Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching


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  • A recipe book for creating language activities using Moodle 1.9
  • Get the most out of Moodle 1.9's features to create enjoyable, useful language learning activities
  • Create an online language learning centre that includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar activities
  • Enhance your activities to make them visually attractive, and make the most of audio and video activities

Chapter 11 - Formatting and Enhancing Your Moodle Materials

Chapter 12 - Preparing Students to Use Moodle

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 524 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2009
ISBN : 1847196241
ISBN 13 : 9781847196248
Author(s) : Jeff Stanford
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: What Does Moodle Offer Language Teachers?
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Moodle
Chapter 3: Vocabulary Activities
Chapter 4: Speaking Activities
Chapter 5: Grammar Activities
Chapter 6: Reading Activities
Chapter 7: Writing Activities
Chapter 8: Listening Activities
Chapter 9: Assessment
Chapter 10: Extended Activities
Index
  • Chapter 1: What Does Moodle Offer Language Teachers?
    • What is Moodle?
    • Assumptions
    • Who is this book for?
    • Why another book on Moodle?
      • Assessment
      • Making Moodle look good
    • Communicative Language Teaching
      • Age and level of students
      • What languages can you teach using Moodle?
      • Suggested approach to using the book
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started with Moodle
    • Part 1: Overview of Moodle
      • Installing Moodle
      • Topography of a Moodle site
      • Topography of a Moodle site: Front page
      • Topography of a Moodle site: Course page
      • Moodle overview: Core blocks
      • Moodle overview: Add-on blocks
        • Personal glossary
        • Exabis E-portfolio
      • Moodle overview: Core modules
      • Moodle overview: Add-on modules
    • Part 2: Site administration how-tos
      • How to create and manage users
        • Authentification
        • Accounts
        • User profile fields
        • Defining roles
        • System roles
      • How to create and manage courses
        • Course request
        • Backups
      • How to set up activities
        • Quiz settings
      • How to upload files to Moodle
      • How to upload images to Moodle
      • How to set up a grading system
        • General settings
        • Outcomes
        • Letters (grade letters)
      • How to edit labels and instructions
        • Language settings
        • Language editing
        • Language packs
      • How to manage modules
      • How to manage blocks
      • How to manage sticky blocks
      • How to set up remote RSS feeds
      • How to manage filters
      • How to control the HTML editor
      • How to manage tags
      • How to control My Moodle
      • How to enable users to add RSS feeds
      • How to set up a course calendar
      • How to create a Flash audio player
      • How to import glossary entries
      • How to download videos from YouTube
      • How to display other websites within your Moodle site
      • How to avoid spam
    • Part 3: Some useful external programs and resources
      • Assessment
        • Websites relating to assessment
      • Audio
      • Avatars
      • Directories of websites
        • RSS feeds
        • Websites
      • Firewalls
      • Hot Potatoes
      • HTML
        • Learning some basic HTML to edit your pages
        • KompoZer
      • Images
      • Paint program
      • International accent marks and diacritics
      • Reminder service
      • Scheduling service
      • Screen capture
      • Screencasts
      • Twitter
      • Video
        • Movie Maker
        • iMovie
        • Jake Ludington's Media Blab
        • Mashable
        • Video hosting
        • Subtitles
      • Widgets
      • Word processors
      • XML file creator
    • Part 4: General design principles for creating a good Moodle course
      • Moodle course design: Do's and don'ts
  • Chapter 3: Vocabulary Activities
    • Activity 1: Setting up a class glossary
      • Here's how to do it
        • Adding categories
    • Activity 2: Using a Glossary to create a "word of the day" feature
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 3: Using comments in the Glossary module for students to comment on keywords
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 4: Using the rating facility to provide feedback on students' definitions
      • Here's how to do it
        • Rating scale
        • Glossary
        • Rating students' entries
    • Activity 5: Using tags to highlight vocabulary and link to example stories
      • Preparation
      • Administration
      • Activity
      • Result
  • Activity 6: Using polls to vote on the meaning of words
    • Variation 1: Defining a word
      • Here's how to do it
    • Other variations
  • Activity 7: Using a chat session transcript to analyze vocabulary errors
    • Here's how to do it
      • Review 1: Review errors in a word processor
      • Review 2: Review errors in a wiki
      • Review 3: Review errors by comparing to a teacher recording
  • Activity 8: Using a Personal Glossary to set up simple individual vocabulary lists
    • Here's how to do it
      • Instructions for students
  • Activity 9: Creating a crossword in Hot Potatoes
    • Here's how to do it
  • Activity 10: Using a Database to set up categorized vocabulary lists
    • Here's how to do it
      • Formatting the data view
  • Activity 11: Creating a gap-fill using the Quiz module
    • Variation 1: Using a text as a stimulus for a gap-fill
