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    • Zahra Shafiee
      Hello Friends, These days, many technology-enhanced classes use screencasts or screen recording for providing effective instruction. It may include presentation of the lessons or submission of the assignments. I am looking for recent sources...
      • Zahra Shafiee
        Zahra Shafiee commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
        Dear Ramesh, Thanks a lot for sharing British Council's links. This site is definitely a reliable source for language learners of all ages and levels.  Many thanks
        • Zahra Shafiee
          Zahra Shafiee commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
          Thanks a lot Mija, I just visited the site and tried a game. They are amazing games. Thanks for sharing the your site. As you mentioned they are for young learners, but I enjoyed playing as well.
          • Ramesh Sharma
            Ramesh Sharma commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
            Hello Zahra Not as an App, however, these may be  useful: 1. This  source is to learn freely from British Council site: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en 2. edX has a free MOOC:...
            • Mija Selič
              Mija Selič commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
              I don't know the age of your students. I teach young ones (5-10) and through practice, my husband created some games I needed for them. Check it out on C00lSch00l site. We're now working on 'Grammory' ... it's memory...
              • Zahra Shafiee
                Zahra Shafiee commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
                Hi Diana, I have just installed the app. Seems to be useful for students. Many thanks for your suggestion.  Best, Zahra
                • Diana
                  Diana commented on the blog Mobile Apps for Language Learning
                  Have you tried quizlet.com, Zahra? I find it rather effective for vocabulary learning (and not only). I usually use it on my computer, but there is a free app as well.   
                  • Zahra Shafiee
                    Zahra Shafiee published a blog post Mobile Apps for Language Learning
                    effective free mobile applications for language learning
                      • Ramesh Sharma
                        Ramesh Sharma
                        Hello Zahra Not as an App, however, these may be  useful: 1. This  source is to learn freely from British Council site: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en 2. edX has a free MOOC:...
                        • Zahra Shafiee
                          Zahra Shafiee
                          Thanks a lot Mija, I just visited the site and tried a game. They are amazing games. Thanks for sharing the your site. As you mentioned they are for young learners, but I enjoyed playing as well.
                          • Zahra Shafiee
                            Zahra Shafiee
                            Dear Ramesh, Thanks a lot for sharing British Council's links. This site is definitely a reliable source for language learners of all ages and levels.  Many thanks
                          • Zahra Shafiee
                            Zahra Shafiee replied on the discussion topic Online Learners
                            Good point dear Diana, Thanks for mentioning it. In fact, she did not mention that, but she usually runs group classes of general English courses. You are so right about class atmosphere. view reply
                            • Diana
                              Diana replied on the discussion topic Online Learners
                              I have a question, Zahra. Were your colleague conducting a group or one-to-one class? If it was a group class it might have been not just technophobia involved. Some people may be just shy among strangers. If that is the case some good old... view reply
                              • Zahra Shafiee
                                Zahra Shafiee replied on the discussion topic Online Learners
                                Thanks a lot Nellie for sharing your comments. Useful indeed. I think student support is very important in online courses, especially their psychological or emotional support. Not all students are technophobes, but there are still barriers... view reply
                                • Dr. Nellie Deutsch
                                  Dr. Nellie Deutsch replied on the discussion topic Online Learners
                                  Live online sessions can be intimidating for many students. I would take it step by step. I would encourage her to start communicating with her students in the chatbox before getting them to use their webcams or mics. Once they get comfortable... view reply
                                  • Zahra Shafiee
                                    Zahra Shafiee added a new discussion topic Online Learners
                                    Hi Everyone, My colleague had an online class. On the first live session, she realized some students did not dare to interact or even connect.  What would you suggest that my colleague should do to help her students overcome...
                                      • Zahra Shafiee

                                        By Zahra Shafiee

                                        Thanks a lot Nellie for sharing your comments. Useful indeed.

                                        I think student support is very important in online courses, especially their psychological or emotional support. Not all students are technophobes, but there are still barriers as compared to f2f classes.

                                        I am interested in knowing these barriers based on teachers' own experiences not necessarily the literature. I mean, how teachers have identified these barriers in their classes, how they actually have reacted to them, and how they have solved them. 

                                        • Diana

                                          By Diana

                                          I have a question, Zahra. Were your colleague conducting a group or one-to-one class? If it was a group class it might have been not just technophobia involved. Some people may be just shy among strangers. If that is the case some good old ice-breakers can do the charm. The first task of a teacher is to create a relaxed atmosphere and let it melt the ice. :)

                                           

                                          • Zahra Shafiee

                                            By Zahra Shafiee

                                            Good point dear Diana,
                                            Thanks for mentioning it.
                                            In fact, she did not mention that, but she usually runs group classes of general English courses.
                                            You are so right about class atmosphere.