura Kids aims to make searching the web an educational process for children. Websites available through the browser are determined through a number of factors.
IPA Palette IPA Palette v2.2 Mavericks Prerelease IPA Input Method for Mac OS X 10.5 and later Licensed under the GPL Download IPA Palette 2.2 (3.2M). Finally! For Mac OS X 10.2-10.4:Download the previous IPA Palette 2.0 (1.3M).Download the previous IPA Palette 1.0 (616K). Bugs Fixed in 2.2 No longer use an installer; for Mavericks compatibility we now have an app called IPA Manager that will install IPA Palette for you. New Features in 2.2 You can click in an unoccupied part of an image map (a part that has no IPA symbol and thus doesn't hilite under your mouse) and drag it out into a new mini-palette (I call them "auxiliaries"). Bugs and Potential Problems IPA Manager is not fully localized in this prerelease version.The PDF icon used in Snow Leopard and later doesn't hilite (invert to white on black) correctly in the International menu, although it does in the Pref Pane. What Folks Are Saying IPA Palette does exactly what a linguist would want, exactly the way a linguist would want it.
Introducing Pronunciation in a Continuous Enrolment Class | TEFL Jobs UK By Yolande Deane DELTA qualified EFL teacher with 5 years’ teaching experience If you are a teacher who is concerned about improving your students’ pronunciation, you may decide to do a series of lessons where you introduce the phonemic script over a few classes. However, when you teach in a school that has continuous enrolment, focusing on a particular teaching point over a period of time can be difficult, especially if students only stay for two weeks or so. Students are also often working in cafés, bars, and pubs and do irregular shifts, which in turn affects their attendance. An easy way for teachers to deal with this lack of continuity and raise students’ awareness of the phonemic script (without burdening them with the ‘weird symbols’), is to take advantage of the spare minutes in a lesson that may arise -after a natural lull in a classroom discussion or task- and use the new lexis learnt in the lesson as an entrée into the script. Useful Links Phonemic Chart You might also like:
The Best Websites For Learning English Pronunciation Ways to Help ELLs Learn Pronunciation is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. I had to make a lot of difficult choices to come up with this latest “The Best…” list. One decision I made was to focus this list more on Beginning and Early Intermediate English Language Learners, or for more advanced ELL’s who primarily would use these sites more to “brush-up” or review some basic pronunciation skills. I am developing another list that I’ll call The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills. That one will probably be geared more towards Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners, and will include more of the sites I received from readers in my call for recommendations. Several readers recommended sites using the phonetic alphabet. In addition, I had a very difficult time ranking this particular list. As with all my “The Best…” lists, links to these sites can also be found on my website. I recently blogged about Spoken Skills. That’s my list. Related
P is for Pronunciation Read my lips I’ve just completed a nine-hour block of sessions on phonology on the MA TESOL course that I’m teaching at the New School. Apart from the inevitable (and sometimes intractable) problems involved in reconfiguring my knowledge of phonology so as to accommodate North American accents, the question that simply will not go away is this: Can pronunciation be taught? As a teacher, I have to confess that I can’t recall any enduring effects for teaching pronunciation in class – but then, I very seldom addressed it in any kind of segregated, pre-emptive fashion. Most of my ‘teaching’ of pronunciation was reactive - a case of responding to learners’ mispronunciations with either real or feigned incomprehension. As a second language learner, any attempts to improve my pronunciation have fallen (almost literally) on deaf ears. In An A-Z of ELT, I hint obliquely at these doubts – doubts which I claim are justified by research studies. Well, here’s one for starters. References:
Teaching Kids with iPads – Part 1 of 5 | Elementary School Tech Ideas #edtech #edchat How to you teach these kids? A few months ago I took a survey of my elementary kids to see what kind of mobile technology they had at home and it turned out that 53% of my students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades had iPads and 82% had iPods! How do I teach students with iPads? So I called my friends over at Atomic Learning to brainstorm some ideas and we both agreed that this was a question worth answering. Planning iPad Projects: The first thing I did to get ready for my iPad Boot Camp was to start designing iPad projects, projects that were designed with a focus on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and the principles of UbD. Day One of iPad Boot Camp: So after two months of project planning, I started the iPad Boot Camp this past Monday with 10 students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to see how to teach students with iPads. Teaching with my iPad using Airplay. Sense of Purpose using Puppet Pals: our first project gave the students this challenge… Here are some photos from that project:
Sounds: The Pronunciation App You can look up and listen to words and phrases in the WORDLIST, plus record and compare your own pronunciation. If you’re using a Macmillan coursebook, you can now buy additional wordlists directly inside the app. PRACTISE your pronunciation reading, writing and listening skillsTest yourself with one of the pronunciation QUIZZESLEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students ► Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English) with high quality audio - tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.► Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time.► Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words):- Phonemic transcriptions and audio- Record your own pronunciation- Purchase new wordlists from directly inside the app. - Bug fixes for error when updating app. The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers.
5 books that will help you teach English pronunciation I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for new ideas on how to improve the pronunciation of my students; even the good ones need all the help they can get. This has always been an area of teaching that worries me and one where I still feel I can grow greatly as a teacher. Basically, I need the help of those seasoned pros out there who have blessed us with their knowledge in the form of written texts. With this in mind these are the books that I feel deserve a place among your collections. 1. by Peter Roach This little beauty is perfect for anyone who has ever wished they had a simple, straightforward resource for either personal reference or for their students to use. This text is an essential for the novice teacher and experienced pro alike, as it explains all the terminology and theory in a way that is easy to understand; a truly great book with which to get indoctrinated! 2. by Robin Walker 3. by Paul Tench 4. by Mark Hancock 5. by Susan Cameron