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Week 3 (Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2012)


During this week, participants will

  • have an overview of online tools that can be used to develop learners' listening skills
  • choose, at least, two online tools that might be used for listening skills and compare them
  • share their findings with the group



Week 3 Tasks 


Task 1 - Listening Treasure Hunt


a. Time is short. You're preparing for a class in which you want to enhance your students' listening skills. You've got exactly 30 minutes to find a hidden listening treasure. Click on any image below and start your exploration for the great listening hidden treasure. Take notes on what sites/resources you found interesting, their advantages and drawbacks. 


b. Ready? Click on this alarm clock to set it up for 30 minutes and leave it there as you browse through the online possibilities. 


c. Go!





Task 2 - Listening Review


a. Now that you've found your listening hidden treasure, share your notes and findings with your peers by comparing and contrasting some of the digital resources you've come across.

Go to our Edmodo Group, add your thoughts and see what others have found.  




Task 3 - Listening Math


a. You've gone on a treasure hunt, had some time for reflection, interaction and learning. How about some Listening Math? Click again on the numbers above if you need, and you're going to choose two of the resources to combine them into a lesson plan idea. 


For example, Our Moderator's Team chose the numbers


   = 14 


Our idea for a lesson plan would be:





computer lab with Internet connection and headsets or cellphones with recording capabilities 

CLASS LEVEL  Young learners in intermediate level and above 
TIME FRAME two 50-minute classes (one for choosing and listening to the stories and another for the recording part)  

By the end of this lesson, students will have

  • practiced their listening skills by choosing stories to listen to
  • understood the basic steps in storytelling  
  • written their own stories based on what they listened to
  • enhanced their digital literacy by learning how to record themselves
STEPS  The teacher tells a story about herself; then, the teacher invites students to listen to other kids telling their stories at http://smories.com. The teacher goes through the story building process with the kids, showing them the need for an introduction, the development and conclusion of the story and asking for examples from the stories the students listened to, pointing out to language structure to make a powerful story. For homework, the students write their own stories according to the teachers' guidelines and based on the story they listened to. In the following class, the teacher collects and checks the students' stories. Finally, the teacher chooses one of the tools suggested at http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/3-unique-ways-to-record-edit-and-publish-your-audio_b980 to record students' own stories. The teacher publishes students' stories on a class blog or wiki.  

The teacher might check if the headsets at the computer lab are all working.

The teacher must make sure that the students take some notes about the stories they listen to in order to help them write their own stories.

The teacher must make sure the school's firewall will allow for the use any chosen digital resource to record students' stories.

The teacher might consider ask for some helping hands of other teachers in the recording stage.

If recording in class is not possible, this stage could be done at home. Students could, for example, record their stories in their cellphones and send them to the teacher via email or MMS.  


b. Once you've decided for your two numbers, go to your digital portfolio and write a post telling us about your math (the two resources you chose) and sharing with the group your lesson plan idea. 


c. Add the link to your lesson plan idea in the COMMENT AREA below. 


d. Check what your colleagues have come up with and leave them comments. 


Task 4 - Listening List - Going Beyond with your Listening Math 


a. How about a twist to your Listening Math? You've got two numbers and their addition. Now, use the math result you got to make a list of X things you can do using to enhance your students' listening skills with the sites you've explored in your treasure hunt. 


b. Add your list to your digital portfolio and share with us the link to your ENHANCING STUDENTS' LISTENING SKILLS LIST in our Edmodo Discussion Forum.



Further Explorations - Here are more Listening Resources




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Comments (37)

Ellen said

at 11:42 am on Jan 24, 2012

Hello Everyone
This week came at a timely point in my teaching...I was looking for just this opportunity.

My final listening math is 12 + infinity. http://teacherchallenge.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/7th-semester-fotobabble-festival/

I needed to access authentic sources, and the list is imitless. Using ESL Daily Restaurant Guide and some guidlines from the coursebook, I designed an oral project to compile a real Website which will provide visitors to my town a locally-reviewed restaurant guide to good deals on delicious meals in Morelia. I will be introducing this activity to my upper intermediate adult students today and tweaking the instructions as I need to.

