Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Blast from the Past - New in the Present

I hadn't thought about the Voice of America since the Cold War ended. But they're still broadcasting US News and World News. These days though, their audio casts are online and they present news stories online via videos. Most important for ESL teachers, they have added a huge Learning English component to their website.

Not only do they convert their news stories into lessons for intermediate and advanced students, but they offer two entire series of beginning classes: "Let's Learn English - Level 1" and "Let's Learn English - Level 2". In addition they have video channels for grammar, punctuation, idioms and more.

If you are a student studying Enlish on your own, this site actually offers a free, online, person-to-person speaking opportunity under their "Talk2Us" menu. Of course they post past events. At present, the group meets meets at 15:00 UTC time on Mondays and at 13:00 UTC time on Wednesdays and Fridays. To join, sign up for a date at https://talk2usvoa.eventbrite.com.

If you are a teacher who has exhausted TedTalks and YouTube searching for your student's favorite topic, see if you can find it in VOA's huge library.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

New EdPuzzle

What a rainy, drippy, Memorial Day weekend! Denverites headed for the mountains in droves but I enjoyed a "staycation". I took the opporunity to add complete do-it-yourself touches to an EdPuzzle lesson I'd created earlier as part of a videoed sample ESL lesson. It is now on the Portfolio Page under "Lesson:Job and Business Phrasal Verbs" and includes a Google Docs vocabulary and transcript.