Easy, free clipart

Whether it is to animate powerpoint presentations or to add colour to worksheets, aren’t you always on the lookout for images that will add that zest to your work?

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 9.22.25 am Open clipart allows you to download royalty-free clipart images that you can use for anything. And… they don’t pay me to write about them! I’ve used some of the images and I do think they’re really good. You may not always find the exact image you have in mind but you would most definitely find something that would work out just fine.

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ESL/EFL Listening sites

Check out the list of a few great websites where you can practise your listening skills. You could click on the links to reach the website you wish to visit.

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  1. TED

My all-time favourite collection of powerful real-time talks that allow the listener to practise their listening and, why not, reading skills. When you ‘explore the full library‘ you will be able to choose the ‘topics’, ‘languages’, and ‘duration’ of the videos you wish you watch. The chosen video can be downloaded for future use and the interactive transcript feature can be very useful for both students and teachers alike.

2. BBC LEARNING ENGLISH

BBC Learning English has tons of short videos that introduce vocabulary and expressions targeted for intermediate and advanced learners of the language.

3. BRITISH COUNCIL LISTEN & WATCH: audio, video and reading resources

4. ISLCOLLECTIVE: The “Internet Second Language Collective” is an international community of half a million language teachers sharing self-made language teaching materials. The materials comprise of printable worksheets (doc/docx formats) and powerpoint presentations that can be downloaded and appropriated according to how to want to use them. As a teacher, you could also upload your own teaching tips and ideas and/or resources so that fellow-teachers could benefit from them. The website has sections devoted to different languages, English, French, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Russian.

5. SCIENCE FRIDAY: Listen and watch some pretty amazing videos on and around science

6. ELLLO: English extracts spoken by different speakers from around the world. So this is perfect to practise understanding a variety of different accents.

7. ESL CYBER LISTENING LAB

8. TALK ENGLISH : listening lessons categorised by levels

9. ESL LOUNGE (Student): grammar exercises, vocabulary building, listening exercises and preparation for TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, FCE

ESL Lounge (Teachers): access to lesson plans and other teaching materials

10. INFOSQUARES: reading resources for ESL teachers and students

Infosquares (dot) com (listening): movie-based trailers as video resources for ESL teachers and students

 

Extracting music from YouTube

You need an audio-visual document to use for the purposes of teaching a language or any piece of content. You do however have no access to the Web during class hours, or perhaps the speed of your Internet isn’t fast enough for you to use the material in real-time. Here’s an option you can use to download the clip and use it later for pedagogical purpose : SaveFrom. SaveFrom is not a tool that needs to be downloaded but it is an online site which means that you can have access to it from any computer you want. You need to copy and paste the URL link of the video you want (from YouTube for example) onto the site and click on download.

Now, let’s say that you require only the audio element from a video sharing site like YouTube, but don’t want to download the entire video. Use YouTube Mp3 in this case. Again, you copy and paste the URL link of the video you want onto the site and it instantly converts it for you in the Mp3 format that can be downloaded.

Hope this tip helps you to download material that you can use for teaching.

Do let me know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

Till then, cheerio!