I used Fotobabble to give a non-threatening opportunity for my students, most of whom are new to digitools. Fotobabble provides the speaking opportunity.

Ellen in Mexico

karenjtait said

at 7:11 pm on Jan 25, 2012

Hi all,
I have just finished my lesson plan. You can find it here http://theflightlessenglishteacher.blogspot.com/
It is aimed at upper-int business students, studying in small groups. In order to maintain interest with these very busy students it is necessary to provide lots of motivators. For me, the most successful is choice, so you will notice that the lesson is wide open to all sorts of choices and directions. They are adults, they usually appreciate taking a little of the direction in the class!
Hope you enjoy it,
Karen in Chile.

Debbie said

at 9:37 am on Jan 27, 2012

Dear Karen
I loved your plan, as I work with adults I would like to try your plan. If you agree I will later come with the feedback on how the class developed.

Elisenda said

at 7:13 pm on Jan 25, 2012

Wow Ellen! What a complete post!!!!!

Marie said

at 12:20 pm on Jan 26, 2012

My lesson plan:

Sorry... I posted the link on edmodo...... b***** teachers who can't read instructions.... :!!!!!! :) I'm getting worse & worse.....

Then Ii posted it on the week 1 page......... (because I had to log in)...... worse & worse..... :)

Here it is: (fr the 3rd time)....


Hope you enjoy it & can use it!:)

feel free to comment on it & add to it!:)

THANKS SO MUCH or the FABULOUS tools dear mods!:)


Debbie said

at 9:41 am on Jan 27, 2012

Dear Marie
Thanks for sharing your wonderful lesson, I'd like to ask you about posting the recordings on podbean.

Maria Rita said

at 7:16 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Hi Marie,
your lesson is really interesting. I loved the idea of a lesson on the environment.

Patrizia Roma said

at 12:46 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Hi Marie, i liked your lesson a lot. talking about the environment is what I'm doing right now with some students. I want to try it with them. I only had one problem when clicking on the link to the movie extract on your blog, it told me "page not found". i managed to find it anyway by looking at the list in Moviesegments. thanks again.
See you

Ellen said

at 4:00 pm on Jan 26, 2012

I loved your lesson plan. What age would your young learners be?

Janet Rubins said

at 10:13 pm on Jan 26, 2012

Debbie said

at 9:35 am on Jan 27, 2012

Here is my lesson plan: http://datenglish-portfolio.blogspot.com/2012/01/week-3-task-3.html
Hope you visit me and also use it in your classes
Your feedback is important as it helps me reflect, improve, correct, and the most important thing "it will great benefit for our students"
Thanks to our moderators!

Debbie said

at 12:26 pm on Jan 27, 2012

Hi everybody
Here I'm posting my final task for week 3. http://datenglish-portfolio.blogspot.com/2012/01/week-3-task-4.html This task is about "dealing with the news"
Hope you enjoy it and thank you for your feedback, which helps me develop as a teacher and as said before "it will result in great benefit for all our students"

Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 6:17 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Hello, Debbie,
I like your lesson plan, especially recording and scoop it parts. Hope that your students will enjoy your classes. At least, I would! :)
Would like to tell you that it seems that the links in scribd document are not clickable. Never mind, actually. :)

Debbie said

at 9:28 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Thanks Maja. I think my students usually enjoy our classes but sometimes I find myself enjoying so much that, believe it or not, for a little moment I get out of my teacher's role, and become a learner. Thank you for your kidn feedback

Natasa Bozic Grojic said

at 11:19 pm on Jan 27, 2012

Better late than never. I haven't created a full lesson plan (really, really busy), but I have written a blog post doing all my tasks at once. Sorry for being a lazy student:( Here is my post: http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2012/01/week-3-in-classdigitools.html

Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 6:09 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Hello, Natasa! You are really very busy these days. I've taken a look at what you've done and I have to say that I admire you.

Natasa Bozic Grojic said

at 8:28 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Hello, Maja! The admiration is mutual. As I have said, I am looking forward to listening to your podcasts in the future.

Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 6:06 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Here is my Lesson Plan – Digital Tools Week 3 Task 3 http://bit.ly/xXmsnY

Maria Rita said

at 7:06 pm on Jan 28, 2012

I've finally managed to complete my tasks for week 3. The link to my lesson plan is the following: http://www.mrp4evo.blogspot.com/2012/01/listening-treasures.html
Your comments are highly valued. Thanks for stopping by.
Maria Rita

Simonida said

at 8:05 pm on Jan 28, 2012

As some participants said, better late than never. Here is my lesson plan, too!
This link leads to my Wordpress blog where are all the tasks for the week 3, named Week3!

Elise Couper said

at 10:49 pm on Jan 28, 2012

I'm working with college age students, so I was very excited to see so many tools that can be used with my students' levels. My math is 3 + 5: using Time magazine's 10 questions interview with Daniel Radcliffe and then Listen and Write's dictation exercise from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The links:

Time 10 Questions interview with Daniel Radcliffe:
Students will listen for the answers to the following questions:
1. How different are you from Harry?
2. What do you think has been Harry's greatest misstep or failure in judgment?
3. The Harry Potter films have given you a chance to work with an extraordinary number of British acting royalty. Which ones have had the greatest effect on you?
4. What is your favorite story from back stage?
5. If you could use any of the magical spells from Harry Potter, which would you choose?
6. What do you think about the way J.K. Rowling formed the plots of the books?
..then check their answers with the transcript:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Listen-and-Write:

Maria Rita said

at 4:26 am on Jan 29, 2012

Hi Elise,
your lesson plan is great. I could use it in class. My students would love to hear Daniel's voice.

Melamory said

at 10:50 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Elise Couper said

at 11:18 pm on Jan 28, 2012

Oops! Was cutting and pasting links above and accidentally pasted the lesson. Here's the lesson plan link:

Patrizia Roma said

at 12:25 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Patrizia Roma said

at 12:29 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Sorry , I've pushed the button by mistake, anyway here's the link to my lesson plan: http://patroma-eportfolio.blogspot.com/2012/01/classdigitools-week-3-task-3-lesson.html , you'll find a list of the listening tools we've browsed for the treasure hunt with a short comment next to each.
See you

catherine boissier said

at 5:39 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Here is my lesson plan. I've been so busy looking at all the websites that I can't get down to the tasks!

Nina Liakos said

at 7:11 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Dear Catherine,
I have the same problem. I usually try to do the tasks but then I almost never get around to seeing what others have done. There is enough to look at here to last until EVO 2013!

vivi_is@... said

at 5:45 pm on Jan 29, 2012

Here's my lesson which is intended for a L1 English class. http://evo2012digitaltools.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/english-class-listening-lesson/

Nina Liakos said

at 6:24 pm on Jan 29, 2012

My lesson plan is in my post to my Posterous blog, http://nina-s-classdigitools-e-portolio.posterous.com/week-three. You have to scroll down to find Task 3: Listening Math.

Gil said

at 7:46 pm on Jan 29, 2012

I am a big fan of Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals and I use it very often with my students. The site is absolutely fantastic. I love it. I also liked the other sites, unfortunately this week was really busy and I couldn´t finish my tasks. Sorry!

natzyelly said

at 3:08 am on Jan 31, 2012

I just loved it, it is great for my students.

Azhar Youssef said

at 10:56 am on Jan 30, 2012

Hi everybody,
As usual, I'm the last person to accomplish the tasks. Here is my lesson plan:

I hope you like it.
I'm waiting for your feedback.

See you!

ElizabethA said

at 4:42 am on Feb 1, 2012

I'm afraid I haven't been doing the digitools activities, but wow - that digital corpora (N°7) looks fascinating... and it will tkeep me occupied for the rest of the year :-)
THANKS for all these links - they're REALLY great

Nancy Lake said

at 7:37 pm on Feb 6, 2012

Better late than never!! I have uploaded my lesson plan for listening and hope it will be useful to one and all! Here's the link: https://nancylake.wikispaces.com/Week+3+Lesson+plan.
I hope you like it and find it relevant. I actually tried it with a group of advanced students and they would like to try it again.

Lorena said

at 1:49 pm on Feb 7, 2012

Hello everybody:

It is better late than never!! Here is my lesson plan (Task 3) http://sharing-web-ools.wikispaces.com/Week+3

Thank you.

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