You’ll learn some ways to use technology for self-study so that you can improve your English without paying for an expensive language course abroad or reading boring grammar books.
Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant specialising in how technology can enhance language learning.
a potpourri – a mixture (traditionally of dried flowers, herbs and spices) “My accent is a potpourri of different accents I picked up because I lived in many different places”.
to cram – study intensively over a short period of time “Don’t cram your English practice into a 3-hour block. Spread it out over the week. Little and often.”
to be going down a storm – to become very popular, be enthusiastically received by an audience. “Immersive readers have been going down a storm.”
hand on heart – to be honest, honestly. Being completely truthful and sincere.
“It’s a real boon for language learners.” A real boon – something which makes life easier or better.
“This technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.” – It’s improved very quickly.
good to go – prepared and ready to leave or start something. You might hear, for example, “Are you good to go? Can we leave now?” or “Just open the voice recorder, hit ‘record’ and you’re good to go.”
to go old school – to do something like it used to be done, but with pride (Joe sometimes uses pen and paper (old school) then uses voice to text, voice typing to type up his notes in Word or Google docs.
flashcards – cards containing a small amount of information. Teachers use them in the classroom. Word one one side (car, taxi) and a picture on the back.
to spin – to turn or move around quickly. “To spin a wheel” Like in the fruit machines you find in bars and casinos.
Joe lives on the Isle of Wight
We’re going to talk about how you can you use technology to help you improve your English for self-study.
Joe really likes the Quizlet app for self-study.
He also recommends Quizzes. It’s a great app for language teachers to use with their students.
Joe also mentions Kahoot! which is a popular app among teachers and students.
1.Immersive reader (built into Microsoft tools, Chrome extension and available via the Microsoft Lens.
What is an immersive reader and how can it help language learners?
2. Voice recorders
Vocaroo is a really easy-to-use web-based voice recorder:
Voice Record Pro
Android only: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dje073.android.modernrecforge&hl=en&gl=US
Online Voice Recorder (similar to Vocaroo): https://online-voice-recorder.com/
3. Voice to text Voice typing in Google Docs, Dictate in Word and Dictation on iOS
4. Flashcard creation with Flippity
Flippity is more versatile and has more features than Anki
- Flippity Randomiser
Screen recording software:
- Flippity Manipulatives
Mac screenshot: Command-shift-4
Windows screenshot: Snipping Tool or the new Snip and Sketch
Google extension: Quick Share Screenshot
Use Vocaroo for audio
- Flippity Snowman (like hangman, but not as violent!)
- Flippity Quiz Show (a good game for revision)
5. Creating your own podcast
If you want to see an example of the power of podcasting for improving your English, listen to the episode with Daniel Goodson: https://www.inglespodcast.com/437
How much does it cost to start a podcast?
You can start at no cost whatsoever.
Recommended podcast hosting
Libsyn Blubrry Podbean Buzzsprout (paid)
Recommended audio editing software
What are the first steps in creating and launching a podcast?
Make a list for your first 20 episodes (For example, trekking in the countryside: 1. clothes, 2. route planning, 3. groups to join-clubs and associations, 4. best rucksack and waterbottle etc)
Are you podcasting as you’re walking to get the ambient noise of the birds and the countryside?
If you can only think of 3 episode topics, have you chosen the best subject to podcast about?
What are you passionate about?
Why would people listen to you? – Everyone has their own personality and views and opinions. You are unique!
How can creating a podcast help your fluency?
Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, fluency, and interviewing other people.
If you are an English teacher, why not use podcasting in the classroom as a group activity?
Advantages: Planning in groups, peer-correction, generating vocabulary, collaborating on episode notes, recording-re-recording, listening to the podcasts of other groups. Real-life task! But you need to know what you’re doing and which tools to use.
Joe’s podcast course: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/podcasting-masterclass-with-joe-dale-10th-january-7th-february-2023-tickets-484027548427
How you can contact Joe and follow him on social media
joedale100 on YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/@joedale
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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Thank you Craig and Joe. Awesome episode! I will definitely take a closer look at Flippity.
There is a huge topic which you might cover on a future episode: ChatGPT, the AI assistant that can also help you a great deal when it comes to English learning. It has a huge potential and I already love it! Cheers, Daniel.
Hi Daniel. Yes, I’ve heard people talking about ChatGPT, but I haven’t had a chance to have a look at it. However, following your recommendation, I’ll check it out ASAP! Happy New Year!