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Recommended tools and software?

  • 1.  Recommended tools and software?

    Posted 25 days ago

    Hello all,

    I'm preparing the budget requests for my (community college) ESL program for the coming year.  To that end, I am curious to hear if there are teaching/learning tools that TESOL practitioners recommend, especially those appropriate to high school and/or post secondary ESL learners.

    In particular, I'm looking for video series and other visual media-enriched tools (software, platforms etc) to enhance our remote and in-class teaching and learning. We have purchased and used some of the Chasing Time productions, which I have liked, but given the semester-long nature of our courses, I'm on the lookout for more similar-quality productions.

    Software for material creation is also of value (we have institutional-level licenses for EdPuzzle, Camtasia, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Voicethread, Zoom)., so I'm also happy to hear your suggestions in that direction as well.

    Thanks for sharing any recommendations for products you think worth exploring/considering,


    Rob Freeman
    Chairperson, Language & Culture Department
    Delaware Technical Community College
    Wilmington, Delaware

  • 2.  RE: Recommended tools and software?

    Posted 24 days ago
    I have been using Actively Learn for my courses for a few terms. It has a lot of benefits, like social annotation, dictionary, text to speech, help with research papers, but is unfortunately locked under a paywall for many of them. However, per student it may cost less than $20, so if it is used to replace a reading textbook, that might be good.

    Charity Davenport
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    United States

  • 3.  RE: Recommended tools and software?

    Posted 21 days ago
    For increasing reading engagement and critical thinking about reading content, I would highly recommend Perusall.  This in an exceptional platform, and students respond to it very positively.  And it is free.

    Matt Hildebrand
    Curriculum Coordinator
    University of Manitoba, English Language Centre