Yet another great Show and Tell event! This time, the second NALA Show and Tell, which took place at the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester.

For a comprehensive review of the day, obviously Dominic McGladdery’s blog is the place to go, as ever.

My contribution looked at finding accessible, authentic reading texts for learners, and I shared the links below. There are probably more, and better, sites available, but these are the ones I’ve been looking at recently.

Literary texts

News items


TeachMeet Bolton

Has there ever been a TeachMeet which wasn’t worth attending?  I don’t think so!

This particular event was organised on a Friday evening by @DeputyMitchell and @Dughall, and the room was packed out.  Not only that, but there was a live video feed, and the event was being watched in Plymouth, Buckinghamshire, and in various other locations!

There were so many good ideas to take away, and the place was buzzing by the end.  @simonhaughton has already done the hard work in covering the highlights in his post, and I did my slot on one of my favourite collaborative learning activities, which you can find information about in these previous posts, or by typing collaborative learning in the search box on this blog.

But what I wanted to do was quickly highlight some of the ideas and links that I could see having a use in language teaching.  The majority are familiar to most, but by mentioning them here, at least I’ll know where to find them when I need them!

So, in no particular order:

  • Audioboo and ipadio for instant sound recordings and uploading to a blog.
  • Flickit for instant uploading of images
  • Coveritlive – live event publishing
  • Newspaper clipping generator – I tried this out quickly, and it seems to support foreign characters
  • Logo54 generates any words you like in the style of famous logos (like the one at the top of this post)

Those last couple of links were courtesy of @ideas_factory, who kindly shared a link to a whole host of generators here.  Whilst browsing, I found this one:

  • onlinewahn.de is an image generator specifically in German, which may be of interest to some.
Huge thanks to the organisers, and it was great to meet and learn from such dedicated and talented practitioners.