Monday, February 10, 2014

Rachel's English: An interesting website to check

By Tarak Brahmi, Teacher of English in Oman

I stumbled upon Rachel's English website when my nephew asked me to recommend websites that can help him to improve his pronunciation. The website features a plethora of videos illustrating important features of the English language in addition to new vocabulary lists, exercises and more. It is presented in a professional and straight-to-the-point way. For those who want to go the extra mile, there's also a paid five-week course. To know more about Rachel and her teaching background, you can watch this interview with our friend FluencyMC.
You can also check this interesting video about American English pronunciation.

Rachel's English

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to share resources with colleagues online

By Tarak Brahmi, Teacher of English in Oman

Bookmarking websites is a handy way to keep a list of useful references that you can always go back to when the need arises or, in today's case, when used in tandem with a bookmark-sharing tool like diigo, may prove to be a great way to share and to save others a few hours of browsing. Diigo and other similar websites like pearltrees have been around for a few years but I had been reluctant to use them until my bookmarks space became so cluttered that I thought I ought to do something about it. Fortunately, diigo came to the rescue and it proved to be extremely useful for two additional reasons: First, if I ever have to switch to a different PC or format mine, I wouldn't worry about losing my bookmarks; They will always be accessible anywhere and anytime. Second, through these websites, my bookmarks can be easily shared with my colleagues.
The above mentioned websites come with nice additions like the ability to annotate, add colors, provide tags, etc..
Here is my recently created list of bookmarks. If you are curious about the great-looking tag cloud below, it was created with Wordle.

Tip: You can also have a look at the hundreds of groups on diigo to check their lists of bookmarks and save yourself hours of browsing.


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