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Monday, 24 January 2011

Learning Chocolate -Vocabulary Learning


Today's Website~

●   Learning Chocolate
  

What is it about?

●  Help the learners remember vocabulary in an easy and efficient way

●  Pictures and sounds come with the vocabulary.

●  Games are provided to make learning vocabulary fun

●  Select the category

●  Press the button of each vocabulary (below) the picture to listen

●  Try the games when you are familiar with the sounds and vocabulary

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Pictures and sound help linking the words to the meaning

●  Learners could practice as much as they like, which leads to self-direct learning

●  Individual learners can learn at their rate.

●  The interactive function makes learning vocabulary fun.

●  Games are motivating and sometimes learners like challenge.

●  The repeating function enhances listening and pronunciation

How might you use it in a language teaching context?

●  Have students work individually

●  Select a category of vocabulary you'd like them to learn

●  Encourage them to listen carefully and try to remember as many words as they can

●  Encourage them to imitate and speak out the words

●  Ask them to write down or look up the words they are unfamiliar on the dictionary,

    and later they can compare them with their classmates.

●  Once they are familiar with the vocabulary, have them play the game.

●  Check their scores, and make sure they can pronounce each word

●  Encourage them to challenge "fill in" and "dictation" games when they are able to 
    
    spell the words.

●  If some of the students finished all of the session quickly, you can have them 

    challenge another related category of vocabulary. 
 
●  Encourage students to challenge each category of vocabulary at home.  It helps

    them foster their autonomous learning. 

Limitations~
  
●   Need sufficient computers for each students

●  The levels of vocabulary in each category are different.  Some are too difficult.

●  Vocabulary should be learned in sentences to learn how they are used.
   
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 Example~ 

The category:

●    Continents and Oceans

●  Review
    Learners can click the sound
                                                   
   Try to be familiar with the pronunciation, the continents and oceans and

   their locations
 
●  Match up 1 

     Learners click the sound and drag it to the matched word.
 


●  Match up 2

    Learners drag the continents and oceans to their locations.



●  Match up 3

     Learners drag the sound they hear to the matched continents and 

     oceans.
 


●  Fill in

    Learners fill in the continents and oceans they learn.
 
 ●  Dictation

    Learners click the sound and fill in what they hear.


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