My Shop! (and other free inspiration)

Hello!  It’s been a bit quiet here of late but I have some news.  I have added a new page and developed my shop on Tes Resources.  So if you are a teacher looking for ESOL or English/literacy resources please check out:

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/islaflood

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If you are just looking for inspiration then do also check out my Pinterest page here:

and if you are interested in technology for teaching and learning check out this board here:

and if you just want to say hi, please contact me via twitter @islaflood.

Thanks for reading!

 

App of the Week – Memrise

This week’s app is another firmly stuck on my phone dashboard.  I have been using this to pick up bits of Mandarin and improve my very rusty French.  Memrise houses courses on lots of different languages including English as well as history, science and trivia, if you think yourself an expert then you can contribute too by designing your own course for others to use.  The courses aim to stimulate your memory with visual and verbal clues to help those memories stick and your language learning grow.  It uses the metaphor of the garden enabling you to sow, grow and water your learning in order to score more and progress.  I like the way it’s designed like a game, it’s easy to dip into when you find your self at a loose end and will send you reminders to water your plants if you haven’t logged in for a while.

Memrise app of week

A useful app that can be downloaded on both Apple and android phones and tablets as well as accessed here on their website.

App of the Week

Hello! I’m starting a little feature, I’m going to try and post a short post promoting an app each week that I think is good and will help you improve your English.

To start off this little series we have the ‘Spelling Test’ app by Tap to Learn. I’ve had this on my phone for about a year now, not to improve my own spelling (!), but to help my daughter practise hers weekly. It has been a great aid to her spelling so I hope it will help you too. I really like it because you can load it up with spellings that are important to you, perhaps key words from your school or college work or job related terms you need to master to impress the boss. Whatever words you need to practise, this app allows you to record the words by voice and by writing so that you can listen and read as well as testing yourself at the end. If you need to improve your spelling or get top marks in a test I would very much recommend you download this app.

Spelling Test app by Tap to Learn available on itunes.

Spelling Test app by Tap to Learn available on itunes.

Recommended Website for Low Level/Beginner Learners

I just wanted to write a quick post about a new resource I found recently on the British Council ESOL Nexus website. I recommended their website below in one of my videos but wanted to draw your attention to this new section. It’s a really comprehensive, easy to use, online tool for learning English and improving your language skills.

You can check it out here:

http://esol.britishcouncil.org/beginners

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