I have recently came across to a wonderful Web 2.0 Tool that can motivate your students to write wider texts in English. This tool is Check This and what is really great about this tool is that you can make a simple website without even registering. Moreover, you can make your page more interesting by adding images (from your computer but also by catching them onyoutube line), video from youtube and vimeo, contact form and others. The user can also choose the theme of the website or add his/her own picture as a background to the website.
- Excellent for use with all ages of students (registration is not required in order to start creating your website)
- User can choose if the website will be public and visible to all or accessible just to the people
- The user does not create a simple – plain page but can add pictures, videos, audio etc.
- The user (in our case students) can share their work by email to the teacher or share it with a co-student (peer-review)
It is a great tool that can be used for practicing:
Writing – Ask students to create their own websites (essays, letters, applications, reviews, express their feelings about sth etc)
Reading – Create your own website and share the link with your students to read it (you can add some reading comprehension questions)
Listening – Add a video of your choice from youtube and create an activity on this listening.
I would love to hear your opinion and possible lesson ideas.