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Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Wiki for IELTS Exam-Takers

At the conference yesterday I was presenting the wiki that I have been running for a long time for my IELTS students. Apart from the wiki itself I also presented a few tools that I incorporated into the wiki and suggested some other alternatives to the tools that I use to my audience.

The wiki my students have is a closed one so that my learners don't feel uncomfortable doing their writing assignments. It is linked to a talkgroup on Voxopop where they record their speaking tasks. Introduction to IELTS speaking section is an embedded Prezi presentation; the explanation of how to record on Voxopop is a screencast done with Screenr, the videos that I would like my students to watch and the tutorials about how to do the writing tasks are in a MentorMob playlist also embedded into the wiki. There are also some screenshots done with ScreenHunter to explain what the buttons on MentorMob are.

 When it comes to choosing which tool to use, I suppose, each one of us chooses the one that is more convenient for them. For example, I always use pbworks if I have to set up a wiki. I am not really sure why I prefer this site, because others do more or less the same. It may be a question of habit-formation or preference. The same is true for screencast tools: I always go with Screenr, but I know that other tools are just as good. This is the presentation of the tools and the wiki I gave yesterday. However, I would like to ask a question: Do you always use the same tools? Why/Why not?


16 comments:

  1. Hello Anna,

    Great presentation, I use pbworks too with my class. I find it very useful and my students like it too.

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  2. Dear Natzyelly,

    Thank for your comment. Do you have only writing tasks on the wiki or do you also include listening and reading tasks?

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  3. Nice post about IELTS speaking it is very important information for students

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  4. Dear Sara,
    Thanks for your reply. I agree that speaking is very important for IELTS exam-takers. However, the main problem my students have is writing. How about your students?

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  5. Thanks for your excellent writing. It is really helpful

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  6. Nice post about IELTS speaking it is very important information for students

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  7. Dear Anna,
    It's such a pleasure to read your posts. Having a wiki for your IELTS class is super. The selection of tools is cool and I see your wiki presents two important features for todays' changing world in terms of technology, your wiki is scalable, and sustainable; it's a wiki that has a sound FUTURE, for students willing to take this exam.
    Congrats my dear friend
    Debbie

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  8. Thanks Debita!

    The wiki allows me to blend face-to-face and online classes, but now I want to think of a way to teach IELTS fully online and effectively. :)

    Hugs friend

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  9. Nice Post about ielts it is very useful for students

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  10. Thanks Nancy! I am planning to add more posts about IELTS writing section. Hope it will be useful :)

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  11. thanks for the tips Anna. I am applying as a lecturer in an IELTS review center in the Philippines. I am sure this will help me a lot during the demo. Thanks and more power!

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  12. You are welcome, Tiffany! Good luck with the interview! :)

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  13. Good post about ielts it is very useful for students

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