YouGlish

Have you tried YouGlish? YouGlish is a website that lets you hear the pronunciation of English words by viewing YouTube videos. YouGlish gives you English spoken by real people and in context. Simply type in a single word or phrase, choose UK, US, AUS or all pronunciations, then click on “Say it” and a captioned…

PlayPosit 3.0: Interactive Video Unleashed

This past year my students and I have been enjoying a free mobile-friendly service called PlayPosit. PlayPosit is an interactive web-based video platform that allows educators to provide formative assessment both inside and outside the classroom. You can select any online video and transform, what is traditionally passive content, into an active learning experience for…

Cinemagraphs in Education

A cinemagraph is a creative blend between photography and videography. It is a special moment in time, which if captured right, gives birth to a living moment that is so much more exciting and captivating than a still shot or video. Cinemagraphs, or living photos, bring the best of both still photography and video together…

Word Games for iPhone and iPad

A lot of my students have long commutes to school and use that time to play games like Candy Crush, so I decided to introduce my students to a few word game apps they can enjoy while improving their vocabulary.  

Room Planner

Room Planner is a free app that allows users to tour a home in 3D. It is fantastic for teaching about the different rooms in a house, directions and even prepositions of place. I have students download the app to their mobile devices and start exploring the demo house. Teachers can ask students to find out…

Interactive Reading on the iPad

Are you looking for new ways to motivate your students to read? Why not try an interactive book with exciting game elements? Here are a couple of interactive reading adventures I recommend. The developers of the first game, Never Alone, were kind enough to send me the game’s script in English, so my students can read…

Engaging Learners with Materials

Are you interested in learning more about how to create engaging teaching materials? If so, I highly recommend NanKyu JALT’s flagship event at Sojo University in Kumamoto on January 30th, 2016. The conference is titled “Engaging Learners with Materials” and will focus on the development and implementation of materials that interest, challenge, and inspire language…

Why Tweet When You Can Bubble?

  My article on voice blogging with Bubbly: Why tweet when you can bubble? Students’ perceptions of a voice microblog for the development of their L2 spoken production skills Abstract This study explores the role voice microblogging-based activities play in developing learners’ spoken production skills. The study involved 33 low-intermediate level university students majoring in…

Apps of the Month with Renaud

Every month I introduce some useful and fun apps for EFL students to use on their iPad and iPhone. Feel free to share these videos with your students and if you enjoy them, please leave a comment and I will continue to make them. Also, if you know a good app, please let me know…

Interlude: An Interactive Adventure!

Have you ever wanted to create your very own choose your own adventure style interactive video? I recently discovered an amazing free online service called Interlude, which allows you to do exactly that! With Interlude you can add interactive buttons to your videos, which take you to another part of the video or a whole…

Instamag on Moxtra: Create free audio comics!

I recently had a student introduce me to a popular app here in Japan called Instamag. It allows users to create their own photo grids and collages. Users can also add text bubbles, stickers, and a variety of photo effects to their photo pages. I noticed that there was also a manga theme, which allows…

Zap things to life!

How would you like to engage students by creating your own augmented reality content? Zappar uses augmented reality to make the things around you come to life. That is, the app adds moving images to the camera view that aren’t actually there. Zapcodes can appear on anything; delivering video, audio, 3D animation, photos, games, links and…