      • Here's how to do it
    • Variation 2: Completing the lyrics of a song from an audio file using Audacity
      • Here's how to do it
    • Variation 3: Completing texts based on charts and other images
      • Example 1: Family tree diagram
      • Example 2: Picture of an activity
  • Activity 12: Creating a text/text matching activity using the Quiz module
    • Variation 1: Matching words
      • Here's how to do it
    • Variation 2: Creating a picture/text matching activity using the Quiz module
      • Here's how to do it
    • Variation 3: Creating an audio/text matching activity using the Quiz module
  • Chapter 4: Speaking Activities
    • Activity 1: Helping students improve pronunciation using the Forum module
    • Here's how to do it
      • Preparation
    • Activity 2: Creating a word stress matching activity using the Quiz module
      • Example 1: Word stress
      • Example 2: Sounds with audio
      • Example 3: Intonation patterns
      • Variation 1: Getting students to identify word stress
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Getting students to identify intonation
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 3: Adding a sound extension to vocabulary lists
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 4: Using OUwiki to help students learn by repeating
      • What it will look like
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 5: Dialog Minus One—helping students build dialogs using a podcast
      • Which recording program?
      • Which Moodle module?
      • Here's how to do it
        • Recording
        • Making the podcast
    • Activity 6: Preparing for class speaking practice using a Wiki
      • Variation 1: Building a dialog
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Preparing for a debate
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 7: Preparing a class discussion using Chat
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 8: Producing presentations using an OUblog
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 9: Presenting a monolog using the Quiz module
      • Here's how to do it
        • Adding an Essay
  • Chapter 5: Grammar Activities
    • Activity 1: Creating a Podcast lecture to present grammar in a lively way
      • Here's how to do it
        • Making the recording
        • Setting up the Podcast
    • Activity 2: Using the Lesson module to get students to notice grammar points
      • Here's how to do it
        • Preparation
        • Setting up the Lesson
    • Activity 3: Using polls to get students to vote on the correctness of grammar items
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 4: Practicing grammar through dictation
      • Variation 1: Creating a dictation using Lesson
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Creating a collaborative dictation using a Wiki
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 5: Using the Quiz module to practice grammar
      • Variation 1: Multiple-choice grammar quiz
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2a: Gap-fill focusing on grammar using Quiz
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2b: Gap-fill focusing on grammar using Hot Potatoes
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 3: True or false? Decide if a sentence is grammatically correct or not
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 6: Using a chat session transcript to analyze grammar errors
    • Activity 7: Peer grammar review using the Forum module
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 8: Providing feedback on grammar using the Assignment module
      • Variation 1: Providing grammar feedback on a written text
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Providing grammar feedback on a spoken text
  • Chapter 6: Reading Activities
    • Activity 1: Using Forum for a book discussion
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 2: Using Web pages to read and listen
      • Here's how to do it
        • Preparing a recording
        • Creating a web page
    • Activity 3: Using Choice for voting on texts
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 4: Using Blog to explore texts
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 5: Using Questionnaire to explore texts
      • Here's how to do it
        • Preparation
        • Activity
    • Activity 6: Using Hot Potatoes to investigate texts
      • Variation 1: Matching pictures to a text
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Identifying meaning of individual words using multiple-choice questions
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 7: Using Lesson for text prediction
      • Here's how to do it
  • Chapter 7: Writing Activities
    • Activity 1: Raising awareness of text structure using Quiz
      • Here's how to do it
        • Part 1: Analyzing the order of text elements
        • Part 2: Adding an essay question
        • Part 3: Student attempts at the quiz
    • Activity 2: Practicing register using Lesson
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 3: Using Mindmap to brainstorm writing assignments
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 4: Producing effective personal profiles
      • Here's how to do it
        • Writing profiles
    • Activity 5: Using Journal for reflective or private writing
      • Here's how to do it
        • Helping students use Journal
    • Activity 6: Using a Blog or Web page for creative writing
      • Variation 1: Blog stories
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 2: Blog stories
        • Here's how to do it
      • Variation 3: Using Book to display student descriptions of their houses
        • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 7: Writing encyclopedia entries using Glossary
      • Here's how to do it
        • A few more things to think about
        • Images
    • Activity 8: Promoting fluency writing using Chat
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 9: Using Assignment to submit and evaluate semi-authentic writing
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 10: Writing a slideshow commentary using Forum
      • Here's how to do it
        • Setting up a forum
        • Aligning photos
    • Activity 11: Summarizing RSS news items
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 12: Collaborative writing using Wiki
      • Here's how to do it
  • Chapter 8: Listening Activities
    • Players
    • Sources of listening material
    • Showing the text before listening
    • Activity 1: Using Forum to motivate students
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 2: Using Mindmap to anticipate content of a recording
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 3: Investigating texts using Quiz
      • Here's how to do it
        • Setting up the quiz
        • Listening and matching question
        • Ordering question
        • Multiple-choice question
        • Gap-fill question
    • Activity 4: Prediction activity using Lesson
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 5: Reviewing recordings using Choice
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 6: Reviewing recordings using Questionnaire
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 7: Developing students' critical faculties through online discussion about recordings they've listened to
      • Here's how to do it
  • Chapter 9: Assessment
    • Assessing language—working through an example
    • What is assessment: A brief overview of assessment and how Moodle supports it
    • Who is assessing whom?
    • Moodle assessment tools
      • Quiz module
      • Quiz module: Categorizing questions in the Item Bank
        • Here's how to do it
      • Quiz module: Question types
      • Using the Quiz module for different test types
      • Adaptive items
        • Adaptive items in the Quiz module
        • Using Overall feedback to suggest higher or lower level tests
      • Feedback
      • Scales
      • Creating a new scale
        • Here's how to do it
      • Outcomes
        • Here's how to do it
      • Lesson module
        • Interesting variables
    • Moodle Gradebook
      • Reviewing and improving your quiz tests
        • Multiple-choice item distracters—are they working?
        • Using wild cards with short-answer questions
        • Using regular expressions with short-answer questions
        • Allowing alternatives—using “|”
        • Allowing a character to be included or not—using "?"
        • Allowing a range of answers—using "[ ]"
        • Removing case sensitivity—using "/i"
      • Security
    • Useful Moodle add-ons
      • Hot Potatoes
      • Lolipop module
      • Mobile Quiz module
        • Here's how to do it
      • NanoGong audio recorder
      • Ordering question type
      • Regular Expression Short Answer question type
      • Questionnaire module
      • Stamp collection
        • Here's how to do it
      • Workshop
    • Afterword
  • Chapter 10: Extended Activities
    • Planning a sequence of activities
    • What this chapter covers
    • Webquests
      • Webquest components
      • Limitations to the Webquest module
    • E-portfolio
      • Limitations
    • Workshops
    • Reader
    • Activity 1: Supporting student investigation of knowledge or issues using the Webquest module
      • Here's how to do it
        • Creating teams
    • Activity 2: Creating a display of student work using the E-Portfolio block
      • Here's how to do it
    • Activity 3: Using Workshop to support iterative writing
      • Here is how to do it
    • Activity 4: Using Reader to create an extended reading program
      • Here's how to do it
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Jeff Stanford

Jeff Stanford is from London, UK, and has worked in over 20 different countries. He has more than 20 years experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer, which he has applied with abundant enthusiasm to ICT for the last ten years. He is a portfolio worker and each of the strands of his professional life have contributed to this book: as an associate tutor on the MA TEFL course at Leicester University; as a communication skills tutor; as a web site designer; and as a teacher trainer. Since doing a diploma in Interactive Multimedia in 2002 he's been particularly keen on demystifying technology, and helping teachers make the most of the rich world of internet language learning applications. He has been working with Moodle for the last 5 years, setting up Moodle installations for schools and companies and advising on best practice for administrators and teachers. You can visit his free Moodle try-out site at http://moodleflair.com.

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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, practising 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 practise 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.

Jeff has created a demo site (http://moodleforlanguages.co.uk) for the book

In Detail

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 to use Moodle 1.9 to create complete, usable activities that practise 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.

A recipe book for creating Moodle activities based on a communicative language teaching approach

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 for

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

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