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Listening Activities in Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by Jeff Stanford | October 2009 | Moodle Open Source

Listening is often a challenging activity for language learners. This could be because they have to deal with a range of accents and speeds or because the content may be difficult to follow. Sometimes background noise on the recording makes it more difficult to understand. In natural speech it is normal to interrupt, use ellipsis, or leave sentences unfinished. So recordings based on natural speech are also likely to be difficult.

Using Moodle, students can listen repeatedly to recordings until they feel more comfortable with them. We can also help students understand by using a recording program like Audacity to manipulate recordings, providing slower and faster versions of the same text. Certain Moodle modules, like Quiz and Lesson, can be used effectively to help students notice important features of texts, after which they are likely to understand the whole recording better.

The communicative language teaching classroom often focuses on activities that take place before, during, and after listening. This two-part article by Jeff Stanford follows the same pattern.

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What's New In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"

by Christer Edwards | October 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

At the time of this writing, Ubuntu's 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will be due out in just ten days. Users around the world are hard at work testing and submitting fixes, eagerly trying to patch every hole in time for the final relesae. While there maybe a few quirks here and there, they have so far done an amazing job of integrating new technologies and upgrading underlying technologies. This article by Christer Edwards outlines some of the exciting new technologies and features that will be showcased in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala".

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How to get Incoming Links in Joomla! 1.5 SEO: Part 1

by Herbert-Jan van Dinther | October 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Herbert-Jan van Dinther, we will cover several different ways to get more incoming links, from commenting on other sites to blogging on other platforms. Building incoming links is time consuming, but if done the right way it is a very good way to boost your web site's rankings.

There are a few ways to get links to your web site, which we will learn about in this article, including:

  • Using paid options
  • Using forums to get incoming links
  • Commenting on other web sites to get links
  • Building your own incoming links
  • Using your best content for link building
  • Writing articles for links
  • Don't be afraid to ask
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