Friday, 19 May 2017

An App for Making Grammar Addictive

The ‘Quiz Your English App’ is a great new free app available for on both iOS and Android that has been designed to make English learning and revision into an engaging, enjoyable and addictive game.

The app has been produced by Cambridge English Language Assessment and can be downloaded for free from: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/games-social/quiz-your-english/

Once your students have installed the game they need to register either by using a Google or Facebook account. Once registered students can challenge other users in competitive language quizzes. They do this by clicking on ‘Play’ and then choosing a topic.
Once they have their topic, the app will match them up to an opponent and they then have to answer a sequence of five timed questions.
The students then have ten seconds to answer the question. The student that answers correctly first scores more points.
The whole quiz is finished in less than 1 minute and then the students can ask for a rematch or challenge someone else.
As the students gain points they are added to a scoreboard and they can search through the scoreboard and challenge other players.
By clicking on ‘Results’ students can review their past games, see how they scored and look at which questions they got right or wrong.
This is a really simple but very well designed app that will keep students at a lower intermediate + level engaged with and reviewing language on a regular basis.


Using Quiz Your English with Students
  • It would be a great tool to use as a filler in the classroom for students who finish early or for some autonomous learning tool.
  • You could also start your class by getting students into pairs or small groups to share the questions they got wrong and work together to try to find  out why their answer was wrong and which one was correct.

Summary
  • There’s a lot to like about this app. I actually really enjoyed playing it myself as a native speaker, so for students who are drawn to competitive games this could be quite addictive.
  • I also like that you know who you are playing against and where they come from, even though the app doesn’t enable any form of contact, so it’s still safe for students.
  • The fact that the quizzes are so short also keeps the interest levels and students can quickly go to reviewing their answers or play another opponent.
  • There is of course a commercial element to the app and there are in-app purchases so that students can buy particular quiz packs, including one for IELTS, but this could be a really good way for students to do some enjoyable revision and improve their score.
  • I have some reservations about having to register using my Facebook or Google account. This is great in that it reduces the chances of students forgetting or losing passwords and automatically creates their profile and enables them to challenge other friends on Facebook, but it would be nice to have a log in option for students who aren’t Google or Facebook users or ones that prefer to opt out.
On the whole I think Quiz Your English is a great app and can add a really useful dimension to your students’ learning and your classroom teaching. I hope you and your students enjoy using it.



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Nik Peachey

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom

I'm proud to say that I've just published another ebook through PeacheyPublications.com

20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom was designed to be the first in a series of collections of the simple activities and ideas I have used over many years when delivering teaching and teacher training sessions that incorporate the use of digital technologies.

The ideas use simple free tools that have stood the test of time and remained consistently reliable. The teaching ideas and activities themselves are ones that I have adapted from my pre-technology teaching days, so they are all built on sound classroom teaching practice.


The activities are ideal for the modern connected classroom in which students come to class with a variety of devices, but they can also be used in a blended context and students can be assigned some parts of the tasks to do outside of the classroom.

I have also included a collection of 8 video tutorials to help less tech confident teachers deal with the technology side of using the materials.










I hope 20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom will act as a bridge for teachers who are newer or less confident at using digital tools and materials and help them provide engaging and motivating language learning experiences for their students.

I hope you find this ebook useful.

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Nik Peachey

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Which ELT blogs do you read?

I'm carrying out some quick research to find out which ELT blogs teachers are reading these days. Many of the ones I used to consult seem to have died and I'm interested to see who is still blogging and if there is a new generation of ELT bloggers emerging.

Please share links and vote for your favourite ELT specific blogs.



Many thanks.

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