Reflections on a Course: Post 2 (Week 3)

It’s been a busy week in the course. We’ve talked about social bookmarking, listening skills and CALL. Thats’s a lot of food for thought!

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Nowadays, knowledge in the Internet is being spread and disseminated via different channels (blogs, professional websites, forums…), but probably the most effective way to share this knowledge is through social bookmarking, which has become a paramount element in this big world of Internet. Users can build their own framework of sources of information out of different types of platform. Pure social bookmarking platforms like or diigo let you create lists of favourite sites and store these lists in a referring library. The big issue is called tagging. Bookmark libraries can become massive lists really hard to manage. Tagging resources with relevant terms related help us search for the sites we need according to our needs (Secondary education, listening, ICT, interactives, edugames…). We only need to type the tags and the site will display those links that contain the tags we requested.

Other ways to share knowledge are sites such as Symbaloo (site where favourites are organised in visual libraries -webmixes- containing links of the same field or topic; is a service where users can build a page with brief posts where they mention a website or a resource, with an image, the link and a description. In most cases provides with a possible descriptive text that can  be edited. Tagging is also paramount when we want to find our “scoops” within the page.

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This week we have also analysed the approach given to listening and speaking skills through CALL. The issue has moved between the use of speech analysis software, more focused on prosody, phonetics a more scientific approach of the learners pronunciation, and the use of websites whose main goal is to help students improve their listening skills through the comprehension of real English and “lab” recordings. Many websites offer scores of recordings covering different subjects and levels. Improving our listening skills through songs is also extremely relevant, and our old ways with the cassette or CD player have been replaced by websites where we can read the transcript as we watch/listen to the song and even do fill-in-the-gap exercises (Lyrics trainingBatlyrics).

We could conclude that all these different approaches make up for the feeling that ICT in language learning is here to stay!

5 thoughts on “Reflections on a Course: Post 2 (Week 3)

  1. Yohimar

    Hi Ricard,

    Your contributions are always great! you are a web 2.0 teacher xD! we all learn from you in this course!

    I did not know was a site for social bookmarking too. I had always seen my PLN on twitter, refering to but did not exactly what it was! I use delicious, diigo and clipmarks which is similar to I guess! almost the same features and functions!

    As you mentioned, tagging is the key to organize, in a better way, our favorites according to different subject areas!

    Keep going R!


  2. Yulia

    Hello, Ricard!

    Thank you for Rarely do I apply to songs in my teaching practice, while it can be beneficial for developing listening and even pronunciation skills. When I read your post on Nicenet and read your reflections on the blog I wondered why it happens so that I try to keep away from music in my classroom. I visited the Lyrics training site and saw a lot of songs and bands I am not familiar with. Probably this is the explanation. The fact is we (teachers) tend to accept those means that we feel confident about. Unfortunately, I am not much of an expert in contemporary music and I am not sure about the type of music my students listen to. Nevertheless, I am 100% sure now that this site is an excellent source for self-study and training. What I liked about it is that it fits different levels and it is fully engrossing.

    P.S. Adele – Someone Like You is amazing!

    Since-that-moment-keeping-up-with-music Yuliya

  3. rgarcia5 Post author

    Thanks, Yuliya!! Music is one of the best ways to bridge our gap… keep it up!!

  4. Robert

    Hi Ricard- Agreed, music is the international language and crosses borders easily. My office mate has been using lyrics quite a bit in her teaching lately. I’ve passed on your suggestion. Very nice. I find some of the tasks quite challenging even for me at the beginner exercises. I guess I better practice : )

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