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Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching

Jeff Stanford

Engaging online language learning activities using the Moodle platform
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196248
Paperback524 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Does Moodle Offer Language Teachers?
What is Moodle?
Who is this book for?
Why another book on Moodle?
Communicative Language Teaching
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Moodle
Part 1: Overview of Moodle
Part 2: Site administration how-tos
Part 3: Some useful external programs and resources
Part 4: General design principles for creating a good Moodle course
Chapter 3: Vocabulary Activities
Activity 1: Setting up a class glossary
Activity 2: Using a Glossary to create a "word of the day" feature
Activity 3: Using comments in the Glossary module for students to comment on keywords
Activity 4: Using the rating facility to provide feedback on students' definitions
Activity 5: Using tags to highlight vocabulary and link to example stories
Activity 6: Using polls to vote on the meaning of words
Activity 7: Using a chat session transcript to analyze vocabulary errors
Activity 8: Using a Personal Glossary to set up simple individual vocabulary lists
Activity 9: Creating a crossword in Hot Potatoes
Activity 10: Using a Database to set up categorized vocabulary lists
Activity 11: Creating a gap-fill using the Quiz module
Activity 12: Creating a text/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
Activity 2: Creating a word stress matching activity using the Quiz module
Activity 3: Adding a sound extension to vocabulary lists
Activity 4: Using OUwiki to help students learn by repeating
Activity 5: Dialog Minus One — helping students build dialogs using a podcast
Activity 6: Preparing for class speaking practice using a Wiki
Activity 7: Preparing a class discussion using Chat
Activity 8: Producing presentations using an OUblog
Activity 9: Presenting a monolog using the Quiz module
Chapter 5: Grammar Activities
Activity 1: Creating a Podcast lecture to present grammar in a lively way
Activity 2: Using the Lesson module to get students to notice grammar points
Activity 3: Using polls to get students to vote on the correctness of grammar items
Activity 4: Practicing grammar through dictation
Activity 5: Using the Quiz module to practice grammar
Activity 6: Using a chat session transcript to analyze grammar errors
Activity 7: Peer grammar review using the Forum module
Activity 8: Providing feedback on grammar using the Assignment module
Chapter 6: Reading Activities
Activity 1: Using Forum for a book discussion
Activity 2: Using Web pages to read and listen
Activity 3: Using Choice for voting on texts
Activity 4: Using Blog to explore texts
Activity 5: Using Questionnaire to explore texts
Activity 6: Using Hot Potatoes to investigate texts
Activity 7: Using Lesson for text prediction
Chapter 7: Writing Activities
Activity 1: Raising awareness of text structure using Quiz
Activity 2: Practicing register using Lesson
Activity 3: Using Mindmap to brainstorm writing assignments
Activity 4: Producing effective personal profiles
Activity 5: Using Journal for reflective or private writing
Activity 6: Using a Blog or Web page for creative writing
Activity 7: Writing encyclopedia entries using Glossary
Activity 8: Promoting fluency writing using Chat
Activity 9: Using Assignment to submit and evaluate semi-authentic writing
Activity 10: Writing a slideshow commentary using Forum
Activity 11: Summarizing RSS news items
Activity 12: Collaborative writing using Wiki
Chapter 8: Listening Activities
Sources of listening material
Showing the text before listening
Activity 1: Using Forum to motivate students
Activity 2: Using Mindmap to anticipate content of a recording
Activity 3: Investigating texts using Quiz
Activity 4: Prediction activity using Lesson
Activity 5: Reviewing recordings using Choice
Activity 6: Reviewing recordings using Questionnaire
Activity 7: Developing students' critical faculties through online discussion about recordings they've listened to
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
Moodle Gradebook
Useful Moodle add-ons
Chapter 10: Extended Activities
Planning a sequence of activities
What this chapter covers
Activity 1: Supporting student investigation of knowledge or issues using the Webquest module
Activity 2: Creating a display of student work using the E-Portfolio block
Activity 3: Using Workshop to support iterative writing
Activity 4: Using Reader to create an extended reading program

What You Will Learn

  • 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 ( 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.


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