Archives for April 2013

Rachel’s English — A Video Resource for English Pronunciation

Looking to give your students a supplemental resource for practicing pronunciation? Check out Rachel’s English on YouTube. Rachel’s YouTube channel has dozens of videos which instruct learners on various aspects of English pronunciation, American style.

As an example of her work, here’s a useful video which deals with the pronunciation of the -ed ending of regular verbs in the past tense:

Trace Effects – A New Language Learning Game from the U.S. Dept. of State

The U.S. Department of State has developed a new online video game for language learning called Trace Effects. Here’s how the Dept. of State describes the game:

This innovative language learning video game will complement students’ classroom English language instruction through interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures. Trace Effects is geared for players aged 12-16.

Gamers interact and solve puzzles in a virtual world filled with diverse English-speaking characters. In the game, students take a dynamic journey through the United States, traveling to cultural locations like Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Trace Effects