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How to Teach English

with Technology
Using Websites
Dudeney, G and Hockly, N, (2009). How to teach English with
technology. Adapted by Lopez, A., Vallejo, N., Velasquez., A. (2015),
Language learning resources course, Universidad de caldas.

Using
websites

Authentic

MonolingualMultilingual

ELT

Cooperative
work

Save copies, doc.

Time
consuming

Web Pages in the Classroom


As printed pages, with no computers.

With one computer with an Internet connection.


In a computer lab with a set of networked and connected computers.

ELT websites or authentic websites?

What is the difference between ELT websites


and authentic websites?

What you want to


achieve
The types of tasks

Students language
level

Depends on.

Advantages and disadvantages of Authentic


websites

Pros

Authentic
input
Fit students
interests

Cons

Challenging
for students

Vocabulary

Advantages and disadvantages of


websites

Pros

Practice by
their own some
lg aspects
Controlled
language;
homework.

ELT

Cons
Lack of
authencity

Lack of real
tasks.

use authentic websites ?

Some authentic websites

ELT websites

In yahoo

In google

Masters treasure hunt


Lets see how tech-skillfull you
are
Or how much we can stand this internet
connection -_-

Look for
1. Capital of Andorra

2. Douglas Brown birth


3. Who wrote Dracula
4. The name of the president of World Bank
5. Nationality of the architect of la Pederera
6. Meaning of the name Yamid
7. Little talks singer
8. The country that won third place in the FIFA World Cup in 1978
9. The richest person in 2010
10. The director of The Lake House

The answers
1. Capital of Andorra

Andorra la Vella

2. Douglas Brown birth

1941

3. Who wrote Dracula

Braun Stoker

4. The name of the president of World Bank

Jin Yong Kim

5. Nationality of the architect of la Pederera Spanish

6. Meaning of the name Yamid


7. Little talks singer

A strong urge for independence

Of Monster and men

8. The country that won third place in the FIFA World Cup in 1978

9. The richest person in 2010

Carlos Slim

10. The director of The Lake House

Alejandro Agresti

Brazil

How to Evaluate Websites?


Aims.
Does the website fit your needs?
Does it enhance and complement the materials and activities you have planned
for the class?

Extra material
Coursebook

1. Accuracy

Who is the author?


Is the page content reliable and correct?
Cross-reference with other similar websites and encyclopedias.
2. Currency

Is the content up-to-date?


When was the page last updated?
Check for information at the bottom/top of the page.

3. Content

Is the site interesting and stimulating?


Is it attractive and easy to navigate?
4. Functionality

Does the site work well? Are there any broken links?
Does it use a lot of large files or alternative technologies?

How to evaluate websites?


Accuracy

Currency

Is it authentic?
Does it fit your needs?
Does it fit students needs and interests?
Is it the page content reliable?
Is it the content up-to-date?
Is it easy to navigate?
Does it promote meaningful learning?
Is it attractive and stimulating?
Does the site work well?
Does it use alternative tecnhologies?

Content

Functionality

Planning lessons using internet


1. Have a collection of
webpages
2. Set up the objectives of your
class
3. Specific objectives with the
webpage
4. Explore the webpage
(content, type of tasks, and
select)
5. Think about the impact on
your students
6. Plan the tasks based on the
webpage.
7. Check internet.

Lesson planning
Warm up (whole class)
Web practice (Students
explore)
Follow up activities (Ss
develop a task)

Sports and healthy habits


Warm up: Picture of people from the world of the sports.
Web: Students watch a video in youtube about Michael Pelphs training day.
Follow up: www.vocaroo.com Make a recording by summarizing the main
ideas of the video. Students can look for their favorite soccer player,
tennis player and do the same.

Websites for different skills

Listening: www.lyricstraining.com
www.esl-lab.com

www.breakingnewsenglish.com
Speaking: www.mailvu.com

www.voicethread.com
Reading: http://www.theguardian.com/
www.readingrockets.org
www.bookadventure.com
Grammar: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/

Working with lower level of language


proficiency

Be careful.
- Use websites with simple and clearly
presented text
- Websites with non-linguistic data, easy
to interpreter
- Websites with visuals

ELT websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/

http://www.moralstories.org/fables/

What web sites do you use for your teaching?

WHEN USING WEB SITES

Be prepared
Take advantage of other peoples
knowledge
Save pages
Foster pair work

Take care of the


arrangement of your cr

A NEW TEACHER IS COMING TO YOUR PLACE OF WORK.


WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING PIECES OF ADVICE WOULD YOU
GIVE?
Use websites that will probably be new for your learners.
Lesson planning for using a website is very different from
planning using a coursebook.
Its a good idea to have a backup plan in case of problems.

Its best to use website that have lots of movement and


flashing lights and sound, to keep learners interested

A NEW TEACHER IS COMING TO YOUR PLACE OF WORK.


WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING PIECES OF ADVICE WOULD YOU
GIVE?
To use a web page you dont have to have a live internet
connection .
Learners should work alone on the comnputer, not in
pairs of groups.
Keep the learners in front of the computers for the whole
class if possible.
Dont let your learners know that youre not confident
with the technology. They might lose respect for you

SOURCES FOR IMAGES

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/ws/660/amz/worldservice/live/assets/images
/2015/09/01/150901210647_google_624x351_pa.jpg
http://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/yahoo-logo.jpg
http://fontslogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ask-com_320.jpg

Task

Choose a topic (pasted around the classroom)


Choose the language level.

Select one of the previous websites


Plan a mini lesson with Warm up, web, and follow up.