June 3 – Useful webtools for EAP

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On June 3, we discussed web tools and other technologies that have been useful in our practice in some measure. Click to read Julie Moore and Leo Selivan‘s choices, which focus on dictionaries, corpora and other lexical tools. Others mentioned during the chat included:

Just the Word –  http://just-the-word.com – input a word to retrieve collocation and frequency information about it.

Learner Corpus bibliography – http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl-lcbiblio.html – includes citations to a number of books and articles on this topic (600+).

PONS Online dictionary – http://en.pons.eu/ – online dictionary that translates words into many languages as well as shows translation of different ways of using that word

Papermachines – http://t.co/VrmGJzUFhQ,  & Cobra – http://webapps.fundp.ac.be/elv/nederlex/dico – corpus-based tools

Jing – http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html – giving writing feedback to students by recording your screen as you comment

Podcasts – CBC Metro Mornings (http://t.co/qCvUzvOYxV) & Definitely Not the Opera (http://t.co/BC7OaYg557)

Of course, there’s always ELTpicshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/eltpics/sets/ – a crowd-sourced photo gallery of usable images for the classroom.

Read the full transcript here.

Burning question: If you find a web tool particularly useful in your practice, please list it in the comments with a little summary of its main function and/or blog about it. 🙂


2 thoughts on “June 3 – Useful webtools for EAP

  1. Jennifer MacDonald

    Hi all, Those are some great tools. Here’s an interesting one for you: “The Original Thesis Builder and Online Essay Outliner”. http://www.tommarch.com/electraguide/thesis.php When I brought this one up at a staff meeting it caused a HUGE debate. Some thought that this was a shortcut, or a crutch, that would do students’ work for them. Others (myself included), thought it could be used wisely, introduced after students have been taught how to make outlines, to let them compare their own work to that generated by the site, forcing them to analyze their work critically. I’d love to know what you all think!

    1. Tyson Seburn Post author

      Thanks, Jennifer. Where I could possibly debate on either side, my immediate impression is how useful the questions are for students in developing their ideas more clearly to themselves. Probably what is generated could, like you said, be good for critical analysis and comparison.


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