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ICT in, and, for language learning

 As a language enthusiast, I have always been keen on finding ways to effectively learn and teach languages.  ICT in, and, for language learning is the "thing",  if not the real "thing",  that we should all welcome in the 21st century language learning and teaching. 

This page aims to provide you links pertaining to ICT tools which are useful for this project  which would help in completing the aims we set to achieve.  Free software programs and  websites devoted  to language learning available in the net that would help language learning and teaching more enjoyble and effective would also be featured here.  

Free online courses

This free online Diploma in Multimedia Development course covers the skills and techniques needed to create professional-looking videos, visual effects, motion graphics and animations. The course offers a rigorous exploration of key multimedia tools including Adobe Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Flash, Audacity, Director MX and Adobe After Effects. 


The video-based tutorials are delivered in a non-technical and step-by-step manner by the award-winning multimedia teacher Russell Stannard. The Diploma course is ideal for those who want to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of multimedia development tools and techniques and who want to enhance their career prospects in the process.

This free online course is an introduction to the skills and techniques needed to record and publish podcasts to the Web. This course covers using Audacity to record and edit podcasts, and how to create an online account with Podomatic to publish podcasts to the Web. Russell Stannard, an award-winning lecturer from the University of Warick, describes the use of these podcasting tools in a non-technical and step-by-step manner. The course is ideal for those who've always wanted to record and publish podcasts to the Web but lack the skills or knowledge to do it.

http://alison.com/courses/Podcasting-Create-Podcasts-for-the-Web


Windows Movie Maker for Video Editing and Publishing

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing and publishing software program from Microsoft. This free online course shows you how to use Windows Movie Maker to quickly and easily edit videos, add background audio or a voiceover, add transitions or effects to videos, and publish videos in a variety of formats. 

 http://alison.com/courses/Windows-Movie-Maker-How-to-Edit-Videos

How to Communicate using Skype

Skype has revolutionized online communications. This free online course shows you in a step-by-step manner how to download the Skype application, create a Skype account, add contacts to your list, and communicate using instant messaging, voice calls using a microphone and speakers, and video calls using a Webcam. Learn how to use Skype and you can communicate with family and friends around the world.

 http://alison.com/courses/Online-Communications-using-Skype

Using GMAIL

This free online course uses the Web-based e-mail service from Google™ called Gmail™, (Google Mail in the UK and Germany), to introduce you to the basics of e-mail. Gmail is Web-based e-mail service, and is not dependent on your using email software loaded on your own personal computer, like for Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. With Web-based e-mail, you can access your e-mail from any Internet-connected computer in the world. This free e-learning course shows you how to sign up for Gmail, get an e-mail address, and organize your Gmail account. 

 http://alison.com/courses/How-to-use-Gmail

How to use YouTube for Video Sharing

YouTube is the No. 1 video sharing Web site in the world. Everyday millions of users upload and view videos on YouTube - now you can be part of this experience too. This free online course shows you how to create an account on YouTube, set up your own YouTube channel, upload videos to your account, and select your favourite videos. Use this course to learn about YouTube and you can share your videos with the world.

 http://alison.com/courses/YouTube-Create-an-Account-Upload-and-View-Videos

 

Screen Capture Tools - How to Record Your Computer Screen

Screen capture techniques allow you record what is happening on your computer screen, accompanied by a voiceover if required. This free online course shows you in a step-by-step manner how to record your computer screen using JING, Screen Jelly and Screen Toaster. These Web-based applications allow you to record your computer screen along with a voiceover and upload the resulting videos onto the Web for others to view.

 http://alison.com/courses/Screen-Capture-Techniques

WordPress - Blogging on the Web

Blogs have become widespread on the Web. They allow individuals provide commentary or news on a particular subject, and they can also be used as more personal online diaries. This free online course shows you how to create a blog using the popular blog publishing application WordPress. You will be shown how to set up an account, and write and edit entries for the blog. This course is ideal for learners who want to create their own blogs online but lack the skills or knowledge to do it.

Fundamentals of English Grammar

 This free online course offers a comprehensive revision of English grammar. It is designed for those already fluent in English who want to improve their writing skills. It examines spelling, grammar and punctuation including commas, colons, adverbs and prepositions. By completing this course, you will see a marked improvement in your written English. This course is ideal for anyone looking to improve their written and indeed spoken English. 

http://alison.com/courses/English-Grammar

"Speaking and Writing English Effectively" is an ideal course to enhance your English language abilities and is designed for proficient English speakers who would like to improve their speaking and writing skills. The course compares a variety of writing styles including imaginative writing, journalism, English in the media and textual analysis. The lesson also offers a comprehensive guide to using language effectively and is ideal for English students or more generally; those who want to improve their written English for work or pleasure.

 http://alison.com/courses/Using-English-Effectively

English Writing Skills

This free online language course is ideal to improve your English writing skills. The course contrasts a number of different styles of writing, including comedy, descriptive, spy, thriller, instructional text, opinion pieces, poetry, and more. It also covers punctuation. This course provides you with enough guidelines to express yourself in a variety of writing styles and is recommended for anyone wanting to improve their writing or English students who wish to enhance their essay-writing abilities..  

http://alison.com/courses/Writing-in-English

basic Open Source software

 Absolutely no sweat! Just type or paste what you would like to hear in English, Italian, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese. Then, just press!  Just press and listen! Neat and free!  For our project, please click

http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/speech.asp?dir=fr

 Convert your AMR files to mp3 or the other way around. This is a very neat , fast and easy software.

  

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

 Audacity is a program for recording and editing sound files that’s easy to use, free, open-code and multiplatform.

Audacity is a simple, powerful program used to do large jobs: record live sound, convert tapes and recordings to digital sound or CD tracks, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV files, cut, paste, splice and mix sounds, change the speed and pitch of a recording and more.

Audacity lets you manipulate different sound files in different ways, import and export files, combine them and create recordings from scratch and then export them to the most popular audio formats easily and quickly.

Audacity lets you include different effects, change the pitch without changing the tempo and vice versa, eliminate static, whistles or any background noise that affects the quality of the recording.

Audacity also lets you alter the frequencies using equaliser and FFT filters, amplify and normalise volume effects etc and incorporate new effects like echo, phaser, wahwah, reverse, etc.

When you manipulate audio files, the sound quality becomes an important factor. Audacity lets you manipulate 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit sounds with recording quality up to 96 Khz.

 
 
This software is fast and easy to use. It converts your AMR file to mp3 file or the other way around. 

 Browse or create flashcards created by teachers and student for collaborative learning. Fast, easy and fun! http://quizlet.com/features/

 This is really my favotire. I can't live without Tagxedo. Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

 http://www.tagxedo.co

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Touch Typing Skills

Our Touch Typing Course is a professional typing tutor that helps you to increase your typing speed and accuracy. It takes very little time to learn the basics of touch typing, allowing you to develop a skill that we help you for a lifetime! Save yourself hours of time and learn to touch type! 

 http://alison.com/courses/Touch-Typing-Training

 

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