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Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching

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That word Moodle keeps cropping up all over the place - it's in the newspapers, on other teachers' tongues, in more and more articles. Do you want to find out more about it yourself and learn how to create all sorts of fun and useful online language activities with it? Your search ends right here.

This book demystifies Moodle and provides you with answers to your queries. It helps you create engaging online language learning activities using the Moodle platform. It has suggestions and fully working examples for adapting classroom activities to the Virtual Learning Environment.

This book breaks down the core components of a typical language syllabus - speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and assessment - and shows you how use Moodle 1.9 to create complete, usable activities that practice them. Each chapter starts with activities that are easier to set up and progresses to more complex ones. Nevertheless, it's a recipe book so each activity is independent. We start off with a brief introduction to Moodle so that you're ready to deal with those specific syllabus topics, and conclude with building extended activities that combine all syllabus elements, making your course attractive and effective. Building activities based on the models in this book, you will develop the confidence to set up your own Moodle site with impressive results.

What you will learn from this book?

  • Look at a variety of activities that help students to learn words, review and recycle vocabulary, and learn different ways of keeping vocabulary records.
  • Help students get better at their speaking ability using the add-on nanogong recorder, which illustrates activities that look at pronunciation, intonation, fluency, stress, and discussions.
  • Create a wide range of activities for presenting grammar, practicing its use, and keeping grammar records.
  • Embed flash audio players and YouTube video on your Moodle to make language learning more fun.
  • Encourage students to read and interact with texts using Moodle and learn an activity on extended reading.
  • Set up collaborative writing tasks and tasks with different types of feedback to help students to structure sentences to create longer texts, build short stories using key vocabulary, and more.
  • Make your materials look more engaging and attractive by enhancing their visual design.
  • Consider the importance of roles, groups, and outcomes as well as the add-ons to make the most of Moodle for language teaching.
  • Create activities that help students learn and practice to write effectively online.
  • Set up useful listening activities using student-made recordings, forum discussions and authentic texts, which motivate students to listen.
  • Help students to interact with listening texts through tasks such as matching, gap-fill, text prediction, and ordering events.
  • Benefit from Moodle's gradebook statistics to improve your own language tests.
  • Make your students language learning experience more effective by checking the quality of the text, images, and audio and learn the importance of clear navigation paths.

Approach

The author's experience as a teacher enables him to combine a simple, descriptive how-to approach with enthusiastic insights into the rich potential of Moodle for creating engaging, useful language learning activities. The book is based on Moodle 1.9 and gives clear instructions with lots of screenshots. There are dozens of examples of activities that you can use to create your own online activities.

Who this book is written for?

This book is written for teachers, trainers, and course planners with little or no experience of Moodle who want create their own language learning activities.

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