Useful Links

// especially for students

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English ✤ A dictionary whose definitions are composed of only the 2000 most common English words

SketchEngine Collocations ✤ Gives collocations before and after a word, common modifiers etc., alternatives here and here

Oxford Thesaurus ✤ Effective classification of words into lexical sets ensures more accurate synonyms (and antonyms)

Etymology of a Word ✤ Aid memorisation by discovering the origin of a word

LyricsTraining ✤ Learn English (and other languages) through popular songs

WordNet ✤ Get information about a word, from its lexical set and derivatives to hypernyms and sister terms.

NaturalReader ✤ Students can hear written sentences spoken out loud in a relatively natural voice, especially with the Peter, UK or Rachel, UK voices.

NetSpeak ✤ Students discover appropriate collocations and discover how best to complete lexical chunks using placeholder symbols

// especially for teachers

Google Classroom ✤ Manage your classes, grades and materials – worth the time and energy needed to set up

LearningApps ✤ A powerful set of tools for creating multiple exercise types, from ordering phrases and categorisation to labelling a diagram and online crosswords

Quizlet ✤ Best for matching images to lexis and practicing collocations (Quizlet Live particularly effective for classroom competitions)

Kahoot ✤ More work than Quizlet (you have to create the distractors), but students absolutely love it

Google Forms ✤ Free and easy way to create online tests and quizzes (automatically marked using the Flubaroo addon in Google Sheets)

Visual Thesaurus’ VocabGrabber ✤ Sort lexis in a piece of text into global frequency rankings and lexical sets

Online Gap fill Creators ✤ With one version you can remove every nth word, modal verbs, wh- question words etc., with the other you can manually remove words of your choice. This one is also an excellent alternative.

Playposit ✤ Create video quizzes (the video pauses until an answer is provided by the student)

Google’s Cloud Vision ✤ Quickly convert a photograph or screenshot of text into editable text (go to the ‘try API’ section)

Google Docs ‘voice typing’ (under the ‘tools’ menu) ✤ Increasingly accurate speech-to-text, good for practicing pronunciation

Google Sheets ✤ For creating a class lexicon that students themselves populate, example here

Spoken Text to YouTube ✤ Take advantage of YouTube’s automatic subtitling by uploading a recording of a spoken recording to have it converted to text (takes ±15 min)

YouTube Subtitles Downloader (linked to above) ✤ Download subtitles to have students fix transcription errors and add appropriate punctuation

TotalCloze ✤ Students complete a total cloze in a game that used to be popular in 90s EFL/ESL computer labs

Straw Poll ✤ Quickly get students’ opinions or answers without needing to sign up

Socrative ✤ Online quiz maker with ‘space race’ option similar to Quizlet Live

Plickers ✤ Get student responses to questions or opinions when the internet is not working (requires once-off access to a printer and internet access to create questions)

Padlet ✤ Collaborate by adding text and images to a single ‘board’ across multiple devices (possible with large groups)

Twiddla ✤ Draw together (and type text, insert images etc.)  on a single ‘whiteboard’ across multiple devices (best for online teaching or small groups)

Armoured Penguin’s Crossword Maker ✤ Create printable crosswords and ones that can be solved online

Edmodo ✤ Similar to Google Classroom for student<>teacher and student<>student collaboration

QR Code Generator ✤ Give students quick access to complicated URLs, extend a poster’s information online, or create ‘treasure hunts’ with QR codes

Random Strings of Text ✤ Display strings of text randomly to practice lexical chunks

Various Apps compiled by Louise Jones (@cairnfutures) for various subjects